Life Lab

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

Learning and tasting the 6 plant parts.

Healthy Eating is FUN in our Blooming Classroom! 

We always taste fruits and vegetables in our garden programs, and many teachers and parents are surprised at how the children react. In the fun and dynamic context of garden program, where they get to see healthy foods growing and pick some of them fresh, kids love beets, kale, chard, broccoli and other foods that many parents are used to seeing them reject. The secret: it has to be interesting and FUN!

Of the 452 Pajaro Valley elementary school kids tasting foods at our Blooming Classroom educational garden in Watsonville over the last school year, 48% were trying something for the first time, and 58% LOVED what they tried, with another 10% liking it. That newfound taste spills over into what they choose at the school cafeteria and ask for at home. Lifelong healthy eating habits start here. 

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Life Lab 40th
Life Lab’s 40th Gala – Sunday, October 13th  Celebrate 40 years of bringing learning to life in gardens. Learn more  
Life Lab's 40th Gala
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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