What a Honeybee Knows at Weemes

Since the students have been studying pollination at Weemes, we took the time this week to learn more about our special pollinator friends, the honeybees. We talked about the complex hive democracy that honeybees use and how they work together to find nectar and make honey. Since honey bees can’t talk, they communicate with a…

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Making hummus at the Community Garden with VBGC!

On Tuesday March 6th, VBGC members made HUMMUS!! I brought along with me many ingredients, the canned garbanzo beans, tahini, spices, and of course a food processor. The members learned what ingredients and how much goes for a little small batch of hummus. Members enjoyed it so much, that they didn’t leave without writing down…

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Hands in the soil – Dominguez high

Plenty of helping hands doing some spring cleaning at Dominguez, before we harvest and prepare a quick in-class snack! We are doing well, keeping our stone fruit trees happy while they spring back up. We love seeing the volunteer fennel pop up by the compost bin. It’s magic when chamomile pops up after 3 months…

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Flower Dissections at Mid-City

The students have been asking where seeds come from and how they are made, so this week we went investigating! I helped point our classes in the right direction, but telling them that flowers make seeds, but they had to figure out how that happened. Each student got a flower and we dissected it to…

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St. Patrick’s Harvest And Housekeeping

St. Patrick’s School retuned this week after a Spring Break and had we had our work cut out for us.   There was much weeding to do and lots to harvest.  The upper grades worked hard weeding and harvesting peas from our three massive pea vines.  They beat the heat with cucumbers, tajin and hummus.…

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Why are greens important at Clifford Elem.

On Tuesday March 6th, it was all about greens! First, we planted some seedlings that were green, celery and lettuce. Then together we made a nice green salad with greens from the garden, some sorrel and lettuce. Students also learned some of the nutrients that greens contain, like fiber and calcium! -Ranger Cindy

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What’s in a seed at Hollenbeck Middle

As the seasons change, we are starting a lot of new seeds, so this week we took some time to understand exactly how a seed starts growing. Our classes grew sprouts in the classroom and observed the process. Then, when we gathered in the garden, we dissected a few seeds to see the tiny embryo…

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Nastyurtiums? – Whaley

They said, “No way!! You can’t eat that flower Mr. Y” And I said CHOMP! Edible flowers are very nutrient dense and are a great value, combining beauty and edibility. Nasturtiums weren’t as much of a hit as our former taste test edible: Lemon Sorrel. But some of the kids really dug the spice and…

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Welcoming Spring at Weemes Elementary

The Kindergarten classes at Weemes are studying the four seasons, so to celebrate the first day of Spring we talked about the different plants that grow in each season. While our broccoli and cauliflower plants are nearing the end of their growing season, an exciting new fruit has started bearing- strawberries! So our snack that…

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When Compost Is Ready!

The primary grades at Mayberry are very good at making compost.   They know the right ratio of browns to greens, they add water and spin the tumblers every chance they get…BUT, what happens when you have a full heavy load of compost?   You feed your garden, of course!  And the students at Mayberry…

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Spring Approaching – South Gate Middle

Spring is approaching!! You can smell it in the air and see it in the garden.. Plenty of bugs doing all that bugs do, in preparation for one of the busiest garden seasons! And we have some spring cleaning to do!   Weeds need to be pulled, veggies need to be harvested and herbs need…

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The Power of Words at Hollenbeck Middle School

The sixth graders at Hollenbeck Middle School are starting to study argumentative essays, so for their first writing assignment, they came to the garden for inspiration. The garden at Hollenbeck is especially green from the rainy season and all our fruit trees offer peaceful shade to write under. While we were in the garden, each…

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Cool/Warm Season veggies at LFCSA

On Monday March 5th, students at LFCSA learned that cucumbers like growing in the warm weather, and radishes like growing in the cool weather! We made a list on the board, giving the students the chance to make up the list as I wrote it on the board. I also had the chance to read…

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Lemon Sorrel Crazy! – Whaley middle

Took me a while to get these kids to savor the flavors of the garden… BUT LET ME TELL YOU.. Now, there is a shortage of sorrel and we almost can’t keep up with the demand! When they say no food or drink in the classroom, the only exception is sorrel! Lol! Down below you…

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Working on the Water at Luther Burbank

