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100 Plus Years of Garden-Based Learning

"Out of the Ground" From The Beginner's Garden Book A Text Book for Upper Grammar Grades 1914

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 Garden. A practical contribution to the subject of education – 1879

Children's Gardens for Pleasure, Health and Education – 1910

How to Make School Gardens; A manual for teachers and pupils – 1915

Among School Gardens – 1910

Gardening in Elementary City Schools – 1916

Educational School Gardening and Handwork – 1913

Children's Gardens for School and Home : A manual of cooperative gardening – 1904

The School Garden Book – 1909


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Rachel Pringle

Rachel PringleSenior Director of ProgramsEducation Outside

Life Lab has been the most innovative and relevant organization in this field. From providing the best curriculum to their cutting edge professional development, we have relied on Life Lab as our go to organization for support, ideas, and collaboration.

Erica Curry

Erica CurryTraining and Professional Development ManagerFoodCorps

Life Lab provides truly inspiring training. Their breadth of experience, joy for teaching, and commitment to sharing knowledge highlight the best practices in food and garden education.

Sheila Bricken

Sheila BrickenKindergarten TeacherSan Lorenzo Valley Elementary

Thank you for such a wonderful field trip experience! Your leaders did such a great job at keeping our kids engaged.

Tara Neier

Tara NeierCamp ParentSummer camp mom

Terry had another awesome two weeks at Life Lab. I think he learns more there than in any other part of his year. School is great, but he’s passionate (and often dogmatic) about what he learns there.