Get a garden + the Ranger program in your school now. We have built over 100 in Los Angeles. We move rapidly. We take care of the permits. We make it ridiculously affordable. We are frugal. We can take on existing gardens and we know how to fix things.

You want your group volunteer day to actually mean something? You want lasting impact? We are so busy, we can guarantee almost any date you choose. You want to see results.   

HUMANS

It is easy to help out. We are in 100 Los Angeles schools weekly and we care for our 100 gardens 332 days per year.  If you want to help , we will put you to work. We are growing so rapidly that no matter what you have to offer, we likely need your talents. Engage today. Volunteer tomorrow.

For Our Garden Rangers

 

SCHOOL GARDENING?

In a world that is becoming ever more competitive, can we really afford to have our youngsters gardening?

A student plants a seed and then sees a ting seedling within days? That is an easy lesson in science. Contrast fresh heirloom tomatoes with a pinch of salt to fast food? Welcome to nutrition 101. We can’t afford to raise a generation that does not get whole foods and we hardly need more folks who do not feel connected and thus a responsibility to the earth. 

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SCHOOL GARDENS

We are adding new sites monthly. We build fast and efficiently.

Our team with the help of volunteers is so efficient that we build start to finish in one day. Redwood boxes, controlled drip irrigation, picnic tables and super fertile soil. Our gardens work!  

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RANGER PROGRAM

Building a school garden without a sustainability and teaching plan is a waste. Our rangers take care.

 Our garden rangers are on site weekly caring for the edible garden and delivering our straightforward and cheerful curriculum. We amend the soil, fix the irrigation and engage the community.

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CURRICULUM

Straightforward and cheerful. Its easy to learn by doing

Our interdisciplinary curriculum provides youth opportunities to explore in an outdoor setting.  We teach K-12 students everything from cooking skills to environmental stewardship and history to social justice.  It is rooted in the principals of both place-based and experiential learning models.

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OUR VALUES

Down to earth, no nonsense and hard working. We are irreverent and we are ambitious.

We are like no other non-profit. Nobody here makes more than a school district custodian. ($38,000) Everybody gets their hands dirty. We are efficient. We are as frugal. We are different. We are an active Non-Profit. ( a non profit who does work as opposed to advocating)       

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There are many ways you can make a difference. We get that. We ask you to invest in what we are trying to do! Help kids eat healthy. Help kids appreciate and respect our planet. Help us partner with public schools.

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Friends and Foes – Insects at Micheltorena

By Alex Arciniega | February 8, 2019

If you know me, you know I love working the soil. When I first started gardening, I was so naive about what makes a successful garden. I thought, “oh it must be the seeds!” As time goes on, I realize so much of the wonder of a productive garden comes from the soil. And so…

New System for School Food Waste Composting at Micheltorena

By Alex Arciniega | February 8, 2019

We rolled out our first day of food collecting during lunch time at Micheltorena. Equipped with a bucket and a compost sign. I set it up at the lunch area. I had lunch with the kids and wanted to see what they were eating and what they were throwing away.   The kids who have…

Beans are good for your Heart

By Lisa Friedman York | February 6, 2019

A rainy day soundtrack of thunder and lightning did not hinder Yorkdale Elementary Tk, 4th & 5th graders from learning all about the parts of a seed. We began our class seated in a circle upon the floor in a large muti purpose room with focused students entranced in an exercise we dubbed, Parts of…

TIOH Student Get Down and DIRTy

By Seema Sundaresh | February 5, 2019

This month, the 2nd graders met some of my super helpful worm friends. We learned about how different they are from any human we have come across. I mean, do you know of any human that has 5 hearts? Yes, I said FIVE hearts. We learned how helpful they are for our soil, and in…

Gardner Artists and Observers

By Seema Sundaresh | February 5, 2019

Gardner Kinder students really delved into their artistic side as we discovered and learned about the different parts of plant. We put our writing and drawing skills to the test while putting our own personal touches to our creations. Watch out, Picasso! I see some new artists in town! The second graders delved deep into…

