Life Lab

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

For over 30 years FoodLab: The Kitchen Classroom at Pacific Elementary School has been creating daily school meals with upper elementary grade students. An offshoot of the school’s Life Lab, FoodLab is considered one of the most progressive federal school meal programs in the nation.

This one-day workshop, located at FoodLab near Santa Cruz, is designed to share the magic that happens in FoodLab school kitchens — across California and across the nation – with each community making the program look, feel, and taste the way they like best. Learn to set up a kitchen space that will encourage children to explore, ask questions, and connect to food they make themselves. Learn activities to engage children’s curiosity and enthusiasm while introducing them to fundamental ideas in math, chemistry, language arts, history, and leadership skills. 

There is more than one way to run a FoodLab program and we strongly encourage you to get involved, begin a dream and take action. You can start by attending this workshop! Workshop will be taught by FoodLab Director Emelia Miguel along FoodLab student alumni.

Learn more about FoodLab at the Pacific Elemenatary School Website.

Audience

Anyone interested or involved in cooking for and with children ages 9 to 18.

Location and Cost Options

Pacific Elementary School FoodLab Kitchen, 50 Ocean St, Davenport CA 95017: $150 per participant – See dates and registration deadlines for upcoming workshops

or

At your school site – See pricing details

Key Workshop Components

LEARN…
  • Principles of FoodLab

  • Knife skills and life skills for children and adults

  • Recipes and lessons designed to meet the nutritional requirements of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

  • KItchen skills that empower our students to create beautiful meals for their community

TAKE HOME…
  • Recipes to use in a school kitchen or at home

  • Inspiration to change reheat-and-serve kitchens into scratch-cooking kitchens

  • Strategies to increase school lunch participation

  • A FoodLab guide on how to get inspired and focused on healthy meals cooked by students in a kitchen classroom

 

View all upcoming workshops in Life Lab's Garden Classroom

All workshops require advanced registration and deposit.

To set up a workshop for your school site, please call Life Lab at (831) 459-3833 or email us at education@lifelab.org.

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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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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.
Tara NeierCamp ParentSummer camp mom