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Watsonville School Garden Crew – Spring 2017

June 7th – Hall District School Flower Planting and Irrigation Installation

Today we planted flowers with first graders and continued irrigaiton installation

 

May 31 – Hall District School Irrigation Installation / Popcorn and Dry Bean Planting

Today we planted seeds with kindergartners and install irrigation

 

May 24 – Amesti School Garden Bird Netting and Planting Day 

Today we installed bird netting onto 5 beds and had some students help us plant on the empty beds.

May 17 – Ann Soldo School Garden Teepee Making, Planting and Irrigation Day 

Today with the help from a couple of students we made two teepees and planted some peas along the bottom of the teepees. A couple of students also helped us work on establishing the popcorn field by helping move the dirt around and planting some corn, we also added some irrigation to the new popcorn field.

May 10 – Ann Soldo School Garden Irrigation and Planting Day

Today we installed a drip irrigation system on all the garden beds and around the garden to water the perennials we planted awhile back. We also got help from a couple of students and we planted lettuce and spinach in the garden beds also the students helped weed around the garden. 

May 3 – Amesti School Garden Planting and Clearing-Out Day 

Today we cleared out the garden beds as we prepared for grade level planting. We got help from a kindergarten and 2nd grade class, they did a great job helping us clear out the beds and planting peas in bed number one and around the tepee. 

April 26 – Radcliffe School Garden Clean Up and Perennial Planting

Today we weeded all of the garden beds, filled two beds up with soil and planted 9 perennials in 5 garden beds. 

April 19 – Amesti School Garden Teaching Kit Prep and Landmark School Irrigation

Today we organized the greenhouse and stocked lesson cabinets with materials. We also set up garden library and installed irrigation timer at Landmark School.

Landmark Irrigation

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In 2016, you helped us bring 30 leaders from across the nation together for a first-ever Leadership Institute for School Garden Support Organizations.

The results are in on the work they have achieved together. In 2017, these 30 leaders collectively trained 463 teachers who teach over 10,000 students every year. And after their trainings, 98% of those 463 teachers reported an increase in their motivation and confidence to engage students in hands-on, experiential learning in a garden setting.

Do you know what that means?! That means more and more kids getting meaningful experiences like the students above! That’s why, in January of 2018 we’ll be hosting another Leadership Institute, this time for 50 leaders who will be coming in from all across the US, including leaders from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Because every child everywhere deserves the chance to discover a love of learning, healthy food, and nature. We can’t wait to see what these leaders accomplish in the year to come!

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Today is the 174th birthday of Gertrude Jekyll, a British horticulturist, garden designer, artist, and writer. She created over 400 gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.

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Over the past four years, the amount of mobile screen time has tripled in kids under eight. Our programs get kids outdoors in gardens and farms where they are physically active and learn to love nature!

"We will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught." - Baba Dioum

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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.
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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.
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Thank you for such a wonderful field trip experience! Your leaders did such a great job at keeping our kids engaged.
Sheila BrickenKindergarten TeacherSan Lorenzo Valley Elementary
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.
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