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The Garden Times - Life Lab's Newsletter Spring 2014
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The Garden Times - Spring 2014   
In This Issue:

Program Updates

Garden Tips and Educator Resources

Upcoming Events

Join Us for a Feel Good Meal - Life Lab's Annual Benefit Brunch in the Garden Classroom - Sunday, May 18th

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Recipe, Garden Project and Activity

Stone Soup

Recipe: Stone Soup

Catch the Sun

Lesson: Catch the Sun Solar Power Exploration

Make a Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

Garden Project: Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

Growing School Gardens edWeb Community

Life Lab is a proud partner of edWeb's Growing School Gardens Online Community. Along with edWeb, the National Farm to School Network, and the Edible Schoolyard Project we co-sponsor this national online community of over 2,350+ school garden educators representing 3,595,463 students. The community hosts an online forum and the best line up of webinars on garden-based learning.

Life Lab staff have presented four webinars over the past 15 months connecting with 1,508 live participants and 1,600+ archived viewers. We are grateful for this partnership to extend our professional development reach beyond the thousands we train in person each year.

View the Common Core in the Garden Webinar archive and browse additional resources to bring the new content standards to life in the garden.

Common Core in the Garden Webinar

View our other archived webinars:
  • Inquiry in the Garden
  • Design Ideas for a Fun, Successful Instructional School Garden
  • Regional Support Models for Sustaining School Gardens

"Food,What?!" Youth Landing Jobs

At the recent FoodWhat Alumni reunion, there was an impressive report back on the many places FoodWhat youth have gained employment since being a part of FoodWhat programming.

A few mentioned were: The Boardwalk, Penny Ice Creamery, Assembly, Peet's Coffee, The Truck Stop, FoodShed Project of the Santa Cruz Community Farmers Markets, Dirty Girl Farm, Home Depot, Food Smith, Dharmas, and more!

We are excited to celebrate both the success of FoodWhat youth getting solid local jobs and of the community of businesses providing those opportunities.  Cheers to all!

Check out this great video about Life Lab's Youth Empowerment Program. We are very grateful to Alana Lowe and Paul Helzer  of for donating their time and skills to create this video.

See the FoodWhat Video



One Garden, Many Schools: Multi-use School Garden Program Models

Most of the gardens that we have worked with over the past 35 years are located on, and serve, one school site. While visiting school gardens in Denmark and Norway, I was impressed by their model of one large garden serving multiple school sites. The reality of challenges related to creating and sustaining a school garden at an individual school site got me interested in looking at multi-use gardens in the US.

This concept of One Garden, Many Schools has been researched and crafted into the following Sustainability Series article written by Life Lab Intern Cora Sorenson. Cora is graduate student in Education and Business at Mills College.

- John Fisher, Life Lab

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Vote for us to be part of the New Leaf Community Market Envirotoken Program!

If we are selected customers will be able to donate 10¢ to Life Lab for each grocery bag they reuse. Vote for Life Lab (Science Program) for both the Santa Cruz Ballot AND for the Felton & Boulder Creek Ballot! 

Upcoming Events, Workshops, and Webinars

Garden Classroom Workshops

EdWeb Webinars

Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden Horticultural Workshops Learn More

  • Strawberry and Justice Festival - May 15, 4 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Farm Systems, Session 1: Tillage Tools and Techniques for Beginning Farmers - May 19, 2 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Free, docent-led tour of the UCSC Farm - June 1, 2 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Poetry and Music in the Garden - June 21, 12 pm - 2 pm
  • Planting, Weed Management, and Irrigation in an Integrated System - June 23, 1 pm - 5 pm

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