The Napa Valley School Garden Network is a group of school garden teachers, parents and volunteers that began organizing about one year ago. We support each other in the work of teaching children to understand and value their health and the health of their environment through learning in school gardens.

We truly appreciate the people and organizations in this community that have stepped forward to help us in this work. We thank the Master Gardeners for their support in helping us with their expertise, providing lessons and a meeting place for us.

We thank the Napa Valley Education Foundation and its director, Jennifer Stewart, for providing Lifelab school garden training for us. We thank the Napa County Farm Bureau for purchasing tools for us and Central Valley Building Supply for offering a good deal on those tools. We thank Van Winden’s Nursery for providing free seeds for us. And we thank our administrators for supporting our work with students.

Teaching through a school garden is hard and rewarding work. We need all the support we can get. We are still in need of more tools, materials and volunteers. If you are interested in making a contribution of some sort, contact the Napa Valley Education Foundation at nvef.org or your local school.

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We are: Julie Henry, BelAir Elementary School; Jon Soper, Browns Valley; Elizabeth Corey, Canyon Oaks; Maureen McCullough, Donaldson Way; Paula Singletary, Erin Soper, El Centro; Sherry Vieira, McPherson; Chris Hattich, Mt. George and Vichy; Marisol Angel, Napa Valley Language Academy; Lori Paisley and Nancy Booth, Northwood; Paige Pleasant, Phillips; Carrie Strohl, Pueblo Vista; Josefina Santoyo and Asha Levert-McDowell, Cool Schools After School Program, NCOE; Sylvia Guinon, Jessica Beeman, American Canyon Middle School; Karen Fleming, Harvest MS; Madeleine Gomez and Louann Talbert, River School; Brenda Collins, Silverado MS; Sarah Loft, Napa High School; Christie Wolf, New Tech HS; Julie Lovie, Valley Oak HS; Mike Cromwell, Vintage HS.

Louann Talbert


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