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.
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 CookingbyHeart.org for donating their time and skills to create this 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 10Â¢ 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!