The great wonder, in gardening, is that so many plants live.
- Christopher Lloyd
In this Issue
Life Lab Benefit - Get your tickets NOW!
The Life Lab Annual Benefit Event:
September 11, 2010
Join us for an evening of food and music in the garden!
Life Lab goes global
This summer, Life Lab hosted delegations from Russia and Japan in our Garden Classroom!
The Russian delegation came to Life Lab as part of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Program, which is designed to foster international understanding and cooperation, constructive economic connections, and peaceful interaction by providing professional programs, cultural activities, and home hospitality opportunities for foreign leaders, specialists, and international scholars. The 5 visitors from Russia included directors of Russian national parks, natural reserves, and environmental education centers, as well as a research fellow. They toured the Garden Classroom as part of their three-day tour of environmental education centers in the Bay Area.
Just three weeks later, we hosted a group of 15 visitors from Keisin University in Tokyo, Japan. This group included professors, students, and community partners involved in creating an educational gardening program at Keisin. While here, they participated in a full-day Growing Classroom workshop with UCSC's Joji Muramoto translating. The following day, they toured Gault, Westlake, and Gateway's school gardens.
Both groups reported they left inspired by all of the educational gardening they saw here in Santa Cruz, and both expressed the intention to replicate some elements of these programs in their home countries.
Activities for Educators
Check out the Life Lab Blog for activity ideas!
Sunflower Green Bean Pate
1 cup sunflower seeds, dry roasted on a frying pan
2 large onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound green beans, ends removed and cut into ½ inch pieces
8 cups water for boiling green beans
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 scallions, chopped
Heat oil in a frying pan and sauté onion until soft and a little browned. Put green beans in a pot with boiling water and boil for 4-5 minutes. Grind sunflower seeds in a food processor or blender. Add green beans, salt, scallion and ½ a cup of the cooking water and blend until creamy. Serve pate with slices of bread or toast.
Contributed by Abby Bell, Food What?! Program Manager
Farm & Garden News
If you haven't seen it yet - check out Life Lab's Facebook Page for the latest news and excitement! Here you will find some useful tips and support for your school garden. For example: The Royal Horticulture Society's Campaign for School Gardening releases a report that states school gardening boosts child development; teaches life skills and makes kids healthier and happier!
Life Lab Program Highlights
The Food What?! Program recently completed another tremendously successful summer of youth empowerment and employment. Over the past eight weeks, 21 local teens grew and harvested vegetables and flowers for the youth and their families, as well as for four low-income families in the Beach Flats. We went into 7 local schools to help them start or maintain their school gardens. We put in over 600 hours of service at the Homeless Garden Project and engaged in work at FreeWheelin' Farm. Six youth represented the Food, What?! program at a national youth empowerment and food justice conference in North Carolina.
Beyond the garden patch...
The Growing Greener School Grounds Conference
September 24th & 25th, 2010
The 2010 conference will feature hands-on workshops where you can learn how to use the sun as a teaching resource, understand the basics of organic gardening, build your own planting beds, create colorful mosaics, install irrigation, and more. In addition, many workshops will cover how to connect the outdoor classroom to the education content standards at all grade levels. More information at San Francisco Green School Alliance.
Looking for School Garden History?
Check out these school garden publications from a 100+ years ago!