Posts by Eleanor Goodrich

The Magic of Pollen at Weemes

Today at Weemes our classes got to learn how flowers make seeds and fruit. After looking at a few flowers in our own garden, we discussed how bees and other pollinators go spreading powdery pollen from flower to flower as they try to eat. Then we played a game to see if we could spread…

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Flower Dissection at San Pedro

Students at San Pedro have been dissecting various items in their science classes, so for this week’s garden class we had a chance to dissect a flower and answer the puzzling question, “where do seeds come from?” After students made a few guesses about what they thought might be inside their flowers, we opened them…

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From Cooking to Hip Hop at Hollenbeck

Our English learners students at Hollenbeck started writing their own garden songs this week. They will be writing for the next few weeks until we are ready to film our own music videos. In the meantime, our special education class had a chance to practice our motor skills by planting seedlings and making a salad…

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Fruits or Vegetables at Variety Boys & Girls Club

When we learn plant parts, the definition of the fruit is always a source of confusion. Last week we dove into all the different plant parts that we eat and which of our “vegetables” are also fruit. We then explored the garden for different plant parts we could use for a snack. We found enough…

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Rainy Days Help Our Veggies Grow at 6th Ave

Although it was too rainy to have classes outside last week, all the water means we can turn off the irrigation and our plants are growing like crazy! The weather gave us a good intro to a lessson on water needs for all life and the Los Angeles drought. Our student were adorably happy to…

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Rainy Seasons at Weemes Elementary

As the rain continues pouring over our garden, we had another indoor class last week. Luckily, that gave us a perfect segway into our lesson on growing seasons in Los Angeles. We discussed what crops are growing in today’s cool rainy season, including kale which made a delicious snack! We even had time for a…

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Elements and Chemical Reactions at Hollenbeck Middle

We are diving into the chemical properties of our soil at Hollenbeck. Since our science classes have been studying elements and chemical reactions, this week we hosted a little science expirament to test the pH in our own soil. First, we studied the formula for combining baking soda and vinegar (an acid and a base)…

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Culturing Creativity at 6th Ave

Ms Reid’s class has been studying creativity and the different ways people use creativity in their lives. So last week in the garden, we found some ways to be creative in our cooking! I brought a few different spices and students wandered the garden to choose ingredients to try together. One group used kale and…

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Respecting Community at Weemes 

The sun is out and our garden is flourishing at Weemes Elementary, which means we get to have classes outside again! We spent the time searching for all the different insects that live in our garden and then we discussed each bugs role. The students tested their reading comprehension by reading descriptions aloud and sorting…

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Another Rainy Start at Weemes

Last week rain clouds welcomed the new classes at Weemes for the second time in a row. Luckily, the rain provided an opportune context to talk about plant needs and water availability for plants growing during draught. By the end of our lesson several students were very concerned about water use as we rinsed our…

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Building Community at Weemes Elementary 

For MLK Day last week, we had a garden open house, inviting parents and students both to come help plant, learn and harvest in our garden. We had a lot of helpers throughout the day and managed to harvest lots of veggies to send home! Additionally, the garden is looking cleaner than ever and I…

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pH Science Expiraments at Boys & Girls Club

Today we had a science expirament that was everything a kid could want, bubbling beakers, colorful chemicals, and surprising results! We started by talking about acids and bases and how certain plabts prefer acidic soil. Then we got to the fun stuff! We watched as acidic vinegar combined in a chemical reaction with baking soda…

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Tracking the Elements at Hollenbeck

This week at Hollembeck we are building new garden mounds to reorganize the plants and make it easier to get into the garden. All these new beds mean we need some new soil, which is a perfect introduction to our lesson on soil nutrients and compost. Since our new garden class is studying atoms and…

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New Plants at 6th Ave

With all the rain recently, we’ve had a few classes indoors. That wprked out wonderfully at 6th Ave because we need to start some new seedlings to add to our garden in a few weeks. So, last week we did a little indoor gardening as we learned about the life cycle of a plant starting…

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Rain Offers Good Start for Weemes Elementary

As students planted new seedlings in our garden this week, rain clouds threatened to chase us away. Luckily, we were able to plant all the seedlings between showers and all rain is now watering our new little seedlings! Additionally, the summer crops are still growing well into the winter season so we are still harvesting…

