TS KING IS TOO POPULAR.  EVERYONE WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND.

TS KING IS TOO POPULAR. EVERYONE WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND.

TS KING IS TOO POPULAR.  EVERYONE WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND. You are a parent of a child who has been “waitlisted” for the arts and tech or environmental studies magnet at TS King Middle school.   You had your heart set on your “young un” attending King Middle School and now its incredible popularity hasContinue Reading

Valley View Elementary School

Valley View Elementary School

A Huge Thanks to Hart Seed Company!

A Huge Thanks to Hart Seed Company!

We would like to thank Hart Seed Company for their generous donation of 300 seed packets for EnrichLA!  We received a beautiful variety of seeds, including flowers (such as Black Eyed Susans and Zinnias), herbs (like cilantro and mint), and fruits and veggies (such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots)!  We can’t wait to get someContinue Reading

Happy Pollinators make Happy Food at West Vernon

Happy Pollinators make Happy Food at West Vernon

I bet the bees at West Vernon during Spring feel how we humans feel in a buffet line– so many options to choose from! There are so many different blossoms right now… from orange to lavender to apple to pineapple guava… and they all seem to be bringing our pollinating friends great pleasure! It feelsContinue Reading

Recruiting for after school club at Hollenbeck MS

Recruiting for after school club at Hollenbeck MS

A couple weeks ago, I set up a table at the parent/teacher conferences at Hollenbeck MS. The original purpose was to talk to the parents about what goes on out in the garden, our curriculum, and our garden activities.  What it turned out to be was a great way to recruit kids for the afterContinue Reading

My young chefs at RFK continue to impress

My young chefs at RFK continue to impress

The after school garden club at RFK has shown some serious culinary expertise! Always thinking of what they can do with what we have, and always looking to try new foods, the students search the garden for what they can throw in the electric skillet, the food processor or the salad bowl. When gathering foodContinue Reading

40 lbs of Produce from Avalon Gardens

40 lbs of Produce from Avalon Gardens

The community garden at Avalon Gardens Housing Project is flourishing thanks to these hot temperatures and seeds that were saved by Diana Heffernan Schrader. During community garden class today we harvested approximately 40 lbs of produce. Pictured below ins one of the residents with her bags of food.

Full force sun at RHS!

Full force sun at RHS!

On a blazing hot day, the RHS garden soaks in the sun. It attracted a hummingbird and other creatures such as a group of RHS mothers. They cautiously came into the garden and quickly struck up a conversation, their oohs and aahs crossing language barriers. Their keen eyes spotted our broccoli, kale, cilantro, cabbage, avocado,Continue Reading

Student teachers show pride at EL SERENO

Student teachers show pride at EL SERENO

UCLA’s Teacher Education Program (TEP) at El Sereno Middle School showers Jaguar pride all over their school garden. Check out these wonderful garden signs that added volume to the school garden.    

Enjoying a Garden Pizza at Atwater Elementary

Enjoying a Garden Pizza at Atwater Elementary

We made some delicious “garden pizzas” using herbs and lettuce from the garden. We sprinkled them on top of flour tortillas, spread with hummus. For some extra color we added grape tomatoes and carrot. Yum! Who knew that kids could get so excited about eating greens? Must be because they grow it themselves!   HappyContinue Reading

Lockwood elementary new outdoor learning room

Lockwood elementary new outdoor learning room

8 hours + 50 volunteers = a super classy setting for kids and teachers and parents to gather. These kids deserve it. All kids deserve it. A small group of teachers at Lockwood elementary decided it’s time to let folks know what they are all about. Teachers Nancy Arriga and Elaine Scott teamed up withContinue Reading

Foster Students Learn the Parts of the Plant

Foster Students Learn the Parts of the Plant

Last week at Foster Elementary, kindergarten and first grade students were introduced to the 6 parts of the plant: seed, root, stem, leaf, flower and fruit! In this example, we used a lettuce plant “gone to seed” to allow students to see and touch all of the parts of the plant. The only part missingContinue Reading

