School Garden Coalition

2nd Annual School Garden Symposium – A Big Success!


Supporting school gardens programs is central to our Slow Food mission of educating the next generation of eaters, leaders, and stewards of the earth! The 2nd annual School Gardens Symposium brought together nearly 300 educators, parents, and school gardens supporters from throughout California Feb. 27- 28 at Luther Burbank High School in South Sacramento. Host Soil Born Farms' Garden in Every School Initiative pulled together regional stakeholders to offer a wide array of workshops and hands on sessions ranging from Vermi-composting & Aquaculture to Resilient Schools & Garden Bugs...

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For more information on School Garden Coalition, please contact Brenda Ruiz, 
Director, School Gardens Coalition via at

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Culinary professional Brenda Ruiz has been working in Sacramento's top restaurants since 1996 including The Waterboy, Freeport Bakery, The Kitchen, and  Biba Ristorante. Highly regarded among her peers for her skill and work ethic, she's known for combining her love of the culinary arts with her passion for supporting the work of charitable organizations. Most notably, Ms. Ruiz serves on the Executive Advisory Committee of Slow Food Sacramento as Director of the School Garden Coalition and Chair of Youth and School Projects. Ms. Ruiz is the Kitchen Classroom  Coordinator at Grant High School's GEO Academy, a certified Food Genius with Food Literacy Center, and a graduate of the Edible Schoolyard Academy.

"Good, Clean, and Fair Food for all people is not just a's a point of view about our food system and the role we all play as eaters, artisans, farmers, academics, and policy makers ", says Ruiz, a first generation immigrant from Guatemala.

A lifelong activist and community organizer, Ms. Ruiz chairs the Policy Committee of the Sacramento Food System Collaborative and sits on the state steering committee of the California Food Policy Council. In 2014, she traveled to Turin, Italy as one of over 150 USA delegates to the Global Terra Madre Network gathering food and farming communities from more than 100 countries.

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