Posts by Michelle Moore

Updates at Marshall

Its been a long and busy spring at Marshall High School. We have had what it seems like a never ending squirrel problem in our garden. After figuring out how to keep the squirrels out of the beds from eating all our plants, they started chewing through the irrigation. But that did not stop us!…

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Color wheels so we can keep movin’

Although it’s been a tough battle combating garden pests eating up all the seedlings, we have had small victories. Our gate was put up in the garden and a newly designed garden bed cage is being tested. While the garden is under construction we look to art to express the wonders there is to learn…

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Studying Soil

The students were so excited to dig into the soil and find grubs at Kester that it was appropriate to introduce the Parts of Soil this week. We first discussed what were the four parts that made up soil (air, water, nutrients and organic matter) then went to the garden to get some hands on…

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Gardening and Growing Together

The students at ALC have been putting a lot of work in to their garden and it is starting to pay off! The students have made progress on creating a pathway. The goal is to put some type of brick or pavers down maybe put in some DG to create a nice flow in and…

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Small Steps, Giant Leaps

The garden at ALC is under full Renovation. After clearing, designing, crafting and building (and waiting for the heat waves to pass) this coming Tuesday the garden is ready for planting!! What was once support for summer tomatoes to grow is now going to be used to have winter peas climb Trying out a different…

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Creating with Clay

The students have had a lot of experience planting, building and preparing snacks so it was refreshing to have class inside on a hot day and appreciate some hands on art time. We used clay to create the parts of a plant. They were free to design it how they choose as long as all…

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The garden work continues!

The students had such a blast today getting deep down in the soil pulling out the grass from the garden beds and finding so many Grubs! , To make sure we don’t have to deal with the grass for at least some time we dug down into the garden bed and pulled it out from…

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Learning about Seasons

One of the most basic things to know when starting an edible garden is in which season does that plant grow. If any of the students wanted to go home and grow their own garden, they would have to know what to plant in order to be successful. After the lesson we made a snack…

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Planning for a mural at ALC garden

At the start of class, we spent time designing a mural to be approved by administration to paint on the wall adjacent to the garden. One idea we liked was to have the mural in the perspective of an insect, having a drawing of large plants so that they would be bigger than the people…

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Beet the Heat!

Getting students to try something new is not always easy. Especially veggies that have a bad rap like Beets. Most people eat beets cooked and mushy or in some sort of gelatin form out of the can. Zucchini is also often thought as a veggie that has to be eaten cooked. But on a hot…

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Composting with VEA

With class sizes even larger this year, we have found it to be a more productive and more of an educational environment to start class inside. Just a quick 5-10 minute lesson or overview of what we are doing for the day keeps the kids focus and informed so that they are more on track…

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New rotation at Kester

Every four – five weeks students rotate in and out of the garden class. In order to help the children retain some of the information we talked about in class I created small posters teachers can hang in their class at the end of their rotation. The ending of one class is the start of…

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Finishing Cages at Marshall

Last week we were able to get some good progress on those cages to keep the critters out! Still figuring the best way to navigate this garden to reach it maximum potential but it has been so wonderful in bringing everyone together to make this all possible. A community that plants together grows together ūüôā…

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Planning for the Future

At ALC we have been working on creating a concept design for our garden space. In class, we took advantage of having in class laptops and got to researching. The students were to look up different design concepts to create their dream garden. The two focus areas of the day were to look for vertical…

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Change of seasons at VNMS

On Wednesday the students at Van Nuys Middle School cleared out a lot of the old and dying summer plants and made way for the new winter plants.   Because of the unusually hot weather, we had to add some shading for these seedlings to survive the heat!   “There are no gardening mistakes, only…

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Food and Health

‘Tis the season.. for getting sick. With the change in weather its not only important to take care of our changing gardens but to take care of our bodies! Students at Kester learned how the foods we eat help our body. The ingredients and benefits are as follows: Radish – Good for clearing sinuses and…

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What’s that fruit?

Students at Kester Elementary have all come out to the garden to find out what this weird looking fruit is. Armenian Cucumber! Also known as yard long cucumbers and is actually an immature melon.¬†One of the reasons to grow a garden is to be able to grow the different varieties of fruits and vegetables not…

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Future Scientist!

Equipped with magnifying glasses, the VEA Students set out to discover, discover, discover! Practicing the scientific method knowing that great scientist like Newton used the same method brought out creativity and wonder in the students. It was a good opportunity to have the students out looking closely at nature but then to go further and…

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Beautifying the ALC Garden

The past two weeks students have been hard at work cleaning up the garden at ALCMC! On the to do list we have clearing out weeds, getting rid of last seasons over grown crops, revamping the compost pile, fixing old signage and adding new signs. After putting some hard work in the garden everyone looks…

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VEA students back at Van Nuys MS Garden

Last week the students of the Valley Environment Academy came back to the garden! This is a special year for EnrichLA with Van Nuys Middle School because our first year sixth graders our now eighth graders! ¬†To start the year we wanted the students up and active and got them playing a game of ladybugs…

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Time to Explore!

