For the Love of the garden – South Gate Middle

If I told you that my sixth grade classes have more fun in the garden with me than they do on Snapchat on the weekends, would you believe me?? Well, I hope so.. We get down and dirty in the garden. With our HANDS IN THE SOIL, we make everything including hard work, seem easy.…

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Started From The Garden Now We’re Here- Dominguez high

Special treats cooked up by the students of Mr. Perez’ nutrition class today and I just HAD to step into the kitchen with them.. Well, technically the whole class is pretty much a kitchen, so that was easy… Today was a super cool day as we had our EnrichLA family school (Whaley Middle School’s) eighth…

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Compost in a bag

May 18, 2017 The Club Members learned about COMPOST on Thursday! The first group had learned about Worm composting in the past but not regular compost. So, it was a great lesson for both groups! First, we learned why composting is great. It’s great because instead of throwing away food waste, grass clippings, dried leaves…

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Making Compost piles at Delevan Drive

May 18, 2017 How can you return or recycle food waste back to the Earth?? By COMPOSTING! Instead of sending food waste, green waste (like freshly cut leafs for e.g.), and dead material to the landfill where it just sits, why not compost instead? Today, the students at Delevan learned about compost, the ingredients and…

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Planting Summer Flowers at Kingsley

It’s time to get ready for summer at Kingsley, as there are only 3 more garden classes left after this week. Students were really helpful and got their hands dirty today by helping me compost bananas from the cafeteria, pull some older winter crops, harvest corn and tomatoes, and transplant flowers. In between helping out…

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Planting Perennial Strawberries at Woodlawn

It was an out with the “old” and in with the “new” day at Woodlawn!  I explained to the students that we would be removing the cool season vegetable plants that had bolted, (gone to seed) and replace them with perennial strawberry plants.  We discussed the differences between perennial plants and annual plants and looked…

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pH and bed amendments

Yet another great day in the garden. We learned about pH and amended the beds with compost and fresh topsoil. We snacked on mint and radish pods. The potatoes are blooming and the ladybugs are devouring aphids. #enrichla

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Fibonacci at Foster

Did you know swirls are all around you? Swirls, or spirals, are not just a shape but a pattern. And this pattern can be explained by the Fibonacci sequence, a series of numbers that, when drawn, create a spiral every time. During our class today, I introduced the Kinder through 3rd graders to the SPIRAL. We…

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At Vine St Elementary the students harvested and ate the last few of the root crops in the garden. A lesson on crop rotation explained why we won’t plant the same things in the place where they were just grown. Avoiding nutrient depletion of the soil, keeping last years pests and diseases in the past,…

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Companion planting at Clifford

May 16, 2017 A day about plants that get along when planted together, companion planting! Companions don’t just get along but typically benefit each other in some way or another. The Three Sisters, corn, squash and beans, is a good example of companion planting. One of the many benefits we talked about was, how the…

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Natives at Toluca Lake Elementary

The garden topic of the day at Toluca Lake was Native plants and flowers. Many of the plants we grow in the garden have been manipulated by humans through years by selecting seeds and sending those seeds across continents and hemispheres. We are grateful for the food diversity that an ever globalizing world has brought…

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End of the Year Garden Celebration!

Today we celebrated our very last garden class with a splendid tea party! The kids were in high spirits as they entered their final week in school. Before our party we walked about the garden and saw the very first ripe tomato! We also had a timely opportunity to witness the pollination of our blue…

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Compost making at CWC!

May 15, 2017 Today I was prepping for our upcoming garden workday on Saturday the 20th. Harvested a few things, and cleared a few sections of  the beds in preparation of compost on the workday. Coming Monday, students will plant seedlings and seeds in the newly compost amended beds. So today was all about compost,…

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The Making of Edible Cells at Whaley

Most cells are not “delicious” but the ones the Whaley students made today were quite tasty! In an effort to have the students understand the different functions of the cell parts, we made an edible model of a cell…then ate it! To begin, we watched a short video about cell parts and their function.  I…

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How Easy is it To Eat Healthy? at Roosevelt

The highlight of today’s lesson was peaches from Roosevelt’s peach trees. We the kids were munching, we discussed our favorite foods are and why. This led into a discussion where students reviewed many factors that contribute to food preference including biological factors, economic, cultural or physical access. Then we dove into the biological aspect a…

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Harvest Madness!

