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See what we are up to with our Winter 2017 Watsonville School Garden Crew

March 8 – Radcliffe School Garden Clean Up and Redesign

Today we repaired some garden beds, moved and filled garden beds to sunnier spots of the garden, and set up an outdoor seating area.

March 1 – Ann Soldo School Clean Up and Perennial Plantings

Today we topped off all garden beds with soil amendments and mulched the whole garden site. Additionally, we helped students plant over 20 perennial plants that will add beauty and plant parts to study! Very eager 4th and 5th grade science class students lent a hand.

February 22 – More Garden Stations with Amesti Students

Today we did a bit of garden care and practiced lessons learned from the week prior. Working with recess and lunch time student helpers made for a great day.

February 15 – Garden Stations with Amesti Students

Today we transplanted, sowed wildflowers, made beany-babies and played garden games. Additionally we started transforming part of the greenhouse into a functional storage area by adding cabinets.

February 8 – Sign Installation and Lesson Prep

Today we installed the signs we painted and reviewed a few lessons we will run with students next week. Check out our Beany Baby Necklaces!

February 1 – Plant Grab and Sign Painting

We acquired over 150 gallon perennial habitat plants from the UCSC Farm that will be planted in school gardens and painted garden signs

January 25 – Signs and Succulents

We painted garden sign blanks and propagated succulent plants. We installed bird netting and trelissed sweet peas at Amesti School.

January 18 – Landmark School Garden Workday

6 Garden Crew and 6 5th graders spent 2 hours clearing beds and amending soil with 30 cubic feet of soil amendment. We seeded two beds of wildflowers, a row of sweet peas and planted 8 Perennial Flowering Habitat Plants.

January 11 – Amesti School Garden Workday

Today we weeded the future corn patch, finished buidling a garden bed, planted 6 six packs of veggies, seeded a bed with clover, and started installing the greenhouse irrigation.

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Become a Life Lab Certified Gardener! ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒปBased on the success of our first four cohorts of Life Lab-Certified Garden Educators, we are excited to announce that registration is now open for individuals to register and be part of our fifth cohort starting January 23rd, 2023! Weโ€™ve put together a series of 4 on-line courses that will guide and support educators in becoming a Life Lab-Certified School Garden Educator. Upon successful completion of the 4 courses, participants will receive a certificate and the distinction of being a Life Lab-Certified Garden Educator. Each course will last 4 weeks long and include 4 synchronous meetings, at-home work, and a unique coaching model. The total commitment for the full series is 16 weeks. Check out our website for more information! Registration for the full certification series is now open. Please share with others who are looking for ideas and inspiration in the garden! There are 24 spots available and we sold out in our last 4 certification series. We hope you can join us!Life Lab offers a limited number of course fee reductions based on need and anticipated impact. To apply for financial assistance, follow the link below. Scholarship applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis between now and December 1st, 2022 or until all funds have been awarded.

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Thanks Shmuel! and all those that joined the Starlight workday.

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7 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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7 months ago

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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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7 months ago

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We are so glad to be a part of this yearโ€™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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9 months ago

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Rainbow Chips ๐Ÿ“—๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ“™๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ…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 ๐Ÿ˜„#gardenbasededucation #NGSS #scienceinthegarden #schoolgarden #NGSGintheGarden

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Food Factories ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿ˜‹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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