Youth Co-op Conversation – Build Your Own Mini Greenhouse!

(Free Series) 

Do you want to grow your own food?

Do you want to make your own mini greenhouse?

Come by the Co-op Tuesday, April 24 from 6 to 8 p.m and join the Los Alamos Youth Food Project (LAYFP), the JJAB and The Family YMCA by creating a miniature greenhouse. Kids of all ages can stop by the Co-op and learn about the LAYFP, sponsored by a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, and receive free supplies and instructions to get them going and growing. We can all help create a Healthy Community and Healthy Youth!

This is a FREE opportunity for members and non-members alike (no reservation required).

Instructors: Los Alamos Middle School teacher Stephanie Krantz and Assets In Action Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen

Stephanie Krantz , LAMS teacher for the last 3 years will provide information on the Los Alamos Youth Food Project sprouting in our very own community.  Stephanie will give an overview timeline of the beginning stages on the project.  We will then have a brain-storming session of sustainable gardening practices and gardening ideas for the project.  Participants will get to plant a small window box planter of seeds to take home and grow seedlings to plant in our community garden.  Please come be a part of an amazing community effort in Los Alamos.  

When Stephanie was a little girl she always had a small garden in the backyard.  She loved the fresh homegrown tomatoes and cucumbers her mom and her would pick and eat every night in the summer from their garden.   After reading the book Seedfolks, to a few of her classes the discussion and collaboration of a community garden began to evolve.  Stephanie says she always strives to bring her students an opportunity for hands-on, experiential and fun learning.  This project can accomplish all this with an emphasis on New Mexico’s rich culture through gardening.  A community garden provides our youth with a truly unique opportunity to learn real-life problem solving skills with an emphasis on their own community. 

Bernadette Lauritzen is the Assets In Action Coordinator for the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Bernadette holds a BA in Speech Communication from Idaho State University. She is a graduate of the Leadership Los Alamos program, was Mrs. Los Alamos in 2009 and won the Governor’s Award last May for her work in the community. Bernadette is currently working with Los Alamos Public Schools to assist Los Alamos in hopes to achieve the distinction of 100 Best Communities for Young People.

If you would like to tell her why Los Alamos is so great, email her at

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