Foster Elementary in Compton Loves Their New Garden

Foster Elementary in Compton Loves Their New Garden

We are less than 2 months into the new Foster Elementary garden program, and already more than 250 students have actively participated in garden class. Kindergarteners and first graders have helped to plant seeds, add compost, water the plants and of course eat the food! We are currently enjoying an abundance of kale, chard, beets,Continue Reading

Bryson Elementary’s Bountiful Harvest

Bryson Elementary’s Bountiful Harvest

Last week, Bryson Elementary School student gardeners celebrated their final day of garden class with a “garden party,” including a giant harvest and a feast! Each class prepared their own salad, which included kale, lettuce, broccoli, mint, cilantro, carrots, celery and peas…all from the garden! We added cucumber, apple and pear to sweeten it up,Continue Reading

Garden Intern Rosalin leads the party at El Sereno

Garden Intern Rosalin leads the party at El Sereno

Garden interns make EnrichLA’s garden education program an even more educational experience! This week at El Sereno Middle School, Rosalin, our garden intern took on the challenge of engaging students with nutrition-related information for our harvest lesson. Rosalin is a graduate student and has interest in youth health and nutrition. The theme of this week’sContinue Reading

New reading garden at lockwood elementary to begin tomorrow

New reading garden at lockwood elementary to begin tomorrow

Garden tours excite students at Gardner Elementary

Garden tours excite students at Gardner Elementary

There are no differences between 5th graders and kindergarteners come garden class at Gardner Elementary School – everyone gets excited about being in the garden. Students are exposed to ecosystems, interactions between plants and bugs; most of all, our LA youth get to experience an outdoor learning environment. In the picture above, third grade studentsContinue Reading

Hard work pays off at Roosevelt HS

Hard work pays off at Roosevelt HS

Students at Roosevelt High School are really seeing the benefits of their labor in the garden. What started as a dried up, overgrown patch of weeds has now flourished into a garden with flowers, herbs, peas, kale, broccli, strawberries, carrots, radish, beets, and more! This team of dedicated students is proud of their work andContinue Reading

Garden Club at Roosevelt HS ESP

Garden Club at Roosevelt HS ESP

Garden club is a fun time for students to come out and enjoy being outside, explore what is growing, take photos, and take things home! Soon more students (I hope!) will catch on to the fact that those that go to garden club never leave empty handed! We have a few very dedicated gardeners whoContinue Reading

Young carrots and asparagus at Luther Burbank Middle School

Young carrots and asparagus at Luther Burbank Middle School

Spring is definitely here at Luther Burbank garden. Students are watching asparagus shoot up from the ground (how tasty is a fresh asparagus shoot!?) as well as thinning small carrots to allow for larger ones to grow. This garden has a large variety of things growing, including some massive artichokes and beautiful blooming red sweetContinue Reading

Updates from Hollenbeck MS

Updates from Hollenbeck MS

Lots has been happening at Hollenbeck MS over the past few months! Our broccoli and cauliflowers have been booming as well as asian greens, favas, sweet peas, and more! Students have been enjoying the bounty either taking it home to cook with their parents, or in salads, pastas, and other delicious concotions. The group ofContinue Reading

Takeaways from the Roosevelt ESP garden.

Takeaways from the Roosevelt ESP garden.

The day after a most welcome rain, the Roosevelt ESP garden smelled so fresh and invigorating. It was a dark roast color, inviting the new start of the day. This edible school garden is bursting with all sorts of yummy, leafy greens! We harvested a good volume today but the garden still has more toContinue Reading

Strawberries are wild at warm Alta Loma

Strawberries are wild at warm Alta Loma

Young Alta Loma students return to their garden for a garden full of strawberries – like strawberry land! There were so many strawberries to spare at Alta Loma, we will say the bugs are getting a great bite from these juice little reds, too. What did garden students learn on Friday morning? Step 1: BeContinue Reading

The new garden at Melrose elementary is ready

The new garden at Melrose elementary is ready

Springing into April!

Springing into April!

