Field reports from

Gardens

Pollination Station plus Abundance!

Check out our harvest at Selma Ave Elementary! The students were able to see and enjoy the fruits of their labor in the form of onions, beets, and kale.

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Signs and Exploration

     The gardeners at Selma Ave Elementary made signs for the garden today. Plus, Kinder made up their very own garden song!

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Our Lush and Abundant Garden

The garden at Magnolia Ave is sprouting up some great colors. Check out the butterfly that came to visit!

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Our Happy Garden

The colors at Temple Israel of Hollywood are vibrant and beautiful. We’ve also been getting a handful of small visitors!

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Friends, Foes, Scholarship, Art and Inquiry.

Cheremoya Avenue Elementary garden has it all.        Seeds, Seeds, Seeds. So many shapes, sizes, colors and textures.

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Our Lush and Beautiful Garden

  The garden at Hollywood Schoolhouse is super green! Though the end of the school year is here, the garden is still growing!

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Everything must go – South Gate Middle

Well, not everything, but, a lot of the garden’s last year crops, were pulled up, sorted out, cleaned of, bagged and distributed to teachers and classmates alike.. OH THE JOY in seeing and hearing kids go veggies for veggies!   We had a fantastic 2nd semester for the students at South Gate middle school and…

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Last Days – Dominguez

Testing testing.. 1, 2..   As the school year graciously comes to close, the students get an extra boost of happy-anxiousness. The students also get a extra boost of testing. Lol.. It’s Finals week here at Dominguez and while most students are testing, there are a few of us working in the garden to get…

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Borage burstin

Borage bursting, Bees buzzin’ lemon sorrel swirling. Are giant sunflower almost coming to a beautiful sun shining state And our greens are growing giant-like and great

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Sprouting Spring – Dominguez High

Flowers of the stone fruit burst open, alive and healthy. Seeds from our seed-sewing session are showing their purpose. We pull up the last of the great winter and prepare for all things warm. . Summer is upon us!         els

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The Cardboard Rescue – South Gate Middle

Way too much “trash” goes into our landfills that can be redirected into things more resourceful for our planet Today the plan switched a tad bit when I pulled up to the dumpsters of South Gate. Outside and in the bins were nothing but cardboard boxes, tons of boxes. And so we worked on our…

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Planting season – Whaley Middle

Today we stared in amazement at this giant sunflower that the kids and I went nutty over!.  It’s like it just appeared out of nowhere even though we’d been waiting for it to bloom open and dazzle us. While we retried our attempt at successfully planting tomatoes that don’t get eaten, the kids posed by…

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Humming Bird Visit at Aspire!

  An unfortunate accident for a hummingbird turned into a once in a lifetime event for the Aspire students! I found a hummingbird with an injured wing the evening before and while I was arranging where to take the little guy, I discovered they needed to eat a few times every hour! So, I took…

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Seeds – Dominguez High

Recently we watched a documentary about seeds… Seeds: The  Untold Story Today. we cook with legumes seeds and more from the garden This “Bean Salad” we made was just greatly delicious. After learning how powerful seeds are I thought we should find out how to use some very simple and available hardy meals that takes…

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Herbalicious Last Day at Woodlawn!

Our last day’s harvest was so bountiful, that we made a delicious, fresh snack to end the year… Ah bruschetta!!  This classic Italian appetizer is a perfect way to capture the flavors of garden ripened tomatoes, fresh herbs like basil, oregano and chives and of course garlic!  Kindergarten and 1st grade were so excited to…

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Scavenger Hunt at Frank Del Olmo!

