From Teresa “Tree” Lees:

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<<Hello Community,

We are building a vibrant community around assisting our school gardens to flourish, our school cafeterias to offer healthy foods and our school grounds, facilities & operations to become greener, all for the health and wellbeing of our children here in the Tri Counties.

We all share the same vision: (Combination of the Farm to School and Green School missions.)

“Every student and school community is engaged in a local food and farm culture that nurtures children’s health, cultivates viable farms, and to make sustainable communities and green schools available to everyone within this generation.”

Excitement and opportunity for the Farm to School and Green School movements is growing in all three counties – San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura! Please put these dates on your calendar and see attached flyers. To stay informed about all environmental education activities in Region 8 (SLO, SB, Ventura, Kern) sign up for the CREEC Network newsletter at

October 14 & 15 – Growing Edible Education (GEE) Symposiumin Ventura County this coming weekend.

Don’t miss out on going on field trips on Friday and workshops on Saturday at Fremont Middle School. Register today:

Next fall in 2017 the GEE Symposium will be held in SLO County and then we will return to Santa Barbara in 2018.

October 17 – UC Santa Barbara Sustainability Summit  – Loma Pelona Conference Center

Key players from local institutions and government agencies will gather to build collaborations for a sustainable central coast. The Summit is planned by partners from the Community Environmental Council; the Cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria; the County of Santa Barbara; and the University of California, Santa Barbara, and we seek to inspire and sustain action on complex environmental and economic issues in our region.

October 21 – SLO Seed Savers Exchange– SLO Library Community Room 5pm – 9pm

(Santa Barbara’s Seed Exchange is in January.)

October 22 – Seasonal Celebrations at Our Global Family Farmat City Farm SLO 9am – 12noon

Fall harvest celebrations including the cultural tradition of Latin America countries “Dia de los Muertos.”

We will be planting marigolds to honor our ancestors. Also we’ll have face painting and planting fall crops. Also “Make a Difference Day” volunteer projects at the farm.  Educational programs at City Farm

See attached flyer for upcoming seasonal celebrations on the farm for 2017.

November 4 – Green School Gala at the Monday Club in SLO6:00pm – 8:30pm

Register online here:

Come meet professionals, partners, and sustainable leaders in the community. There will be food, wine, and festivities as we gather to celebrate this year’s local green school achievements.

November 5 – Ventura Farm Daysponsored by 10am – 3pm

Free admission to over 20 farms.

Paid events on Friday and Saturday nights.

November 15 – Farm to School Mixer in San Luis Obispo at Copeland Health Education Pavilionlocated behind French Hospital 6:30pm – 8:00pm (Save the Date – online registration coming!)

Sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County FarmtoSchool Working Group

Mission Statement : The SLO County FarmtoSchool Working Group Mission is to bring together a diverse

set of stakeholders to promote and support Farm to School activities, specifically, school gardens, local food procurement, and agriculture and nutrition education that is integrated into academic standards.

We are looking to bring stakeholders together to start planning for the 2017 GEE Symposium!!!

Stay tuned! Exciting times ahead for all things green and growing and healthy for our schools!!!

November 16 – CREEC Network EE Provider Mixer 4pm – 6pm at SLOCOE Training Room

Gathering of all environmental education providers in SLO County with the goal of sharing resources.

RSVP here:

Program includes alignment to NGSS and how the Next Generation Science Standards will fit with Environmental Literacy. The new CA Science Framework and the CA History/Social Science Framework both have Environmental Principles & Concepts in the state adopted instructional materials criteria for textbook publishers to adhere to. This is also in the works for the new CA Health Framework.

Teresa “Tree” Lees

CREEC Network Region 8 – Central Coast