At Roosevelt High School, our afterschool garden club is a healthy mix of seasoned gardeners and budding green thumbs. Today we planted Golden Zucchini Squash where our old pea patch used to be (RIP pea patch of 2014). These lovely summer squash are ready for harvest after 55 days so we’re eagerly hoping they’ll beContinue Reading

Blooming Onions (literally) at Utah Street School

Blooming Onions (literally) at Utah Street School

Onions can flower?? Apparently, yes. Flowering of onions is caused by temperature fluctuation. If an onion plant is exposed to alternating cold and warm temperatures, the onion bulbs prematurely flower or bolt. Well, this is exactly what happened at the Utah Street Garden. We can’t control the weather, so we might as well enjoy the flowers…Continue Reading

Edible Bouquets @ Cheremoya Elementary School

Edible Bouquets @ Cheremoya Elementary School

The nasturtiums, onions and rosemary began to take over the garden at Cheremoya Elementary School. Thanks to Miss Claire the overgrown plants were repurposed. She made several garden bouquets for the teachers’ lounge. Thanks Miss Claire! We’re sure the teachers will appreciate them!

Enjoying the Fruits of our Labor at RFK

Enjoying the Fruits of our Labor at RFK

We amended the beds at RFK, and that is hard work! So the students in the after school gardening club rewarded themselves by cooking up a healthy and very yummy post-gardening snack. The young chefs at RFK skillfully grilled up some onions and brussel sprouts. None of the students had ever tried quinoa before, soContinue Reading

Stakes ready for new horse rail fence at carson gore school gardens

Stakes ready for new horse rail fence at carson gore school gardens

Using our Senses at Utah Street School

Using our Senses at Utah Street School

We are practicing utilizing all of our 5 senses in the garden at Utah Street School. For the sense of sight, we scoped out different plants, colors, and critters in the garden. For touch, we discussed the different textures of leaves. We talked about how some of our senses work together. We combined smell and tasteContinue Reading

Seeing red: crimson radishes and ruby strawberries at Roosevelt ESP.

Seeing red: crimson radishes and ruby strawberries at Roosevelt ESP.

On a refreshing day with some atmospheric clouds hanging in the blue sky, a few Roosevelt ESP Riders gathered crimson radishes and ruby strawberries. Our radishes were a variety of sizes reflecting the diversity of plant shapes even within a simple root veggie.       Finally, tantalizingly, a hand picked strawberry signalling the startContinue Reading

South Gate Vikings Show Weekend Love to Their Garden

South Gate Vikings Show Weekend Love to Their Garden

EnrichLA is thankful for supportive school teams like in South Gate Middle School as much as we are proud to work with students and teachers who are always so excited about contributing to creating a wonderful space for their local community and themselves.  

Carson gore garden finally begins.

Carson gore garden finally begins.

A farewell feast for Julia at RHS

A farewell feast for Julia at RHS

On Julia’s last day at Roosevelt High School, our Rough Rider family sent Julia off with a cilantro pesto pasta, fruit smoothies, rice krispy treats, and pretzels!         Julia has done a phenomenal job with these students, teaching them how easy and delicious healthy eating can be. I could never fill herContinue Reading

Atwater Elementary Seedling Starter and Garden Taste Event

Atwater Elementary Seedling Starter and Garden Taste Event

We had a hugely successful and fun Friday afternoon here at Atwater last week. Students and parents were invited to come to the garden and start their own seedlings, using seeds donated to us by Renee’s Seeds. We used milk cartons saved from school meals as tiny planters. The cartons were filled with soil andContinue Reading

New Garden furniture at citizens of the world charter

New Garden furniture at citizens of the world charter

Today. We built A new tree bench and stage and 16 foot picnic table.  C.w.c. Hollywood.

A Big Thank You from Atwater Elementary

A Big Thank You from Atwater Elementary

Remember that lovely rainy day a few Fridays ago? For wonderfully obvious reasons we were not able the garden that day, but it gave us the perfect opportunity to make thank you cards for Christine and Renee from Renee’s Garden.   Students got to write special messages decorate their cards with tiny lettuce seeds. WeContinue Reading

New Glenfeliz Farm!

