Parent Picnic at Cabrillo

Parent Picnic at Cabrillo

What a grand experience it is when parents come visit the garden, every last class I have invited parents to come snack, sing and ask questions about our beautiful gardens. Today we had a blast sharing natures candy (cantaloupe and cucumber) and used our basil from the very same garden we play in to makeContinue Reading

STEM lesson #2 – Fibonacci

STEM lesson #2 – Fibonacci

The week as Garden Ranger, Traci Demuth, was preparing for the second garden-STEM lesson, a giant spider spun a web outside her bedroom door on the patio. This spider was HUGE, and so was its web. Traci took a photo of this spider and shared her spider story and photo at the start of STEMContinue Reading

Seed planting at Foster

Seed planting at Foster

With the beautiful new raised beds now installed at Foster Elementary the next step is to put some plants in there! Ranger Lily and her new amazing intern Hope led the students through the rules and process of planting a seed. The students at Foster were excited to plant seeds and to watch the processContinue Reading

The New Farm at Glenfeliz Elementary!

The New Farm at Glenfeliz Elementary!

A huge THANK YOU to all of those involved in making the Glenfeliz Farm happen! Last week, Tomas and crew (volunteers from Northland Village Church, Do Good Bus, and Bravo High School Kiwanis Club) worked for three days to get the garden site ready, build planter boxes, and finally plant some beautiful greenery at Glenfeliz ElementaryContinue Reading

Kinder Carrot Rehab

Kinder Carrot Rehab

So Melrose Elementary asked me to help out with a planter that has been in their play area, the soil was not great. We watered it, and covered it with Garbage Bags from the schools supplies. We cut little holes in it, spaced out to put carrot seeds in. Then planted the seeds in theContinue Reading

Assembling a Worm Bin with King Middle School

Assembling a Worm Bin with King Middle School

Hey Friends! Last week, Mr. Page’s 6th graders got to assemble a worm bin and learn about vermicomposting with our folks at EnrichLA.

Vermicomposting at King Middle School

Vermicomposting at King Middle School

Hey Friends! Vermicomposting is happening at King Middle School!    

STEM-Garden Lessons begin!

STEM-Garden Lessons begin!

Last week we finished our first pilot STEM-Garden lesson at both Gardner and Weemes Elementary Schools. Garden Ranger, Traci Demuth, and Assistant, Samantha Yu, guided children through hands-on investigations of STEM prop bags. The 5E instructional model lesson design (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate) was used as a structure to develop each lesson of theContinue Reading

Visit from Gavina Coffee Company at West Vernon Elementary

Visit from Gavina Coffee Company at West Vernon Elementary

  Thank you so much Gavina Coffee for coming by and teaching us about coffee! We all worked together to plant a coffee tree that Gavina donated Our beautiful coffee tree is one year old and will fruit in just four years. We tried pomegranate seeds today, they were quite a hit. We explored theContinue Reading

Cheremoya Students Explore Plant Parts

Cheremoya Students Explore Plant Parts

This week at Cheremoya, our students discuss different parts of the plant and their jobs. Then, we took it to the garden to see if we could point out the parts on different types of plants. It was more challenging than it seems! Pointing out a tomato, or the FRUIT of a plant.   Swiss Chard, orContinue Reading

Luther Burbank Middle School Creativity

Luther Burbank Middle School Creativity

The student’s imaginations were on full blast last week at Luther Burbank Middle School when they got to design their dream gardens. Garden Intern Leega – who is currently studying Landscape Architecture at UC Berkley – explained to students the many variables that must be taken into consideration when designing outdoor spaces. Our students thenContinue Reading

Work Day at Weemes

Work Day at Weemes

Last Monday Garden Ranger, Traci Demuth, led a group of middle school students from Turning Point School and a few volunteers at Weemes Elementary School for some serious weeding, pruning, mulch spreading, composting, and harvest work. Turning Point School has a special relationship with Weemes. Last school year, Turning Point School partnered with EnrichLA toContinue Reading