After being away all summer Kester Kids spent their first week exploring all the new plants growing in the garden. But, a visit to the garden wouldn’t be complete with out getting dirty so everyone pitched in to do some much needed maintenance!   Every moment spent in that garden is an opportunity to educate.…

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A new garden at John Marshall HS

The first week at Marshall we started with the parts of the plant, important to know before we plant our delicate seedlings What to do when you are starting a new garden? Plant! Today the three LD classes of John Marshall spent time planting basil, onions and fava beans. It was so fun to have…

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Special Thanks

I wanted to take the time to write a post dedicated to ¬†Mr. Fernandez class. This was my first time teaching a special education class at a middle school level and I just fell in love with the dynamics and personalities of everyone in the class. It was beautiful to see the students open up…

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Friendships grow at Kester Farms

A few weeks ago our plant manager brought Jamaica (Hibiscus) Seeds for us to plant in the garden. We have finally been able to see the seedlings sprout and I am so excited to one day make Jamaica with the students!   Having the plant manager supporting the garden at Kester is a reminder how…

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Thai Basil At Toluca Lake

The Thai Basil at Toluca lake has been resilient all winter. It came to flower and we were able to harvest its seeds. Many times this is it for the basil plant, once it flowers and seeds it dies off but at Toluca lake we have new green growth again!

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a POP of color for Van Nuys Middle School

Before we end the school year the students at Van Nuys Middle School took some time to add some fun color to the garden!   Then two weeks later I added the poster that kids had made to be an everyday reminder of the lessons we have done this year  

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Toluca Lake Teamwork

Friday at Toluca Lake Elementary we learned about the six parts of a plant. Including body movement to teach kids the parts enhancing their psychomotor skills and improves the improves the amount of information they will be able to retain and recall. Each part of the plant has a correlating position for the body that…

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New life at Kester Elementary

Its such an amazing time of the year when the first seedlings are sprouting up! A few weeks back¬†we put down an array of summer seeds in the ground and its exciting to see what is popping up and where ūüôā Even more exciting is seeing the fruit starting to grow in!  

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Kester Beautification

It was a beautiful day at Kester Elementary on Tuesday and perfect weather for planting! The students helped in adding more soil to the garden beds, removing some of the last over grown winter plants and the most exciting part, planting new seedlings!

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Celebrating Mother’s Day at Van Nuys Middle School

Since Mother’s Day is this weekend and the kids had been working so hard in the garden the past month, we took time to think about someone we love and get crafty! We took the concept of seed saving to make the hearts in the middle. We used recycled newspaper and placed seeds in between…

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The Food Color Wheel

At Van Nuys Middle School we have been working all month long on project focused on garden beautification in accordance with earth day. The first thing the students worked on was making educational posters to hang in the garden. This week was learning about The Food Color Wheel. This is a fun activity to get…

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Sustaining a Monoculture

On Wednesday at Van Nuys Middle School we took a brief look at the current system of mass production of produce. Currently, we produce food in large monoculture farms, meaning one massive farm grows just one type of plant. We then took a look at population and the projected population growth. The students were given…

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Kinder Learns the fundamentals at Kester

This week at Kester Farms Kindergarteners got to express their artistic side while they learned the four parts of soil.               After we learned about the soil in theory, we went into the garden to get hands on experience observing the soil and finding all four parts present in…

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Radish and Relay Ready!

Toluca Lake Elementary knows how to compost! Last year I started a Composting Relay Race game and it was such a hit I have been teaching it to students ever since! The objective is to choose the picture of the correct compostable item from a pile of pictures that include trash, recyclable items and compostable…

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MEEEGAAA Cabbage at Kester

This year at Kester we grew Mega Cabbage and boy did it live up to its name! The Cabbage grew so big this year that even after pulling back the first couple layers, where lots of insects and caterpillars had made their home, we were still left with a cabbage head bigger than our own…

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Figuring out Fibonacci’s Sequence

Ever take a minute to look at the patterns in nature? How a pine cone or a pineapple swirls? How many pedals on a flower? Although we might not exactly know why, we can see that there is a clear pattern found in nature, The Fibonacci Sequence. The sequence is 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55 and so on. This…

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Worm Salad at Van Nuys Middle School

On Wednesday at Van Nuys Middle School we learned the benefits of composting. Then we got hands on cleaning up our winter garden and making a worm salad, a mixture of live, dying and dead plant matter.   The following¬†day was open house at 6 and I stopped by to build parent relations and promote…

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Kester getting ready for spring!

At Kester elementary on Tuesday we were busy moving tomato plugs into seed trays. Mrs. Perros Kinder class even brought their own recycled and decorated milk cartons for the tomatoes to grow nice and strong in.   Also, with the end of the winter crops kids were gathered around during their recess and enjoyed snacking…

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Growing Beans

On Friday at Toluca Lake Elementary, We were started a little experiment that would allow us to see the first staged of a seed turning into a plant. To be able to see the first little roots all the way till we are able to Identify almost all the parts of a plant.    …

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