New Glenfeliz Farm!

EnrichLA is currently planning a new farm at Glenfeliz Elementary School, located at 3955 Glenfeliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039! Glenfeliz Elementary is currently home to a lovely garden of raised beds, but we are taking it to the next level by converting asphalt into a beautiful, fruitful farm for the students at this school toContinue Reading

Using 2′ of unpaved space to garden at Bryson Elementary in South Gate!

Using 2′ of unpaved space to garden at Bryson Elementary in South Gate!

We created this “Strip Garden’ at Bryson Elementary on an unused 2′ strip of land at the end of the school! It thrives.

Volunteer at one of our school farm-garden this Saturday!

Volunteer at one of our school farm-garden this Saturday!

    Come volunteer with Ranger Jazzy at South Gate Middle School this Saturday, March 22! We will be laying down cardboard and mulch for our native garden, and building trellises. Sign up here at our volunteer page!

Melrose elementary a new garden takes shape

Melrose elementary a new garden takes shape

Hollywood Heritage Supports Figueroa Landbridge

Hollywood Heritage Supports Figueroa Landbridge

Hollywood Heritage shared the letter below supporting the proposed Figueroa Landbridge.  Please show your support and sign the petition HERE HOLLYWOOD HERITAGE, INC. P.O. Box 2586 Hollywood, CA 90078 (323) 874-4005 • FAX (323) 465-5993 March 4, 2014 Mayor Eric Garcetti City of Los Angeles 200 N Spring St #303, Los Angeles, CA 90012  Continue Reading

Rough Riders round up a resplendent harvest!

Rough Riders round up a resplendent harvest!

The garden at Roosevelt High School is always thriving with edible plants, ever-present crab grass, and the hot, hot beating sun. Our committed afterschool Garden Club weathers the conditions for a handsome harvest!  

LA2050 + Goldhirsh Foundation Pledge Support for Figueroa Landbridge

LA2050 + Goldhirsh Foundation Pledge Support for Figueroa Landbridge

LA2050 & GOLDHIRSH FOUNDATION PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR FIGUEROA LANDBRIDGE LOS ANGELES, CA, March 11, 2014 – LA2050 & Goldhirsh Foundation have pledged their support for the Figueroa Landbridge.  They are pleased to join the growing list of community supporters that would rather see this historic bridge converted into a Landbridge instead of being needlessly demolished. ToContinue Reading

Healthy Beet Smoothies at RFK Community Schools

Healthy Beet Smoothies at RFK Community Schools

After an hour of gardening, the after school club at RFK High School was well deserving of an afternoon treat. Some of our beets were ready for harvest, so we decided that we to add them to a smoothie of bananas and coconut water.         It was a neon pink smoothie thatContinue Reading

A plentiful day at Hollenbeck Middle School

A plentiful day at Hollenbeck Middle School

The garden at Hollenbeck Middle School is always bursting with life. It gets a good amount of shade which is perfect for a winter garden! Our sets of cauliflower has been loving the bursts of rain. Here is a hearty, mature cauliflower. I love the asymmetry of the florets.   With a new sixth gradeContinue Reading

Atwater Elementary Produce is Going Places

Atwater Elementary Produce is Going Places

A thriving garden means that we are able to enjoy produce at school and share with the community. We dropped off some lovely bags of produce at Thank You For Coming recently, which they were able to incorporate into their menu. Just look at all the lovely greens!   Thank You For Coming shared thisContinue Reading

I have super powers like Wonder-woman” @Gardner St. Elementary

I have super powers like Wonder-woman” @Gardner St. Elementary

Today at Gardner St. Elementary we made a healthy strawberry and cauliflower salad that were excess harvest from Wilshire Park and Wilton Place Elementary. The students loved the tangyness of the balsamic dressing with the sweetness of the strawberries, and the crunchiness of the lettuce After eating the lettuce, one of the students exclaimed: ”Continue Reading

