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We had a busy Saturday!

Last Saturday, EnrichLA organized workdays at THREE different school sites! We had a great group from Gay4Good helping us clean up the garden at Delevan Drive Elementary. Gay4Good recently reached a milestone in terms of their great community service throughout Los Angeles and it was an honor to partner with them once again for Harvey…

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Atwater Ave learns about friends & foes

This week at Atwater Ave, students got to peek behind the serene curtain of the garden, into the intense battle of the insect kingdom! We learned all about the garden’s most common pests and beneficials, and what their roles are. For example, this ladybug we spotted is on the hunt for aphids and other little…

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Hands in the Garden

Our garden get lots of wind, we are in an area of South Los Angeles that is very windy and our garden often gets hit by the gusty wind. But students at KIA are always ready to help keep the garden nice and clean. The garden is looking better, our plants are growing, and the…

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Herbs & Compost

What are herbs? How do we use them? Students enjoyed the garden with their sense of smell, touch and vision while looking for herbs to match the one on their paper. After their lesson on herbs and their use for cooking, medicine, beauty supplies and much more; students wrote the name of the five herbs…

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Harvest hunt at Atwater Ave

This week at Atwater Ave, the students got a chance to show off their gardening chops with a garden scavenger hunt! The students were challenged to use their senses and observational skills to find different things in the garden. Many of these were from different lessons we’d had together- root types, learning about seedlings, and…

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Seeds and Seedslings!

Students had their lesson about seeds. They conducted observations by comparing different size of seeds, color and shape. The class also made seedlings of warm season vegetables and flowers.. all these in preparation of Spring and Summer garden.

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Seeds

Students had their lesson on seeds. All plants need certain things to grow, including: room to grow, the right temperature, light, water, air, nutrients, and time. With this in mind, students planted seedlings of corn, squash and flowers. students helped water, spread compost around the plants, and kept the garden clean.

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Observations in the garden

After a warm and friendly welcome to garden class, the first activity students conducted was an observation along with notes of what they see, hear, smell and wonder of. With pencil and paper in hand, they collected observations and shared with us a few of their observations. Students learned that the garden is a habitat…

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Welcome 1st Grade

New cycle is here.. In their first day in the garden, 2nd grade students were all hands on; ready to help. Along with their teachers, students transplanted roots from one bed to another. Other classes helped watering the garden. It was pretty hot day for early March, the students and plants enjoyed keeping cool with…

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Welcome to the garden..

The next cycle started their garden adventure.. As part of the safety and success of our class, we set the rules and how we will behave in the garden. Students understood that even though they are not inside a classroom, the garden is a class and they are expected to perform well. After we became…

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So Many Seeds at T S King

Today I brought in my large basket of plant seeds to show the garden students just how many different seeds exist! It is amazing to see them all.  Even in the category tomatoes, I had a dozen varieties… that isn’t even near the amount of tomato varieties that exist. I let the kids pick out…

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Harvest party

A very exciting afternoon for students at KIA. their first harvest class just happened! They picked carrots, radishes, lettuces, kohlrabies, mustard and lettuces flowers, flowers and herbs. The edible garden was abundant enough for students to take a few things each and bring them home. They shared when someone did not get a vegetable and…

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Fun with WORMS!

Students at Arts in Action explored worms! The students learned about decomposers and their functions in the garden, after they observed worms and described how they looked and felt. The garden got more compost and updated signs!

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Talkin’ Trash at Atwater Elementary

That’s right, folks, last we spent all class talking about the worst trash you’ve ever heard of! And that would be trash that should have been either recycled, composted, or given a second life. Since it was another rainy day, we spent the class indoors thinking all about recycling and conserving. I brought in a…

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Garden Build – Ni Hao Chinese Preschool and St Pauls UMC

Tuesday January 17, 2017 St Pauls UMC, EnrichLA, Ni Hao Chinese Preschool, Do-Good Bus and Loyola Marymount volunteers joined forces to create a beautiful garden space. The day dawned sunny and clear. Work started at 10am, and ended at 3pm. The lot is 20×20 and previously had been unused and covered with broken asphalt for…

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Seedling Station Growing at West Vernon

Seed starting station at West Vernon Elementary is in full force! With the shelving system, hooked up to button-drip irrigation, we can fit a maximum of 24-small plug trays filled with over 100 plants in each tray. As the seedlings grow, we then transplant them in larger containers for a few weeks before taking them…

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Fence Building at Foster with UCLA volunteers

On Saturday, we built a brand-spanking new fence for Foster’s garden. Additionally, we installed a line of irrigation along the fence for drought-tolerant and native plants, thoroughly weeded the beds and capped off the leaky sprinklers so no more grass grows in the walkways. Thanks to the volunteers from UCLA who helped make this happen!

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Soil particles at Clifford Elementary

The students at Clifford Elementary learned about soil and particles sizes of the different parts of soil. When I tried to explain what a particles was, one student said “it’s like sprinkles!” I will always use that now! Students were able to see the different layers in jars and drew on the chalkboard the different…

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New year at Clifford!

The new school year has begun at Clifford Elementary School! The students are very excited and eager to learn about the plants. The first lesson of the year was The Parts of the Plant; the students drew me the parts and some were able to label them. The pumpkins are also beginning to grow and…

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Great first day at Eagle Rock Jr/Sr High School!

Today was the first day of garden class at Eagle Rock Jr/Sr High School, and it was a fun one. We learned about composting and took a walk through the garden. Here are some of the plants growing! Spicy jalapenos growing great in the heat. This watermelon is hiding out in the walkway under the…

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Atwater Elementary Check-In

I visited my new school garden at Atwater Elementary for the first time. I was impressed by how well maintained it seemed to be. The herbs and trees were thriving! Some vegetables took a hit with the summer heat, but I’m confident we can get it looking beautiful before classes start. Time to start pulling…

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Thomas Starr King’s Fennel!

Last week, the Garden Ranger interns helped clean up all the tall, drying fennel plants. They were full of seeds that were taken home to be saved! There were also other plants that were cleaned up and parts that were composted. Irrigation was also checked on and fixed according to what was needed to keep…

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Brussels Sprouts at Los Feliz Elementary

The raised beds at Los Feliz Elementary got a makeover this week. We trimmed the plants and gave them some organic fertilizer. These brussels sprouts are beautiful plants. Brussels sprouts are related to cabbage, kale, broccoli, and cauliflower. These all grow well in cool weather, so look for them in the garden this fall! Ranger…

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Garden Ranger Training going strong!

It’s been about a week since we started Garden Ranger training at EnrichLA! This is the first time we’ve been able to offer training to incoming Rangers and it’s been a blast so far! We are getting ready to start our Garden Ranger program after Labor Day! Last week, we were at West Vernon where…

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