Life Lab

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

The Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education (GENE) workshop is for California educators interested in using existing school gardens to enhance nutrition education for children and youth. In this FREE workshop, we share:

  • activities and tips for making nutrition education hands-on, edible, engaging and effective
  • tips for eating from the garden
  • crop planning information for an edible harvest
  • strategies for implementing GENE programs

Activities will be drawn from curricula for grades K-7, and can be adapted for grades 8-12.

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 Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education Resources at www.csgn.org/gene

Agenda 9am – 4pm (may vary slightly by location) 

  • 9:00 Taste the Difference: Comparative Taste Test
  • Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education: An Overview
  • My Plate, My Garden Lesson
  • Harvesting and Eating from the Garden: One-Bite Lessons
  • Cooking with Kids: Bulgur Salad
  • 12:15 Lunch (Bring Your Own)
  • Edible Education in Action Presentation
  • Eat A Rainbow Lesson
  • Theme Gardens and Edible Crop Planning
  • Making Your Program Work
  • 3:30 Closure, Evaluations
     

Workshop Goals

  • Recognize how garden-enhanced nutrition education promotes the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy lifestyles.
  • Understand how to use an edible garden to engage young people in hands-on nutrition education activities.
  • Learn tools and strategies for involving children and youth in safe food handling and preparation in a garden, kitchen, or classroom.
  • Learn how to plan for an edible harvest.
  • Become familiar with resources related to garden-enhanced nutrition education.
  • Network with others involved in garden-enhanced nutrition education around relevant topics, such as funding, policy, and best practices.

 

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

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.

Learn more about the California School Garden Training Program. This program has been funded by a California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant.

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We have a few spots still open for our 4-6 years old camp T/TH camp. Tell your friends.Calling all 4-6 year olds! We have openings in our T/Th Garden Sprouts Day Camp www.lifelab.org/camp This is a great first day camp experience! See MoreSee Less

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A reminder to vote for Life Lab when you shop at New Leaf (there are paper ballots in the stores) to continue to be an EnviroToken recipient! We have been so grateful for this support from New Leaf Community Markets! Voting closes June 30th, and you can vote EVERY time you go to the store!Help select your store’s Envirotoken partners! For every reusable grocery bag you use at New Leaf, we give you a 10¢ Envirotoken to donate to one of six local nonprofits. Visit your neighborhood store between now and June 30 to cast your vote for which non-profits will receive this year’s donations. Thanks for helping us give back to our local communities! See MoreSee Less

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Thanks to our volunteer carpenter Michael for the beautiful new planters.

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We are so grateful to be a current EnviroToken recipient at New Leaf’s Westside location–AND we are on the ballot AGAIN for the next round! Be sure to go into any store location and cast your paper ballot for Life Lab! This support makes a big impact on our ability to grow healthy, inspired children across Santa Cruz County & beyond. Thank you, New Leaf Community Markets!Happy Earth Month! Our Envirotoken program turns 25 this year, and we owe a HUGE thank you to all of our amazing customers for your support over the years. Founded in 1993, together we’ve kept 7 million bags out of landfills and raised over $700,000 for local non-profits! See MoreSee Less

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Less than 3 weeks until our Benefit Brunch! Hope you can join us!

Here’s a taste of the kind of inspiration you’ll get at our Brunch. Whitney Cohen, our Education Director, gave this speech at our 2014 Benefit Brunch–totally worth 8 minutes of your time to watch this! Whitney is gearing up to give a brand new speech at our upcoming event–you won’t want to miss it!
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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.
Rachel PringleSenior Director of ProgramsEducation Outside
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.
Erica CurryTraining and Professional Development ManagerFoodCorps
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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