The kids are so excited to add a pond to the school garden! We are digging out an area to place a water barrel pond. It will contain mosquito fish and water plants to keep the water clean and free of mosquitos. The birds and bugs will appreciate having the water and it will bring…

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Pollination at Weemes Elementary

The flowers are in full bloom at Weemes this spring and they gave us a perfect chance to talk about pollination. Our classes discussed the honey bees that have been visiting our sunflowers and Nasturtiums and we learned the importance of pollen for making new seeds. While we explored the garden, students were able to…

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Chopped 2.0 – Dominguez High

Cooking with these young adults gives me so much joy.   Today we harvested and went straight from garden to table, with recipes that were created on the spot, and prepared within an hour.   Our cauliflower, fava beans, kale, tomatoes and other garden grows were harvested and used to create brilliant, eye catching meals..…

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Building Birdfeeders at Luther Burbank

As part of the ongoing project to turn Luther Burbank into a bird sanctuary, we completed this project to turn milk cartons into birdfeeders with the help of Ms. Cummings’ special ed class and the advanced art classes. We filled them with birdseed that we purchased and also some bird-friendly sorghum that we grew in…

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Seed Saving with Calendulas at CWC

On Monday, March 5th, students at CWC had the chance to do some seed saving with calendula flowers! After saving the seeds, we saved a few, and also sprinkled some of the seeds around the garden. We talked about how summer is near, and it is time to plant warm season veggies! Students had the…

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Garden Poets at Mid-City Prescott

One fun way to talk about syllables is by studying haikus. Haikus are poems with a set number of syllables for each line.  For today’s garden activity we reviewed syllables and read a few examples of haikus. Some are thoughtful and some are silly, but they are all only three lines long. At first students thought…

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Hill, hill, STRAWberries!

You know why they call them strawberries?  Because these delicious fruits of the Earth have a tendency to draw even the quietest of creatures to feast upon their goodness.  At every single one of my four schools, rollie-pollies love to munch on our beloved strawberries…I’ve tried Dr. Bronners, I’ve tried weed liner…we are now trying…

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Do you know the parts of the plant? At Sullivan.

What a gorgeous day! With the sun shining, the breeze gently blowing and the air cool, we really enjoyed sitting in the garden today. I pulled a baby plant out of the ground — one of the fava beans that we planted from seed a few weeks ago — and show the kiddos the different…

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In the Garden – South Gate Middle

  South Gate Middle School on a rainy day. Never seems to keep the kids away. The garden is where we all want to be. The soil is where we want to play. But we had to postpone because the rain was just too much. So I went out and brought in a basket of…

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Post-Rain Bugs

At Frank Del Olmo today, we had a blast discovering all the bugs in the garden. Because of all the rain and moderate temperatures around Los Angeles, the insects are happy and healthy and ready to say hello! We had not explored the garden in a few weeks due to Spring Break and the rain,…

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Spring Has Sprung!

Back from Spring Break, the students at Dayton Heights Elementary came out into the garden buzzing.   The kinder kids observed all of the spring seedlings that have begun to sprout from our generous rainfalls.  Older students spent their last garden class of this session writing haikus and sharing them before snacking on tomatoes, basil…

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Spring Cleaning

Students are preparing the garden for Spring and Summer.  they carved pumpkins to save the seeds, washed them and plant them later on. They are also making compost for the beds and taking care of the strawberries patches which get invade by foes who love too much on juice and sweet strawberries. KIA students are…

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Spring is Here.

Spring is here! Rain and cooler days are here too. Rain and cooler days have arrived a bit late, flowers are sprouting, herbs and few warm season crops are making their way too. After garden maintenance, students harvested flowers and herbs to celebrate Spring and all the beautiful flowers that bloom around this time. Many flowers…

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Spring Bloom!

Spring is in the air and KIPP has an explosion of colors, leafy greens, and herbs ready to harvest, smell and appreciate. Students have planted seeds, made compost, tilted the soils and watered the beds during the unusual past warm winter. All their hard work produce a beautiful Spring garden with aromatic herbs and leafy greens. Cheers.     

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Welcome to the Wilton Garden!!