Watering and Fertilizing at Wilton Place

Watering and Fertilizing at Wilton Place

The kindergarten class at Wilton Place Elementary helped our future vegetables grow by watering and fertilizing our garden.  We talked about the parts of the plant and how the roots slurp up water from the soil like they are drinking from a straw.  Everyone learned that they need to water the garden by pouring waterContinue Reading

Seedlings and Pollinators at Carson-Gore

Seedlings and Pollinators at Carson-Gore

Avalon Gardens Clean Up

Avalon Gardens Clean Up

The community garden at Avalon Gardens Housing Project is run by Garden Ranger Ed Tellis. Ed is at Avalon Gardens every Tuesday morning working with volunteers to provide garden care. He also reaches out to the local residents and hosts workshops on how to care for the garden space, and effectively grow food organically.

Testing the soil at Hollenbeck

Testing the soil at Hollenbeck

For the past few weeks at Hollenbeck, we have turned our attention to the soil that surrounds us. Soil, as some say, is the skin of the earth. Without it, none of the vegetation on land (and hence none of the animals) would exist. Sometimes, we take soil for granted. After all, we are onContinue Reading

First few weeks at The Accelerated Schools

First few weeks at The Accelerated Schools

Here at The Accelerated Schools (TAS), classes have begun signing up to be a part of the garden program. Each week, there are about 6 kindergarten classes that come out to be in the garden, and one Grade 6 + 7 leadership class that comes in the afternoon. The garden is looking great, things areContinue Reading

Zine making at ALC

Zine making at ALC

For the past few weeks, we have been busy bees at ALC – besides tending to the garden by sowing seeds of winter crops, prepping the herb spiral garden, and general maintenance of the garden, the students have started making zines. Basically, zines are short, self-published journals of a certain topic. In this case, weContinue Reading

Fall crafts at West Vernon Elementary School

Fall crafts at West Vernon Elementary School

Autumn leaves, tape, crayons, and paper is all you need to make a beautiful rubbing and get creative in the garden!   A proud student’s leaf rubbing (:   Looking and learning about different leaves in the garden, why they are important, and discussing their different characteristics in class today really got our brains workingContinue Reading

Basil Bonanza at Utah St.

Basil Bonanza at Utah St.

Last Friday was the final day of garden-based education for a class of pre-kindergarteners, two classes of first graders, and one class of fourth and fifth graders at Utah St. School in Boyle Heights.   With a long-standing bounty of basil in our garden, I decided to make pesto for the kids out of gardenContinue Reading

What is EnrichLA up to this week? Find us in our gardens!

What is EnrichLA up to this week? Find us in our gardens!

Monday 10/20 – Weemes Elementary School! Garden Ranger Traci is leading her team of volunteers from Turning Point to give it a good garden makeover. Not only do our garden rangers teach curriculum, they organize volunteer days to bring in community members to help improve the schools’ green space! We celebrate our Garden Rangers! ThursdayContinue Reading

Magnifying the Atwater Elementary School Garden!

Magnifying the Atwater Elementary School Garden!

Monday was the last week in the garden for the first grade and kindergarten students at Atwater Elementary School. Ranger Elysa and Taylor will miss teaching these students, but look forward to teaching more students at Atwater in the coming weeks! The last formal lesson for these bright students involved using magnifying glasses to inspect the details of the beautiful andContinue Reading

Garden-STEM Pilot Pre-Data Collection

Garden-STEM Pilot Pre-Data Collection

Over the past two weeks a team of interns have been led by Garden Ranger/Researcher, Traci Demuth, to gather students’ perceptions about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) and gardening. Research methods invited students to draw their understandings of scientists and engineers, accompanied with an interview and survey about each child’s understanding and experiences with STEM and gardening.Continue Reading

Leaf Prints at Bryson Elementary School

Leaf Prints at Bryson Elementary School

Lush, leafy gardens aren’t only nice for adding beauty, oxygen and for enjoying the yummy fruits and veggies. Plant parts can be used in many other ways such as using the fibers for clothing, reeds or stems for weaving baskets, using any ol’ part for creating natural dyes, and getting creative for other fun artisticContinue Reading

