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

Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden Workshop

The Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden (CSYSG) Workshop is a FREE, one-day training for teams working to create or enhance a school garden program. This workshop covers planning and designing a school garden, basic gardening skills, curricular connections and outdoor classroom management.

The California School Garden Training Program is awaiting notification of additional funds to offer more free and low cost school garden trainings. Currently there are no CSGT sponsored workshops being offered.

CSGT Workshop Notification List to be notified of future CSGT workshop announcements and locations.

View other school garden workshops at the CSGN.org calendar. View upcoming Life Lab workshops at The Garden Classroom at www.lifelab.org/gcworkshops

View CSYSG training resources at www.csgn.org/csysg

School garden teams of 2-4 are encouraged to attend. Teams may include teachers, parents, volunteers, school administrators, and other supporters of your garden program. There is no cost for attending this workshops, but advanced registration is required.

If registering a team, please submit one registration for your team and list all team members' names, emails, and roles. Come with a team of 3 or more and receive a school garden gift!

Workshops serve up to 25 participants. 

 

All participants will receive the book Gardens for Learning, published by the California School Garden Network, as well as other resource materials.

1 semester unit of graduate education credit available for $60.

CSYSG Workshop Agenda Topics

  • Why School Gardens?
  • Outdoor Classroom Management
  • Garden Beds and Planting
  • Weeds, Water, and Pests
  • Curricular Connections
  • Crop Planning and Plant Selection
  • School Garden Design
  • Planning Your Program
     

CSYSG Workshop Goals

Participants will:

  1. Understand the power of school gardens in promoting academic achievement, healthy lifestyles,environmental stewardship, and community and social development.
  2. Become familiar with design elements of educational gardens.
  3. Become comfortable with basic gardening skills.
  4. Learn methods for effective outdoor classroom management.
  5. Become familiar with a variety of helpful resources related to creating and sustaining school gardens.
  6. Understand the value and necessity of teamwork to start and sustain a school garden.
  7. Network with other, local people involved in creating and sustaining school gardens.
  8. Have an initial plan for their school garden program.

 

The California School Garden Training Program is funded by a California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant. The program will train 1,500 people in creating and sustaining school gardens from 2012-2014. Learn more about the CSGT.  

 

Training partners include Life Lab, UC Davis Children's Garden Program, and The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County, all in collaboration with the California School Garden Network.

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Hard Core Cider Tour - Santa Cruz

October 8, 2016, 1:00pm - October 8, 2016, 6:00pm

San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz

The Hard Core Cider Tour returns to Santa Cruz, CA for its 2nd year! Imbibe UNLIMITED 2 oz. samples from some of the World's Top Craft Hard Cider Makers, savor mouth watering food from Local Food Trucks (food sold separately), groove to Live Music, and let your inner kid out with our Jumbo Lawn Games! This year, we are raising funds for Life Lab. Our mission is to celebrate the revival of craft hard cider making. As one of America’s long lost alcoholic beverages, we strive to reintroduce the joy of imbibing hard cider to all! CIDERS: 101 Cider House, Schilling Cider, Aspall, Santa Cruz Cider Company, Finnriver, The San Francisco Mead Company, South City Ciderworks, Surf City Cider, Rambling Route Cider, Tieton Cider Works, Two Rivers Cider Company, William's Orchards, Everett Family Farm, Ratel Cider, Humboldt Cider Company, WILDCIDE Hard Cider, Far West Cider Co, Red Branch Cider Company, E.Z. Orchards Farm Market, Indigeny Reserve MUSIC LINEUP: Olde Blue FOOD TRUCKS: The Choke Coach and Ate3one SPONSORS: Good Times Santa Cruz, UpOut SF, Santa Cruz Waves TICKETS: * General Admission: ~$40 Online / $50 At The Door * General Admission - Group Rate (4+ Tickets): ~ $30 Online / $40 At The Door * Designated Driver: ~ $10 (Available for purchase At The Door Only) TICKET ADMISSION INCLUDES: * UNLIMITED 2 oz. Tastings * Signature Keepsake Mason Jar * Unlimited Selfies & Goodtimes … #hardcorecidertour This is strictly at 21 and Over event. * * * * * Remember to Please Imbibe Responsibly * * * * *

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Great training this weekend at the San Mateo County School Farm hosted by Life Lab! Always inspiring to connect with folks dedicated to farm and garden based education

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This year's Slow Food Santa Cruz Edible Garden Tour highlights and benefits Watsonville School Gardens! 10 a.m on September 10th

The tour starts at H.A. Hyde Elementary the most impressive production school garden in the county!

Join the tour to explore programs that engage children and teachers in organic gardening, provide fresh nutritious snacks at recess, and share organic vegetable boxes with the families of participating students.

There will be an after-party and silent auction to raise funds for Slow Food Santa Cruz and the Watsonville school gardens starting at 2 p.m. at Elkhorn Slough Brewing!
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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.