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

Over the years we have been asked, "Do you have any garden-based education resources in Spanish?"

Here's a nice collection of resources for teaching and working in school and community gardens with Spanish speakers:

 

For Garden-Based Educators

For Agricultural Production and Market Gardeners

 

Garden-Based Education Resources

GREAT RESOURCE – Red Internacional de Huertos Escolares una herramienta para el intercambio de experiencias, recursos e inspiración.
Sembremos Ciencia and Conciencia – Manual De Huertos Escolares  from LabVida

The Life Lab Science K-5 Curriculum is a garden-based science curriculum which is in written in English with Spanish language handouts, parent letters, and lab pages. It is the most thorough resource that we have seen for teaching garden-based content to K-5 Spanish speakers. LLS was the main resource for our Language Acquisition and Science Education for Rural Schools program.

Here are some other resources for connecting garden education to Spanish speakers. If you have some to add to our list please do so in the comments section below.

Life Lab's Getting Started was translated into Spanish under the direction of Susan Stansbury of Mountain View – Wiseman School District School Garden Program. Comenzando is a 34 page thorough guide for starting a school garden.

The LA Common Ground Garden Program has a School Garden Start Up Guide in Spanish and English found on their school gardens resource page. This 5 page handout highlights the basics for starting a program.

Project EAT, which supports school gardens in the Hayward School District translated some of the Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden Workshop resources in to Spanish. They used these documents to help train community members and parents that were supporting school gardens. Find documents on the following: CA Frost Guide, Garden Tool List, Crop Planning Chart and Planting Guide, Introduction to Annual and Perennial Plants, Outdoor Classroom Management, Basic Garden Bed Types, Harvest Tips, and a Garden Feature Planning Chart.  View the Spanish versions here. Thanks to Ottilla Cross from the Silicon Valley Health Trust for translation of additional materials.

We translated the What do School Gardens Look Like PowerPoint presentation of the Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden PowerPoint presentation for a workshop we did for Mexican and Central American community organizers. View and download it here.

A Garden of Words/Un jardín de palabras is a bilingual gardening dictionary for schools and after-school gardening programs, produced by University of California Master Gardeners of Santa Barbara County and University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. 30 color-coded pages provide translations of tools, measurements, conversions, phrases, and fruits and vegetable names. Download at http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/8423.pdf

Nutrition Education Materials and Posters from USDA Team Nutrition includes these and others:

Seed to Salad, developed by Ithaca's Children Garden in NY, is an after-school or winter-spring school based program for sowing, growing, and eating a salad.

The Nourish Middle School Curriculum Guide offers a rich set of resources to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability. They have Spanish language student handouts.

Básico Manual de Jardinería Preescolar en el Sur de California by June 12th, 2013, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College (pdf) Original source at www.uepi.oxy.edu/our-projects/farm-to-preschool/

CityBlossoms Spanish Language Resources include Our First Harvest/Nuestra Primera Cosecha, a bilingual year-round ECE curriculum consisting of 30 garden-related lessons and Garden Gastronomy/Gastronomía del Jardín is filled with 27 beloved recipes

Cookingwithkids.net free tasting lessons include lesson plans, farmer letters, food history, and nutrition information for grades K-1, 2-3, 4-6.

The Community Agroecology Network created an International Youth Nework Curriculum. A seven module Spanish language curriculum that share their program skills and knowledge of youth working in food education programs in Latin America. 

 

For Growers and Market Gardeners

Ecology Action and John Jeavons have created many bio-intensive gardening guides in Spanish. Download them at their publications page.

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service has great collection of publications for farmers and market gardeners in Spanish. They also have a monthly newsletter called Cosecha Mensual.

 

Oh, if you are still wondering how to say rake in Spanish it's rastrillo 😉

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It was such a pleasure reconnecting with all the garden educators from the Santa Cruz area yesterday. You all are doing an incredible job! We hoped that you all had a great time sharing your experience in working at your school’s garden. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

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Thank you to all the educators that came out and participated in our Intro to NGSS workshop. It was great meeting all of you. An extra special thank you to Edible Schoolyard Japan (エディブル・スクールヤード・ジャパン) for coming all the way from Japan to be a part of our workshop!

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Life Lab is hiring an Educator Training Specialist!!!

We are looking for an individual who is personable, approachable, and flexible nature; that has outstanding teaching and organizational skills.

Life Lab’s Educator Training Specialist will manage our on- and off-site educator workshops and lead some of our workshops. Tasks will include:

• Offsite Workshop Coordination
• Onsite Workshop Coordination
• Lead Educator Workshops
• Curriculum Development

Key Qualities of the Educator Training Specialist are:

• a deep commitment to the mission of Life Lab, which is to cultivate children’s love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education
• cross-cultural competency, with a deep commitment to equity and inclusion in education
• outstanding teaching skills
• 3 or more years of experience teaching children in a school garden or other outdoor education setting
• experience leading trainings for educators or other adult learners

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Looking for ideas to keep your school gardens tended and active during the summer? Are you thinking of new ways to bring garden-based learning to a community garden or farm site? Join us for a webinar on the ins and outs of running kids day camp programs on educational gardens.

Erin Jackson, Education Director at Gallatin Valley Farm to School, and Amy Carlson, Garden Education Director at Life Lab, will share their years of experience and resources for creating day camp programs.

From promotions to post assessments and everything in between, this hour long webinar will provide you with inspiration and ideas to create or enhance summer programming on your educational garden or farm.

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1 month ago

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Thanks Christine at KidsGardening.org for sharing a good winter time lesson from The Growing Classroom.Christine shares a hands-on garden planning lesson using mapping, math, and scale drawing skills from one of our best-known resources, The Growing Classroom!… See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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Last week we were thrilled to have garden educators from around the country collaborate at our School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute.

Will you apply next year? Pictures (and smiles) tell it better than our words can.

Thank you all for participating!Kristen and Kat spent last week at the School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute hosted by Life Lab in Santa Cruz, California. The institute provided the opportunity for us to learn best practices in networking, sustainability, evaluation, school standards, and more from school garden organizations from all over the country. We also got to visit some truly dreamy and fully-integrated school gardens. We can’t wait to share our BIG goals and vision for OKC Harvest with you! See MoreSee Less

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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.
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Thank you for such a wonderful field trip experience! Your leaders did such a great job at keeping our kids engaged.
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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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