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The Garden Times - Life Lab Newsletter - Summer 2011
Life Lab teaches people to care for themselves, each other, and the world through farm- and garden-based programs.

In this Issue
Working with Interns
Spanish Language Garden Education Resources
Garden Scavenger Hunts
Meet Don, our Associate Director
Top Ten Contest
"Food, What?!" Photo-of-the-Month
Food Justice Defined in the Words of our Youth
Our Online Auction
Camp in Review
Make your Schoolyard Green
Websites we Like
Upcoming Events

Working with Interns 
Over the past ten years we have trained over 400 interns who have taught farm-based environmental education at the Garden Classroom and on the UCSC CASFS Farm. Working with interns allows us to reduce group sizes when teaching, take on special projects to enhance our site and programs, and train future environmental educators. Our staff shares tips and lessons learned from working with interns in this recent post.

Spanish Language Garden Education Resources
Do you work with Spanish speaking students or adults? If so, we have a great list of resources such as Life Lab Science K-5 Lab Books, a newly published bilingual gardening dictionary, and more. Check out this comprehensive list of resources suitable for educators and community gardeners that work with Spanish speakers.

Garden Scavenger Hunts
Over the years we have created a good number of scavenger hunts to use in the garden. From teaching math to exploring plants these guides are a quick way to get your students exploring the garden and can help enhance lessons. Also check out a video of Life Lab Board Member and Garden Teacher Susan Dahlgren teaching a scavenger hunt at the Life Lab blog.

Meet Don Burgett, Life Lab's New Associate Director
We are thrilled to welcome Don Burgett to the Life Lab Staff. Don spent the last ten years as a Development Director at the Organic Farming Research Foundation and has a longer history of doing great work for great causes. Read more about Don.

Top Ten Contest
Add to our top ten listAs part of the tenth anniversary of the Garden Classroom, we are asking you to help create the Top Ten of Farm- or Garden-Based Education.  If your contribution is selected for our top ten list, you will win a copy of our award-winning Kids' Garden Activity Cards.

Win a set of Kids' Garden CardsContest Directions: Tell us one reason why you think farm- or garden-based education is important. Don't be afraid to tell us a silly quote from your child or student. Be creative!
More contest information

"Food, What?!" Photo-of-the-Month
Our youth empowerment program "Food, What?!" shares a glimpse into the life changing work they do through the Photo-of-the-Month. Check out the latest shots and sign up to receive this email update that you will make you smile. The "Food, What?!" website does a great job documenting what our youth do. Check it out at

Food Justice Defined in the Words of our Youth
The GoodTimes recently published a cover story that did an incredible job distilling the concept of food security. With quotes from "Food, What?!" Youth and Staff, GoodTimes Editor Greg Archer shares real life examples of those working towards Just Food. Read The Kids are Alright.

Life Lab's Online Auction Opens in October
Just a "heads up," in Mid-October we will be launching our online auction as part of our annual appeal. When we go live we hope you'll click on over to see what we're offering.

Camp In Review: Photos, Recipes and More
Another summer of Garden Classroom day camps is behind us. See the photos, baby chicks, and download the camp journal full of recipes and activities.

Make Your Schoolyard Green
The Green Schools Movement is making schools more energy efficient and healthier places to be. Creating natural-scaped outdoor spaces is yet another aspect of greening schools. Asphalt to Ecosystems and other resources for creating green schoolyards are shared in this post.

Websites Worth Visiting
Urban Gardening for Birds teaches ways to attract birds in small garden spaces from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Let's Move with Beyonce
You gotta love this one!
And this one too!

American Heart Association's Teaching Gardens are using a garden-enhanced nutrition education activity curriculum written by Life Lab to promote gardens as fountains of health. Sign your school up to be a teaching garden to receive the curriculum.

Evergreen's mission is to bring communities and nature together for the benefit of both. They have extensive resources on greening schools, including school gardens.

Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables is available free to Child Care Centers and as a download. It is one of the hundreds of free resources provided through USDA's Team Nutrition Program.
Support Life Lab
Donate if you can. Learn other ways to support us, like our wish list:

Donate to Life Lab
Life Lab's Wish list
  • Passenger van
  • Large pump coffee thermos
  • Shovels, garden forks, digging spades, hula hoes
  • Easy-up shade structures
  • Picnic tables
  • Firewood
  • Wild bird seed
  • Piezo start propane range (like the kind in RV's)
  • Lap top computer (2007 or newer)
  • Digital camera
  • Digital Video camera
  • Chicken feed
  • Frequent flier miles
  • Wooden fruit crate
  • Cast iron griddle
  • Cast iron pans

Events and Workshops
Fall Preschool and Kinder Field Trips. Wednesday Mornings October - November

Garden Classroom Educator Workshops
Plant It, Grow It, Eat It!: Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education. September 23, 2011

The Growing Classroom: An Introduction to Garden-Based Learning. October 6-7, 2011.

Sowing the Seeds of Wonder: Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education. October 16, 2011

More Conferences
California Subject Matter Project Education Conference Monterey Bay Region Participate in engaging workshops for K-12 teachers and administrators in all content areas. October 15, 2011

Engaging Our Grounds
2011 International Green Schoolyard Conference
September 16–18, 2011, Berkeley & San Francisco. We will be there, you should too.

2011 California Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
Sept. 24, 2011, AGRIscapes, Pomona
Oct. 19, 2011, Cow Palace, Daly City
They always put on a great conference, and this year they are doing two!

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: A Centerpiece to a Healthy School Environment  These two-day workshops take place across California and promote farm to school efforts.

Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden Events
Fall Garden Workshop: Planting the Thanksgiving Feast
September 28, 2011, 10am-1pm at the UCSC CASFS Farm

UCSC Farm Fall Plant Sale September 9-10, 2011
Great selection of organically grown annual and perennial plants

UCSC Farm Harvest Festival September 25, 2011, 11am-5pm
Bring the whole family for this farm fest. Live music, food, crafts, and more.

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