Greetings Santa Cruz County Area Garden Educators!
Life Lab is national non-profit with local roots. Here’s some ways our organization works with and support local school gardening. Join our network by joining the Santa Cruz County School Gardeners Google Group
1979 – 2019 40th Anniversary
This fall we will celebrate 40 years of garden-based learning through the following events:
- Birthday Party at the UCSC Harvest Festival – Sunday, September 29, 2019
- Open School Gardens Day – Saturday, October 12th
- Celebration Gala – Sunday, October 13th
Learn more www.lifelab.org/40-years
Garden Classroom Workshops – Substantial Discounts for County Educators
Since the early 1980’s Life Lab has inspired tens of thousands of educators through garden-based training. Each year we offer 10 or more days of training at our Garden Classroom on the UCSC Farm and another 25 days across the state and nation.
Santa Cruz County public school teachers, instructional aides, and after-school staff are eligible to attend Life Lab Garden Classroom Workshops at the following rates:
- $60 for one-day workshops (normally early reg $180/ late reg $200)
- $90 for two-day workshops (normally early reg $360/ late reg $400)
Workshops include a Life Lab publication, a tasty lunch by our Healthy School Partner Charlie Hong Kong, and the opportunity to learn with garden-educators from across the nation. Continual education credit is available for $80 per unit per day.
Santa Cruz County Area Garden Educator Gatherings
Next gathering will be part of the School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute tentative dates Wednesday, January 22, 2020 – Mini-Conference and Thursday, January 23, 2020 – Networking Dinner with School Garden Leaders across the nation
July 8-11, 2020 – American Horticulture Societies National Children and Youth Garden Symposium at the UCSC and the Life Lab Garden Classroom
Spring 2020 Gathering TBA
Last gathering Wednesday March 20th, 2019 2:45-4:45
Join our Santa Cruz County School Gardeners Google Group
A place to share resources, ask questions and hear about announcements like jobs, grants and plant donations.
Free Seeds and Plants
Renee’s Garden Seeds provides Life Lab with loads of end of season seeds to give away to garden educators. Come to a networking meeting or visit our office on the UCSC Farm to grab a bunch.
For years the UCSC Farm gives away thousands of annual (and sometimes perennial) plants at the end of their annual spring plant sales. Come on Sunday of the plant sale at 1:30 with a donation appreciation letter from your school. Plants are given away at the end of the plant sale at 2:00. NOTE: IN 2019 THERE IS NO PLANT SALE nor OPPORTUNITY FOR DONATIONS
The UCSC Farm has an adoption table next to the greenhouse where “extra” annual veggies are given away.
Join our forum to receive announcements about free plants.
Life Lab Partner Schools
Life Lab partners with 7 schools in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District to bring garden-based science lessons and classroom cooking. Learn more about Life Lab Partner Schools
More to Come…
In the months to come we be creating a Santa Cruz County School Gardens needs assessment survey and a school gardener educator “office hours” peer to peer networking.