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Compost Program Off to Great Start at 6th Ave

6th Ave Elementary works hard to eliminate food waste in the cafeteria, and this year we are adding a composting program to achieve that goal. Thanks to the work of Ms Alma Delgado, all unfinished fruit and vegetable waste at Tuesday lunch will go straight to the garden’s compost system. Once the compost has appropriately…

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Rainy Days Mean New Life at Hollenbeck

As students prepare for a new semester of gardening at Hollenbeck, we start by brainstorming what we would like to learn. While we will continue our regular lessons and cooking demos, this semester we will set aside a little time each week to work together finding answers to questions the students come up with. We…

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Year End Harvest Celebration at 6th Ave

The garden has been growing beautifully this year! So beautifully that we have had plenty of produce to send home with teachers, students, and parents. Since this is our last week until next year, we celebrayed the garden’s bounty by sharing a fresh kale, parsley and nasil salad with all the amazing teachers at this…

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Insect Drama at Hollenbeck

The garden insects at Hollembeck dont always get along. In fact, some of the insects eat other garden bugs! Today students at Hollenbeck imagined what the bugs would say to each other if they could talk. They then shared their ideas with each other in letters. Their letters were so funny, and their English is…

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What’s in Your Beef? at Roosevelt

We have been eating a lot of fresh vegetables and discussing nutrition this year, but we haven’t talked a lot about meats. This is an especially sad oversight becuase i grew up on a ranch in Virginia where we raise primarily meat products. This week we corrected the oversight by discussing modern meat production. We…

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Colorful, Tasty Garden Snacks at 6th Ave

For this session’s last class at 6th Ave, students were able to make their own snacks. It was incredibly rewarding to see all the students clamoring to get their serving of kale, chard amd mistard greens with nothing but lime for seasoning – and then they came back for seconds!  While students are always learning…

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Six Weeks of Veggie Tasting Pays Off at Weemes Elementary

This week is the last garden class for our second rotation and we have had a lot of different recipes alongside our science lessons and garden exploration. After our class time (where we talked about nutrient and water cycles) we had a final harvest and students made their own hand-held salads using lettuce, chard, squash…

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Talented Gardners Get Twice the Snacks at Weemes

The students did a wonderful job caring for their jars of sprouting seeds this week and since we had a lot of squash growing, we had two snacks after our lesson this week instead of one. Students ate the first snack of sprouted seeds so quickly I didnt even have time to get a picture!…

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Documenting Life at Weemes Elementary

Students brought their notebooks to the garden for our class on seed germination last week. After we disected a seed together, they drew their own diagrams of the parts of the seed and baby plant. At the end of class, we started soaking seeds in a jar to sprout for this week. The classes have…

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Exchanging Brassicas for Butternut at Hollenbeck 

As the weather gets colder, our summer crops have been turning brown and dying back. right before Thanksgiving, the butternet squash finally ripened and we were able to clean out the old leaves. After a lesson on plant varieties and seasons, our garden classes pulled out the dead plants and planted new, cold weather brassica…

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Searching for Garden Friends at 6th Ave

Sixth Avenue is stoked about bugs! After we studied the different grubs and insects in the garden, we found several beetle larvae and were able to spontaneiously discuss the lifecycle if various insects. We concluded with a snack that our students liked as much as the garden aphids- kale. -ranger el

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Young Engineers at Roosevelt

Roosevelt students have been studying careers they can apply from garden class and this week we focused on engineering. Since we made compost last week, we continued the idea by discussing different types of compost bin designs. Students then broke into groups to design their own model compost bins using limited popsicle sticks and tape.…

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Garden Storytelling at Hollenbeck

Students at Hollenbeck are working on English comprehensive this month, so we took those skills into the garden. First, we read a short story about a boy how starts his own garden. We had a brief discussion about the story as we read. Then students made up their own garden stories. The students were incredibly…

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Tomatoes Make a Comeback at Roosevelt

At the beginning of the year our tomato plants were looking very sad. However, the students cleaned up the garden beds, added a fresh layer of compost and we all checked the irrigation wach week. It seems like all that work is finally paying off because we are finally getting our first red, juicy tomatoes!…

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The Healing Power of Plants at Sixth Ave