Teamwork Means Success! – Foster Elementary

Teamwork Means Success! – Foster Elementary

Today was the much anticipated garden expansion and beautification project at Foster Elementary. Enrich LA, teaming up with The Kitchen Community and WME, installed 4 new raised beds, a full irrigation system, and mulched over the unsightly grass and weeds. Mrs. McKerr’s 3rd grade class came out to help for a bit and loved usingContinue Reading

End of Summer Harvest Salad

End of Summer Harvest Salad

Students at Vine Elementary sliced and diced and measured and mixed and put together this delicious recipe celebrating my personal favorite summer fruits: tomatoes and watermelon.  Yummy! First, we chop chop chop chop chop the watermelon up.  Everyone gets a turn!  Watermelon is really easy to chop. Second, we picked mint leaves and tomatoes fromContinue Reading

A Look Into Our Busy Week

A Look Into Our Busy Week

A week full of Gardening Events Of-Course! Ever wonder what EnrichLA is up to during the week? Aside from teaching gardening classes through the Garden Ranger Program, we drive our trailer out to our garden sites to make improvements with volunteers! Today (Wednesday), Garden Ranger Mamie was out at Ocean Charter Elementary School renovating their school garden to support theirContinue Reading

Cheremoya Looking Splendid and Ready For New Students

Cheremoya Looking Splendid and Ready For New Students

Last week, Cheremoya said good-bye to Mrs. Carlton, Ms. Gotz, Mr. Cheung, Ms. Petrou, and Ms. Iwataki’s classes as their Garden Session ended on a beautiful day. The garden is growing absolutely fabulously, take a look below! Checking out spiders under the table Our Snow-Pea TeePee! The Kale Looks Amazing!!

Planting At Glassell Park

Planting At Glassell Park

Last week at Glassell Park Elementary our students joyfully planted many different seedlings, gearing up for fall. Some of the plants were: Brussels Sprouts Edamame Lettuce Cabbage Flowers More! It was our last week of classes and the students will surely be missed. New classes start again this week!

Wilshire Park Potato Hunt!

Wilshire Park Potato Hunt!

Kindergarten classes at Wilshire Park Elementary are lucky to get to dig up this sweet potato bed and harvest sweet potatoes to eat!  The sweet potatoes have been growing all summer long in the heat.  How many do you think they will find?

Using coffee grounds as a teaching tool ~Ramona~

Using coffee grounds as a teaching tool ~Ramona~

This morning as I stopped by my local coffee shop to pick up my morning brew I realized that they had a box filled with FREE coffee grounds!!! I jumped on the opportunity and grabbed a bag to share with my classes. I find that it is important to use all the senses in the gardenContinue Reading

Health Fair at Bresee Foundation

Health Fair at Bresee Foundation

We want to thank the Bresee Foundation for holding fun-filled Health Fair this Saturday for the Central Los Angeles community. Bresee has been providing after school youth programs, family support programs, and many more in Central LA for over 30 years. For more information on Bresee, go to http://bresee.org/. At the Health Fair we had twoContinue Reading

Out With the Old and in With the New at West Vernon Elementary

Out With the Old and in With the New at West Vernon Elementary

New additions to the garden coming soon! (: So many eggplants, so little time A garden tour for our new classes! Designing our new garden journals The seasons are changing and we’re excited to start planting new things! (:

Caine’s Arcade at Hollenbeck Middle School

Caine’s Arcade at Hollenbeck Middle School

This past weekend, a few hundred people showed up at Hollenbeck Middle School for their second annual Cardboard Challenge! In celebration of Caine’s Arcade (watch this short film), all sorts of cardboard activities were deployed, ranging from mazes, arcade-style games, and pinata building.       I was lucky enough to be a part ofContinue Reading

Natural dyeing with plants ~Cabrillo~

Natural dyeing with plants ~Cabrillo~

I have been thinking of ways to dress up the gardens that I work at, add some color, add some fun! Last week I came up with the idea of doing some plant based dyeing with the students. It was a fun activity and a nice way to bring art into the garden. The night beforeContinue Reading