Rain Gain at Arroyo Seco

By Seema Sundaresh | February 5, 2019

At Arroyo Seco, the rains brought in lots of growth! Our leafy greens grew many more beautiful green and two-toned leafs. Our cauliflower started to make their debut and even some rain-loving fungi (mushrooms) started growing – not to worry, they were promptly removed after observing how beautiful, creative, and interesting they were! I also…

A Moment of Zen Aromatherapy at Mt. Washington Elementary School

By Lisa Friedman York | February 4, 2019

In January, while our brave teachers and students were striking in the pouring rain, we calmly cheered them on from inside our cozy classrooms with garden aromatherapy. Sitting in a circle on a blanket, we identified stuff that cause us to feel stress in our lives.  Children shared candid examples of their personal fear &…

Let’s Talk Dirt @ Micheltorena

By Alex Arciniega | February 2, 2019

It’s so nice to be back in the garden after the long break, only this time I have younger classes and boy has it been an adventure! It’s nice to go from week 1 of “ewwwww” when we see insects to genuine curiosity as to why insects live where they do. We couldn’t have chosen…

Calvert 3rd Graders Strengthen Their Research Skills

By Nicole Hernandez | February 2, 2019

Our 3rd Graders this week took to their field journals to make observations about leaf shape, size, vein and stem structures. This work built off of previous lessons on garden mapping and co-planting. We discussed how these structural and design differences lend to better absorbing light, moving around nutrients, and fitting next different plants in the…

Herbs Herbs Herbs and Spices with Mayberry 1st Graders

By Nicole Hernandez | February 1, 2019

Mayberry 1st Graders got up-close with new smells, sights and textures this week. Along with their teacher, we discussed how to identify key differences between herbs and spices (think leaves/seeds vs bark/roots). Students tested their senses noting differences in smell and texture, and found not all were pleasant.  We had fun telling stories about tacos…

The Three Sisters and a Winter Salad.

By Nicole Hernandez | February 1, 2019

Calvert’s kids this week learned about the ancient tradition of companion planting. The most well known system, The Three Sisters, was developed by Native Americans and to go over the pattern we drew diagrams with chalk on the asphalt. We talked about the importance of arranging crops so they complement one another based on their different requirements…

Thinning Carrots at The Accelerated School

By Judi McKee | January 31, 2019

The kids were excited to be back after rainy weather and work stoppages  kept us out of the garden for awhile.  But the garden didn’t take any time off and we had lettuces, broccoli, strawberries and radishes growing and growing.  Also, loads of crazy carrot tops.  So we thinned them out and had little carrot…

‘Digester’ laziest way to feed soil!

By Tahereh Sheerazie | January 31, 2019

January started with a bang! Lots of much wanted and needed rain absorbed by the cover cropped beds and mulched pathways. Plus an extension of the winter break with a teacher strike that brought everyone back to the garden with so much renewed enthusiasm that it made my new approach to teaching so much easier…

Delicious Snap Peas at El Sereno Elementary

By Sarah Heder | January 31, 2019

We have a ton of snap peas growing in the garden. Every class got to pick off a few snap peas to try. They were very crunchy and sweet. A delicious snack! The 6th graders worked really well in small groups to create their nature boards to display in the garden. Topics that are covered…

Finding Friends and Foes at Atwater Elementary

By Sarah Heder | January 31, 2019

We’ve been talking about different friends and foes we can find in the garden. It is always exciting when we actually see them when it’s time to explore! We found a cabbage worm (a foe) and a ladybug (a friend). We are enjoying lots of tasty snacks from our garden as well. Oranges from our…

Freshening Angeles Mesa Elementary

By David Ames | January 31, 2019

We have been super excited and entertained during our first Unit at Angeles Mesa. Kids from Pre-K, K and 5th grade have enjoyed learning and interacting with plants and garden. EnrichLA resumed activities at Angeles Mesa in the middle of November, bumping into a few days-off due to Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and then the strike,…

Phase one completed of the new outdoor learning garden at Our lady Of Perpetual Help in Downey

By enrichla | January 20, 2019

  On a beautiful saturday morning after a week of rain, together with parents teachers students and alumni, we created the new garden. Special thanks to Gerry and Karina Salazar dedicated parents at the school.      