Renee’s Garden Supports Atwater Elementary

Renee’s Garden Supports Atwater Elementary

Atwater Elementary was very fortunate to receive a very generous donation of seeds from Renee’s Garden last year. These seeds have been making a great contribution to our garden throughout the past year. We have been using them to start seedlings for the garden, which means that many of our produce come 100% from our workContinue Reading

Amazing Private school students from turning point help build a garden for weemes elementary

Amazing Private school students from turning point help build a garden for weemes elementary

Another great harvest at @ Wilshire Park Elementary

Another great harvest at @ Wilshire Park Elementary

Getting ready for a delicious salad today at Wilshire Park complete with snap peas from the garden, kale, leeks, and fresh lettuce. The students got to pick the lettuce themselves and they helped toss into delicious garden snack.

Green Juice! at West Vernon Elementary

Green Juice! at West Vernon Elementary

There is SO MUCH KALE at West Vernon right now, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to make  some green juice with the students. Many people like to drink freshly squeezed juice because the vitamins, minerals and enzymes are much more concentrated, so they receive a high dose of their daily recommended vitaminsContinue Reading

Getting our Veggie Muscles @ Glassel Park Elementary

Getting our Veggie Muscles @ Glassel Park Elementary

Today at Glassell Park we whipped out the skillet and made some a tasty root (potatoes) and leaf (Swiss chard) sauté. “It’s so good” many of the students said. Swiss Chard will help with stabilizing blood sugar. While the potatoes contain the muscle building amino acid lysine.

Rainy Day Fun at Utah Street School

Rainy Day Fun at Utah Street School

We were so grateful to have such a powerful rain storm sweep across our drought-stricken city last week, and for the first time all year, we had to hold class inside. As always, Ms. Morales was very accommodating, and welcomed us into the library for the day. After their lesson on climate and seasons (how fitting), theContinue Reading

Garden Haikus at Cheremoya Elementary School

Garden Haikus at Cheremoya Elementary School

Students at Cheremoya Elementary learned about Haikus, short Japanese poems often about nature. After we brainstormed words that we could use in haikus, we reviewed the syllables needed for each line of the poem. 5-7-5 they counted, as they chose the words to create their Haikus. Here’s one haiku that a 3rd grade boy wroteContinue Reading

Reviewing in the classroom@ Lexington Primary

Reviewing in the classroom@ Lexington Primary

At Lexington Primary the students are reaping what they sow in the form of produce and knowledge from their school garden. Below: Their teacher Ms. Batres made a bulletin board of what they have learned in the garden this year. They wrote about the friend and foe bugs and how they help and hurt theContinue Reading

“Pop-Up Park” Event at the Figueroa Land-bridge!

“Pop-Up Park” Event at the Figueroa Land-bridge!

Today, EnrichLA, in partnership with RAC Design/Build, hosted a “Pop-Up Park” event at the Riverside/Figueroa bridge!  We gathered with supporters to demonstrate how this historic bridge could be so simply converted into a local park, rather than being needlessly demolished.  Attendees enjoyed snacks prepared using fresh fruits and veggies harvested from EnrichLA gardens, along withContinue Reading

Cornerstone Elementary is going to have a great outdoor classroom on March 8th!

Cornerstone Elementary is going to have a great outdoor classroom on March 8th!

Grateful to Patti Cacos for being a part of the growth of Edible Education on the Peninsula! Cornerstone Elementary is going to have a great outdoor classroom on March 8th!

This Sunday- POP up park event at the figueroa bridge

This Sunday- POP up park event at the figueroa bridge

Effort to save monument # 908 & recycle it as a park. Join us at RAC Design Build at 11.30 and then walk or cycle the river path to the bridge at noon OR join us at 12.30 on the bridge for an one hour POP UP PARK

Yummy Strawberries @ Alta Loma Elementary

Yummy Strawberries @ Alta Loma Elementary

Today at Alta Loma we harvested some strawberries from our garden! Each week the Rollie Pollies and slugs start eating them before we can get to them. So, we brought some strawberries from the store that were hole free. The students sure love their strawberries! Below garden intern Sabrina navigates the strawberry patch with theContinue Reading