Garden Intern Samantha Yu

Garden Intern Samantha Yu

Hello everyone!  My name is Samantha Yu and I am a proud EnrichLA garden intern.  I recently graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Community & Regional Development.  My passions lie in the intersection between social equity and environmental science, and I truly believe that education is anContinue Reading

Composting in the Office Update #2

Composting in the Office Update #2

Our worm bin has been super productive the last 10 days! With some newspaper, light watering, good food, and TLC our worms have digested and processed our food scraps into fresh compost, or castings.

Friends & Foes

Friends & Foes

At Gardner Street Elementary School and Weemes Elementary School last week, students identified “Friends” and “Foes” in the garden and in books. As students have been amending soil, they have discovered larva and noticed bees buzzing around flowers. They often wonder what these insects do. As students discussed the pros and cons of various insects,Continue Reading

Everybody loves thai basil!

Everybody loves thai basil!

At Van Nuys Middle School on October 8, Garden Ranger Michelle made the most delicious udon noodles with thai basil from the garden. The students were so excited to try it, and they absolutely loved it! several asked for the recipe! They also finished digging out the beds and mixing in compost. Last week, weContinue Reading

Compost Game at Kester

Compost Game at Kester

  Friday at Kester, Garden Ranger Michelle set up a fun, creative game to help the kids remember what goes into a compost bin, and what does not. The kids had to look at pictures and decide what was good compost, and together, with one stick each, carry the picture all the way to theirContinue Reading

Figeater Beetle Larvae

Figeater Beetle Larvae

A few weeks ago, students at Wilton Place helped till and amend the soil and in the garden.  Before we transplant our winter crop seedlings, there is one more chore to do to ensure that our plants thrive.  We need to find and remove all harmful bugs from the soil. Here in Los Angeles, we have a lotContinue Reading

Hunting for Grubs at Wilshire Park Elementary

Hunting for Grubs at Wilshire Park Elementary

Students at Wilshire Park Elementary helped ready the garden for winter planting by tilling the soil and removing beetle larvae.  The larvae live in the garden and feed off of rotting organic materials (fruit, compost), but also sometimes snack on the roots of plants.  Students had a great time digging for larvae and collecting themContinue Reading

Let me at the ‘em!

Let me at the ‘em!

    After two years of loyal service to Delevan Drive Elementary School in Eagle Rock, Garden Ranger Enjoli had to break company and move on.  I was asked to replace her, at least until the end of the semester, so I excitedly set out upon filling some large footprints.  It’s not just that Enjoli hasContinue Reading

Thank you volunteers!

Thank you volunteers!

Wilton Place was lucky to have the help of volunteers from MKG do some trimming and weeding this past Friday. Even though it was almost 100 degrees, our volunteers worked all morning to make the Wilton Place garden neater and cleaner.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We appreciate all your hard work! That Bougainvillea plant wasContinue Reading

Composting in the Office!

Composting in the Office!

The EnrichLA team is composting in the office! We’ve got an active worm bin and a pile in the backyard taking care of our garden waste, food scraps, and even waste from recent events. Soon, this will all turn into finished nutritious compost that will be used as a natural fertilizer for the garden. PerfectingContinue Reading

Let’s Talk About the Weather

Let’s Talk About the Weather

Autumn is upon us, and the students of Foster Elementary and I got to discuss our climate and the changing weather we will start to see soon (hopefully!). We looked for which plants in the garden were thriving and which were at the end of their season. Pulling out the old and adding compost toContinue Reading

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar found at King Farm

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar found at King Farm

T.S. King Middle School’s farm has served as a great habitat for our bug friends this season! Read on to see what our King students found in their gardens last week!

Complete a new garden with us on Wed, OCT 8th!

Complete a new garden with us on Wed, OCT 8th!

