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Winter 2015
Program Updates
2014 Organizational Highlights
We Did It!
Top 10 Webinars
Become a FoodCorps Service Member
Garden Tips and Educator Resources
Recipe: Curry Winter Squash Soup
Lesson: Lighthouse – Communication Skills
Garden Tip: Outdoor Classroom Management
Upcoming Events
Life Lab Spring Benefit Brunch – Save the Date
Upcoming Workshops and Webinars

Fall 2014
Program Updates
New Edition of the Growing Classroom
Summer Camp Highlights
Food What Summer Program Celebration Dinner
Garden Tips and Educator Resources
Recipe: Apple Salsa
Lesson: Seed Ya Later from New TGC
Garden Project: Running an Effective Garden Workday
The Ultimate School Compost Resource
Upcoming Events
Life Lab Fall Gathering –  Saturday, October 11th
Upcoming Workshops and Webinars

July 2014
We're Changing the Nature of Education

April 2014
Program Updates
Life Lab Garden Classroom Brunch 5/18/14 – A Feel Good Meal
edWeb Growing School Gardens Partnership – Common Core in the Garden
"Food,What?!" Youth Engage in Job Training and Land Jobs
Take 1 Minute and Vote for Life Lab
Garden Tips and Educator Resources
Lesson: Catch the Sun
Garden Project: Plastic Bottle Greenhouse
Recipe: Veggie Stone Soup
One Garden Serves Many Schools: A Unique Approach to Garden Programming
Upcoming Events
Workshops and Webinars
Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden Events

December 2013
Program Updates
Training Others – Our Impact Defined
Our Year in Review
Common Core and Next Generation Standards in the Garden
Announcing the California School Garden Survey
School Garden Support Organizations Unite!
End of Year Sale – Take 10% off Everything at our Online Store
Garden Tips and Educator Resources
Lesson: Day at the Races: Soil Erosion and Conservation
Garden Tip and New Garden Sign Design: Saving Water in the Garden
Recipe: Pumpkin Tea Cake
Upcoming Events
Workshops and Webinars
Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden Events

September 2013
Program Updates
Meet Faith – Support our Work
Summer Accomplishments
Announcing the National School Garden Network
The Top Ten of Farm- and Garden-Based Education
Garden Tips and Educator Resources
Root View Cups
Detergent Bottle Watering Cans
Recipe: Sunny Green Bean Pate
Coming Soon: Common Core Standards Database
Upcoming Events
Workshops and Webinar
Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden Events

May 2013
Program Updates
What We Have Been Up To Since Our Last Newsletter
Meet our Senior Program Associate – Amber Turpin and her baby Hazel
Update on the California School Garden Training Program
California FoodCorps Update
Vote on the Top Ten of Garden-based Learning
FoodWhat Teens Bring Learning to the Farmers' Market
Life Lab in the Press
End of the School Year Sale 10% Off
Garden Tips and Educator Resources
School Garden Summer Care
Farm and Garden Jokes
Recipe: Nasturtium Pesto

December 2012
Program Updates
What We Have Been Up To Since Our Last Newsletter
Welcome New Staff – Audries and Alex
Update on the California School Garden Training Program
Life Lab's "Food, What?!" Youth Maya Receives National Brower Youth Award
Life Lab Selected as FoodCorps State Co-Host
Garden Tips and Educator Resources
Planting Fruits Trees and Vines in School Gardens
Sustaining School Gardens – Funding Garden Coordinators
Book Review: Our School Garden!
Recipe: Honey Seed Snacks
10% Off All Life Lab Publications
Summer 2012
Program Updates
What We Have Been Up To Since Our Last Newsletter
Thank You, Gail!
Update on the California School Garden Training Program
Meet Our Garden Educator – Emily
"Food, What?!" Receives Harry Chapin Self Reliance Award
"Food, What?!" is Hiring an Associate Director
Garden Tips and Educator Resources
Seed Saving Resources and Video
Growing Questions – Inquiry in the Garden
Teaching at a Farmer's Market
Recipes: Zucchini Baba Ganoush and More
Discount on K-12 Sustainability Education Certificate
YardMap.org – Citizen Science

Spring 2012
Garden Tips and Recipe
Make a Human Sundial
Edible Crop Planning
Recipe – Kale Salad
Program Updates
The Book of Garden Projects for Kids
Update on the California School Garden Training Program
In the Community Spotlight
Youth Food Bill of Rights
What We Have Been Doing Since Our Last Newsletter
Meet Our Garden Educator – Amy Carlson

Winter 2012
Garden Tips and Lessons
Lesson – Six Seed Trail Mix
Making Garden Signs – Tips and Photos
Lesson Packet – Feeling Fine With Fresh Foods
Recipe – Winter Squash Teacakes
Program Updates
2011 Program Highlights
Announcing the California School Garden Training Program
Sharing Adventures With Others
"Food, What?!" Photo-of-the-Month – Sign Up
Meet Our Outreach Director – John Fisher

 

Fall/Winter 2011
Life Lab Auction
Online Resources Summary
Essay – The Garden: A Master Teacher
Where We Have Been
Meet Our Education Director
Intern Spotlight
"Food, What?!" Harvest Festival
Worm Bin Bingo
Meet Our Chickens
Recipe – Winter Squash Pasta
Resources We Like
Upcoming Events

