Felipe Gears Up for Some Serious School Cleaning!

Felipe Gears Up for Some Serious School Cleaning!

Our talented Field Ranger Felipe is gearing up the machinery for some heavy-duty school cleaning! Who’s on our clean-up list? In partnership with the Cheremoya Foundation http://cheremoyafoundation.org/, EnrichLA will be cleaning up Cheremoya Elementary. In partnership with Friends of King http://friendsofking.org/, we will be cleaning up Thomas Starr King Middle School. Last but not least, we will be cleaning up John MarshallContinue Reading

Carson Gore Elementary after a few months in!

Carson Gore Elementary after a few months in!

And here it is! Another thriving garden in one of our many urban city schools. We are excited to be teaching at this one, too! Kids are going to come back to school in two weeks to a tasty and fruitful garden. Can’t wait to see the smiles! What a lush garden! A mini fruitContinue Reading

Less Talk, More Action: Clean-up to Maintain the Stunning Barnsdall Art Park

Less Talk, More Action: Clean-up to Maintain the Stunning Barnsdall Art Park

Los Angeles’ historic Barnsdall Park which is home to architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolph Schindler needs some extra love! Sadly, this beautiful park is littered with trash. To address this problem, EnrichLA has organized a clean-up to maintain this city gem. With help from volunteers like you, Barnsdall Park will be pristine and beautiful forContinue Reading

KESTER ELEMENTARY GARDEN IS NOW 100 PERCENT THRIVING

KESTER ELEMENTARY GARDEN IS NOW 100 PERCENT THRIVING

KESTER ELEMENTARY GARDEN IS NOW 100 PERCENT THRIVING

New Principal, New Energy!

New Principal, New Energy!

Tomas O’Grady met with new Principal Patricia Heideman and Assistant Principal Henry Flores to organize a clean-up at John Marshall High School. With the help of these enthusiastic administrators and volunteers, John Marshall High School will be spick-and-span for the incoming 9th graders and returning students to enjoy! Please follow our volunteer calendar at http://enrichla.org/volunteer/ to get involvedContinue Reading

Volunteers smile at Wilton Place

Volunteers smile at Wilton Place

   

Hollenbeck Middle School gets an angelic touch by Next Step Ministries

Hollenbeck Middle School gets an angelic touch by Next Step Ministries

Another week, another garden. Next Step Ministries is another provider of wonderful and hard-working individuals to help us take care of gardens this summer. EnrichLA thrives by the power and energy of community gathering. We really are so blessed and thrilled by these wonderful people. So glad they get to be a part of our gardens!

Matching words to plants at Melrose Elementary

Matching words to plants at Melrose Elementary

      This summer our new innovation designed by Tomas O’Grady and powered by our volunteer force get placed in all of our school gardens. Melrose Avenue Elementary being one of our new gardens gets our new touch. The garden, so prolific, has given us plenty to rave about. A native garden that isContinue Reading

Melrose elementary is beautiful

A special THANK YOU to DirecTV and Do Good Bus!

A special THANK YOU to DirecTV and Do Good Bus!

We want to highlight DO GOOD BUS for partnering with us this summer and providing us with a great bunch of helpers to tend to our gardens from week to week through Los Angeles. EnrichLA thrives because of volunteer spirit! So great to bring people together! Hip Hip Hurray Do Good Bus!

Gorgeous Greens at Thomas Starr King Middle School

Gorgeous Greens at Thomas Starr King Middle School

The garden beds at Thomas Starr King Middle School were overflowing with bright, leafy greens including different varieties of kale, cabbage, lettuce, and bushels of fragrant mint- nature’s chewing gum! Sweet Greens! Look at all glorious green plants! Can you spot the different herbs? Rosemary, lavender, mint and more! Lovely yellow flowers sprout up among cabbage andContinue Reading

Bryson Elementary School fruits up for the school season!

Bryson had a small makeover last week and we found some wonderful things which will be waiting for the kids when school begins. Aloha watermelon, tomatoes, and eggplants!

Lots to Harvest at Cheremoya Elementary School

Lots to Harvest at Cheremoya Elementary School

Pumpkins, tomatoes, chard, and peppers were abundant at Cheremoya Elementary School’s lush garden. Students were thrilled to each take a juicy cherry tomato home to their families or eat on the spot! Nutrient dense leafy greens such as chard and kale flourish – kale chips anyone? A ginormous pumpkin hides in the garden bed! WhoContinue Reading

Extreme Makeover at Franklin Elementary Library – Coming Soon!