      Phase II for the garden build at Crystal Stairs Head Start Pre School in Compton is scheduled for Wednesday October 8th. Build a garden with Tomas O’Grady, help EnrichLA create more edible spaces for our city’s children! Sign up to volunteer, here: www.enrichla.org/Volunteer. For questions, please email jasminelim@enrichla.org!

Tiny leaves are poking through the soil at West Vernon Elementary!

Tiny leaves are poking through the soil at West Vernon Elementary!

We learned about the different growing seasons today and why they are important to know when growing plants. It is so interesting to understand how our food grows and to learn about the ecosystem that we live in. These eggplants are growing fast! (Just like our little gardeners) We planted lettuce and radish seeds today! A lotContinue Reading

Small Hand Harvest Even Tinier Seeds at Vine

Small Hand Harvest Even Tinier Seeds at Vine

If a gardener wants to be completely self-sustaining, s/he must harvest seeds from vegetables to replant in the future. Kindergarten and 1st grade students at Vine Elementary harvested okra seeds and beans from dried out pods.  Each okra pod yielded about 100 seeds!   Beans will dry out on the vine if you don’t pickContinue Reading

King Middle School is harvesting sweet potatoes!

King Middle School is harvesting sweet potatoes!

Greens on top, edible roots in the bottom! Sweet potatoes are roots that we can eat. Sweet potatoes taste great baked, steams, boiled or fried!  

In action at Alta Loma

First some kids in action Then some bugs in actions:

Pests arriving at Alta Loma

The kids had a fun day searching the garden high and low for beneficial bugs and pests. The most prolific were the grasshoppers.

Friends of the Garden at Atwater Elementary School

Friends of the Garden at Atwater Elementary School

On Monday at Atwater Elementary School, students learned which insects are friends of the garden! Friends of the garden are insects like bees, dragonflies, and lady bugs. We learned that friends eat foes, which are bugs that keep the garden from flourishing. The students played a fun bug matching game and later looked through the gardenContinue Reading

Praying Mantis lands on El Sereno’s student

Praying Mantis lands on El Sereno’s student

First catch of the day is a praying mantis on a student’s shoulder, a week after learning about beneficial and harmful garden animals. At El Sereno Middle School ,6th graders start to feel comfortable in garden responsibilities and learning how to treat their school garden space.  

Work Day at Gardner Elementary School

Work Day at Gardner Elementary School

Last Saturday Gardner Street Elementary School had a work day. Community and school volunteers worked together to care for and beautify the garden space. There was sanding, painting, building, weeding, composting, mulching, pruning, and caring for the garden space. Volunteers of all ages contributed to a hard day’s work. On Tuesday when students returned to theContinue Reading

United Children’s Learning Academy: Can you name of the parts of the plant?

United Children’s Learning Academy: Can you name of the parts of the plant?

Our curious and excited garden students learned about the part of the plants and their important functions! First we used a colorful poster of a flower where we explored each part of the plant from the roots to the fruits! We learned how each part has a unique and important function and if even oneContinue Reading

Lexington Primary Center Livin The Bug Life

Lexington Primary Center Livin The Bug Life

Today our classes at Lexington Primary Center brought back the seeds we planted last week..  lo and behold: a bunch of seedlings sprouted! Mostly the radishes and turnips came, we’re still waiting on the carrots, onions, and lettuces to sprout. Maybe by next week they’ll come up! Then, we learned allllll about garden life. Here’sContinue Reading

Hard Work Pays Off!

Hard Work Pays Off!

For the past few weeks at ALC High School, we have been hard at work: two truckloads of compost and mulch arrived and like little ants, we moved it all bag by bag, wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow. The compost will act as a soil amendment to the dry, silty soil and the mulch will prevent waterContinue Reading

Maintaining a Garden is Hard Work!

Maintaining a Garden is Hard Work!

Students at Wilton Place Elementary learned an important lesson today: if you want your garden to look good, you’ve got to put in the work! Step 1: Till the soil.  This is important to break up hard chunks, eliminate caterpillar larvae, and mix in nutritious compost. Step 2:  Pull weeds.  Crabgrass is very invasive here.Continue Reading