Summer 2011
Working with Interns
Spanish Language Garden Education Resources
Garden Scavenger Hunts
Meet Don, our Associate Director
Top Ten Contest
"Food, What?!" Photo-of-the-Month
Food Justice Defined in the Words of our Youth
Our Online Auction
Camp in Review
Make your Schoolyard Green
Websites we Like
Upcoming Events

Spring 2011
Top Ten Contest
Cooking with Kids
My Edible Garden – Edible Art Activity
Garden Education Songs
The New Life Lab.org
CA School Garden Survey Results
Websites we Like
Meet Allison our Garden Educator
Register for Day Camps
Life Lab in the News
Upcoming Events

December 2010
The Wonders of Chard
Reuse in the Garden
Chive Hairdos and Stone Paperweights – Reuse Activities
What our Peeps are Saying
Workshops and Field Trips
Websites We Like
Life Lab on GTv
California School Garden Survey

Fall 2010
Life Lab Benefit
Life Lab spanning the globe
10 Garden Activities
Sunflower Green Bean Pate Recipe
Farm and Garden News – Food What update
School Gardenings 100 plus years ago

Summer 2010
Save the Date – Life Lab Benefit
Life Lab wins Gold
Chive Heads and Root View Cups
Fritata Recipe
Farm and Garden News – Food What, Green Schools, Oral History Project

Spring 2010
New Publications for Families and Pre-school Educators
Download Science Exploration Units for 1st-4th Grade
Green Garden Smoothies
Farm and Garden News – Food What update

Summer 2009
Life Lab Celebrates 30 Years – Birthday Party Video
Annual Benefit Event
Lessons for Educators
Rhubarb Soda Recipe
Farm & Garden News – Video Contest winner, Food What update

Spring 2009
Life Lab Celebrates 30 Years – Birthday Party, Video Contest, History Timeline
The Garden, A Master Teacher
Rhubarb Bran Muffins Recipe
"Food, What?!" Is a Blast

Winter 2007
Food Scraps for Waste Free Schools
Roasted Roots Recipe
Worms, Worms, Worms
Activty: "Bringing in the Clean-up Crew"

Summer 2007
School Lunch Program Overview
Fresh Fruit Crepes Recipe
"Food, What?!"
The Growing Classroom New Edition
Activity: "Hear Us, Hear Us"

Winter 2006-2007
The California School Garden Network
Curried Winter Squash Soup
15 Million for California School Gardens

Summer 2006
Life Lab Worldwide
Summer Salsa Recipe
The Kindergarten Initiative in Philadelphia
New CDE Regional Training Center
Beeswax Candle Garden Activity
Gardens for Learning: Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden

Winter 2005
Garden Classroom Update
AVANCE Program at Life Lab
Rainbow Chard Rolls Recipe
"Rainbow Chip" Garden Activity

Fall-Winter 2005
How to Teach Stewardship to Children
Recipe for Winter Soup
Children's Books Reviews
Ways to Use Recycled Materials in the Garden

Summer 2004
Life Lab Celebrates 25 Years
Student Project: Making Fruit Leather
The Importance of Environmental Education
Benefits and Maintenance of Chickens in the Garden
A National Initiative in Plant-Based Learning

Spring 2003
Managing an Effective Outdoor Classroom
Garden Maintenance in the Summer
Garden Grants
"Wheat Heads" Kids Activity

Winter 2003
Teaching Nutrition Through a School Garden
Making the Consumer Connection
Student Project: Herb Tea Bags

Fall 2002
Garden Classroom Update
Educational Resources
Field-to-Market-to-You Update
Reducing Trash in the Classroom

Spring 2002
Sustaining Your School Garden
Good Bugs for the Garden

 

From Last Century

Fall 1996
A Garden in Every School
Harvest Hotline – What can my class do in the winter?
CD Review – North American Birds (what is a CD?)
Nutty Bird Treats
Life Lab's New Web Page Announced
Call for Presentations: Education in Blossom: The School Garden-Community Partnership
Book Review – The Geography of Chilhood by Gary Paul Nabhan and Stephen Trimble

 

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Thanks to the Whole Kids Foundation for the generous grant and to Big Creek Lumber for your donation to the Amesti Eagles' Garden. With the generous support of Life Lab and other community supporters, our students are receiving the gift of hands-on Next Generation Science Standards and learning about healthy eating in a beautiful outdoor classroom!

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Do you ever wonder what is living just below the surface of the San Lorenzo River? Join the Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for tomorrow's Exploring the San Lorenzo River tour and find out!

We will be meeting at 8:30 on the Santa Cruz Riverwalk next to Mike Fox park and will be seining for fish and collecting benthic macroinvertebrates aka bugs! We will learn about the organisms that live in the San Lorenzo River and their food webs. This tour is open to all ages. You can sign up online or by emailing CWC River Scientist Alev Bilginsoy at abilginsoy@coastal-watershed.org. Learn more at coastal-watershed.org/what-we-do/exploring-san-lorenzo-river-series/.
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At a @soilbornfarms school garden conference, in a workshop on trees reminded me of this incredible Radiolab Podcast podcast. Listen to this one. ... See MoreSee Less

Forests feel like a place of great stillness but dig deeper and there’s a hidden world beneath your feet as busy and complicated as a city. 

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LIFE LAB on MAUI! so AnB stopped sugar production on Maui this year, there is tons of land available to lease and they are now taking offers. If farmers or farm educators won't get to it, it will turn into development, there are not enough offers from farmers and we need more, so please pass this on to those that are interested. To speak to An B need to look them up and make an offer. They are taking offers now! ... 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.