The School Garden Doctor

Sustaining school gardens in the 21st century.

aka School Gardens for Learning   |   NAPA, CA   |  www.schoolgardendoctor.org

Mission

Empowering teachers, schools, and communities to grow school gardens that enhance science education, nurture wellness, and foster environmental literacy.

Ruling year info

2019

Founder & Leader

Carrie Strohl Ph.D.

Main address

140 FAIRVIEW DR

NAPA, CA 94559 USA

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EIN

83-1551303

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Dirt Girls

Women make up only 29% of the STEM workforce and interaction with nature can be a gateway to STEM careers. This service-based after school club expands STEM opportunities to female youth through environmental horticulture. Through weekly hour-long sessions in a school garden, Dirt Girls develop cross-age relationships with each other under the direction of a female mentor. They engage in hands-on gardening activity that builds leadership skills and empowers them to be guardians of the garden. In return, the school site is able to maintain a garden that might otherwise be neglected.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Unemployed people

This program brings the Common Core to life by integrating best practices for developing standards-aligned lessons for eating as learning. Based on a multisensory, multimodal, and multicultural approach: Eat-Read-Talk-Write, this classroom-tested pedagogical cycle extends to the school garden with suggested planting, growing, and harvesting activities.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Caregivers

Birdwatching for youth gardeners introduces students to basic birdwatching tips and promotes scientific habits of mind. Through observation and interaction with nature, students develop an understanding of the relationship between humans and the environment and develop a positive disposition as a novice birder.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The School Garden Doctor

Board of directors
as of 10/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Amanda Crump

UC Davis

Term: 2018 - 2020

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/23/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/23/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.