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L.I.F.E in the Classroom

Students start seeds for the garden using indoor light towers, thus witnessing the beginning of the cycle of life. Using food as a unifying principle, lessons in geography, history, literature and social studies are made memorable with produce students have grown and harvested then prepared using the mobile cooking unit.

"I never had sorrel before. It tastes a little like lemon." – Uhane, 3rd grader

L.I.F.E. in the Garden

Students of all ages work in the garden, growing flowers and vegetables, and tending to the chores of weeding, watering and harvesting. By being involved in the process of nurturing their own plants, students find they are willing and happy to eat foods they have never tried before.

"It's neat how big the potatoes are when you dig them up!" – Luke, 2nd grader


L.I.F.E in the Kitchen

High school students take Culinary Arts in the cafeteria kitchen where being part of a team, sharpening their communication skills and learning good culinary habits build confidence and expertise. While everyone learns basic cooking, some take their skills on to restaurant work or culinary school.

"I ate kale for the first time!" – Kevin, 5th grader

Programs for Change

Cultivating Change

The L.I.F.E. Garden Program teaches K-12 students how to grow and eat organic, healthy food...

Nourishing Change

Evening Meals at School serve up organic, affordable communal dinners for the whole community...

Demonstrating Change

S&S Homestead Farm demonstrates principles of sustainability and takes a leadership role in educating youth...

Inspiring Change

The Vita Parcours Lopez Island Fitness and Ecology Trail offers a scenic fitness experience for all abilities and ages...

Promoting Change

Local initiatives support cultural diversity, a connected community, and healthy, well-informed individuals...

Healthy Change

Collaborating with a local effort to bring clean water to a village in Ethiopia with the Water for Anasi project...