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Thomas Starr King Middle School

The edible garden at Thomas Starr King Middle School was completed in 2009 with the help of the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council, Whole Foods, Council Member Tom LaBonge, and Silver Lake Farms.

King Middle School is now at API 777 points. That is 149 points in 4 years. 800 here we come!

King Middle School is now at 777 points.  That is a 149 point increase over the last four years.  Thank you to everyone who has made this possible.  You thought king was not good enough?  Think again.  Last year we succeeded in establishing a new green magnet which will open next week.  King has become…

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TS King Native plants thriving

We planted these native plants about a year ago at King Middle School .  We ignored them.  We watered them twice.  They are now thriving.  The new rule of gardening in Southern California ought to be “if it is not edible it should not need water”.  There is no getting around the fact that edible…

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Study: Combating Child Obesity With Gardening

MANHATTAN, Kansas – Researcher Candice Shoemaker thinks she might have an answer to the nation’s obesity epidemic in children: gardening. She hopes to show that gardening can promote a healthier lifestyle and combat childhood obesity in several ways. First, Shoemaker said, when children help to grow their own fruits and vegetables, they are more interested […]

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USDA Announces Winner in First Lady’s Recipes for Healthy Kids Contest

USDA Announces Winner in First Lady’s Recipes for Healthy Kids Contest DALLAS, July 26, 2011 – USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Administrator Audrey Rowe yesterday announced the winner of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Recipes for Healthy Kids competition. The contest launched last year to challenge students, parents and other interested community members to create […]

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Justifying School Gardens

Question: Why is the school raising money to pay for gardening equipment? What does this have to do with education? Answer: Inquiry is education. As we develop the school grounds into something that can be used by teachers, we are expanding inquiry opportunities. The classroom does not have to be defined by four walls. With […]

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Ten Reasons Why School Gardens are an Excellent Idea

1. Magic happens when a child harvests a vegetable he or she has planted and nurtured. The child will want to eat it! It will increase interest and improve attitudes towards eating fruits and vegetables. 2. Students will learn where food really comes from – a carrot grows in the ground, a green bean on […]

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Farm King puts its two cents in

Farm King puts its two cents in Posted on July 21, 2011 by 826lastaff Posted by Danny Hom, Programs & Social Media Manager Throughout the school year at Thomas Starr King Middle School, Ann Holtzinger’s 6th grade stduents have been working in Farm King, the school’s garden, as part of a science unit. After dissecting […]

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Organic Picnics For New Eco Magnet To Be Supplied by Whole Foods!

Whole Foods has made a name for itself by offering the highest quality, natural and organic products to its customers.  Their core values support healthy eating, community giving, and sustainability.  That is why it is so great to announce that Whole Foods has partnered with the new Environmental Magnet on the Thomas Starr King Middle…

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Garbage to Garden…It’s Compost Time!

Bryana, Suzanna, Sook, Katherine, and Sky teach you how to recycle leftover food to make nutrient-rich soil.

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Plastic is Not Fantastic

Colby, Justin, Steven, Marisol propose alternatives to plastic and other eco-friendly tips.    

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Volunteer at Farm King

Raymond, Desiree, Manolo, and Stepan inspire you to volunteer by giving a tour of Farm King.

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Littering Harms Sea Animals

Erin, Jocelyn, and Sarah illustrate how littering affects marine life, and what we can do to help. 

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Green fair at king middle

Mrs Ralph’s class preparing for green fair at king

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Reuse Materials to Reduce Waste

Ervin, Victoria, Estefania, Larry, and Javier encourage you to REUSE materials to REDUCE waste. 

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WHOLE FOODS TO SUPPLY ORGANIC FOOD FOR KING ECO MAGNET PICNICS NEXT YEAR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6/15/2111 Enrich LA ( aka farm feliz) + Whole Foods are proud to announce a sponsorship partnership with Thomas Starr King Environmental Studies Magnet to provide for the 2011-2012, organic food for quarterly picnics for the students. “This is a green magnet. Four times a year, we will have a big picnic…

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Say No to Styrofoam

Mariska, Hannah, John, and Miguel take action to reduce styrofoam at their school. 

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Litter From Garbage Trucks

Carl, David, Martin, and Jason define litter and offer suggestions on how garbage trucks can reduce litter.

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Scrubbing king for magnet introductions

Hard at work putting on our best face at king middle

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Working on the environmental fair at king middle

Students with teacher annemarie Ralph and Tomas O Grady work on the eco fair

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Fish Eat Plastic, We Eat Fish

Miya, Lilly, Kylin, and Christine explain why plastic is NOT fantastic.

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Stryrofoam trays at lausd are a waste. Action item.

This summer using the farm king effort as an example to point to, we embark on a district wide effort to replace stryofoam trays with reusable trays

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May in the Garden

The month of May has brought us an abundance of vegetables. We harvested kale, garlic, carrots, beans, beets, zucchini, and a variety of lettuces. All of their hard work is now paying off in the form of beautiful nutritious food!

May in the Garden, ph…

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Farm King at Silver Lake Jubilee!

