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The Garden Times - Life Lab's Newsletter Fall 2013

The Garden Times - September 2013   
In This Issue:

Program Updates
Meet Faith - Support our Work 
Summer Accomplishments
Announcing the National School Garden Network
The Top Ten of Farm- and Garden-Based Education

Garden Tips and Educator Resources
Root View Cups
Detergent Bottle Watering Cans
Recipe: Sunny Green Bean Pate

Coming Soon: Common Core Standards Database
Upcoming Events
Workshops and Webinar
Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden Events

Donate to Life Lab and FoodWhat

Meet Faith and Support Our Work

I've grown in a way that now I feel more accountable and responsible. I feel now that I actually have something to live for, something much bigger than myself, and I am inspired by the work I've done.  
-Faith (age 16), FoodWhat Summer Youth Crew Participant
In addition to youth empowerment, Life Lab provides local, regional and national farm- and garden-based, education through day camps, field trips, internships and educator workshops.  All focus on the power of one:  reach one, teach one, change a life, change the world.  Will you please join us in this life-changing, passion-driven work by donating in support of our programs today?    

Donate to Life Lab Today :)

What We Did This Summer

186 kids attended Garden Classroom Day Camps
24 local youth were hired for summer employment
125 greater bay area youth attended Youth Day on the farm
160 students participated in a Life Lab led school garden workday at Steinbeck Elementary
67 educators were trained by Life Lab in Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education
124 FoodCorps Service Members were trained by Life Lab

Recipe, Garden Tip and Activity

Recipe: Sunny Green Bean Pate

Recipe: Sunny Green Bean Pate

Make a Detergent Bottle Watering Can

Make a Detergent Bottle Watering Can

Grow a Root View Cup

Grow a Root View Cup

School Garden Support Organizations Unite -
Join the Forum

Life Lab is a proud founder of the The National School Garden Network which connects organizations and individuals supporting multiple school gardens across district, regional, or state levels. The network's forum provides a space for school garden professionals to connect and share resources, while its events and workshops carry the conversation to national gatherings. Learn more about the

Top Ten of Farm- and Garden-Based Education

You shared some great stories from your farm- and garden-based programs and the votes are in. From a high school student that finally learned that plants are alive to the elementary students that beg for spinach, our top ten list demonstrates why we do what we do. View the winners here.

Coming Soon....

Searchable Common Core and Next Generation Standards database for Life Lab's The Growing Classroom activity guide.

Announcement coming the next couple weeks.

Upcoming Events, Workshops, and Webinar

EdWeb Webinar: Inquiry in the Garden: Facilitating Student-Led Investigations for Grades K-8 in an Outdoor, Living Laboratory Tuesday, September 10

Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education Workshop Saturday, September 21

FoodWhat Benefit Dinner Sunday, September 22

The Growing Classroom Workshop Thursday-Friday, October 3-4

Plant It, Grow It, Eat It! Workshop Thursday, October 10

Santa Cruz Area School Food and Garden Tour Friday, October 11

Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden Workshop  Thursday, October 24

Growing Healthy, Strong, Inspired Teens Workshop Friday, November 15

Life Lab Community Tour Thursday, October 3 and Wednesday, November 20

Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden Events Learn More
Harvest Festival - Sunday, September 29
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