Left Coast Wholesale has always had roots in our local Sonoma County community, and part of what we strive to do is share our love for cultivation. Supporting the growing community, both locally and outside of Sonoma county, is a core tenet of our philosophy - we are excited to work with the School Garden Network to provide growing supplies to schools in their affiliate network.
The School Garden Network promotes and supports school garden programs throughout Sonoma County, providing schools with materials and educational resources to empower youth by teaching healthy eating habits as well as respect and stewardship for all living things.
SGN’s programs help connect local communities with the food they eat as well as with nature, creating unique opportunities and experiences that are not always available in an increasingly urban world. This fits in perfectly with Left Coast’s homegrown philosophy of doing all they can to encourage local growers and inspire learning in students about where their food comes from, and the sense of accomplishment they’ll get from creating a meal using vegetables they’ve tended from seed to harvest.
What The School Garden Network has put together for participating schools goes beyond the basics of a tending a garden – they’ve worked with the school’s they’re involved with to create plans which mirror the curriculum the classes are involved with at that time so student’s get a sense for how the science, history, humanities, and math they’re learning come into play for cultivation. A great example is the ‘Digging Into Soil’ workshop where students learn the important role living soils play in healthy plants, better nutrition, water conservation and storing carbon. This gets students engaged with next generation science and engineering practices, along with life lessons about the importance of the conservation of natural resources. Oh, and they get to dig in the dirt – that’s always a win in our book!
Left Coast Wholesale has committed to providing SGN affiliate schools with free GeoPlanter fabric raised beds, GeoPot fabric pots, and accessories from a select list of products to support their garden programs - let’s get growing!
one of the best things that can be done for a garden is setting up an irrigation system. These systems give water to the plant where it’s needed, and the water won’t be lost to evaporation as often happens when water is applied to a garden through a hose or sprinkler system. Many irrigation systems can be set with a timer, so water can be applied at the time that’s most beneficial to the plants – usually morning – and for a set period, again saving water and avoiding overwatering. Read on to learn more!
FlyWeb Insect Monitor Cards will rid your garden of the insects that become stuck to them, it should be used alongside an insecticide like Guard N Spray if the bugs are getting out of control. FlyWeb Insect Monitor Cards are used to identify which insects are chewing up your plants, and will give you a good idea of how much of an infestation problem there may be. read on to find out more about this combo!