August 20th, 2013
Here at Life Lab, we have been hard at work connecting The Growing Classroom with the new Common Core Math and Language Arts standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) being rolled out in schools across the country.
See examples of how we bring content standards to life at the Life Lab Garden Classroom.
We are … [Read More →]
December 10th, 2013
Our newest Garden Sign Design designed by Scientific Illustrator Jose Miguel Mayo demonstrates tips and tools for saving water.
Tips for Saving Water in the Garden
Plant native and drought-tolerant plants. Learn more at native plant organizations like California Native Plant Society.
For newly planted seeds and seedlings, water quickly and frequently to keep the soil surface constantly moist. For more established plants, water less frequently but … [Read More →]
December 8th, 2013
Pumpkin Tea Cake (makes one loaf)
1 ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cloves
1 tsp ginger
¼ tsp black pepper
1 Cup + 2 Tbs pumpkin puree
1 Cup vegetable/canola oil
1 cup sugar
¾ tsp salt
October 15th, 2013
This past week, 11 California FoodCorps service members gathered in Santa Cruz at the Life Lab Garden Classroom to engage in a three day training to learn how to connect kids to real food and see first-hand some of the best school garden and Farm to School models in action.
Now in its third year, FoodCorps, a national organization that addresses childhood obesity and food insecurity, has 125 service … [Read More →]
September 24th, 2013
We have been having a great time showing visitors from Denmark some of the best farm to school and school garden programs in the region. The Danish study tour group, organized by Life Lab, is composed of eighteen government ministers, university faculty and graduate students, school gardeners and chefs, and farm to school support professionals.
Day one started with breakfast at a UCSC dining hall and a discussion with Tim … [Read More →]
September 19th, 2013
LIfe Lab is a proud partner of EdWeb's online community and a contributor to their school garden webinars.
Join the community and online forum at Ed Web
View archives of webinars by Life Lab
- Inquiry in the Garden: Facilitating Student-Led Investigations for Grades K-8 in an Outdoor, Living Laboratory – Whitney Cohen, Life Lab Education Director
- Design Ideas for a Fun, Successful Instructional School Garden – John Fisher, Life Lab
… [Read More →]
September 11th, 2013
Life Lab's Education Director Whitney Cohen led an enthusiastic webinar on Inquiry in the Garden as part of EdWeb's Growing School Gardens Community.
Inquiry in the Garden: Facilitating Student-Led Investigations for Grades K-8 Webinar covers how to create the "Ahh-ha" moment for students, how to form investigable questions, and many other facets of inquiry-based education.
August 19th, 2013
Have a Beer to
Support Life Lab
Monday, August 26th
Discretion Brewery in Soquel
Join the fun anytime from 11:30 am-9:00 pm.
Come for dinner or lunch at this family friendly brewery.
During Discretion Brewing's Love Monday, 20% of all beer sales will go towards funding Life Lab's farm- and garden-based education programs.
Discretion Brewery is located at 2703 41st Avenue, Soquel, 95073.… [Read More →]
July 18th, 2013
We are glad to announce our latest endeavor to support school garden program development. Join the forum.
The National School Garden Network connects organizations and individuals supporting multiple school gardens across district, regional, or state levels. The network's forum provides a space for school garden professionals to connect and share resources, while its events and workshops carry the conversation to national gatherings. Learn more about the National School Garden Network… [Read More →]
July 12th, 2013
Watering is an activity that kids can do by themselves, with little or no instruction. Having kids water their garden instills a care taking ethic.
Kids love to water and having a watering can for every kid makes it even more fun! By collecting the right types of bottles you will soon have a bottle for every kid in your group.
There are many types of bottles that can be … [Read More →]
June 9th, 2013
Summer Two-Day Offering July 27-28
Make the connection from seed to table in this fun and delicious workshop. Using tried-and-true Life Lab lessons and recipes for grades K-8, participants explore effective ways to teach nutrition and encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables through gardening, harvesting and meal preparation. $300
Sample Workshop Agenda
View two day agenda
June 8th, 2013
Teacher Professional Development for Teachers Grades K-8
What: Bring science learning to life! Our local environment can provide rich science learning experiences for students. Learn about the resources available, including the recently published K-12 California Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum, student field experiences, and laboratory lessons at Elkhorn Slough Estuarine Reserve. We will introduce the Next Generation Science Standards and the California Common Core for Science Standards.
When: … [Read More →]
April 30th, 2013
Have a joke or riddle of your own? Share it in the comments below.
- What did the doctor remove from her salad? Kidney beans!
- Why do worms act so frightened? They have no backbone.
- What is an ant? A hard-working bug that still finds time to go to lots of picnics.
- Why do you have to be careful about telling a secret in a cornfield? Because the corn
… [Read More →]
April 19th, 2013
Have you seen this insert in your local press?
Small Hands, Big Garden highlights Life Lab's Book of Gardening Projects for Kids.
A story created by national syndicator Content That Works for their Homestyle Magazine.… [Read More →]
April 10th, 2013
- Spring Break Camp for 4-6 year olds
- Wildlands & Watering Cans Summer Day Camp for 7-10 year olds
- Garden Sprouts Camp Summer Day Camp for 4-6 year olds
- Farm & Wilderness Summer Day Camp for 11-14 year olds
More info. at www.lifelab.org/camp… [Read More →]
April 3rd, 2013
The public is invited to an upcoming Portland Garden Club talk presented by Life Lab's Outreach Director John Fisher.
