Life Lab

Life Lab cultivates children's love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.



From the early days of the Garden Classroom there were always visions of offering programming for teens. We focus on teaching young adults and children about where there food comes from and how to eat a balanced and nutritional diet. As we do this, we hope to foster a love of the outdoors into all our students. Not only is gardening a hobby which is beneficial both physically and mentally, it also teaches them valuable lessons they can use in later life. For example, once our students know how to grow a crop they can find careers in agriculture, an industry which is growing since the legalization of cannabis and products such as this clementine weed strain. Even if student chose not to carry on gardening, they will be able to apply the ideals about hard work and living healthily with them for the rest of their lives. “Food, What?!” has fulfilled that vision:
“FOOD, WHAT?!” is a youth empowerment program using food, through sustainable agriculture and health, as the vehicle for bringing about personal growth and transformation. We partner with teenage youth to grow, cook, eat and distribute healthy sustainably raised food. These revolutionary acts serve to empower youth to realize their full potentials, to enjoy life, and serve as grounds for hard skill and leadership development.

See photos, videos of events, and posts of what we are up to at http://www.foodwhatblog.blogspot.com/

In the Fall of 2008 News Channel 8 KSBW covered the “Food, What?!” Fall Harvest Festival, see the video: www.ksbw.com/video/17843746/index.html

From 2007-2008 1,000 teens from our region and across the nation have participated in “Food, What?!” programming.

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5 months ago

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www.lifelab.org/jobs Full-time Bilingual Garden Educators at PVUSD School Gardens and Summer Program Staff at Garden Classroom on UCSC Farm

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Full-time Career and Summer Staff Positions in @pajarovalleyusd school gardens and the Life Lab Garden Classroom. On the @ucscagroecology farm @ucsc @pvusdschoolfood lifeLab.org/jobs

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We are so glad to be a part of this year’s Growing School Gardens Summit! 415 attendees from 45 states across the US, representing 6,000+ school gardens serving more than 2.5 million students. Here we go!!

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Rainbow Chips 📗🌱📙🍊📕🍅In this lesson students introduce themselves, create group agreements, listen to a story about a rainbow, and then go on a search for different colors in order to begin to form a personal connection with the #gardenclassroom .Also, we just wanted to show this really awesome squash gradience 😄#gardenbasededucation #NGSS #scienceinthegarden #schoolgarden #NGSGintheGarden

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Food Factories 🍅🥗😋In this lesson, students find leaves with holes in them and then construct explanations for what might havecaused those holes. They listen to a story book and add further possible explanations for the holes. Thenthey explore the garden to prepare to engage in argument from evidence about which explanation for these holes seems the most plausible. Finally, they relate this concept to plants that humans eat.#NGSGintheGarden #NGSS #gardenbasededucation

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Today we set our seedlings out to the sun! After planting a seed, students have been caring for their pet plants for four weeks now! Recording their growth and how they change over time. We fed them compost and watered them in their new home in the garden!#NGSS #seed #gardenbasededucation #NGSGintheGarden

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Life Lab provides truly inspiring training. Their breadth of experience, joy for teaching, and commitment to sharing knowledge highlight the best practices in food and garden education.
Erica CurryTraining and Professional Development ManagerFoodCorps
Thank you for such a wonderful field trip experience! Your leaders did such a great job at keeping our kids engaged.
Sheila BrickenKindergarten TeacherSan Lorenzo Valley Elementary
Terry had another awesome two weeks at Life Lab. I think he learns more there than in any other part of his year. School is great, but he’s passionate (and often dogmatic) about what he learns there.
Tara NeierCamp ParentSummer camp mom
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