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Composting. January 10th. That is when enrichla and our 100 partner school gardens will ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING EXTRA about our FOOTPRINT problem.

January 10th. That is when enrichla and our 100 partner school gardens will ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING EXTRA about our FOOTPRINT problem. We will begin to divert lunch waste from the school lunches into our gardens. We have thought this through. Here are the collector buckets, just arrived. They will be used ( 5 gallons, green….

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Kid Powered Salad at Woodlawn

A great way to end a session is to make a fresh salad with ingredients straight from the garden! Everyone worked together to slice, chop and dice, tomatoes and various types of kale, green onions and carrots. We also added pomegranate seeds and dressed the salad with a splash of vinager, sea salt and a…

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Marigolds and Dia de los Muertos at Toluca Lake

With a very high population of Hispanic students, we were thrilled to celebrate and talk about Dia de los Muertos! We also have the movie Coco to thank for getting kids educated and excited about this holiday. We are now working with fourth grade students and our main concept is diversity. We discuss native plants…

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Woodlawn Discovers How Soil is Made

Learning about how soil is made is amazing. It’s been happening since the beginning of our Earth; the recycling of organic matter rich with nutrients, transformed into exactly what a plant needs. This week the kids at Woodlawn participated in “feeding” their compost bin with dead leaves, twigs and shredded paper from the school. They…

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Playing “Smell and Seek” at Ramona

Getting to know herbs couldn’t be more fun when you play a game that gets the kids moving, touching and smelling plants in the garden. Today we did just that! I filled each of my “Touch and Feel” containers with an herb, labled the containers 1 thru 6 and placed one herb in each container;…

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Making A Claim at Aspire Gateway

Making a prediction, a hypothesis or a claim is an important step to solving a question. At Aspire Gateway students had lots of questions about their favorite isopod in the garden; the pill bug. So we set up an experiment to learn what type of immediate environment pill bugs prefer; moist soil, dry soil, leafy…

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Composting All the Way!

Last week at Valley View Elementary School, the kindergarteners learned the value of composting.   They knew how to use the bin but hadn’t learned the art of proper composting.   We played a little relay game and discussed what goes in the bin and what should be put in the recycling or trash bin…

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~Plants at 10th Street Elementary~

Plants and its natural world is a mystery, splendor, and yet to be fully discovered and understood. Many plants are also at risk or almost extinct from their natural habitat. Plants not only clean the air, water, soil…  they provide food and shelter for animals and humans. Students observed Venus Flytraps and asked themselves questions about…

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Describing Worms at 20th Street Elementary!

I decided to modify a lesson to include exercises on describing using adjectives. After several attempts at tasting a beet salad and an apple and arugula salad, I noticed that when I asked students how they tasted, a lot of students responded using the words “weird,” “gross,” or “good.” As I explained to the students,…

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Plants and Venus Flytraps at Wilshire Park Elementary!

Plants and its natural world is a mystery, splendor, and yet to be fully discovered and understood. Many plants are also at risk or almost extinct from their natural habitat. Plants not only clean the air, water, soil…  they provide food and shelter for animals and humans. Students observed Venus Flytraps and asked themselves questions about…

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Venus Flytraps at Wilton Place

Plants and its natural world is a mystery, splendor, and yet to be fully discovered and understood. Many plants are also at risk or almost extinct from their natural habitat. Plants not only clean the air, water, soil…  they provide food and shelter for animals and humans. Students observed Venus Flytraps and asked themselves questions about…

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Fruit by the foot – Dominguez high

We’ve been getting some great harvests at our garden here at Dominguez! And today was no different! We’ve been on a mission to revive the fruit orchard and on my 3rd year teaching the students here, we are seeing the fruits of our labor. Pun intended, lol. We’ve shovel, fertilized, aerated, watered, pruned and loved…

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From Apples to Zucchini at The Accelerated School

The apple tree in the TAS garden has given us a nice supply of fruit this season.   The kids never tired of our crispy cut up snacks and learning about this delicious food.   I asked them to find out something interesting about apples and they wrote about how apples are part of the…

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Worms Are Our Friends at Bushnell Way Elementary!

I had let the students know I was going to bring worms so they were all very excited. When the class of kindergarteners came into the garden, they immediately swarmed around me asking “are we going to see the worms today?!” I laughed and said yes. They eyed my large worm farm container with excitement….

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Teamwork makes the Garden work – South Gate Middle

Hard work and dedication From bell to bell. With the garden treated for invasive weed growth over the summer, I told the my students that we would be building our garden from the soil UP, and it wouldn’t be as easy as picking daisies. They smirked and smiled and accepted the challenge! Learning to grow…

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Purple Kale is a Huge Hit at T.S. King Middle School

Since we’ve been working together in the garden for almost 3 months now, we are happy to have so much to harvest. Carrots, onions, radishes, broccoli, a variety of lettuces, and a crazy amount of kale! So this week we decided to do some outdoor cooking and make a cheesy purple kale dip that we could…

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Pride in Our Garden at T.S. King Middle School

One of the big challenges of a school garden is to make it useable for all–it shouldn’t be a museum where students can only look at what is inside or a pristine place limited to only the kids who are enrolled in a garden class. At King, we are lucky to have a garden that…

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PLANTS at Eastman Elementary!