Extreme Makeover at Franklin Elementary Library – Coming Soon!

Today we are at Franklin Elementary School doing some additional prep work for the library renovation taking place in August 23rd and 24th! The beautiful mosaic mural is being carefully removed and will be placed elsewhere, and curtain fixtures were removed to prepare the space for painting. Join us next month to experience this excitingContinue Reading

Grapes Galore at Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School

Grapes Galore at Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School

  Strawberries and grapes were ripe and ready to be harvested at Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School. A team of teacher volunteers helped plant seedlings for the start of the school year. We are excited to welcome the students of Lenicia B. Weeme to their beautiful garden filled with goodies! “Super Star Strawberries” are red, juicy, andContinue Reading

Upward Bound at Lexington Avenue Primary Center

Upward Bound at Lexington Avenue Primary Center

  There’s nothing primary about Lexington Avenue Primary’s garden.  Beset with a fig (Ficus carica), apple (Malus domestica), and plum (Prunus), the young fruit trees at this garden are apt stand-ins for the kids that will be absent this summer.  Artichoke blooms (Cynara), mint (Mentha) carpets, and a whole formation of tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum), peppers (Capsicum)Continue Reading

Glassell Park Elementary’s Shady Green Cloisters

Glassell Park Elementary’s Shady Green Cloisters

If one were seeking a cool spot to enjoy a plate of freshly harvested vegetables, than Glassell Park Elementary’s shady terrace of raised beds would be THE place to go.  Strawberries (Fragaria) galore, popping parsley (Petroselinum crispum), and more newly planted tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) and basil (Ocimum basilicum) than you can throw at an Italian picnic makeContinue Reading

Kale Fountains and Sunflower Beacons at Los Feliz Charter for the Arts

Kale Fountains and Sunflower Beacons at Los Feliz Charter for the Arts

A veritable botanical paradise has emerged at Los Feliz Charter’s vegetable garden. Emerging triumphantly out of raised beds are tufts of wrinkly-green Tuscan Kale (Brassica oleracea Lacinato), flanked by healthy boughs of Basil’s (Ocimum basilicum) ovate leaves, and beginning to set their roots deeply here and there are tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum), strawberries (Fragaria), peppers (Capsicum), andContinue Reading

DirecTV supports Do Good Bus supports Gardner St Elementary!

DirecTV supports Do Good Bus supports Gardner St Elementary!

We are so excited to partner with Do Good Bus this summer as they provide us with amazing volunteer groups this month to come out to our school gardens. Gardner St Elementary got the love touch by DirecTV staff from El Segundo last week and sure spruced up the greens and the browns for the school year!

Students feel the carrots at Weemes Elementary!

Students feel the carrots at Weemes Elementary!

A workday at Weemes Elementary ended with a visit to the garden by elementary school students attending summer school ! They got in a circle, learned some basic garden rules and got to breathe in the garden! They left with hands full of carrots and tomatoes.

Cool caterpillars at Delevan Drive Elementary

Cool caterpillars at Delevan Drive Elementary

Cool caterpillars munching away at fennel flowers!  Life is sweet! Eagle Rock, Ca

Summer care at Delevan Drive

Summer care at Delevan Drive

A few great photos of our amazing garden space! Wild flowers,  herbs, tomatoes and more!

Van Nuys is ready for the new Garden Ranger Program this fall!

Van Nuys is ready for the new Garden Ranger Program this fall!

NCAA Collegiate Honorees meet El Sereno student runners

NCAA Collegiate Honorees meet El Sereno student runners

 

Utah street elementary garden.

Utah street elementary garden.

Utah street elementary garden.

Utah street elementary garden.

Sun is shining, bees are buzzing, plants are growing at Kester Elementary

Sun is shining, bees are buzzing, plants are growing at Kester Elementary

The sun is shining, the bees are buzzing, and the plants are growing big and strong for you, Kester Elementary! Every day they’re growing and growing and growing just like the kiddos that are going to take care of them, and if “you are what you eat”, let’s sew and reap healthy, happy food together. Amaranth andContinue Reading

The Accelerated School’s new garden at King and Woodland is almost finished!

The Accelerated School’s new garden at King and Woodland is almost finished!

A special thank you to the Office of Councilmember Curren Price for helping to make this garden possible!

United Methodist Church Garden (Toluca Lake)

United Methodist Church Garden (Toluca Lake)

A new garden is coming to United Methodist Church in Toluca Lake!  It will feature plants such as poppies, lilac, sage, and roses, and trees including Austrailian Willow and Western Redbud.    We are excited to bring a beautiful garden to this space!  Thank you to Ryan Drnek of Sodder Studio for the beautiful designs. SeeContinue Reading

Treats at Delevan Drive Elementary!

