The Lopez Island Farm Education (L.I.F.E.) Garden Program is a comprehensive curriculum in sustainability and food literacy for K-12 students on Lopez Island, Washington. Classes include subjects such as farm, food and production; culinary; woodshop; garden enrichment and sustainable practices, integrated across disciplines such as biology, economics and English.
Sixth-grade student, Destin Deveux, best enjoys the opportunity to participate in hands-on, group experiences which he emphasizes cannot be learned from a book. He enjoys farming and gardening, explaining that the program’s courses help him to think a lot more about what he is eating and where his food originates.
Dave Sather, Secondary Principal and Activities Director, oversees the L.I.F.E. Garden Program. He is gratified by the increasing awareness among students about what they are eating and their growing understanding of the impact that humans have on each other and their environment. Sather is inspired by the individual and collective responsibility students are beginning to take for maintaining sustainable practices. Founded just six years ago, the LIFE Garden program has already achieved great success in preparing students for a sustainable future.
Lopez Island School’s L.I.F.E. Garden Program is showcased in the Center for Ecoliteracy‘s book Smart by Nature as one of twenty innovative K-12 programs across the country that prepares students for a sustainable future.
For more information, and to connect with L.I.F.E.Garden Proram, visit the following links:
Lopez Island School District L.I.F.E. Garden Program Homepage
L.I.F.E. Garden Program Facebook Page