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December to do’s at El Sereno middle school

As rapidly as Fall continued to color the trees, our year end tasks in the garden, also took on a speed of their own! We pulled weeds from as many beds and pathways and covered them with thick layers of mulch. Our mountains of crab grass, became a perfect nitrogen fix in our compost pile….

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More November News

The Compost pile excites my special needs students like no other! We visit it every other week, adding, chopping and turning. coffee grounds and cafeteria waste are particularly fun for their smell and textures. But what really excites everyone is pulling the grubs out of the rich moist compost heap! Whats been instructive is having…

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Eating, drawing, compost and beds

Last week we drew pictures of the greens we ate, and threw the waste into the compost pile! Everyones getting the hang of composting.   The self watering south facing Hugel has a solitary pumpkin vine growing across the mound. Cant wait to harvest its only pumpkin soon. Not too far out purple asparagus grows…

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browns, greens, water, air, heat and FBI

After delving further into various types of seeds, seed pods and seat coats, we went on to exploring what makes healthy growth and the significance of compost to soil.   They kids all helped break down both nitrogenous and some carbon materiel into smaller pieces to make life easier for the FBI that will do…

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Wiggly Worms | Juan Cabrillo

“Grandpa, do your plants like to eat vegetable peelings?” From this video, the Kindergartners at Juan Cabrillo learned from Peppa Pig what goes in the compost (fruit and vegetable peelings), what a compost bin is (it holds the peelings), what happens to the things that go in it (it turns into earth, called compost) and…

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Decomposers | Foster

Today was so much fun. I had new Ranger Christina join me in educating the kiddos about composting. We alternated our dialog back and forth, evaluating their knowledge of the earthy subject – what they already knew and what they wanted to know. We taught them about decomposers (the Fungus, Bacteria and Invertebrates), what materials can go…

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Nitrogen rich fava and grains plus a growing compost pile

As spring exhibits its vigor, so do the children. Adding to and turning compost piles, observing rapid growth and understanding how the earth comes back to life after the winters rest are all exciting times on a Friday morning. The first artichoke buds have bloomed. The year portends an abundant harvest. Meanwhile we’ve planted both…

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What’s in our compost? | Foster

Today we had an open discussion about compost with Foster students… We began with defining DECOMPOSE. Some students knew this but it was a mystery to most. It means BREAKING DOWN. We can break down anything – fractions in math from big numbers to small numbers, a big pizza into small pieces. But we can…

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Learning about VermiCulture at Juan Cabrillo

Curtis Thomsen graciously visited Juan Cabrillo to teach over 100 kids about creating worm bins, what worms eat and the necessity/value of worm castings and worm tea. Students from preschool to second grade attended the classes to listen about the diet that worms like to eat — worms are vegetarians! They have no teeth but…

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2015; a journey of explorations at Luther Burbank Middle School Garden

At Luther Burbank middle school we began with cardinal directions and why they matter in a garden, the importance of place and knowing the lay of your land, the basic components of soil, what helps improve its health, how to suppress weeds organically, recognizing seeds, bulbs and rhizhomes, bed prepping and sowing winter cover crops,…

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Composting, mulching, & planting from seed

Done with seed recognition, and planting nitrogen fixing seeds, Ms Kauffman’s class started a compost heap last week with a small pile right by their paper seed trays, which will ultimately decompose into the soil. Composting right next to the beds and on the ground makes the process accessible, visible and easily understood. Understanding browns…

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Composting at Bryson Elementary

The students at Bryson elementary learned what composting was this week. The Bryson compost bin had been pretty dormant for a long time and was finally opened and used. Since the existing ingredients inside were so dry, we had to balance it out with wet ingredients and dirt. Students enjoyed the process of adding ingredients…

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Three Stages of Composting at Foster

With one composting lesson under my belt this week at Ramona, I searched out a slightly different approach for Foster Elementary. I teach younger students here and was afraid the concept would go over their heads. After reading Diary of a Worm, I divided the class into three groups. To each I gave a jar,…

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Composting at Ramona

For some reason, composting is one of the hardest lessons for me to teach kids. Though it’s quite a simple concept, decomposition is best understood when observing it happening. With inner-city schools far away from hiking trails and big backyards, my students can really only observe the process in their school garden. So today was…

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A new composting lesson

What is Composting? Materials/Preparation: Grades: CA curriculum standards: Objectives: Students will understand that composting works in a cycle and that ordinary food scraps and waste can be composted. The finished product is compost and can be used as a natural fertilizer to help plants grow. Intro/Hook: Ask your students if anyone knows what “recycling” means….

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Vermicomposting on the Way!

Hey all, Tim here bringing you the latest about composting with EnrichLA. Thanks to our friends at the Department of Public Works and worm supplier Chris Jung, we have been able to acquire materials to start vermicomposting at 11 LAUSD schools! Our Garden Rangers are excited to weave composting into their garden classes! Here’s a…

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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.

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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. Perfecting…

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WORKING TOGETHER. LA COMPOST & ENRICH LA

ENRICH LA is proud to announce the launch of a new partnership program, LA COMPOST, within the San Gabriel Valley. As our mission is focused on creating a garden in every school, we have also recognized the need to sustain these created learning spaces.   Sustainability has come through the hard work of our volunteers…

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Composting 101

What Is Compost? Compost is decomposed organic matter that is used as a soil amendment and fertilizer in gardens and farms. Compost can also replace the need for chemical fertilizers. Compost can be made of variety of materials, including yard and  food waste. Why Should People Compost? Composting is easy, cheap and can help contribute…

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