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Introducing Living Classroom's New Palo Alto Unified School District Program

img Fairmeadow garden work dayLiving Classroom starts operations at the Palo Alto Unified School District this August with new program staff, a new office, and new edible and native habitat gardens.

We welcome Shawn Shahin and Lorraine Kostka as our new Program Manager and Program Assistant. Our garden manager, Patti Berryhill, will expand her role to maintain gardens in both the Mountain View Whisman and Palo Alto School Districts.

Living Classroom will give lessons to kindergarten through 3rd grade children in five Palo Alto schools, including Duveneck, Hays, El Carmelo, Barron Park, and Fairmeadow Schools.

We have installed beautiful new edible and native habitat gardens and will install three more in the fall. Every participating school will have an edible and native habitat garden for our lessons, which will also benefit the larger school community.
 
The new staff will recruit new docents at the beginning of the school year and commence lesson training in September.

To learn more, read http://www.paloaltoonline.com/print/story/2015/05/15/in-school-gardens-lessons-are-ripe-for-learning

El Camino Hospital Community Benefit grant to fund Living Classroom's Mountain View Whisman School District program

img 1st graders harvesting winter veggiesWe are thrilled to receive a $74,000 grant from the El Camino Hospital Community Benefit Program to fund a new Garden to Cafeteria program and support our nutrition focused lessons in grades transitional kindergarten through fourth grade.  img Garden to Vegetable Soup

With the new Garden to Cafeteria program, Living Classroom will grow more fruits and vegetables at several school campuses to be used in the school district's lunch program. We will develop a campaign to promote the school garden-grown food along with locally sourced produce. 

Students will assist Living Classroom garden manager, Patti Berryhill, in planting and harvesting produce and maintaining the edible gardens. This provides children with the experience of growing nutritious food and eating it in their school lunches.  
 
The grant will also fund edible garden expansion at a few schools and a "kitchen on wheels" that will travel among the participating schools for the food services staff to use to prepare fresh dishes on site.

Read more here: http://www.mv-voice.com/print/story/2015/07/17/from-seeds-to-student-lunches

Corporate Community Service projects help Living Classroom School Gardens

img Barron Park Native Garden Work Crew from GoogleLiving Classroom has benefited from corporate community service days.  Employees from corporations generously volunteer their time to install and maintain our edible and native habitat gardens at many school locations throughout the year.img Microsoft Employees at Gardner Bullis

In addition to loaning their employees, our corporate partners donate funds to purchase materials for garden projects and other resources. Participating corporations include Google, Netflix, Microsoft, and Symantec.

On behalf of Living Classroom, we thank our corporate partners for loaning their employees to us and providing invaluable assistance to by helping to install and maintain more than 40 school gardens.

Bring the Living Classroom Home!!

Special Offer for Los Altos and Mountain View Whisman School District Families and docents to create edible gardens at Home

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Thousands of children from the Los Altos and Mountain View Whisman School District are experiencing what it's like to plant, tend, harvest and eat food they are growing at the school's edible gardens through Living Classroom and lunchtime garden clubs.  You can continue this experience at home through creating edible raised beds in your yard or patios and involve the whole family in growing fresh fruits and vegetables.  A new local start up, Edible Urban Farm Company, will donate 10% to Living Classroom for families from the Los Altos and Mountain View Whisman School Districts or docents.

Edible Urban Farm Company installs and maintains organic vegetable gardens throughout Silicon Valley.  Started in 2013, they have installed over 120 raised beds & brought countless numbers of unused raised beds back into production.  They will come by for a consultation, give you a checklist of in-season vegetables to choose what you would like to be growing, and do all of the heavy lifting to leave you with your own vegetable garden.  If you need a bit more help, they will come back weekly to take care of everything related to your vegetable garden & leave the harvest on your doorstep.  

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Kamila's green thumb grew during her time working at Santa Clara University's 1/2 acre urban farm, The Forge.  There, she wondered why more people weren't turning their thirsty, unproductive lawns into beautiful vegetable gardens & she decided to do something about it.  Brendan has extensive experience teaching little ones how to be future urban farmers through his work at the California Native Garden Foundation's urban farming camp.  

Start Farming with Edible Urban Farm Company at www.edibleurbanfarm.com and please let them know you are a LASD or MVWSD parent or docent so you and Living Classroom can benefit.  This offer is valid until May 1, 2015.