It’s been quite a month of harvest at our Hollywood Schoolhouse garden! Students gather a healthy harvest every other week to use for their on-site school market. This month’s abundance has included several harvests of celery, sweet onions, chard, kale, cabbage, eggplant, green beans, mint, thyme, oregano and perhaps the largest zucchini in the world!…

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We had a busy Saturday!

Last Saturday, EnrichLA organized workdays at THREE different school sites! We had a great group from Gay4Good helping us clean up the garden at Delevan Drive Elementary. Gay4Good recently reached a milestone in terms of their great community service throughout Los Angeles and it was an honor to partner with them once again for Harvey…

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Aloe, seeds, carrots and peas

Today we learned about aloe. It can be used topically or internally (when properly prepared!), and is a valuable addition to any edible garden. It is related to nopales and dragonfruit. We planted parsley seeds in the garden. For a snack, we had carrots, peas, and swiss chard stems, all harvested from Eagle Rock High…

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Let’s Do…a Haiku

“Bees fly very high. Sunflowers reach the tall clouds. Mint smells good and fresh.” Last week at Dayton Heights the kids came out with their journals and we discussed the inspiration that can come through nature.  Senses are flaring when we are outside feeling, exploring and just being still.   We learned what a haiku is…

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West Vernon Elementary keeps their garden green

At West Vernon Elementary the students know that the garden is a changing landscape. As we take out old plants and put in new there is something to consider. A lesson on crop rotation explained the benefits of changing what is grown in the soil year after year. Avoiding nutrient depletion, stopping the spreading of…

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Milkweed for the Butterflies at LFCSA

May 15, 2017 Classes couldn’t make it to the garden today, so I was able to do lots of maintenance for the day. Pruned some basil flowers, spread a little mulch and made sure everything had a sign. Also planted a few seedlings including a Native California Milkweed. Started to mulch the pathway! More mulch…

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Where Can We Cultivate? at Kingsley

This week I used the apples thrown out by the cafeteria to demonstrate how much of the world we can cultivate food on. I start by explaining that the apple represents the whole world. I cut the apple in 4 quarters and took away three pieces, which represent the ocean. Then I cut the quarter in half…

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Water travels in a cycle, yes it does! | Juan Cabrillo

Feb 3, 2017 What a beautiful day, rain pattering peacefully in the garden, nourishing the plants with earth water. With the first graders, we discussed the water cycle and how it is Earth’s way of recycling this precious resource. We sang a song to help remember each step and then filled out a chart to…

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1st day at Variety Boys and Girls club!

May 11, 2017 Today was my first day at Variety Boys and Girls club, I will be taking over Ranger S.K. for the rest of the year! For today, we learned about COMPANION PLANTING. What different plants can be planted near each other and help each other in some way, or which plants shouldn’t be…

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Warm season veggie time at Delevan!

May 11, 2017. Did you know tomatoes like to grow in the warm season but not the cool season? Or that Broccoli likes to only grow in the cool season? That’s what Delevan students learned this day, cool and warm season veggies. To learn different veggies, we played a card game in which each student…

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Colors in the Garden at Ramona

Off the bat, one might think that a garden is simply colored green. But if you take a closer look, you’ll notice many more hues. With the kindergartners today, I challenged them to find three different colors in the garden. We found to entire spectrum of the rainbow (borage not pictured)! Then we smelled pineapple…

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Fungi bed, flowers, ripening fruit

The garden is booming. We have olives and plums ripening on the trees; calypso bean pods are drying on the vine. The flowers look beautiful in the sun. Today we made an outdoor oyster bed-that is, pleurotus ostreatus, or the white oyster mushroom. It will add lots of fertility to the garden soil. We snacked…

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Fibonacci at Ramona

Today’s class was a review from last week. My students recalled how to draw the shape of a Spiral and what are some examples they might find in the world around them, based on the book, Swirl by Swirl. A monkey’s prehensile tail, a snail shell, a tornado and a rose are fantastic examples. But…

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Being Resourceful at Juan Cabrillo

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle … Respond. That’s what some of the kids are learning right now in their first and second grade science classes. Related to this topic of sustainability and preservation, I brought a fun craft to my students at Juan Cabrillo today. With newspaper, tape, soil and seeds, we created decompostable pots. The students…

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Dry farming – how to grow with no water at AIA!

