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

The Value of Garden-Based Learning

Many people ask us for research that validates the work we do. Find a great collection of summary documents and peer reviewed article databases below:

Summary Documents

The Impact of Garden-Based Learning on Student Health and Nutrition Two page collection of research briefs

Life Lab Essay, The Garden, A Master Teacher  An excellent essay on the many benefits of garden-based learning.

Benefits of Gardening for Children  Two page summary and research briefs from the University of Colorado

The Benefits of Farm to School A four page handout from the National Farm to School Network that does a great job outlining who benefits from farm to school programming.

Why School Gardens? From Slow Food USA's Nation School Garden Program A great collection of research supported documents and slide presentations for downloading

Student Learning Outcomes of Garden-Based Education: A Literature Review by Melanie Stewart Masters of Environmental Education Candidate University of Minnesota – Duluth May, 2014

What is the Relationship of Student Health to Academic Achievement? A nice graphic handout and references

Health and Academic Achievement 12 page download from the CDC sharing how health and wellness lead to academic achievement.

Oregon Department of Health 50 Slide Power Point Academic Achievement & Health: When and Where to Intervene?

Why School Gardens Presentation from the California School Garden Training Program. Shares the value of school gardens and how they are used in California.

 

Research Article Databases

California School Garden Network's Research Article Database

More benefits of Garden-Based Learning are documented on Cornell's Garden-Based Learning site. Additionally they list resources for evaluating garden-based learning work.

National Farm to School Resource Database search peer reviewed articles 

Farm to School: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography from USDA's National Ag Library

 

Hear Life Lab's Education Director Whitney Cohen sharing the value of Garden-Based Learning

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Doron Comerchero, founder and director of FoodWhat?!, will interview Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin tonight (Wednesday, July 12) on the FoodSpeaks show, 7-7:45 pm on KZSC, 88.1. Call with your comments and questions at 831-459-4036. Streaming: www.kzsc.org/listen/

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Having a great time in Portland, OR. Life Lab's John Fisher is presenting at the International Master Gardens Conference and the AHS National Children & Youth Gardening Symposium. Sharing and learning with 1,500+ garden educators.
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30 educators from across the country shared the power of garden-based learning. Mindfulness in the garden, transplanting with kids, bed prep, and bringing learning to life in the garden were just a few of the topics covered over the two days. Our next workshop is on Outdoor Classroom and Garden Program Management July 27th. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks to the 200+ people who came to join us at our annual Benefit Brunch and garden tour! ... 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.