As our garden days come to a close, I try to make every day as fun and activity-filled as possible for my students. I realized that their favorite thing to do in the garden is to explore it (and do some weeding!). I made a simple but fun scavenger hunt for the students to do…

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Dayton Digs

We are definitely getting the garden ready for Summer at Dayton Heights Elementary.   It’s the time of year when garden rangers get even more sore than usual!  Lost to prune, pull, plan and plant. Lucky for me the third graders helped quite a bit today digging up the long awaited potatoes…harvesting plenty for all…

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What’s Cooking – South Gate Middle

“YES, Veggie tacos!” is what I reply to the kids of my class as they ask what’s on the agenda for the day.. Today we harvested  Rainbow Chard, Collard Greens, Cilantro, tomatoes and a variety of kale… And made delicious veggie tacos… As the aroma of the cooking greens spread, mouths started to water and…

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New gardens at Wilmington and North Valley YMCA

Thanks to the LA Kings and Blue Shields, we have built new edible gardens at the Wilmington YMCA and North Valley YMCA!  

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Luke, I am your Fava – Dominguez High

Dominguez High has been a real great growing place. The soil full of nutrients and since we have spent time nuturing the fruit trees, they’ve began to show signs of love to us. Today was all about harvest and mulching with nitrogen rich fava plants…. WE had teams of fava harvesters, teams of cutters and…

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Aspire Digs Into the World of the Roly-Poly!

Most kids know a lot about roly-poly’s; they’re cute, they roll up when they get scared and they don’t bite.  I wanted the kids to “dig a little deeper” into the world of a roly-poly, but first I gave the kids a little information about these bugs starting with their true name; pill bugs! So…

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Our Scholarly Best

Working hard in our Magnolia Avenue Elementary garden, using our scientific and artistic skills.

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Holy Moly! Roly Polys at Woodlawn!

Most of us have held a Roly-poly before…that gentle little garden creature that rolls up into a ball when disturbed or scared. It’s an easy creature to like; they don’t bite, they tickle your hand when they crawl on you and they can protect themselves! Today in the garden, Kinder and 1st grade learned more…

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Garden Party!

Taking time to welcome family and staff guests to the garden and to teach them what we know. Plus, snacking. Yum!   Also, making sure our garden has good signage in as many languages as we speak at Melrose Avenue Elementary.

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Sharing is Caring

This week at St. Patrick’s the kids learned a lot about the precarious state that bees are in!  With 1/3 of our crops dependant on bees for pollination, we can’t afford to lose any more bees to flowerless landscapes, pesticides, or crop “food deserts”.   Bees depend on pollen for protein and nectar for carbohydrates…

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ReDuce! ReUse! ReCycle!

Using reusable containers to replant our Spider Plant babies. Then we use the fence to make it a vertical garden. Afterward we need to make sure to check the moisture of the dirt everyday and water when necessary so our baby plant roots can grow strong.   Plus, the general beauty and abundance of our…

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Lemony Mint Water Recipe at Sullivan

With the warmer weather lately, our herbs at Sullivan are flourishing! I brought a lemon today to teach the kids how to make flavored water, a healthier alternative to sodas and juices. They helped me to collect mint leaves off the stems that I had them pass around. And while they were doing so, I…

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A Snail’s Trails at Aspire

I brought a little bit of the garden into the classroom on this rainy day. Fortunately, the rain and cloudy weather made it easy to find snails and slugs in the garden. In the classroom, I told the kindergarteners  that I brought with me a garden creature for them to observe.  We talked about the…

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Growing Fruit at Woodlawn

  The Woodlawn garden is in full production mode!  We have been harvesting lots of lettuce, Swiss chard, and collard greens in the past few weeks.  Just recently, the warmer temperatures have given our fruit-bearing plants the boost they needed!  Kindergarten and 1st grade searched the garden for fruit that was ready to harvest. We…

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Earth Day Celebration

Earth Day is a worldwide event in support and protection of the environment. In the Kipp Garden, students are learning that is possible to coexist with nature despite living in urban busy cities.  It requires ingenuity and care and appreciation of the natural world. As for now, keeping the edible garden alive and thriving is a great start to…

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Seed & Seedlings

Students are busy making warm season seedlings, harvesting cool season seeds, and learning about seeds.  It is amazing how a tree, flower, fruit, or vegetable grows from a seed. Seeds are life, waiting for its chance to be born, flourish, and provide more seeds at the end of its life cycle. Tiny or as big…

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Seeds.

