Gardner’s Plant Experiment

In March, Gardner scientists took Masaru Emoto’s water crystal experiment and started a plant experiment. They had six different studies running at once. The experiments as follows: Plants that receive positive words Plants that receive negative words Plants that is in the sun but gets no water Plants that receive water but no sunlight Plants that are…

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Arroyo Seco’s Worms Are Cool!

Who thinks are gross? Not us! Worms have five hearts, are blind, and have no noses but who else makes the best compost with little fuss? In March, Arroyo Seco learned about worms, what they like to eat, and about vermicompost. It’s easy to build a vermicompost. You can buy a plastic bin, makes hole…

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Flowers, Flowers, everywhere!

Spring is (definitely) here! Well, “spring”– it was quite hot in DTLA for the last few weeks. Our class with Academy Leadership Community (ALC)  at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex is in the early afternoon so we can feel that heat! Of course, these kind of things are always a good opportunity for learning and teaching–…

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New Tumblers at Carson Gore Academy

Carson Gore Academy hasn’t had a tumbler up until now, but we’ve still been going over the fundamentals of composting.  The kids were eager to get started and our new green pails have been employed to help keep things separated.  Banana peels and apple cores from breakfast are being brought to the garden by the…

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Composting at home = Beautiful Gardens at home

The more we compost, the more “texture” get in our edible garden at home. https://web.extension.illinois.edu/homecompost/benefits.cfm “Incorporating compost into soil dramatically improves soil structure. Soil structure refers to how inorganic particles (sand, silt, clay) combine with decayed organic particles (compost, humus). Soil with good structure has a crumbly texture, drains well, retains some moisture, and is…

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Fearless Kale Eaters

  This Los Angeles version of spring is upon us, preemptively sending lettuces to bolt, premature marigolds to flower, and beans to pack-it-in. We’ve sadly had to watch (and taste) our super sweet snap peas go from juicy candy to cellulose-y seed bombs, but behold!—our leafy greens—rainbow chard, lacinato kale, and purple kale have become…

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Here Comes the Sun, Valley View!

Longer days mean that here in Los Angeles we have officially switched over from one planting season to the next.  For my veteran students there is no question as to what changes are taking place out in the garden!  They know that flowering plants mean it’s time to take note and start saving those seeds.…

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St. Patrick’s Welcomes the 3 Ps! (Kind Of)

We loooooove exploring creatures in our garden and when the kindergarteners come out the first thing the want to look for are….bugs!!!   So naturally, our inclination is to properly explain the delicate ecosystem that is existing in our very own school garden.  The three Ps are easy to break down!  Pests, pollinators and predators…

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Primary Parts!

At Primary Academy we enjoyed all the six parts of the plants and learned how to spell them as well!  You have to be creative in the garden.  It is easy to think of your favorite edible treat in the garden, but is it easy to identify what part of the plant it belongs to?…

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Toluca Lake Soil Identification and Analysis

I recently started working at Toluca Lake and I have to say, aside from the kids and staff being so wonderful they really are inquisitive. I’ve been challenging the kids with some lessons that I initially thought were out of their scope and boy, did they prove me wrong in the best ways! We wanted…

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Glenfeliz Elementary School garden is leading the enrichla compost race and setting an example for us all.

Glenfeliz Elementary School under the leadership of Principal Karen Sulahian and Tahereh Sheerazie, Garden Ranger and a dedicated faculty not only started a composting program but asked enrichla to expand the composting facilities to make room for more. This school and it’s students are an example to us all. More than 50 percent of garbage in…

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A Taste of Garden

This week for our final kindergarten classes we talked about the different parts of plants and then had tastings of various parts of plants that we eat. We ate carrot roots, celery stems, broccoli flowers, and spinach and Swiss chard leaves. Most of us liked carrots, celery and the leafy greens, but broccoli seems to…

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Mapping the Garden

This week the 5th Grade at Hamlin Charter finished their maps of their garden beds. This not only teaches them mapping skills but they also have to identify what vegetables are already growing in their bed. Then both 5th Grade and the PALS classes used seed starting pellets to plant a variety of seeds, including…

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3 Ways to Start a Garden

At Lassen Elementary the 2nd Grade learned three ways to plant a garden—1) Planting seeds directly in the ground, 2) Buying seedlings at the store, and 3) Planting seeds in seed pellets and then transplanting the seedlings we grew ourselves into our garden beds. We planted cantaloupe and hot pepper seeds in individual seed pellets.…

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Kinders Explore Soil – Aspire Gateway

Kindergarten students need plenty of time for garden exploration.  With simple instructions to touch different areas of garden soil gently, they began to make observations. Look at these kiddos! There must be something super interesting under the picnic benches! The  students discovered the soil is different in the pathways. “It’s really hard” they said. We…

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A Plant’s Function at Aspire Firestone

What better way to learn about the parts of a plant and their function, then to actually handle a living  baby plant!  Aspire students did just that! Later we had a taste of their favorite garden food, kale with a splash of Tajín!