Treats at Delevan Drive Elementary!

Small Harvest from Delevan Drive! Carrots, strawberries, and onion!  Fresh from Eagle Rock, Ca!!! The heart of the school is right here in the school garden!

Treats at Delevan Drive Elementary!

Small Harvest from Delevan Drive! Carrots, strawberries, and onion!  Fresh from Eagle Rock, Ca!!! The heart of the school is right here in the school garden!

Small Harvest from Delevan Drive! Carrots, strawberries, and onion!  Fresh from Eagle Rock, Ca!!! The heart of the school is right here in the school garden!

Beets at Delevan Drive

Beets at Delevan Drive

Wow!!! How exciting beets are coming in so quick. Planted from seed at our last garden work day just a few months ago. Big and bright beets known as Detroit reds bring great colors to our school garden!!!

Melrose Garden Thrives!

Melrose Garden Thrives!

The garden at Melrose Elementary School is thriving!  The raised beds are overflowing with beautiful greenery and produce, and the garden will be ready for harvest when the students return in August!  

Vibrant Colors at United Children’s Learning Academy Garden

Vibrant Colors at United Children’s Learning Academy Garden

Over in the Valley the fruit are starting to ripen in the tiny but bountiful garden at United Children’s Learning Academy. The kiddos noticed that the red and plump strawberries were ready for harvesting. Soon after they made the strawberry discovery they pointed out the purple eggplant, tall corn, green peppers and the season’s lastContinue Reading

Nation Builder field trip at Wilshire Park Elementary Garden

Nation Builder field trip at Wilshire Park Elementary Garden

Early this week, our friends at Nation Builder Los Angeles decided to turn into Wilshire Park Elementary School for their team building field trip! They sure got their hands dirty in our garden. They got to attack some weeds, prune back our grape vines, and plant tomato and pepper seedlings. There was even a time forContinue Reading

Atwater Avenue Elementary is large by volume

Atwater Avenue Elementary is large by volume

Atwater Avenue Elementary School has a small but thriving and high volume garden. A strawberry patch spreads a far while tomatoes and corn soar up high. There will be plenty to harvest when students return in August. Oh, do not be fooled, this garden may be small but it could feed us all!

Summer school treats at Alta Loma!

Summer school treats at Alta Loma!

A summer visit to Alta Loma Elementary School near downtown Los Angeles means saying hello to young kids who are in summer school! We get to join LA Best’s summer school program for a few minutes by bringing their students into the garden to pick and eat fresh and sweet strawberries. What a summer treat!Continue Reading

Our flagship El sereno middle school farms orchard thrives

Our flagship El sereno middle school farms orchard thrives

New Garden at The Accelerated Schools!

New Garden at The Accelerated Schools!

Today EnrichLA gathered with community volunteers to build a new edible garden for the students at The Accelerated Schools!  The new garden is located in a formerly unused lot across the street from the TAS campus. Much was accomplished today, including removal of trash and other waste, leveling the ground, building 11 new raised gardenContinue Reading

El Sereno ended the school year by eating Zucchini-gini!

El Sereno ended the school year by eating Zucchini-gini!

How about making linguine out of unprocessed food ingredients? Use just a zucchini or squash! Great as a cool summer side dish or even as an entrée, this wonderful zucchini-gini is fun to make and nothing but unprocessed and super healthy! At El Sereno Middle School, students peeled fresh squash from the school garden using peelers.Continue Reading

Melrose Elementary School Grows Strong

Melrose Elementary School Grows Strong

In the spring of this year, the Melrose Garden was built and since then the excitement has grown! New beds were built, picnic tables added, a beautiful fence created and a sink installed. N ow the garden is thriving. The watermelon and cucumber seeds have germinated and foliage has started to show signs of fruitContinue Reading

What’s growing at Wilshire Park Elementary?

What’s growing at Wilshire Park Elementary?

Early this week at Wilshire Park Elementary School in mid Los Angeles, we got a great little harvest! The yellow, green and spicy red went to students attending summer classes on campus. That’s what’s growing at Wilshire Park Elementary School! Thank you to volunteer groups who are helping EnrichLA take care of school gardens through theContinue Reading

How will the summer treat Vine St’s garden?

How will the summer treat Vine St’s garden?

