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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Join us for Life Lab’s Annual Benefit Brunch! Complimentary delicious meal and an inspiring program. 😋

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It was an absolute pleasure working with such a stellar group of educators. Thank you all for the great work you are doing at MDUSD Science and Garden Education Program.

We look forward to working with you in the near future."This is the best day of work EVER!" -Direct quote from a teacher participant in yesterday’s "NGSS in the Garden" workshop at Sun Terrace Elementary by Life Lab. Whitney Cohen led classroom teachers from 6 different elementary schools in an amazing, in-depth training on how to implement the new Next Generation Science Standards in that tried-and-true method of "learning by doing". On the agenda were 3 sample lessons, lots more demoed garden activities, debriefs with deep dives into the 3 strands of the NGSS, and practical exercises on how to plan new lessons using the 5E’s and how to "NGSS-ify" existing science lessons. What a day!

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PSSST!!! Keep this between us but we still have very limited spaces for our Garden Sprouts Camp for 4-6 year olds. Spaces are filling up fast.

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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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