January 07, 1979

1979 ~ Life Lab Becomes a Non-Profit

Originally Life Lab was called Friends of the Harvest, a non-profit formed to support community programming. Around this time Gary Appel, co-founder of Life Lab was hired with Title IV C grant funding.

An excerpt from the
oral history of Robbie Jaffe:
He [Gary] came out of an environmental education background. He had done a lot of work at outdoor ed camps, and had done some curriculum development. As soon as we interviewed him, I knew he was the perfect one. It was great ... We worked together as partners until he ended up moving to Michigan in the nineties. We developed at Green Acres School, and then ended up developing Life Lab into a national program, its own nonprofit organization. Gary was key in that.

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