Eating what we grew at Hamlin Charter

By Melanie Golder | January 18, 2019

It’s harvest time! Neither the LAUSD teacher strike nor intermittent rain could stop us from having a tasting of vegetables planted by kindergartners last fall. Thanks, Kinders! We talked about what part of the plants we were eating. Radishes (roots), green onions (roots), lettuce (leaves), Swiss chard (leaves), broccoli (flowers), and green peas (seeds) were…

Honeybees are buzzing at Hamlin Charter’s garden!

By Melanie Golder | January 17, 2019

We learned about honeybees and why they are so important in our garden. About 1/3 of our vegetables depend on them for pollination! We learned about the differences between the queen bee, the worker bees, and the drone bees. Each one looks slightly different and has a different job in the hive. The bees that…

“Turning” Trash into Compost at Alta Loma

By Judi McKee | January 16, 2019

As our session came to a close in December, we checked our compost tumbler for the last time.  We’d been adding and turning since school started, and it was getting almost too heavy to turn.  Looked good, smelled good, felt good.  So each student filled up a small plant container with some of the new…

The Butterfly Effect at Alta Loma

By Judi McKee | January 16, 2019

This rainy day craft was so much fun and good enough to eat.  And some tried!  Using different shapes of pasta to describe the lifecycle of a butterfly was a hit with our little gardeners and chefs.  Once they got past the sheer variety of noodles one can find at the grocery store, they got…

Talking Native Plants and Noshing on Veggies!

By Jessica Brown | January 14, 2019

The winter solstice has come and gone once again. It’s still chilly, as winter should be, but the shadows are getting shorter and shorter all the time. The seeds that I first planted when I began caring for the garden 3 months ago are now ready to harvest! Celery, beets, radishes, broccoli and peas are…

Yellow Salsa & Yard Work @ Van Nuys Middle School

By Andrea Trujillo | January 9, 2019

September is a great time for tidying up a garden.  Here in California, we are kind of in between seasons for planting, so you enjoy the last fruits of the summer and clean up the dead stuff.  The middle schoolers at Van Nuys are great at this hands-on work.  We pulled out dead green bean…

Drawing Seeds and Learning Names at Utah St. Elementary

By Rocio Prado | January 8, 2019

This week I needed to finish up learning the students’ names  and we needed to learn about seeds. Because this lesson took place the literal day before LAUSD went on winter break there was a lot of excitement in the air. My first class of students came by dressed in their Christmas best. They were…

A Big Change with the Season at KIPP Comienza

By Denise Villalobos | January 2, 2019

Change is constant in a garden, and at KIPP Comienza our final lesson of the year began with a new rotation. Our new groups were introduced to the garden space where they learned how it offers opportunities to use their senses as well as what makes up a food chain. Lessons were held in their…

Compost, Seeds and using our Language Skills

By Flo Razowsky | December 28, 2018

First learning what is compost and the ingredients needed to make it We gather the materials on our list and mix them together in our piles and containers We also add some non-organic materials (plastic bags and tin foil) in order to determine if those items can also decompose As the weeks pass we will…

Watching the Web of Life at Aspire Gateway

By Alex Aleshire | December 28, 2018

Today in the garden we went out to look for mini ecosystems. I explained to the students that an ecosystem consist of plants and animals (living organisms) interacting with the environment ( air, water, soil, weather). We talked about how an ecosystem can be influenced by many factors, living and non-living that can change the…

Compost, Seeds and Using our Tech Skills

By Flo Razowsky | December 27, 2018

First learning what is compost and the ingredients needed to make it We gather the materials on our list and mix them together in our piles and containers We also add some non-organic materials (plastic bags and tin foil) in order to determine if those items can also decompose As the weeks pass we will…