The Garden: A Master Teacher
Thursday, April 18 Social: 9:30 Program/Meeting: 10:15
Optional box lunch and workshop to follow program
Register at The Portland Garden Club
Taken from the Portland Garden Club….
We know that gardeners aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, and our May speaker, John Fisher, is going to … [Read More →]
March 26th, 2013
Life Lab has been delighted to work with a very forward-thinking organization in the nation's capital, DC Greens, to train garden coordinators through their Growing Garden Teachers program. DC Greens' innovative approach to regional school garden support was recently highlighted in the Washington Post article Helping Turn Teachers into Gardeners. DC's Healthy Schools Act is one of the main forces behind the area's broad school wellness efforts. This … [Read More →]
February 8th, 2013
In our amazing Garden Classroom and beyond, Life Lab has trained tens of thousands of educators. Join us as we bring learning to life in the garden!
Saturday, September 21, 2013 – 9AM-3PM
Sowing the Seeds of Wonder: Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education (Grades PreK-K) - Cost: $150/person. 1 semester unit of graduate education credit available for an additional $60. Registration deadline: Sept 7, … [Read More →]
February 6th, 2013
Life Lab's Outreach Director John Fisher led a photo filled webinar on School Garden Design as part of EdWeb's Growing School Gardens Community.
Design Ideas for a Fun, Successful Instructional School Garden Webinar shares school garden design elements from school garden across the nation. John shares "smart design" tips which facilitate learning and are easy to maintain.
January 22nd, 2013
Life Lab participated in an Edible Schoolyard Google Hangout on the topic of training garden-based educators. We were one of five programs to share different training models and strategies for creating and sustaining school garden programs.
Featured Participants and Programs:
John Fisher, Outreach Director, Life Lab and California School Garden Training Program
Whitney Cohen, Education Director, Life Lab
Ellen Robinson, Programs and Services Manager, REAL School Gardens
Jane Hirschi, Executive … [Read More →]
December 16th, 2012
Model Policies and Organizations from Across the Country
Written by Whitney Cohen. Life Lab Education Director
School gardens are fantastic! (To be convinced, view The Garden, A Master Teacher) But that's not what this article's about, so let me start over. School gardens are fantastic, and they require a tremendous amount of work. Which begs the question: Who can do all the work involved in growing a school garden?… [Read More →]
December 10th, 2012
FoodCorps California, managed by Co-Host Sites Life Lab and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, has selected ten organizations to place twelve service corps members across the state in 2013-2014.
The following organizations, which include a mix of school districts, non-profit, and university organizations, will be included in the AmeriCorps Education Award application to bring FoodCorps to California.
Ventura Unified School District – 1 service member (Ventura)
Garden School Foundation … [Read More →]
November 20th, 2012
Books reflect our lives and the times that we are living, as the details that form the content weave cultural elements of any given place and time into the words. For this reason, seeing a children’s book about school gardens is a heartening symbol of our current society. It signifies the exciting fact that parents and kids are recognizing the school garden as a common entity.
The new book, “Our … [Read More →]
October 23rd, 2012
We are pleased to share that Maya Salsedo, one of our first FoodWhat youth participants from 2007, was chosen from hundreds to receive the 2012 Brower Youth Awardees. Maya was selected for her work empowering youth with tools to advocate for a just food system.
See much more on Maya and her award including videos and an article from the GoodTimes at our FoodWhat.org page.
The Brower Youth Awards… [Read More →]
September 3rd, 2012
And we thought that our 30 plus years of school garden work at Life Lab was a long time. Check out these school garden publications from a 100+ years ago! There are some great illustrations and images in many.
The Beginner's Garden Book; A textbook for the upper grammar grades – 1914
Check out the Chard those kids are holding!!
Principles and Practice of School Gardening – 1913
The School … [Read More →]
August 14th, 2012
Between our summer day camps and "Food, What?!" youth program we are cooking all summer long, literally.
Here's a sample of some of what we eat:
Download Garden Sprouts Summer Camp Recipes:
- Pesto Ranch Dip
- Honey Seed Snacks
- Green Garden Smoothies
- Zucchini Baba Ganoush
"Food, What?!" Cookbook can be found on the FoodWhat Eat Like Us Page
- Breakfast Burrito
Meals and Sides
August 13th, 2012
When kids explore Life Lab's Garden Classroom, questions naturally bubble to the surface. Giant drops of water on kohlrabi leaves, gophers peering out of their holes, and hummingbirds drinking from flower vases seem to ignite their curiosity.
We find students' questions and enthusiasm for learning absolutely invigorating, particularly in today's educational climate. With such a strong emphasis on tests to determine if students have learned the answers to various questions, … [Read More →]
August 1st, 2012
Dear Life Lab Friends,
This summer I am stepping out of my role as executive director of Life Lab to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a business owner in Santa Cruz. Soon my family and I will open Westside Farm and Feed at Mission and Swift Streets. This is an exciting time for me and for Life Lab, and I look forward to staying involved in new ways, including … [Read More →]
June 29th, 2012
Family Book Talk & Demonstration
Sunday, July 15th @ 4pm
The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids