Posts by EnrichLA Team

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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Charles White looking great the first week of school!

The first week of school has started and we found many ready to harvest tomatoes, of which also needed lots of pruning. Here is one of the beds after pruning and harvesting the tomatoes. All of the basil got some pruning as well. Put soil in the some of the beds that were low on…

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Grapevine Madness at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts

We gave the garden a little TLC in preparation for the kids return next week! The garden has a lot going on, but this vigorous grapevine had a little too much going on! It was blocking the side entrance and growing onto accompanying trees and plants. Here is the AFTER shot: How inviting is that?…

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El Sereno Middle School yields seeds for future blooms

Our interns are more than happy to collect new seeds for future blooming seasons. At El Sereno Middle School’s lush garden, we were able to collect seeds of plenty. We have fennel, parsley, artichoke and buckweat! We were able to cut back some overgrown pathways and add more to our compost pile. We can’t wait…

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A Sunflower Kind of Morning at Eagle Rock Elementary

Eagle Rock Elementary was a haven for sunflowers! They were flourishing tremendously, yet they were taking over a bit too much space in the beds. We cleared out some sunflowers that had claimed some beds and left some baby sunflower plants. We made sure to harvest some from the clearing. We weeded out the beds,…

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Summer Sun at El Sereno Middle School

The garden at El Sereno Middle School is mature and beautiful! With that comes plenty of perennial maintenance to keep things in check. We pulled out a bed of mint which had gone crazy and a ton of fennel that we will save for seed (both to grow more fennel, and to eat as a…

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Getting Student Ready at Miguel Contreras

Our garden under the gaze of downtown has loved this summer heat! It is very lush and full. Today we spent the day clearing, getting ready for the students to return and our fall planting. We can’t wait for the students to see how well their garden has done over summer break. And, we are…

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Planting at Kingsley!

We planted a lot at Kingsley Elementary School: Cantaloupe, Bell Peppers, Strawberries, and PUMPKINS! The students are going to be so excited when they come back to school and see their garden flourishing. We also planted a lot of flowers! The kindergarten teacher expressed how much joy it brought to her to see the garden…

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Out with the old, & in with the new!

Today at Hollenbeck Elementary School we focused on getting the garden in tip-top shape as summer comes to a close and our wonderful children start coming in! We harvested, deadheaded, weeded, and took out a lot of overgrown winter crops such as kohlrabi and cabbage. We tended to our ever expanding strawberry patch that has…

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Helping Hands for Lexington Primary

There is much appreciation to the previous group work days we have held at Lexington Primary. The garden is looking healthy and vibrant. The recently planted bell peppers are beginning to fruit as well as the many tomato plants! Countless bees and butterflies were flying about the garden and assuring us of blooming periods to…

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Tuesday Trimming!

We attended the Hollywood Schoolhouse garden and prepped the garden for the upcoming school year. Tending to the beds with some weeding and pruning they look ready for some students! We rearranged the trellises so there was one for the squash and two for the tomatoes. We then trimmed the grapes so they wouldn’t cover…

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Sprucing up Glassell

We attended to Glassell Park Elementary this past week and did what we could to help the dry, largely barren beds. Most of this garden is located in the shade, and the water was coming on too infrequently, so little was growing aside from some runaway herbs. We trimmed everything dead and overgrown, corrected the…

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Eagle Rock HS lookin good in the summer sun

We got a nice harvest at Eagle Rock on Thursday and the plants are summering beautifully! The staff was happy to receive these cucumbers, zucchini, chard, and green beans. There are many other things growing well too which will be ready soon, such as these corn and tomatoes. Maybe one day, even watermelons! Looking forward…

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Mint and Artichokes at Luther Burbank Middle School!

The gardens are getting closer to being perfect for the new school year and we are all excited to start! While gardening at Luther Burbank Middle School we have weeded a lot and groomed the plants LOTS AND LOTS OF MINT! The garden is flourishing with Marigolds, corn, and so much more to come!