All About Leaves at Sullivan

By Alex Aleshire | December 27, 2018

The preschoolers at Sullivan have been learning about trees in the classroom. So to help support their learning, we did several hands on activities related to trees out in the garden. We observed various types of leaves growing from trees in our garden. Some are large, some small and some are green while others have…

Compost, Seeds and Art

By Flo Razowsky | December 27, 2018

First learning what is compost and the ingredients needed to make it We gather the materials on our list and mix them together in our piles and containers We also add some non-organic materials (plastic bags and tin foil) in order to determine if those items can also decompose As the weeks pass we will…

Sustainability – Doing our Part

By enrichla | December 22, 2018

At EnrichLA, our mission is to bring edible school gardens to all Los Angeles schools. As part of that mission, we want to teach students how to become responsible and empowered stewards of the environment. One of the greatest lessons students can learn is the incredible process of composting: how grass clippings and food scraps…

Compost, Seeds and Art

By Flo Razowsky | December 21, 2018

First learning what is compost and the ingredients needed to make it We gather the materials on our list and mix them together in our piles and containers We also add some non-organic materials (plastic bags and tin foil) in order to determine if those items can also decompose As the weeks pass we will…

Roots Rule at Woodlawn

By Alex Aleshire | December 21, 2018

Learning about roots can be fun especially when kindergarten gets to see first hand a carrot, pulled from their own garden!   We also saw beets, leeks and radishes growing in the garden. All were great examples of various types of roots! The carrots were the most exciting though and yummy too!

Learning about Seeds at San Pedro Elementary!

By Rocio Prado | December 21, 2018

Because a few teachers requested it, I decided to teach the parts of a seed this week. I had emailed the teachers ahead of time asking them to have their students bring their journals to garden class. I then proceeded to draw the parts of a seed on my own whiteboard and asked that they…

Making Dirt + Parts of a Seed and Rain Day Sign Making

By Flo Razowsky | December 20, 2018

First learning what is compost and the ingredients needed to make it We gather the materials on our list and mix them together in our piles and containers We also add some non-organic materials (plastic bags and tin foil) in order to determine if those items can also decompose As the weeks pass we will…

Studying Seeds at 20th St. Elementary

By Rocio Prado | December 19, 2018

Last week at 20th St. Elementary was a bit hectic. Their schedule was altered a bit because of their Christmas performances, but we made due! I began the lessons by asking them questions to reference previous lessons: what vegetables and fruits are in season in the winter? what kinds of veggies and fruits do we…

Nothing Beets Organic Veggie Tasting at Utah St. Elementary!

By Rocio Prado | December 19, 2018

Last week I started a new unit at Utah Street Elementary, but because one teacher was indisposed I finally got to meet them this week. The kindergarten class showed up enthusiastic and ready to learn this morning. I let them know I would 1. learn their names using the name game, 2. we would get…

Poems, Powered by Soil at Aspire Firestone

By Alex Aleshire | December 18, 2018

This activity kept Firestone students engaged, moving and thinking! First, I placed 4 different soil samples and some supplies on 4 separate tables ( a paper bag, 6 pencils and about 26-30 small pieces of paper big enough to write one word). I then covered them with a towel. I explained they would be looking,…

Sorting Roots, Fruits and Veggie at Ramona

By Alex Aleshire | December 18, 2018

I brought the garden to the kids on a raining day at Ramona.  We learned the differences between roots, fruits and vegetables then played a sorting game to test their knowledge. Some of the cards had fruit, roots or vegetables that they had never heard of. The kids had to use the information they learned…

Amazing Imagery at 6th Avenue

By Ami Kim | December 17, 2018

As we wrap up the fall semester, we are seeing the first harvest from our early fall plantings. The students planted mini radishes and are now beginning to harvest 🙂 With our 1st graders, we did the a 5 senses lesson combined with learning about “imagery” in the garden. The students were asked to then…