Students at Sixth Ave have been studying healing properties of various plants in the classroom, so we took the lesson outside to learn the healing properties of our own garden plants. After we studied the different plants growing in the garden, we harvested basil, rosemary, and lemon verbena to make a healing tea. The students…

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Germinate and Grow at Weemes

Everyone knows that plants come from seeds, but how does a baby plant make it’s way out of a seed and into the world? Today we got to see a baby embryo germinating close up as students started their sprouts for next week. After their observations, they took notes by making their own sketches of…

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From S.T.E.M. to smoothies at Roosevelt

 As we work in the garden, we always try to emphasize how what students are learning can apply to their own lives, from knowing what to eat to applying basic building and gardening skills. At Roosevelt High School, students are thinking about careers. This week, we discussed the diversity of career paths that can use…

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Cooking Up Compost at Roosevelt High School

We have cooked several garden snacks at Roosevelt lately and this week we decided to make something to feed our plants. After a discussion about landfills and food waste, we all went into the garden to make our own solution to our country’s teach problem; we made a mini compost experiment. Everyone was able to…

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Colorful Super Powers at Hollenbeck 

All the different colors in our garden veggies correlate to specific   Health benefits. This week we studied those special plant powers and brought them all together in a tasty, super-powered smoothie. We even added green chard and kale! At first students were skeptical about how the chard would affect the flavor, but after they…

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Looking for bugs at Weemes Elementary

Weemes Elementary has been away from the garden for 2 weeks now due to rain and events. To make up for it, we had a lot of exploration time this week looking for the bugs and vegetables we discussed at the begining of class. Students found all sorts of exciting things, culminating in a snack…

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Sprouts and Surprises at Hollenbeck

The garden at Hollenbeck has been busy this week! Several seeds have sprouted and we now have new beets, radishes, carrots, spinach, and lettuce.  Additionally, our compost has almost finished the transition to rich, healthy soil. We were excited to see our planting and weeding pay off, and now we will be ready to replenish…

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From Flower to Fruit At Sixth Ave Elementary

The strawberries growing in our garden this week beautifully illustrated several stages of fruit growth. Students could easily see how a pollinated flower drops its petals and transforms the center into a juicy fruit covered with seeds. We can’t wait for all the other flowers to make their transformation so we can have a tasty…

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Processed Foods at Roosevelt

Roosevelt High School has been continuing our nutrition unit with an exploration and comparison of various processed foods. We studied the idea of “empty calories” and compared some foods we enjoy at home with the foods we buy from fast food restaurants and stores. We found that we can make more nutritious versions of a…

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Rainstorms and Drought at Weemes Elementary

As rainstorms gathered at Weemes Elementary this week, it was too wet and muddy for us to go to the garden. Instead we gathered in the classrooms to talk about plant needs and the importance of water. Students were shocked to learn that without water we wouldn’t have anything to eat or drink since all…

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Where Does Your Food Come From? at Roosevelt High

Our food can come from surprising places as we learned this week at Roosevelt. We tracked several different foods, from pineapple to Oreos, to find out what is in them and where they come from. Did you know Oreos don’t have any dairy?! After some unappetizing discoveries, it was refreshing to remember we have whole…

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Cinnamon Butternut Sticks at Hollenbeck

The butternut squash at Hollenbeck has finally ripened!  We don’t have an oven at school, so we got a little crazy and made a raw recipe with them. I wasn’t sure at first how the students would like it, but we all agreed it tasted kind of like jicama and very tasty!  Ranger el

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A New Season at Roosevelt 

After studying climates and seasons, we cleaned out the summer crops from our garden at Roosevelt and prepared the beds for the winter season. Then we used our new knowledge of cool weather crops to pick seeds for this winter’s garden. The beds look so healthy with their new soil! -ranger eleanor

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New Plants at 6th Ave

This was the last week for our first session at 6th Avenue, so the students celebrated all they have learned by planting seedlings on their own. We removed some beautiful lettuce that had finally bolted and replaced them with kale, onions and strawberries. One plant even has a small fruit already! -ranger Eleanor

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A Final Fall Harvest at Weemes

Since today is the last day of our first cycle at Weemes, we had a harvest celebration for our snack. Students harvested tomatoes, onions, kale, chard, squash and herbs and seasoned them with lime and salt to make individual, handheld salads. -Ranger eleanor

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