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

Life Lab Newsletter Fall 2006In 1996 Life Lab was a 17 year old organization. Now at the ripe old age of 33 it is fun to look back at what we were sharing during our wild teen years.

Perhaps one of the biggest changes that our organization has seen over the past few years is the launch of our website! As you can imagine, the design of our website has changed quite a bit since it first went live all those years ago. It seems like just yesterday that we were frantically researching web design and web hosting services. We did not have a clue about the importance of using a VPS back then! How times have changed.

With that being said, if you are in the process of launching your very own website, or simply fancy an upgrade you might want to read the full article on the Make a Website Hub website that goes into detail about why you should be using a VPS to host your website. Ultimately, even in digital and online forms, our message has remained consistent.

Really, apart from that, not much else has changed. Well, except the hairdos, computers and a few other things, but all in all school gardens were based on the same concepts as today. Sun, soil, water and air mixed with seeds, care-taking kids and teachers who brought learning to life in the garden.

Check out our newsletter from Fall 1996. 

Fall 1996 Newsletter Content
A Garden in Every School – In the late 90’s Life Lab provided training to support this initiative sponsored by the California Department of Education and the USDA. Today, the CDE continues to support school gardens and it is great to see the feds back on board by promoting farm to school and the Let’s Move Campaign.

Harvest Hotline – What can my class do in the winter? Still the same question being asked, see what we had to say back then and browse our publications and other past newsletters for more answers.

CD Review: North American Birds (what is a CD?) – I hope your computer can match the system requirement for this resource, you will need 10mb of hard drive space;) Psst, you wanna learn about birds check this out.

Nutty Bird Treats – Includes the classic Peanut Butter Pinecone and two other bird feeding treats.

Life Lab’s New Web Page Announced – Hey, we just did that again last year, but back then we were one of the first school garden learning sites around.

Call for Presentations: Education in Blossom: The School Garden-Community Partnership – We are still working with Marcia Eames-Sheavly at Cornell! In fact, in our Winter 2011 and Spring 2011 newsletters we shared her Dig Art!: Cultivating Creativity in the Garden resource and their resourceful (ie. full of great free resources) garden-based learning web site. We have also worked with her over the past year and a half refining the California School Garden Network’s research database.

Book Review: The Geography of Chilhood by Gary Paul Nabhan and Stephen Trimble – Good things don’t change, this book is still kickin’ around on some of our staff book shelves.

Okay enough words, you just wanna see the hairdos.

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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.
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