Field reports from

Gardens

Thinking about Interdependence at King Middle School

We’ve been exploring soil and what’s in it with our four classes at King Middle School. After a long, hot summer where the school’s famous squirrels chewed through much of the irrigation in the raised beds (cute little monsters!), the garden needed rebuilding from the ground up. Thankfully, in gardening soil is the perfect place…

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Calvert Koala’s Get Scientific

The goal this year is to instill the characteristics of a good scientist. Teaching what it means to investigate, observe, and notetaking. For the students at Calvert Elementary, this started with a close observation of the details and differences amongst garden plants.     In their journals, students took note of sizes, shapes, pointy or dull edges,…

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Mayberry Magicians Get Wormy

The Mayberry Magicians this month got up close and personal with red worms to learn about Vermiculture! We started by reading together the “Wonderful World of Worms,” by Linda Glaser. Then we created a happy worm habitat drawing and pinpointed the parts of the anatomy we knew. The students were shocked to learn that there…

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Water Cycle At Primary Academy

We sat down last week at Primary Academy to discuss the water cycle and it’s importance in plants and nature.   The kids learned to identify evaporation, condensation and precipitation in the cycle and what each means.   Our foggy, cloudy morning was a good segueway into the lesson.  Once the kids drew and labeled…

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Vine Students’ Metamorphosis

Students transformed into plants and insects!? Is this Vine St Elementary or Hogwarts!? This month students learned that aphids move around by hoping and ladybugs move slowly and methodically. They also learned that ladybugs help the garden by eating aphids that hinder a garden from thriving. They also learned the different parts of a plants…

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Gardner Scientists and Curators

This month, Gardner Elementary students had a busy month as scientists and curators! The fourth grade students at examined the health of the soil in the garden. They first felt the soil with their hands, wrote about what the soil felt like and made hypotheses on how much sand, silt, and clay was in the soil….

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Talking Dirt at El Sereno Elementary

The kindergartners loved getting their hands dirty! We talked about the ingredients in soil — minerals, air, water, and organic matter. We did some investigating in the soil using magnifying glasses. We gathered around the garden beds and dug our hands in the soil. The kids described what it felt like using words like fluffy…

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The Water Cycle at Atwater Elementary

The students at Atwater Elementary enjoyed learning about the water cycle! We learned that a cycle repeats over and over again. Their minds were blown when I told them that the same water they use to take a shower in is the same water the dinosaurs swam in. Woah! We worked on the vocabulary words…

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At Rio Vista the Seed is awake

Rio vista welcomed the fall. On today’s lesson we discovered the power that the compost has and also how a seed grows. We started reviewing the process of composting, how is made of  and what kind of organisms helps it to break down into a little pieces the compost’s “ingredients”. We discovered that besides earthworms,…

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Exploration at St.Patrick’s School

Last week at St. Patrick’s the kids came out into the garden and worked on some pretty spectacular haikus.  Because the students were directed to find a special place to find inspiration no stone was left unturned.   A praying mantis was discovered in the mint and another in a spiderweb.  The kids picked and…

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Red Onions and Befriending the Lunch Ladies at San Pedro Elementary

  This was my first week as a Garden Ranger at San Pedro Elementary School. I’m learning that being a Garden Ranger means doing your best at negotiating many different moving parts. These include principals, faculty, community members, students, and the overall health of herbs, fruit trees, compost bins, and vegetables. Fortunately, I am in…

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Self watering research

Problem. ….Our current system of drip irrigation works ( sort of pretty badly) but in some cases… 1. Squirrels chew it a lot in some gardens so it always needs repair and often gets chewed daily 2. The school district DOES NOT WANT our drip irrigation hooked permanently up to spigots that are on the…

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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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