This weekend, Farm King headed down the street to the Silver Lake Jubilee, a two-day music and arts festival, to raise money to buy reusable trays for Thomas Starr King students. The weekend was definitely a success! Students, teachers, parents and volunteers all helped out, with the shared goal of eliminating styrofoam from our cafeteria….

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New Farm King logo…

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New garden shed at FARM KING

Building the base  

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Something’s cooking at Farm King!

We are well on our way in building our kitchen and patio at Farm King! Volunteers and students worked hard this past Tuesday to set the foundation for our future outdoor kitchen/storage. The day was full of shovels and concrete and bricks, (oh my!) We’re very excited for this outdoor kitchen and can’t wait to…

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Farm King Welcomes John Adams Middle School!

It was another great day at garden this past Tuesday! Farm King greeted the visiting parents and volunteers from John Adams Middle School with a beautiful lunch prepared and served by Enrich LA volunteers (as well as a couple VoluntEARS from Disney!) Us Enrich LA’ers know how to eat, so we made sure that the…

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Farm King Blog- The Latest News From FarmKing!

Blog Prompt: Please explain the different ways that your class is working to make Thomas Starr King More Green Please Explain the different projects that we have going on including: – The different ways that we are raising money and what it is for – The garden – The fruit trees – The Bring Your…

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Blog Prompt: Please explain the different ways that your class is working to make Thomas Starr King More Green

Please Explain the different projects that we have going on including: – The different ways that we are raising money and what it is for – The garden – The fruit trees – The Bring Your Own directory Please explain: 1) How are these initiatives changing the school and the students? 2) How has being […]

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Farm King Blog

What could LA do with the money it would save from no Styrofoam trays in cafeteria Each Styrofoam tray costs 5 cents each. At Thomas Starr King, the cafeteria uses 1400 per day. There are 180 school days per year. Calculate how much money Thomas Starr King pays per year to buy Styrofoam trays. According…

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What could LA do with the money it would save from no Styrofoam trays in cafeteria

Each Styrofoam tray costs 5 cents each. At Thomas Starr King, the cafeteria uses 1400 per day. There are 180 school days per year. Calculate how much money Thomas Starr King pays per year to buy Styrofoam trays. According to Wikipedia, “LAUSD cafeterias serve about 500,000 meals per day” – Please calculate how much LAUSD […]

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Farm King Blog

Farm King needs your help at Wednesday & Sunday Farmer’s Markets + Silver Lake Jubilee Farm King needs volunteers to help man/women our booth at several upcoming events. To sign up to help, please click here. Thanks! The Farm King Team Digest powered by RSS Digest

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Farm King needs your help at Wednesday & Sunday Farmer’s Markets + Silver Lake Jubilee

Farm King needs volunteers to help man/women our booth at several upcoming events. To sign up to help, please click here.
Thanks!
The Farm King Team

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Farm King Blog

Using the Reusable Trays Please explain what it felt like the first time that you used your own reusable tray? Did you feel nervous? What did the people around you think? Photos from 4/6/2011 What a great day! We made a ton of Sauted Kale and a huge salad with purple carrots, purple cauliflower, so…

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FARM KING VOLUNTEER DAY

Please consider joining us this Tuesday 4/19/2010, while the students are away on Spring Break to help make Farm King even greater. We are installing a small patio, building a garden shed and doing some garden maintenance. 10 am to 12.30 or 12.30 to 3pm. Enrich La will provide lunch at 12.30   Address 4201…

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Using the Reusable Trays

Please explain what it felt like the first time that you used your own reusable tray? Did you feel nervous? What did the people around you think?

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Farm King

Thomas Starr King Middle School Garden Farm King is a garden in the middle of Thomas Starr King Middle School (4201 Fountain Avenue). Farm King and the adjacent green area improvements was made possible by a generous grant of $18,000 from the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council and the countless hours of volunteers. These gardens have…

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Photos from 4/6/2011

What a great day! We made a ton of Sauted Kale and a huge salad with purple carrots, purple cauliflower, so much other yummy goodness. Ms. Holtzinger’s class received their reusable trays and finished their signs. Also, CBS news came and did a story about the garden. What an exciting week! Photos from 4/6/2011, posted […]

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Farm King on CBS news!

Farm King on CBS news! – Click on the photo below to see the video!

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Farm King in GOOD Magazine

Click here to check out the great article in GOOD Magazine about Farm King students saying NO to Styrofoam in LAUSD cafeteria.  

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3/29/11 Raising the Styrofoam Tower

Students raised the Styrofoam tower representing LESS trays then are used in 1 day on campus. We also made a coconut veggie curry, salad, planted seedlings and more!

3/29/11 Raising the Styrofoam Tower, posted with vodpod

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Huge garden day! We made amazing wraps that were delicious. We harvested salad to feed 50 people at the Friends In Deed food pantry in Pasadena. We continued our giant Styrofoam tower and we prepped new beds for tomatoes.To read more, please visit Carr…

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3/22/2011

Huge garden day! We made amazing wraps that were delicious. We harvested salad to feed 50 people at the Friends In Deed food pantry in Pasadena. We continued our giant Styrofoam tower and we prepped new beds for tomatoes.
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