June 9th, 2013
Summer Two-Day Offerring 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
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
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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 →]
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
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?
There is a groundswell of public support for … [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, pending funding. Twenty-five organizations and school districts applied to be Service Sites.
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.… [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
April 22nd, 2012
The human sundial in our garden never fails to fascinate children and adults alike. To use it a person stands on the appropriate month marked on the ground and their shadow is cast on a numbered marker that tells the time. A human sundial or analemmatic sundial differs from a common sundial in that the gnomon, which casts the shadow, is not angled. The gnomon (a person) in a human sundial … [Read More →]
April 18th, 2012
The last two days at the Garden Classroom have been buzzing. Today we shook out two hives that came in via mail order. We initiated the observational hive and a normal hive. The day before a hive landed in a rosemary bush.
Shaking in the Observation Hive
Swarm Has Landed
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April 11th, 2012
On Sunday April 26th The Slow Coast Green Fondo 56 mile fundraising ride will raise funds for Food What?!.
Hop on your bike and ride for Food What! The bike ride will take you through some of the most beautiful spots in Santa Cruz County. At the end of the ride enjoy a three course Slow Food Dinner with wine!
Not ready to ride? You can choose to support a … [Read More →]
March 27th, 2012
The GoodTimes recognized the work of Life Lab's Education Director Whitney Cohen.
The Community Spotlight:
"Like so many adults, I assumed for many years that kids didn't like vegetables," recalls Whitney Cohen. "As it turns out, this myth is just dead wrong." As the Education Director for local nonprofit, Life Lab, since 2007, Cohen has been using knowledge of the universal love of fresh produce as a teaching tool for
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February 12th, 2012
Life Lab, along with organizational partners from the UC Davis Childrens' Garden Program and the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego, will train 1,500 educators, volunteers, parents and school garden support professionals throughout the state of California!
From 2012 – Spring 2014 we will:
– Conduct 21 free workshops for school garden teams working to create or enhance school gardens.
- -Lead 12 train the trainers workshops for school … [Read More →]
February 2nd, 2012
What are Annual Plants?
Annuals plants go from a planted seed to producing a seed within a year. They complete their whole lifecycle in one year or season. Annual plants make up most of our vegetable crops, and many of them can be harvested within 2 to 3 months after sowing. (Bi-annual plants are simliar to annuals but they may live up to two years before producing seeds and coming … [Read More →]
February 2nd, 2012
Feeling Fine With Fresh Foods
Lesson packet from our Feeling Fine with Fresh Foods Field Trip.
Our winter field trip helps students make the important connection between their health and the foods they choose. Classes explore our Garden Classroom and the UCSC Farm, and activities prepare students to make informed decisions about what they eat.
Download the pre/post visit lesson packet (25 pages) for 3rd-5th grades which includes:
January 31st, 2012
In the Life Lab Garden Classroom, we consider a good sign to be one that
you don't have to repair year after year … unless, of course, you want
sign making to be a project for your students year after year.
By labeling the plants in their garden, kids learn about them and make
the connections between the foods they eat and the plants growing
in the garden. Adults also … [Read More →]
January 3rd, 2012
It has been another successful season of growth, learning and wonder for Life Lab and the thousands of kids, youth, families, teachers and schools we serve. Hear what our program participants had to say about our work in in our 2011 Highlights flier.
2011 by the numbers:
- 3,100 children participated in field trips and camps at our Garden Classroom
- 893 teens grew stronger, healthier and more inspired though "Food,
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January 2nd, 2012
A great extension to a seed study lesson. Make a trail mix of edible seeds while students practice math skills. While eating your trail mix discuss all the ways we eat seeds and grains. Download seed cards and lesson.… [Read More →]
January 2nd, 2012
We are looking forward to a new year of bringing learning to life in a garden.
As we get ready to roll we invite you to take a look at our staff holiday party pics. The Santa Cruz Roller Palladium hosted our mini-gala. Not quite like most staff holiday parties, but we sure had fun!… [Read More →]