Parts of the Plant

Parts of the Plant

On Friday at Bryson Elementary the students got to learn and participate in a “Parts of the Plant” activity. We learned that every time we eat we are interacting with all different parts of a plant; the leaves, the roots, the flower, the fruit, the stem or the seeds! The students got to see ifContinue Reading

Transplanting and Watering at Wilton Place

Transplanting and Watering at Wilton Place

Our first day of garden class at Wilton Place Elementary was very busy!  Students learned about the different steps and materials involved in transplanting seedlings.  First, they dug holes where there was extra space.  Then, they add compost to the garden soil, which will help nourish the new plants.   A kindergarten class pulls outContinue Reading

Franklin Library Makeover + Barnsdall Cleanup – A Busy Weekend for EnrichLA!

Franklin Library Makeover + Barnsdall Cleanup – A Busy Weekend for EnrichLA!

This weekend, EnrichLA led two community events in the Los Feliz area! On Saturday we were at both Barnsdall Park for the Barnsdall Cleanup day, as well as at Franklin Avenue Elementary School for the library renovation!  We were joined at these events by over 100 volunteers who helped us achieve an amazing amount ofContinue Reading

Programming at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School begins in mid-September

Programming at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School begins in mid-September

Re-introducing Juan Cabrillo Elementary School! So excited to announce our 2014-2015 Garden Ranger Program here. Principal Margaret Lynch could only call out how her students who have graduated from Second Grade, come back to visit, and ASKING, “So, how’s the garden?!” EnrichLA school gardens have made a trademark in fostering student respect and care forContinue Reading

Seed planting at Foster

Seed planting at Foster

The first day of garden classes had the Foster Elementary kids smiling and laughing! After playing a fun veggie game we learned what “ingredients” a plant needs to grow and the basic rules of planting seeds. The students got to choose between a few different seeds and then plant away in the garden!

Juicy Tomatoes at Vine St Elementary

Juicy Tomatoes at Vine St Elementary

Students at Vine Street Elementary returned to school to find their garden full of tasty tomatoes! After touring the garden, each student got to select their own tomato to taste. Look at all the varieties we tried! There were so many ripe tomatoes! We passed out the extras to students at recess and gave someContinue Reading

“Hollyhill Park” – Converting an Old Car Dealership Into a Park?

“Hollyhill Park” – Converting an Old Car Dealership Into a Park?

This week we are meeting to discuss “Hollyhill Park” (and other greening proposals).  Hollyhill park is our suggestion for converting the old Ford dealership on Hollywood into a local park for the Los Feliz community! Even though this is private property, and despite it looking like there are plans to develop the lot, we stillContinue Reading

Markham Farmer

Markham Farmer

Lily, the Garden Ranger at Markham Middle School along with the help of Mrs. Burman, the 7th grade science teacher, have put together the Markham Farmer program. The first two weeks of garden class will include a fun introduction to the garden space about all the amazing things that will be taught and learned, aContinue Reading

Hyperion Bridge at 5:30pm

Hyperion Bridge at 5:30pm

After posting the video from the drive on Hyperion Bridge at 7:30am, we received valuable comments that we should also record a video during after work rush hour traffic. Our diligent intern Izzy Armenta drove over the Hyperion Bridge into Atwater Village. The video was recorded at 5:45 on August 20th. As you can see, there isContinue Reading

The Community Supports Franklin!  Thank you Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf!

The Community Supports Franklin! Thank you Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf!

We have a very busy and exciting weekend ahead! This Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th, EnrichLA will be running an “Extreme Makeover” of the library at Franklin Elementary School.  We have many excited community members signed up and ready to re-do this library in order to create a beautiful and inspiring learning spaceContinue Reading

Atwater Elementary: All Signs Point To A Great Year Ahead!

Atwater Elementary: All Signs Point To A Great Year Ahead!

With the first week of school under our belts, we’re set to start garden classes next week at Atwater Avenue Elementary!   New Garden Ranger Elysa has been working hard to make sure everything is set for our students! Take a look at what she found this week as she was clearing out some weeds:  Continue Reading

Hyperion Bridge – “Jewel” is Best Option

Hyperion Bridge – “Jewel” is Best Option

“To say that I am dismayed is an understatement in regards to the decision making process for the design of the rebuild of the Hyperion Bridge that connects Silver Lake to Atwater.  This should be a simple decision based on facts, and yet it is anything but.  The Hyperion Bridge should be rebuilt for theContinue Reading

Melon Taste Test at Valley View Elementary

Melon Taste Test at Valley View Elementary

To warm things up at Valley View Elementary School, new team member Garden Ranger Michelle introduced a Melon Taste Test at lunch. As students entered the lunch area, they found Michelle passing out a cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew. “Can you tell the difference?” we ask. A delightful treat in Valley View’s cafeteria and as always, students ask for,Continue Reading

Plants aren’t the only things getting tall at United Children’s Learning Academy!