Fall Art with Maple Leaves at Weemes

By Ami Kim | December 17, 2018

It has been an amazing fall semester at Weemes Elementary! The students have been full of ideas about what we can do in the garden and how we can utilize the materials we find in every space of our edible oasis. Last week, we utilized an idea from one of our 5th graders and reused…

“Farm to Table” and WORMS at El Sereno Elementary

By Sarah Heder | December 16, 2018

The 5th and 6th graders learned about the concept “farm to table”. This means getting their food from local sources, like a farmer’s market or a garden in their backyard. We had good discussions about food miles, freshness of food, shelf life, nutrition, and food waste. The students split up into groups and walked through…

Creating bird feeders and tortillas at Atwater Elementary

By Sarah Heder | December 16, 2018

The 4th graders had a lesson called “Corn to Tortilla” and we had a blast making tortillas from scratch! We talked a lot about the Mayans and the significance of corn in their culture. It was pouring rain outside for the second week in a row, so we ended up in the library for our…

Plants aren’t the only ones who love to be sung to

By LaToya Granados | December 15, 2018

  No I don’t sing to my students. But I do sing their praises! At Taking the Reins this month, the program director on site, Misty, and I met to talk about how we can best serve the girls in the gardening classes. There are students in my classes from different backgrounds, with different needs.…

Gardening is more than dealing with seeds

By LaToya Granados | December 15, 2018

I love seeing girls feel safe enough to be themselves. Gardening classes at Taking the Reins have provided this beautiful space for girls from all different backgrounds to show up together, learn, be silly, and discover together. I like to give the girls room to exhibit leadership and creativity during classes. So this month we…

Journaling at Micheltorena

By Alex Arciniega | December 15, 2018

A few months ago, I trained under master gardener extraordinaire, Alexys. She brought out a gardening journal that was given to her by a family member and I just fell in love. I’ve been documenting my personal garden on Insta, via texts, in journals, you name it! So, if we’re going to work with kids,…

Upper Classes Presentations @Micheltorena

By Alex Arciniega | December 15, 2018

It’s time for winter break, and although the kids are probably so excited about the time off, it’s a bittersweet time for me as a garden ranger. Week 6 was our last session for this rotation and I couldn’t be more proud of my upper classes. Not only have these kids grown tremendously, but I…

December is Holiday Harvest Time at Thomas Starr Middle School

By Andrea Richards | December 15, 2018

To close out our fall semester of garden classes, we held a harvest festival of all the fresh lettuces, kales, and veggies growing in our garden! There was so much variety to pick from and everyone enjoyed identifying the different flavors and textures of our many different lettuces, kales, and chards (so much good color…

Y’all better crunch those leaves at Toluca Lake!

By Alexys Romo | December 15, 2018

We LOVE fall. Love it. We are so thankful for those falling leaves that add lovely carbon material to our compost bin. Some of the training rangers and I built a pallet compost at TLES and it have been beautiful! The parent center has been adding coffee grounds and I have been bringing in food…

End of Autumn Flowers at Carson Gore

By Judi McKee | December 14, 2018

Our bright pink zinnias and lantana bushes were needing a trim, so our creative little gardeners took our piles of cuttings and made flower bouquets to take home.  The kids love the flowers that grow in the garden as much as the fruits and veggies.   At this age, the boys still nudge their noses…

Composting. January 10th. That is when enrichla and our 100 partner school gardens will ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING EXTRA about our FOOTPRINT problem.

By EnrichLA Team | December 12, 2018

January 10th. That is when enrichla and our 100 partner school gardens will ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING EXTRA about our FOOTPRINT problem. We will begin to divert lunch waste from the school lunches into our gardens. We have thought this through. Here are the collector buckets, just arrived. They will be used ( 5 gallons, green.…

Kid Powered Salad at Woodlawn

By Alex Aleshire | December 10, 2018

A great way to end a session is to make a fresh salad with ingredients straight from the garden! Everyone worked together to slice, chop and dice, tomatoes and various types of kale, green onions and carrots. We also added pomegranate seeds and dressed the salad with a splash of vinager, sea salt and a…

