Life Lab

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

CUSTOM SUPPORT

Life Lab has partnered with a variety of organizations to develop custom curriculum and content; provide customized packages of workshops and consulting; and lead networks. If you are interested in learning more about partnering with us, email Whitney at education@lifelab.org

We Have Developed Curriculum for …

Life Lab developed a Scope and Sequence for Chef Emeril Lagasse’s signature program, Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen. This Scope and Sequence detailed 162 lessons for grades K-8 designed to build an appreciation for the source of food; an understanding of nutrition and healthy eating; and develop life and culinary skills. Life Lab also developed and delivered a customized training on this signature program to each of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s partner schools.

FoodCorps

Sprouts Scouts
Life Lab served as a lead writer for FoodCorps’ Sprout Scouts program, a series of garden “journeys” designed for after-school and summer programs led by FoodCorps Service Members.

Lessons
Life Lab served as a Lead Curriculum Creation Advisor with FoodCorps, participating in weekly calls to generate ideas for, and subsequently review and revise, 96 K-5 lessons designed to connect kids to healthy food in school.

American Heart Association

Life Lab served as a lead writer for a School Garden Manual, 36 lessons, parent materials, and a New Garden Activation Kit for the American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens program.

Kiss The Ground

Life Lab served as a lead writer for Kiss the Ground’s Soil Story Curriculum, a series of 5 middle school lessons focused on the carbon cycle, photosynthesis, soil science, various agricultural practices, and a regenerative soil-based project.

California School Garden Network

Life Lab developed all web content for www.csgn.org/steps and served on the content creation team for Gardens for Learning – Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden a free publication that was distributed in hard copy to over 10,000 educators.

California Department of Education

Getting Started
Life Lab served as a lead author for Getting Started: A guide for creating school gardens as outdoor classrooms. This project was part of the California Department of Education’s “garden in every school” program. 

California School Garden Training Program
In partnership with UC Davis and the Resource Conservation District of San Diego Life Lab co-authored the Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden and the Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education instructional materials. Additionally we created train the trainer materials, videos, and ran statewide trainings for thousands of educators.

Univeristy of California Global Food Initiative

Life Lab, along with the University of California at Berkeley and at Davis, created Engaging University Students in Local School Gardens: A Toolkit for School Districts, School Garden Support Organizations and Universities.

Grow Book

Life Lab served as a lead writer for the GrowBook home engagement guide and the Classroom Guide for lower and upper elementary grades. Both guides include 4 activities and lab pages.

WORKSHOPS AND PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION CONSULTING

Life Lab has partnered with a variety of organizations to develop customized workshops and consultations, ranging from orientation “boot camp” sessions for new garden educators to week-long garden education institutes for long-time practitioners. If you are interested in learning more, email Whitney at education@lifelab.org

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Readers To Eaters

Time for Summer Gardening! Thrilled to partner on @big green’s #ReadAsYouGrow, "connecting the stories and ideas that they are exploring in these fantastic books to what they can observe while growing food in their garden," with Readers To Eaters books in English & Spanish. See video on prgrm+ resource bit.ly/3JLxGMe ..#SummerGardening #SummerLearning #SummerReading #KidsGardening #OutdoorEducation National Summer Learning AssociationNational Environmental Education Foundation – NEEFNational Farm to School Network Common ThreadsNational Agriculture in the Classroom Life Lab

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Love this new review on Sandor Katz and the Tiny Wild from Shelf Awareness! bit.ly/3bG3czi "Martin and Lee incorporate quotes from Katz throughout their energetic, onomatopoeic text… Julie Wilson’s casual, enthusiastic, earth-toned illustrations suit the subject and Katz’s effervescent personality. The entertainment value here is rivaled by expansive backmatter including an afterword by Katz addressing readers, a visual guide to kraut-making, long author and illustrator notes (including ethnographic research) and additional resources.A fizzy and informative celebration of fermentation that enthusiastically supports curious experimentation and food literacy."..#FoodLiteracy #FoodEducation #FoodHeroes #FoodBiography #FoodWriter #Fermentor #Fermentation #NoHeatCooking #TinyWild #Microbes #FoodScience #STEM #LGBTQ #Queer #QueerCommunity #SummerReading #SummerLearning #SummerCooking #SummerGardening #KidsGardening American Farm Bureau Foundation for AgricultureNational Farm to School Network Tennessee Library Association Tennessee Agriculture in the ClassroomSlow Food Middle TennesseeJunior Master Gardener Program The American Horticultural Society Big Green Life LabChelsea Green Publishing

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So excitd about #MDSNAPEd #EatYourWords kickoff Thur! Check out video on summer program connecting #NutritionEducation & #EarlyLiteracy, giving away 50,000 Sylvia’s Spinach at schools and #FarmersMarkets. Event info+ kickoff w author Katherine Pryor+ resources @ extension.umd.edu/eat-your-words..#SNAPEd #EarlyLiteracy #FoodLiteracy #FoodEducation #Nutrition #NutritionEducation #EatingFresh #EatingVegetables #KidsGardneing #SchoolGarden #FarmToSchoolSlow Food USA School Garden NetworkBig Green Common Threads Pilot Light Life Lab

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#tbt to that time two weeks ago we were at the School Garden Support Organization – SGSO – Network conference organized by Sprouts Farmers Market and Life Lab !Check out this cool recap video Jen put together – love how we’re #growingschoolgardens together!#veggiecatethefirststate #STEMeducation #handsonlearning #schoolgardens #kidswhogarden

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Life Lab

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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Life Lab

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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Readers To Eaters

Thrilled that The Thing About Bees: A Love Letter is NC Farm Bureau "Ag in the Classroom" #BookOfTheMonth! Check out their terrific Activity Guide, including a few fun facts:• The honeybee is the state insect for North Carolina and 15 other states? • In North Carolina, bees help to pollinate strawberries, apples, and broccoli to name a few.bit.ly/3tE6nLASee this reading of author/illustrator Shabazz Larkin for PBS/ Thirteen WNET New York. bit.ly/32LQ0S0Good sharing for United Nations #WorldBeeDay on 5/20 and June #NationalPollinatorsMonth. ..#AgClassroom #AgLiteracy #AITC #FarmToSchool #Bees #Pollinators #Pollination #FoodLiteracy #FoodEducation #DiverseBooks National Agriculture in the ClassroomAmerican Farm Bureau Foundation for AgricultureNCLA: North Carolina Library AssociationNC School Library Media AssociationState Library of North CarolinaASAP – Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture ProjectNational Farm to School Network The Bee Cause Project The Pollinator Partnership North Carolina State Beekeepers AssociationNC Beekeepers Forsyth County Beekeepers Association of N.C.Whole Kids Foundation Big Green FoodCorps Life LabThe Black Church Food Security Network The Brown Bookshelf Multicultural Children’s Book Day We Need Diverse Books

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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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