Plants aren’t the only things getting tall at United Children’s Learning Academy!

Another year of programming at United Children’s Learning Academy begins on Friday! A few inches taller, our preschoolers return to a flush garden, and ready to enjoy new garden tastes at their little garden. Our Ranger Program reaches out to students of all ages. Can’t wait to see the little kids in action, this year.

El Sereno starts school with a bench debut!

El Sereno starts school with a bench debut!

The outdoor benches we designed and built with volunteers over the summer came in handy at El Sereno Middle School’s new activity center. Under this wonderful shade, students hang out during recess to catch up with friends or play board games. These wonderful benches provide for more relaxing sitting spaces in student hang out areas.Continue Reading

New Bridge Design Will Address Atwater Traffic

New Bridge Design Will Address Atwater Traffic

In this video, I am driving into Atwater Village. I recorded this video at 7:25 am on August 30th, 2013. As the video clearly shows, even though I am driving during rush hour, there is no traffic, except for a backup at the end of the video. This backup is due to cars coming off theContinue Reading

Back to School

Back to School

First day of scheduled class with my Bryson Elementary kids was this past Friday August 15th. The classes ranged from kindergarten to 5th grade. Such bright and engaged children! They all got to snack on their very own school grown watermelon! Sweet and juicy!  I’m excited to see the little seedlings grow in the kindergartenContinue Reading

We Are Excited to Announce the Cleanup of Barnsdall Art Park is Drawing Near

We Are Excited to Announce the Cleanup of Barnsdall Art Park is Drawing Near

Tomas O’Grady met with Park Maintenance Supervisor Anthony Bagnerise today to discuss the Barnsdall Art Park cleanup which is quickly drawing near! The city recently did a cleanup of the park, but sadly, the park is already being littered with garbage. The EnrichLA cleanup is set for August 23rd from 9am to 3pm. Tomas spoke with Anthony about theContinue Reading

An Open Letter to Mayor Garcetti, and Councilmembers La Bonge, O’Farrell

An Open Letter to Mayor Garcetti, and Councilmembers La Bonge, O’Farrell

August 12, 2014   Dear Mayor Garcetti, Councilman La Bonge, and Councilman O’Farrell, We are EnrichLA and we are a community wellness nonprofit organization.  In addition to building edible school gardens, we also collaborate with community members to advocate for legislation that will improve the quality of life for the people of Los Angeles.  AContinue Reading

Please Ask LADOT to Solve Dangerous Intersection at Kenilworth Ave and Angus St. in Silverlake

Please Ask LADOT to Solve Dangerous Intersection at Kenilworth Ave and Angus St. in Silverlake

Make the request on the LADOT website HERE: http://ladot.lacity.org/index.htm Hello Concerned Residents of Silverlake, I am Tomas O’Grady, Executive Director of EnrichLA, a non-profit that puts edible gardens in under served schools in Los Angeles to promote proper nutrition, environmental stewardship, and community involvement. My five-year old son attends the Neighborhood Nursery School. Christopher Hogan andContinue Reading

A Crucial Next Step in the Gardens – Composting!

A Crucial Next Step in the Gardens – Composting!

EnrichLA is installing a new program to make our gardens even more environmentally sustainable. Our awesome new Intern Ana Greenberger has an extensive background and knowledge base in composting. She is implementing a creative Composting Program that will eventually be used in all of the gardens. Today, she visited three of our school gardens to see the best wayContinue Reading

Introducing the STEM-Garden Pilot Study!

Introducing the STEM-Garden Pilot Study!

Enriching the lives of young children one tomato, carrot, and green bean at a time – that is the essence of my teaching at EnrichLA, or is it? My name is Traci Demuth. Have you ever asked a young child where a bag of nuts or an apple comes from? It might surprise you howContinue Reading

Margaret Lynch, Principal of Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, says EnrichLA has Influenced an Unexpected Change in Wiseburn School District

Margaret Lynch, Principal of Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, says EnrichLA has Influenced an Unexpected Change in Wiseburn School District

Enrich L.A. has influenced an unexpected change at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School! Many people ask, can exposing kids to healthy food actually impact their eating habits? Well, at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, the school garden has been a catalyst of positive change for the school and the students.  Principal Margaret Lynch explains, “Children have beenContinue Reading

Markham Middle School Build Day Success!

Markham Middle School Build Day Success!

