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Life Lab cultivates children's love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.

December 2016 & January 2017

December 2016

School Garden Support Organizations unite! We hosted 19 school garden support organizations from across the nation for a week-long institute in early December to share successful program models and best practices for supporting school gardens. These 30 people and their organizations serve more than 270,000 students, and the group included both long-time leaders and fledgling programs for a vibrant exchange of ideas and perspectives. It was a truly inspiring week, capped with an evening of networking with school garden educators from our greater Santa Cruz region. The excitement continued this month when our fantastic partner, Whole Kids Foundation, confirmed that they look forward to collaborating with us to host a second annual SGSO Institute in 2017!

Participants had this to say at the end of the week:

The SGSO Leadership Institute provided fantastic resources and set us up to lead effective trainings. We are already communicating with other participants around the US to share resources and questions.”

“We can't wait to get to work! We are so inspired!”

“Thanks for your vision and leadership!”

January 2017

Watsonville School Garden Crew! Carol and Valerie are part of a crew of five college interns working and learning in our Watsonville School Garden Project this season. Each week, the team works with Life Lab staff to build and renovate school gardens at Pajaro Valley Unified School District elementary schools and to support teachers in delivering hands-on lessons in the garden with students. Breathing life into gardens in need of love and developing future school garden educators is a great combination. We look forward to growing the WSG Crew to include more interns and schools! 

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Doron Comerchero, founder and director of FoodWhat?!, will interview Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin tonight (Wednesday, July 12) on the FoodSpeaks show, 7-7:45 pm on KZSC, 88.1. Call with your comments and questions at 831-459-4036. Streaming:

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Having a great time in Portland, OR. Life Lab's John Fisher is presenting at the International Master Gardens Conference and the AHS National Children & Youth Gardening Symposium. Sharing and learning with 1,500+ garden educators.
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30 educators from across the country shared the power of garden-based learning. Mindfulness in the garden, transplanting with kids, bed prep, and bringing learning to life in the garden were just a few of the topics covered over the two days. Our next workshop is on Outdoor Classroom and Garden Program Management July 27th. ... See MoreSee Less

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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 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 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 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.