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We Build a Lifelong Enthusiasm for Science and Math

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Children learn best with hands-on experiences which make science and math relevant to their lives... Click for details >>

We Grow the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards

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The most effective way to inspire long-term environmental commitment is to inspire a love of nature in children.... Click for details >>

We Develop a Love of Healthy Eating

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Children can learn to love healthy foods by growing their own food in the school garden..... Click for details >>

Bring the Living Classroom Home!!

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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.

 

 

Family Fall Festival a Smashing Success!!

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Over 600 people, from infants to grandparents, enjoyed the Family Fall Festival at the Lazy Foot Chicken Ranch in Los Altos on October 12th.

Attendees:

  • enjoyed the food including many items from local restaurants and homemade Pho made on site and delectable goodies from our bake sale 
  • learned a lot from special activity and information tables from organizations like the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County, GreenTown Los Altos, Soil and Water: Mountain View Community Gardens, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Children and Nature Collaborative, and the Santa Clara County Bee Guild,
  • toured the magnificent edible gardens, picked pumpkins and visited with the chickens
  •  painted pumpkins and were adorned with painted arms and faces from acclaimed professional muralist Morgan Bricca
  • bid on a multitude of silent auction items - enjoyed music by Jim Althouse and his band
  • found compost critters in a homemade compost pile; made newspaper seed pots and herb container gardens and seasoned salts thanks to Debbie Togliati from nearby  Lenox Farm
  • soaked their toes in the beautiful fish pond to cool off on a very warm day

We want to extend special thanks to Anh and Mike Hodges, owners of the ranch, for offering their amazing property once again to Living Classroom. And a hearty thanks to the following for their contributions to the event: Edible Urban Farm Company, Whole Foods Market Los Altos, Safeway, Sprouts Market Mountain View, Calafia Cafe, Veggie Garden, Bucks Restaurant, Michael Pollan and many more contributors to the silent auction and bake sale.  Thank you to  Living Classroom docents and staff for making the day go smoothly.

Docent Training will resume in December and January for the winter season lessons offered by Living Classroom.

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Living-Classroom Logo 200wThis is a great time to jump in if you've been considering volunteering with Living Classroom. Don't hesitate to contact Mallory Traughber (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Caroline Chan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.  New docents do not need to attend all trainings to assist with our lessons.  Apprenticeship training (observe and then assist with lessons) is an option for those who cannot attend the lesson training sessions.

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Two new native gardens sprout up at Landels and Huff schools

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All seven schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District now have beautiful native habitat gardens gracing their school grounds.

Living-Classroom Logo 200wThe Landels School native habitat garden was completed in June through the efforts of Living Classroom and Hands On Bay Area working with two teams of Google employee volunteers. 100 plants representing 32 native species were planted and five new planter boxes were built and planted with edibles. Because the two garden areas were originally grass turf, a rebate from the Santa Clara Valley Water District will partially fund the project along with a grant from the WholeKids Foundation and Google.

The Huff School native habitat garden was also a beneficiary of the Hands On Bay area organized volunteer work days with two crews of Google volunteers. Employees cleared the grass, built the central pathway and created the planting mounds. Eagle Scout Trevor McGall completed the job by planting 100 plants, installing 32 plant identification signs and main garden sign, installing the irrigation, compacting the pathway, and spreading mulch.

From May, 2013 – July 2014, Living Classroom organized and led 8 new school garden projects in the Mountain View Whisman School District—a record for us!