Manure Talk at Aspire Firestone

By Alex Aleshire | December 8, 2018

Today the students walked into a smelly garden. It was a familiar smell for some, easily identified by a taboo word “poop”.  Not just any old poo, but what is called manure from specific animals.  Today we learned that using manure in the garden has numerous benefits. Manure is packed with nutrients tha plants need…

Marigolds and Dia de los Muertos at Toluca Lake

By Alexys Romo | December 8, 2018

With a very high population of Hispanic students, we were thrilled to celebrate and talk about Dia de los Muertos! We also have the movie Coco to thank for getting kids educated and excited about this holiday. We are now working with fourth grade students and our main concept is diversity. We discuss native plants…

Woodlawn Discovers How Soil is Made

By Alex Aleshire | December 7, 2018

Learning about how soil is made is amazing. It’s been happening since the beginning of our Earth; the recycling of organic matter rich with nutrients, transformed into exactly what a plant needs. This week the kids at Woodlawn participated in “feeding” their compost bin with dead leaves, twigs and shredded paper from the school. They…

Playing “Smell and Seek” at Ramona

By Alex Aleshire | December 6, 2018

Getting to know herbs couldn’t be more fun when you play a game that gets the kids moving, touching and smelling plants in the garden. Today we did just that! I filled each of my “Touch and Feel” containers with an herb, labled the containers 1 thru 6 and placed one herb in each container;…

Making A Claim at Aspire Gateway

By Alex Aleshire | December 6, 2018

Making a prediction, a hypothesis or a claim is an important step to solving a question. At Aspire Gateway students had lots of questions about their favorite isopod in the garden; the pill bug. So we set up an experiment to learn what type of immediate environment pill bugs prefer; moist soil, dry soil, leafy…

Composting All the Way!

By Hillary Williams | December 6, 2018

Last week at Valley View Elementary School, the kindergarteners learned the value of composting.   They knew how to use the bin but hadn’t learned the art of proper composting.   We played a little relay game and discussed what goes in the bin and what should be put in the recycling or trash bin…

Touch and Feel at Sullivan

By Alex Aleshire | December 5, 2018

Getting preschoolers to vocalize and describe what they touch and feel can be challenging at times especially in a group setting where there are varying degrees of development in a classroom. So we played a fun game to get them talking (and learning) about fruits and vegetables that grow in their garden! First we harvested…

~Plants at 10th Street Elementary~

By Zuri Blandon | December 5, 2018

Plants and its natural world is a mystery, splendor, and yet to be fully discovered and understood. Many plants are also at risk or almost extinct from their natural habitat. Plants not only clean the air, water, soil…  they provide food and shelter for animals and humans. Students observed Venus Flytraps and asked themselves questions about…

Describing Worms at 20th Street Elementary!

By Rocio Prado | December 4, 2018

I decided to modify a lesson to include exercises on describing using adjectives. After several attempts at tasting a beet salad and an apple and arugula salad, I noticed that when I asked students how they tasted, a lot of students responded using the words “weird,” “gross,” or “good.” As I explained to the students,…

Plants and Venus Flytraps at Wilshire Park Elementary!

By Zuri Blandon | December 4, 2018

Plants and its natural world is a mystery, splendor, and yet to be fully discovered and understood. Many plants are also at risk or almost extinct from their natural habitat. Plants not only clean the air, water, soil…  they provide food and shelter for animals and humans. Students observed Venus Flytraps and asked themselves questions about…

Venus Flytraps at Wilton Place

By Zuri Blandon | December 4, 2018

Plants and its natural world is a mystery, splendor, and yet to be fully discovered and understood. Many plants are also at risk or almost extinct from their natural habitat. Plants not only clean the air, water, soil…  they provide food and shelter for animals and humans. Students observed Venus Flytraps and asked themselves questions about…