At this elementary school.. very brightly! Students and parents who will be using Vine St’s Elementary School park on the weekends will get to visit the school garden and get a taste or two of wonderful peppers and tomatoes as they come around. The most common they will see this early summer will be yellowContinue Reading

Food and flowers soar at El Sereno!

Food and flowers soar at El Sereno!

Summer Begins at Wilton Place!

Summer Begins at Wilton Place!

It was time to say goodbye to the garden and to school for summer. Wednesday, students took a break from their class parties to check out the garden one last time before a long summer vacation. To celebrate, students had crackers topped with tomatoes and basil- picked fresh from the garden. As the ranger preparedContinue Reading

Old wood floors that have been unseen for 25 years are being refinished at Franklin Elementary. Carpet is gone!!!!!

Old wood floors that have been unseen for 25 years are being refinished at Franklin Elementary. Carpet is gone!!!!!

In a unprecedented partnership between the L.A.U.S.D and Friends of Franklin and Enrich LA and the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council , a library extreme makeover begins. In these times of limited funds, we have “the district” do some work and us “the outsiders” do other work to create a new library on a shoestring. ThisContinue Reading

Asphalt has been removed at Glenfeliz Elementary!

Asphalt has been removed at Glenfeliz Elementary!

A HUGE amount of asphalt has been removed at Glenfeliz Elementary School and a new EnrichLA garden is coming soon! EnrichLA previously built a lovely reading garden at this school, complete with planters and picnic tables. See photos below of the future garden site, which will feature fruits and veggies, as well as native plants!Continue Reading

A Garden Graduation Feast at Alta Loma

A Garden Graduation Feast at Alta Loma

Today was a wonderful day at Alta Loma Elementary School because students got to test their taste buds by eating garden fresh squash-pasta. This pasta is special because the noodles were made out of squash and zucchini peelings but the “sauce” was just a normal dressing. Students saw how simple it was to make aContinue Reading

Our latest Garden at Kester elementary in sherman oaks

Our latest Garden at Kester elementary in sherman oaks

Thank you…

Thank you…

Thank you principals, teachers, students, and staff for a wonderful year and for helping to make our gardens so beautiful!

A New Garden at Kester Avenue Elementary School

A New Garden at Kester Avenue Elementary School

Students from UCLA’s Architecture program partnered with EnrichLA to deign and build a new garden at Kester Avenue Elementary School in Van Nuys. The new garden has unique vertical components, allowing plants to climb up them as they grow. A giraffe, a turtle, a cow and a few other wooden totems give the garden aContinue Reading

El Sereno tastes fresh roots

El Sereno tastes fresh roots

At El Sereno, an artichoke plant grew very well and gave students a lot to harvest. Students learned that when they eat artichokes, they are eating the flower part of the plant. They also got to try fresh sweet red beets that were ready from the El Sereno garden. They taste a lot better thenContinue Reading

Gardner Harvests

Gardner Harvests

 

Up, close and personal with plants at Vine St Elementary

Up, close and personal with plants at Vine St Elementary

Every visit to the garden is an exciting one at Vine St Elementary School’s garden because education lives in the garden. Students revisit lessons they learned in their classroom and see bugs and plants live in action in the garden. Parts of the plant is a vital part of the elementary curriculum and here in the garden, weContinue Reading

Alta Loma tastes red and green garden fruits!

Alta Loma tastes red and green garden fruits!

 

Harvesting at Wilshire Park!

Harvesting at Wilshire Park!

This week, students at Wilshire Park celebrated their last garden class for the year with a snack picked fresh from the school garden. They had tomato and basil, drizzled with olive oil and served on a cracker. Students learned the the definition and technique of harvesting ripe veggies. Some students picked tomatoes and others pickedContinue Reading

ENRICHLA, A TOMAS O’GRADY NON-PROFIT, + RAC DESIGN/BUILD WILL APPEAR  IN  LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT

ENRICHLA, A TOMAS O’GRADY NON-PROFIT, + RAC DESIGN/BUILD WILL APPEAR IN LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT

Media Contact:           Tomas O’Grady, tomasogrady@enrichla.org                        323.387.386 ENRICHLA, A TOMAS O’GRADY NON-PROFIT, + RAC DESIGN/BUILD WILL APPEAR  IN LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT 111 N. Hill Street, Los Angeles, California MONDAY JUNE 2ND AT 8:30 AM DEPARTMENT 85 OR 86 SEEKING A COURT-ORDER / TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER TO PREVENT DEMOLITION OF THE FIGUEROA-RIVERSIDE BRIDGE (LOS ANGELES,Continue Reading