Students are busy making warm season seedlings, harvesting cool season seeds, and learning about seeds.  It is amazing how a tree, flower, fruit, or vegetable grows from a seed. Seeds are life, waiting for its chance to be born, flourish, and provide more seeds at the end of its life cycle. Tiny or as big…

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Earth Day 2018

Earth Day is a worldwide event in support and protection of the environment. In the garden, students are learning that is possible to coexist with nature despite living in urban busy cities.  It requires ingenuity and care and appreciation of the natural world. As for now, keeping the edible garden alive and thriving is a great start to honor…

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Cheese, beets, and poppies at ERES

Today was a fun day at ERES. We made mozzarella cheese with fresh garden thyme as a flavoring. It was delicious. We also harvested a massive golden beet and ate it raw! We also observed some beautiful poppy flowers while we were outside. Such a fun day of food and flowers in the garden!

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Seeds & Spring Salad

Students are busy making warm season seedlings, harvesting cool season seeds, and learning about seeds.  It is amazing how a tree, flower, fruit, or vegetable grows from a seed. Seeds are life, waiting for its chance to be born, flourish, and provide more seeds at the end of its life cycle. Tiny or as big…

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Students pitch in to keep a healthy garden

Staying on top of pests and creating the best living conditions for its inhabitants is how a garden stays healthy and productive. Through best practices, careful observations, and a little elbow grease; the students play a role in the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) that keeps their garden bountiful and chemical free. There were plenty of…

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What’s a Seed Anyway?!?!

Students are busy making warm season seedlings, harvesting cool season seeds, and learning about seeds.  It is amazing how a tree, flower, fruit, or vegetable grows from a seed. Seeds are life, waiting for its chance to be born, flourish, and provide more seeds at the end of its life cycle. Tiny or as big…

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Life Surrounds Us

Last week at Mayberry the kids and I discussed the most abundant and teaming source of life and is literally present everywhere, micro organisms or microbes as I like to call them.   The kids learned how one teaspoon of soil can have as many as one billion microbes and their bodies have tons more…

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Earth Day

Earth Day is a worldwide event in support and protection of the environment. In the Wilton Garden, students are learning that is possible to coexist with nature despite living in urban busy cities.  It requires ingenuity and care and appreciation of the natural world. As for now, keeping the edible garden alive and thriving is a great start to…

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Spring flowers at ERHS

There are many colorful flowers blooming at ERHS. Cornflower is a brilliant blue and popular with the bees and butterflies. Blooming green and red lettuce plants have vibrant yellow flowers. We will let the lettuce self seed, so next year we will have volunteer lettuce plants. We planted lots of squash and corn today.

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Binoculars, Eyespy and Planting Seeds

Today’s class at Sullivan was full of lots of activities. The kids planted sunflower seeds, they ate garden broccoli for a snack and we played eye-spy with the kids’ DIY binoculars.    

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A new session at El Sereno Elementary

Understanding the garden rules and observing the shapes of leaves enthused the students to explore. Tomato on a carrot with lime and salt was an appreciated garden snack. – Ranger Dan

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Earth Day

Earth Day is a worldwide event in support and protection of the environment. In the garden, students are learning that is possible to coexist with nature despite living in urban busy cities.  It requires ingenuity and care and appreciation of the natural world. As for now, keeping the edible garden alive and thriving is a great start to honor…

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Delicious Harvest at ALC

Today we harvested some winter veggies at ALC. Among the veggies we picked were beets and celery. We left some beets in the ground to harvest the greens over the summer. We left some celery so it will self seed, saving us effort in the fall. We saw a big freaky spider too!

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Earth Day 2018

Earth Day is a worldwide event in support and protection of the environment. In the garden, students are learning that is possible to coexist with nature despite living in urban busy cities.  It requires ingenuity and care and appreciation of the natural world. As for now, keeping the edible garden alive and thriving is a great start to honor…

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