Today was the first day for the new cycle of students. They came excited and ready to eat something.  The garden welcomed them with a fresh leafy green salad. Students are working the soils and getting the garden ready for Spring and Summer. They tilt, cultivate, rake and water the beds and lots of healthy…

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From a Seed

Kinder, 1st, and 2nd graders had their lesson about seeds and seed saving at Kipp.  after the lesson, the busy gardeners went to plant carrot seeds, wildflowers, and a few pumpkins seeds.  They also looked seeds ready to be harvest after the plant finished its life cycle.         

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Spring Salad

Today was the last day of garden class, students said ended their class with a fresh tasty spring salad. This cycle was a lot more hands-on, students planted seeds and kept track of them, pulled grass and weeds and watered them.         

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Dig for Worms.

We are getting ready for Spring and summer at Eastman. Students are helping tilt and mix the soil before planting warm season seeds.  Student dug lots of grub worms.  Grub worms are larval stages of different types of beetles. Grub worms feed off the roots of the plants, too many of them will stop plants…

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Compost at Wilshire

Students are making compost. Green, brown, air, water, and soil will get your compost started. Students are saving their leftover fruits and vegetables to get the compost pile going. Wilshire Park has ample green spaces. The goal is to make enough compost to share with rest of the plants. After class students help add soil and…

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Love Nature

Valentines Day at Gardener School Love Nature. We showed our love for nature at Gardener School. The students were allowed to pick the most interesting leaf in the garden from any place in the garden and they had  to write something to it like a poem or a love letter. Ms. Thaviphone class created leaf…

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Spring Salad at Eastman

Because an edible garden is to be eaten.  Spring salads are fun receipts and easy to make. Students like to make salads and discover new ingredients, sprinkle salt and pepper, squeeze a lemon or an orange, toss and mix, and finally taste all these flavors. The parent’s workshop also had their spring salad. They learned…

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Harvest at Wilshire

Leafy greens, snow peas, fava beans, carrots, herbs, and flowers. These are some of the cool season crops ready to be harvested.   The group of gardeners started their first they of class with a few things to sample.

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Gardener School – Composting

2nd-grade class: We visited the three compost bins in the garden.  Finding Mr. Brown carbon examples and Mr. Green Nitrogen examples to put in the bins.  They gathered brown leaves from the ground and picked three things to identify which it was carbon or nitrogen.  We also looked at a compost thermometer, talking about the…

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Too Hot for February..

Today’s class was about the weather and planning your garden around it. Plants thrive and grow according to their season, healthy soil, seeds, and water, inconsistency in weather affect the way plants grow. for example, February is a winter month, normally cool season crops are in full bloom enjoying the cool and rainy days. But February…

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Art Inspired by the Garden

Eastman had an open house. Thank you to the teachers and students who found inspiration in the garden to do their project.     VALENTINES DAY. Students harvested herbs for someone special in their lives.  

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Spring Semester at Eastman

3rd, 4th, and 5th graders started their first garden class with an icebreaker. speaking in front of people is a nerve-racking experience. With practice, one becomes more comfortable and better speaker. students used their public speaking skills and shared about themselves. Some of them showed their talents, athletic skills, sang, acted and performed comedy skits. Students…

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Van Ness Deep in the Dirt

We cleaned up the beds and Ms. Chelsea and Udie pulled weeds together. The students in the VI part of Vaness got their hands deep in the dirt.  Pulling out weeds from the beds especially in areas where we have overgrown vegetation.  We have eaten a lot of Romain lettuce with Hummus because the kids…

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Seeds at Eastman

Students had a lesson about seeds. In pairs they discussed how seeds travel, the parts, and what they need to sprout. As they continue to observe and record the growth of their seedlings, knowing about seeds will help them understand the needs, challenges, and care the new plant will need.  

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Spring Time at 10th

This cycle ended on the first day of Spring. To welcome  Spring and end this cycle, students played a game of jeopardy.  two teams competed against each other and tested their knowledge about the garden, compost, soil, friends, and foes and they had to name the crops growing inside the beds. The winning team took…

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Calvert – Become a Bee

Hello Garden Friends, Today we all transformed into bees to help us understand hows bees work together for the benefit of the hive. First we walked around and looked for some bees doing work in the garden. And then we decided to turn into bees, using straws as our bee tongues and finding flowers represented…

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