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Herb Explosion at El Sereno

The garden at El Sereno Middle school couldn’t have more herbs. Mint, basil, lavender, oregano, and mint, mint, mint – none of them used this summer to relax and chill out. The garden looks lovely here. It’s huge, with spots to sit, relax, and enjoy some peace and quiet. Plenty of pollinators and butterflies milled…

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Summer Seed Saving at El Sereno Middle School

Photo: A Praying Mantis we found hanging out by the compost. He is an apex level predator, which means nothing really eats him, he is at the top of the food chain. The presence of apex level predators is indicative of a healthy eco system and helps explain why there wasn’t too terribly much bagrada…

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Overflowing with Tomatoes!

This corn has grown beautifully at Charles White! We have been working hard to get the gardens ready for the students! I can still smell the aroma of the luscious basil! We also harvested a lot of cucumbers! Yes, the orange fruit is lemon cucumber!

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Dahlia Heights Fruit Trees

Yesterday we tended to the whimsical, if overgrown Dahlia Heights elementary school garden. This garden is positively full of fruit trees – apple, fig, persimmon, jujube, olive and more. When we arrived it was difficult to navigate the garden with so many low-hanging, full branches, so we spent the morning pruning trees, harvesting fruit, and…

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Bountiful Harvest at Eagle Rock Elementary!

We did some maintenance on Thursday at Eagle Rock Elementary and it was looking beautiful! The tomatoes are nearly 1 lb each heirloom tomatoes. Look how many we harvested! The other plant that decided to go bananas are the sunflowers. They provide shade and attract pollinators, so we’ll let them do their thing for now.…

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Better than ever!

The VIDA garden is thriving. After having irrigation issues, we are back in business and the garden is looking better than ever. We are growing corn, strawberries, squash, herbs, eggplant, and am abundance of tomatoes. There are also flowers everywhere.

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Kinder-garden

We have been working in both the learning garden and the kinder-garden this summer. This week, we made signs for each garden bed, weeded, and confirmed proper amounts of water are being used. The garden is doing very well, with cherry tomatoes, corn, and many herbs thriving.

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Amending soil

Cutting back fava beans and weeding are only a couple of solutions for easy growing. Sheet mulching has proven to be most beneficial to keeping grass out. As we prepare for new growth at Luther Burbank, we are working hard to have a healthy foundation. The corn continues to grow tall, but nothing grows as…

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Gardening on the Fly

As students throughout Los Angeles are spending their summer vacation away from the classroom, EnrichLA volunteers, interns and rangers are hard at work maintaining and preparing the gardens for their return. This past Monday Ranger Jeff and I visited Toluca Lake Elementary School to make sure things were in tip-top shape for next year’s students.…

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Getting started at TS King

Last Thursday was my first official day volunteering with EnrichLA. I met up with my fellow volunteers at TS King Middle school, EnrichLA’s first school garden. I pass this school quite often but it was my first time getting to explore, and the garden – wild though it may be now – was lovely! We…

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Can-It-Forward + EnrichLA!

EnrichLA is happy to announce our partnership with Jarden Home Brands and their Can-It-Forward Day taking place on Friday, July 22nd! Jarden Home Brands will be donating $1 to local charities (EnrichLA included!) for every like, share, reaction and comment they get on Can-It-Forward Day Facebook Live Videos! For more information on the event please…

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Trailer Build!

We are designing and creating our own special trailers to make caring for 70 school edible gardens easier and more efficient.  

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New Irrigation System at Citizens of the World Charter

Farmer Jeff and I put in a new irrigation system that’s hooked up to a timer. Now the plants can get the right amount of water when they need it! Here’re Farmer Jeff digging trenches for the new irrigation hose. And here’s a slick design for connecting the new main line to the garden bed.…

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Productive Day at Weemes Elementary

First of all, look at those tomatoes, they’re off to such a great start! Ok so Weemes had some puddles. With detective work and muscle power, we dug up some old irrigation and repaired a few leaks. Here are two but there were three in all! Then we filled in the holes and planted some…

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