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Salud! Cheers to our Health

Cheers to a wonderfully wet winter! Last week in the Frank Del Olmo garden we celebrated the end of a fantastic six week session. Flowers are blooming all around, and the root veggies are splendid and plump. I hosted a spring time tea party for my students, as a w    ay to show our appreciation for…

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Worm Discovery at Aspire Gateway

Worms are fascinating creatures. The kids love to explore a functioning worm ecosystem because not only do they find evidence of worms  reproducing, they discover there are other creatures that share and benefit from the same environment. The kids love the book “Wiggling  Worms at Work”. It explains so much about the worms life cycle.…

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Woodlawn Harvest Time

The end of the session is a great opportunity to learn how to harvest, prepare and enjoy great fruits and vegetables straight from the garden. Various kales, radishes and chives were harvest then cut into tiny pieces. We made an orange dressing that everyone loved and the students wrote down the recipe to share with…

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All About Citrus at Sullivan

This beautiful garden is pack full of citrus trees that are producing wonderfully. So why not teach the kids about the world of citrus! First we discussed shape, color and texture. Then the students drew the different types of citrus fruit. Lastly, we tasted the different varieties. Some were sweet and others very sour…those tart…

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Ask a Question Firestone Aspire

The first day of a new rotation are always so fun! This month it’s kindergarten’s turn in the garden and this group is full of questions! They explored the garden pointing and asking great questions along the way. “Are the orange ladybugs poisonous?” “Is that a tomato?” ”Why are the  roly-poly’s eating the strawberry!?” ”What…

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Succession Planting at Ramona

Thinking ahead is important when taking care of a garden if you want to have a continuous harvest. Today we harvested lots of beautiful lettuce then scattered  some lettuce seeds to ensure we would have an ongoing supply The students were amazed that one seed holds all that is necessary to grow into a head…

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Calvert Designs Their Garden

Today’s lesson allowed students to become mapmakers! I asked to students to first create a mental map of their garden. Building maps encourages spatial thinking and allows one to comprehend space and place. In the case of our garden, our map extended into what we were growing and what goes on within soil. We discussed…

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Mayberry Goes Outdoors Inside

To their teachers delight, I brought in a bunch of red worms. Before allowing students to observe and handle the worms we reviewed the importance of worms in soil, their delicate anatomy, and the do’s and don’ts. To my surprise students were extremely interested in this lesson, and to have worms up close and personal.…

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Calvert Kids Get BEEEEZY

These kiddos were more than happy to get onto the floor and use their art skills to draw out the anatomy of a bee. Taking the bee piece by piece, we complicated the notion that bees were a belly with wings and a stinger. Instead kids got to thinking about their own bodies compare to…

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Mayberry Magicians have Soiled Hands

The goal with this class was for students to build a hands-on model of our soil profile to discuss soil quality.  After organizing ourselves into partners, we explored various locations where plants, trees, and weeds were growing. Not just within our garden beds but the area surrounding the garden area. Each teams decided upon five…

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It Starts with a Seed -Woodlawn

It really does start with a seed!  All plants want to reproduce and the Woodlawn kindergarteners learned just that by going on a seed hunt! The students found evidence of how the big Jacaranda tree is dropping it’s seeds and trying to reproduce. Later we planted our own seeds. A few weeks later, we were…

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Discovering a baby lady bug at El Sereno Elementary

Look what we found in the garden! All the students recognize lady bugs. However, baby lady bugs don’t look anything like the adults. The kids wondered at first if it was a caterpillar. A lot of people mistake these baby ladybugs as pests. The kids were shocked to learn it’s a baby ladybug and they…

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Kinders Become Bees in the Garden at Atwater

The kindergartners learned all about the anatomy of a bee. We talked about the head, thorax, and abdomen (fancy word for stomach). We learned a bee has 5 eyes, 2 compound eyes and 3 simple eyes. And they have 6 legs and 2 anntenae. I wanted to teach the kids how the bees collect and…

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Franklin Avenue Library Makeover

The Renovated Library At Franklin Elementary THANKS To Tanya Ward Goodman . Her vision and leadership and persistence brought us to this day…There is nothing that this city can’t do.        

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The Hub at Marshall Highschool

On April 10th 2015, enrichla created the Hub at Marshall school Comfortable seating, conference tables, computers with large screens. A place for students and staff alike to gather to collaborate.                    

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Hummingbirds feasting @ oregano flower

2nd rotation of the year started at Angeles Mesa Elementary. K, 1st and 3rd graders have been interacting with the garden and enjoying Unit 1. 3rd graders are so intrigued and curious about bugs, they liked the Friends & Foes lesson a lot! We recently harvested arugula, more radishes, chard; and have planted sweet snow…

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Cilantro, Sage, Rosemary & Lavender at TAS

At this point in the late winter, we had more herbs and flowers than anything else.  So it was a good time for a lesson about aromatherapy and other uses for these kinds of plants.  The kids had to find three herbs or “smelly” plants by gently rubbing the leaves and finding plants with stronger…

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Valentine’s Day Seed Art at Utah St. Elementary

On February 14th, I worked at Utah St. Elementary. Due to the stormy weather, and kindergartener’s penchant for getting mud on their clothes, I decided to hold class indoors. As I walked in to their class, they all beamed as I told them I thought their class was beautiful. Many of the students insisted on…

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Crawl Worm Crawl

Students understood how important earthworms are for agriculture. Without their work underneath us, food and life will be different and perhaps not exist. These wriggly, gooey and loath creatures tilt the soil as they make their way through burrows. Water and air get to the roots of the plants much easier through these burrows. Earthworms…

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Winter Harvest @ KIPP Empower

The garden is lush and full of beets, radishes, and leafy greens. Students are busy adding amendments, seeds, and harvesting yummy herbs, lettuces, onions,  beets, radishes, and leafy greens.      

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“Earthworms on the Job”

Students understood how important earthworms are for agriculture. Without their work underneath us, food and life will be different and perhaps not exist. These wriggly, gooey and loath creatures tilt the soil as they make their way through burrows. Water and air get to the roots of the plants much easier through these burrows. Earthworms…

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