Today Enrich LA joined up with Volunteer Los Angeles and Aspiriant Wealth Management Firm to get dirty in the garden! We cleared out and leveled a huge area previously cluttered with weeds, dead stumps and roots, trash and more to inspire a clean slate for any project. We tackled the weeds and mulched everything down.Continue Reading

Powerful Pressure Washing at Thomas Starr King Middle School

Powerful Pressure Washing at Thomas Starr King Middle School

Thomas Starr King Middle School super-parent Juan Longfellow was hard at work pressure washing today with EnrichLA’s famous pressure washer! He will soon be joined by volunteers like you to help make the school beautiful for the first day of school! Contact Juan at (310) 920-3019 to volunteer at Thomas Starr King Middle School and experience the joys of pressure-washing!!!

Firsthand Testimonial of What School Gardens Can Accomplish!

Firsthand Testimonial of What School Gardens Can Accomplish!

Our fabulous Program Direction Jasmine Lim returned to our office after caring for Utah St. Elementary School’s garden with some pretty inspiring and poignant news. School Principal Frank Serrato explained to Jasmine the incredible things the garden has done for the students and community at large. Principal Serrato reported to Jasmine how much the garden has made anContinue Reading

Gardner St. Elementary School

Gardner St. Elementary School

Yes, we already have an edible garden at this school. In fact, did you know we have edible gardens in over 60 schools! Tomas O’Grady, our Executive Director recently initiated a new challenge for the EnrichLA team, many of whom as unpaid volunteers who simply want to build a healthier and greener city for our city ofContinue Reading

Heirloom Tomatoes and Much More at Atwater Avenue Elementary School

Heirloom Tomatoes and Much More at Atwater Avenue Elementary School

We are thrilled to report that the garden at Atwater Avenue Elementary School is thriving! Upon walking into the garden, the aromatic scent of mint and thyme fills the air. The garden beds are overflowing with greens and produce! Can’t wait to see the smiles on the students faces when they see their garden!!! GorgeousContinue Reading

Roots set in at The Accelerated Schools near downtown LA!

Roots set in at The Accelerated Schools near downtown LA!

Seedlings set in The Accelerated Schools’ garden this week! With help from our amazing volunteers, tomatoes are ready for kick off in this brand new school garden. Learn about AMAL GOLD NUTRIENTS here

Exciting News for Los Feliz Elementary School

Exciting News for Los Feliz Elementary School

EnrichLA is partnering with Los Feliz Elementary School to green the school! The students of Los Feliz Elementary School will soon be getting a beautiful and functional edible garden where they can learn and play! In other great news, we are working with Los Feliz Elementary School to file plans with the District to install a small soccer field onContinue Reading

A More Sustainable Future for the Hyperion Bridge

A More Sustainable Future for the Hyperion Bridge

Sadly, the current design for the new Hyperion Bridge by the City of LA has some major flaws. This “Jewel Plan” is a new and improved design with features to encourage sustainability, road sharing, and safety. Safety: The city’s plan encourages speeding which will turn the bridge into a freeway over the river! By making the bridge bikeContinue Reading

EnrichLA – Cleaning Schools….And Parks!

EnrichLA – Cleaning Schools….And Parks!

We have some exciting cleanup days coming up for August and we would love for you to join us! This coming Saturday, August 9th, we will be running 3 volunteer shifts at John Marshall High School, located at 3939 Tracy St, Los Angeles, CA 90027.  We will be doing a massive cleanup of the school campus,Continue Reading

Demolition of Historic Figueroa Bridge Continues

Demolition of Historic Figueroa Bridge Continues

The historic Figueroa Bridge which spans the LA River is being demolished and replaced with a new bridge. The people of LA are taking a stand against the demolition of one of their city’s historical monuments. EnrichLA has come up with an innovative plan to save this iconic landmark by turning it into a park for the city toContinue Reading

The new O’Grady studio. Home of enrich La and other good works

The new O’Grady studio. Home of enrich La and other good works

We have a nice new renovated space for people to come together to give to their community. Here is Amanda sketching for a watercolor rendering of a the jewel plan for hyperion bridge

Farming up at South Gate Middle

Farming up at South Gate Middle

South Gate Middle School is one of our biggest farm ! This summer, South Gate underwent multiple workdays to get it ready for the school season. Next Step Ministries has been such an amazing support group and has certainly made a difference in the South Gate Community through the garden! This August, the middle schoolContinue Reading

Vine Street has not missed the beat either!

Vine Street has not missed the beat either!

Tomatoes are dancing while the summer heat plays! Vine Street Elementary is located in the middle of Hollywood, surrounded by a concrete jungle, traffic and car body shops. Oh but when the kids get back, juicy tomatoes and purple corn will be what they will get!

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!