Here at Arts in Action we are practicing an advanced farming technique- dry farming. In dry farming, we focus on preserving water deep in the soil. This produces veggies with a rich, deep flavor. We mulch heavily and root the plants as deeply as possible. Notice how the basil, tomatoes, mint, geraniums, and sunflowers are…

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Native Flowers at Lassen St. Elementary

This morning at Lassen I was welcomed to campus with a Volunteer Appreciation breakfast! Even though I’m not a volunteer I was included in the celebration and I was very grateful! It’s truly a pleasure to be in the garden with the kids. I had to dash out of the festivities early to teach class.…

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Let’s talk Urban Gardening at Ramona

What’s the point of urban farming? Wanting to open up discussion during our first week together, I asked my sixth grade students what they thought about farming in cities, especially on their school campus. There were a lot of differing answers from better access to fruits and vegetables, to learning about the ecosystem, to being…

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Busy Day at Vine St Elementary

At Vine St Elementary the students had lots to do. Removing a mint bed and planting a cover crop, transplanting some peppers, releasing butterflies, and of course a sweet date snack. The lesson on friend or foe insects in the garden was complimented nicely with the additional pollinators. Students learned that pollinators and decomposers aren’t…

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Beet mania and bed amendments

Today we noticed that the raised beds are draining water very slowly. So we amended the beds with a mx of compost and sand. This will allow the water to drain from the soil and plant roots to grow deeply. We planted lots of flowers and tomatoes. We harvested and ate beets-root, stem, leaves and…

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Trimming at Fleming

What’s more awesome than a team of kids working together to create the perfect soil! Here at Fleming Middle School, these students are inspired to grow good food. . Lunch time is the time to tend to the garden and today we trimmed back our plants who needed a little cutback. We love flowers but…

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Carrots, butterflies, and radish pods

Today was a colorful and delicious day at Los Feliz Elementary. We learned about compost in the classroom lesson. Then we went outside to plant marigolds and cosmos. We snacked on spicy Madras radish pods and saw a bunch of beautiful butterflies.

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A bee is a friend

Honey bees live together in a colony, divided in three groups – queen bee, drones and workers. Each  group has an important role in the community. they work as team to keep the colony alive and well fed during the long winter days when they will live inside their beehive eating  honey. Students understood how…

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Garden Hummus at Ramona

My students at Ramona love to taste from the garden. To follow up our recipe writing activity last week, I brought the recipe for making homemade hummus. It’s a simple spread made with chick peas and tahini and can be flavored to your liking. We added a few ingredients from the garden — onions and…

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Whaley Identifies Plant Cells

The 7th graders at Whaley haven’t had much experience using microscopes, so we brought them out this week to familiarize ourselves with them and look at plant cells.  After the students collected various types of plant leaves from the garden, we came indoors and followed the procedures to get the slide ready for viewing. The…

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West Vernon knows their friends from their foes

   At West Vernon Elementary the students had a lesson on welcomed garden insects and ones the garden could do without. They made the connection that insects that eat plants aren’t helpful but those that ate other insects were the garden’s friends. With so much to harvest, garden snacks are never in short supply. A…

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Where do our foods come from?

Students  learned that  our fruits and vegetables are grown in many places in the world, but their original birth place is very different than where they are grown.  in a fun lesson about foods and culture, students guest where is the birthplace of the first tomatoes, potatoes, olives, carrots, corn, mango to name a few. they…

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Green Garden – Dominguez high

Such a vibracious seen in the Dominguez High school garden, as the green leaves and flowers near their life cycle and develop seeds for the next generation of plants. Salad lettuce is to be picked, Russian kale is to be cooked herbs are to be dried and seeds are to be collected.  Oh and the…

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Bugtime at Eastman Ave Elementary

We had a blast in the garden today learning about bugs! During school, the first graders learned about friends and foes in the garden; friends who help the garden out and foes who make a mess of things! Here are some of their drawings (with sound-it-out spelling).   They learned that spraying poison on the bugs…

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