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

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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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Happy National Homemade Bread Day! November is also National Bread Month. Share Bread Lab on the science and joy of whole wheat sourdough breadmaking. bit.ly/2VQjVo7"This engaging picture book about the science and joy of making bread is named for Washington State University’s influential BreadLab and co-written by its managing director, Kim Binczewski, and agricultural scientist Bethany Econopouly. Illustrated lovingly by Hayelin Choi, this book should inspire folks of all ages to explore the world of sourdough baking."Eater SeattleSee video with Kim introducing the book and her work at the WSU Breadlab. bit.ly/3r9RIqz..#NationalHomemadeBreadDay #HomemadeBread #Bread #WholeGrain #WholeWheat #Sourdough #SourdoughStarter #Fermenation #FoodLiteracy #FoodEducation #ScienceEducation #FoodScience #PlantScience #SoilScience #Farming #CulinaryEducation #KidsCooking #FarmToSchool #AgClassroom #AgLiteracy #AITC The Bread Bakers Guild of AmericaNational Agriculture in the Classroom American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Whole Kids Foundation Pilot Light FoodCorps Life Lab Big Green Washington Ag in the Classroom California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC) California Farm to School Edible Schoolyard NYC The Edible Schoolyard Project Center for Ecoliteracy

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Kirby School

Another wonderful Community Involvement day is in the books!Some of the activities students participated in to serve our community today:* Learned and practiced land stewardship (improve biodiversity, revegetation, weed removal)* Food preparation and distribution* Resource conservation* Home construction for low income families* Care and clean up of our community’s shared spacesThank you to these amazing local organizations and groups for their continued work to better our world through the lens of environmental advocacy and social justice: Coastal Watershed CouncilSave Our ShoresHomeless Garden ProjectEvergreen CemeterySan Lorenzo Valley Native Habitat Restoration ProgramGrey BearsLife LabSecond Harvest Food Bank Santa CruzHabitat for Humanity Monterey BayReStore Santa Cruz Home Improvement Store & Donation Centerwww.facebook.com/groups/SantaCruzFoodNotBombsSanta Cruz Museum of Natural HistoryCity of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation

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Happy National STEM Day! #GoodFoodReads for #STEMeducation: The Thing About Bees: A Love LetterFarmer Will Allen and the Growing TableBread LabBook info @ bit.ly/xoWr0H Find CurriculumMatrix for these titles @ National Agriculture in the Classroom bit.ly/3H0J9H4 ..#NationalSTEMDay #STEM #STEAM #stemeducation #scienceeducation #gardeneducation #environmentaleducation #MakerEducation #farmtoschool #agclassroom #agliteracy #AITC #foodliteracy #naeycAC The Alliance for a Healthier GenerationNational Science Teaching AssociationWSTA-Washington Science Teachers AssociationCalifornia Farm to School National Farm to School Network FoodCorps Big Green Life Lab Edible Schoolyard NYC The Edible Schoolyard Project Green Bronx Machine

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Happy #NationalSTEMDay & #NationalBreadMonth! Be sure to share Bread Lab! bit.ly/2vISBfa "Bread lovers are in for a treat!… Young Bakers will enjoy learning about the science of #breadmaking."—School Library Journal Check out the Crossword & Word Search games inspired by book. Thanks to our publishing partner at Washington State University BreadLab!..#STEM #STEAM #ScienceEducation #PlantScience #SensoryEducation #MakerEducation #BreadLab #Breadmaking #Fermentation #Microbes #SoilSciene #PlantScience #WomenInScience #FarmToSchol #AgClassroom #AgLiteracy #AITC National Science Teaching AssociationWSTA-Washington Science Teachers AssociationWashington Ag in the Classroom Life Lab Big Green FoodCorps Common Threads Farm Viva Farms Pilot LightThe Alliance for a Healthier Generation Edible Schoolyard NYC

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Life Lab

🗣️PSA: Life Lab is Hiring 🗣️We are seeking energetic, experienced and dedicated individuals to join the Life Lab team!We are hiring for 3 different positions:🌱 Pajaro Valley Partner Schools Program Sites Leader🥕Nutrition Instructor in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District🌸 Garden Instructor in Pajaro Valley Unified School DistrictFor more information visit lifelab.org/about/internships/jobs/

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Happy #NationalFarmersDay! We give thanks to all farmers for their work in bringing good food to our table. Share Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table on the urban farmer in starting a good food revolution. His inventive work using #vermicomposting, #aquaponics and #hydroponics won him a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" fellowship. bit.ly/3cA9Br6See National Agriculture in the Classroom curriculum matrix on FARMER WILL ALLEN. bit.ly/3q2WsxDWe’re thrilled that the book is the New York Agriculture in the Classroom Agriculture Literacy Book of 2022. bit.ly/3mOhPT5 ..#NationalFarmersDay #Farmers #UrbanFarmers #BlackFarmers #FarmerWillAllen #vermicomposting #aquaponics #hydroponics #AgClassroom #AgLiteracy #AITC #FarmToSchool #FarmToSchoolMonth #DiverseBooks National Agriculture in the ClassroomAmerican Farm Bureau Foundation for AgricultureIowa Agriculture Literacy FoundationOregon Agriculture in the ClassroomCalifornia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC) Washington Ag in the Classroom Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom ProgramNational Farm to School Network FoodCorpsWhole Kids Foundation Center for Ecoliteracy Life Lab Green Bronx Machine

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Community Foundation Santa Cruz County

Thank you Community Health Trust of Pajaro Valley for hosting the health fair last Friday! It was filled with families, fun, and resources! We are grateful to you and all the nonprofit partners there for your work in helping our community stay healthy and thriving.With Positive Discipline Community ResourcesLife Lab Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance Regeneration-Pájaro Valley Climate Action

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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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