Fruit by the foot – Dominguez high

By Yancy Comins | December 4, 2018

We’ve been getting some great harvests at our garden here at Dominguez! And today was no different! We’ve been on a mission to revive the fruit orchard and on my 3rd year teaching the students here, we are seeing the fruits of our labor. Pun intended, lol. We’ve shovel, fertilized, aerated, watered, pruned and loved…

From Apples to Zucchini at The Accelerated School

By Judi McKee | December 3, 2018

The apple tree in the TAS garden has given us a nice supply of fruit this season.   The kids never tired of our crispy cut up snacks and learning about this delicious food.   I asked them to find out something interesting about apples and they wrote about how apples are part of the…

Worms Are Our Friends at Bushnell Way Elementary!

By Rocio Prado | December 3, 2018

I had let the students know I was going to bring worms so they were all very excited. When the class of kindergarteners came into the garden, they immediately swarmed around me asking “are we going to see the worms today?!” I laughed and said yes. They eyed my large worm farm container with excitement.…

Teamwork makes the Garden work – South Gate Middle

By Yancy Comins | December 3, 2018

Hard work and dedication From bell to bell. With the garden treated for invasive weed growth over the summer, I told the my students that we would be building our garden from the soil UP, and it wouldn’t be as easy as picking daisies. They smirked and smiled and accepted the challenge! Learning to grow…

Purple Kale is a Huge Hit at T.S. King Middle School

By Andrea Richards | December 3, 2018

Since we’ve been working together in the garden for almost 3 months now, we are happy to have so much to harvest. Carrots, onions, radishes, broccoli, a variety of lettuces, and a crazy amount of kale! So this week we decided to do some outdoor cooking and make a cheesy purple kale dip that we could…

Pride in Our Garden at T.S. King Middle School

By Andrea Richards | December 3, 2018

One of the big challenges of a school garden is to make it useable for all–it shouldn’t be a museum where students can only look at what is inside or a pristine place limited to only the kids who are enrolled in a garden class. At King, we are lucky to have a garden that…

PLANTS at Eastman Elementary!

By Zuri Blandon | December 3, 2018

Plants and its natural world is a mystery, splendor, and yet to be fully discovered and understood. Many plants are also at risk or almost extinct from their natural habitat. Plants not only clean the air, water, soil…  they provide food and shelter for animals and humans. Students observed Venus Flytraps and asked themselves questions about…

Plants at KIPP Empower!

By Zuri Blandon | December 3, 2018

Plants and its natural world is a mystery, splendor, and yet to be fully discovered and understood. Many plants are also at risk or almost extinct from their natural habitat. Plants not only clean the air, water, soil…  they provide food and shelter for animals and humans. Students observed Venus Flytraps and asked them self questions…

Dirty Hands | Happy Plants – Whaley middle

By Yancy Comins | December 3, 2018

I told the kids, “We’ve got to know the garden like the back of our hands.” And there’s no better way to achieve this than putting those hands in the soil! And so we did. But before that, we harvested our drying sunflowers so that we could try them raw and hopefully roast them with…

Beans beans the wonderful fruit…at Riverside Dr. Charter!

By Alexys Romo | December 1, 2018

There are beans everywhere. Coming out of our ears. Drowning our sorrows away. Keeping our digestive track going. We did a taste test with a few of our peas to see if we enjoyed peas or beans more. Peas won by a long haul but most students said they enjoyed both. We have been harvesting…

From Earthworms to Kale Tacos at KIPP Comienza

By Denise Villalobos | November 30, 2018

Garden time this month for our friends at KIPP Comienza involved learning about compost, harvesting, and the butterfly cycle. Our compost lesson began with a short lesson on the compost cycle and was followed by a card game they played in pairs. We played with three different cycles: apples, bananas, and pumpkins; the objective was…

Discovering Seeds at El Sereno Elementary

By Sarah Heder | November 30, 2018

The students at El Sereno Elementary discovered that seeds come in all different shapes and sizes. They had fun investigating the seeds and guessing what plant the seed would turn into. And then finding some of the plants in our garden! We examined lima beans and cut them in half in order to see all…