Life Lab

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

George Washington Carver wrote the following based on his experiences with school gardening at the Children’s House, an elementary school on the grounds of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial School (later renamed Tuskegee University):

Nature study as it comes from the child’s enthusiastic endeavor to make a success in the garden furnishes abundance of subject matter for use in the composition, spelling, reading, arithmetic, geography, and history classes. A real bug found eating on the child’s cabbage plant in his little garden will be taken up with a vengeance in his composition class. He would much prefer to spell the real, living radish in the garden than the lifeless radish in the book. He would much prefer to figure on the profit of the onions sold from his garden than those sold by some John Jones of Philadelphia.



You don’t need a green thumb, just dirty knees.

– Life Lab Teacher sharing her perspective on how to be successful in school gardens



There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.

– Janet Kilburn Phillips



The best fertilizer is the gardener’s shadow.



What other instructional tool can you measure, record, graph, sing about, write about, and hypothesize in,

What other educational tool rots and reproduces at the same time,  is a place that you can break a sweat in, that is edible, and is solar powered.

What instructional tool can withstand the elements, is full of thousands of living creatures, follows the seasons, is not always predictable and can be connected to every culture in the world…

– John Fisher, Life Lab



The gardener does not create the garden, the garden creates the gardener.

– Alan Chadwick


Teamwork makes the dream work!


“Even though you’re not grown up yet, you’re going to be so beautiful and delicious and we love you!”

– Child in Life Lab’s Blooming Classroom Field Trip

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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  
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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.
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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