Plants and its natural world is a mystery, splendor, and yet to be fully discovered and understood. Many plants are also at risk or almost extinct from their natural habitat. Plants not only clean the air, water, soil…  they provide food and shelter for animals and humans. Students observed Venus Flytraps and asked themselves questions about…

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Plants at KIPP Empower!

Plants and its natural world is a mystery, splendor, and yet to be fully discovered and understood. Many plants are also at risk or almost extinct from their natural habitat. Plants not only clean the air, water, soil…  they provide food and shelter for animals and humans. Students observed Venus Flytraps and asked them self questions…

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Dirty Hands | Happy Plants – Whaley middle

I told the kids, “We’ve got to know the garden like the back of our hands.” And there’s no better way to achieve this than putting those hands in the soil! And so we did. But before that, we harvested our drying sunflowers so that we could try them raw and hopefully roast them with…

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Beans beans the wonderful fruit…at Riverside Dr. Charter!

There are beans everywhere. Coming out of our ears. Drowning our sorrows away. Keeping our digestive track going. We did a taste test with a few of our peas to see if we enjoyed peas or beans more. Peas won by a long haul but most students said they enjoyed both. We have been harvesting…

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From Earthworms to Kale Tacos at KIPP Comienza

Garden time this month for our friends at KIPP Comienza involved learning about compost, harvesting, and the butterfly cycle. Our compost lesson began with a short lesson on the compost cycle and was followed by a card game they played in pairs. We played with three different cycles: apples, bananas, and pumpkins; the objective was…

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Discovering Seeds at El Sereno Elementary

The students at El Sereno Elementary discovered that seeds come in all different shapes and sizes. They had fun investigating the seeds and guessing what plant the seed would turn into. And then finding some of the plants in our garden! We examined lima beans and cut them in half in order to see all…

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A Compost Relay at Atwater Elementary

One of the 4th grade classes at Atwater Elementary participated in a compost relay race. It was pouring rain outside in the garden so we had the race in the library. The students were placed in 5 different groups and had to complete 8 tasks to finish the race. Before we started the race, we…

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The Wait for Water is Over- Berendo is Blooming!

This month at Berendo Middle School, the students learned about the soil pie chart, producers & consumers, climates & seasons, and parts of plants. This was these students first exposure to the garden so there was lots to learn! With the construction going on, the water had been turned off for a couple weeks so…

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Ladybugs, Seeds, & Weeds at 2nd Street!

This month, the students at 2nd Street Elementary learned about dirt, friends & foes, seasons, and parts of plants. This was these students’ first exposure to the garden class so we were starting from ground zero- very exciting! For the “Let’s Talk Dirt” lesson, the students got their hands dirty touching some wet clay soil…

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Vine St Gardeners

This month Vine St students worked hard on creating a good environment to cultivate and grow new plants. We learned about what we can compost and where we can put our food scraps to make healthy organic matter to add to our beds. We learned about water conservation and spread hay over our beds to…

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Riverside Garden loves that sun!

At Riverside Dr. Charter we are starting with the basics in each class. The first rotation began the year in an almost empty garden-which was great! we planted LOADS of beans to help bring nitrogen to our soil, sugar snap peas, and flowers. With the weather still being quite warm, we were not ready to…

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Sherlock Gardner Detectives

This month at Gardner Elementary, we talked about the importance of composting and reducing our waste in the world and built a compost pile when they can easily be taken to create new things, new life. We learned about what native plants means and talked about the benefits and deficits of growing non-native plants in…

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Harvesting Embryos at Arroyo Seco

There was an abundance of fruit and now there’s an abundance of seeds to harvest at Arroyo Seco! Seeds can travel in multitudes of ways and we’re pretty certain that some birds or squirrels will be eating and defecating some of these seeds to start a garden in another place. But we were able to…

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Castelar Elementary School Garden

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Mayberry Magicians Learn The Hidden Part Of A Plant

Our Mayberry students took this week to learn the parts of a plant, both the visible and invisible parts. Students put on their observation hats and with their notebooks into the garden to find the six basic parts of a plant. For our younger students, we used our bodies to demonstrate how a plant grows…

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Calvert Kids Have A Watershed Moment!

What is a watershed? Easy, if you are standing on the ground right now, just look down. You’re standing, and everyone is standing, in a watershed. A watershed is the area of land where all of the water that falls in it and drains off of it goes to a common outlet. Watersheds can be…

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Calvert Students Go Indoors

Calvert Elementary is located in Woodland Hills and this put their school close enough to the recent fires that we took our garden class indoors. I decided to test the savvy fifth grader’s research and presentation skills. I assigned groups different insects and animals and I allowed them to decide what they wanted to learn…

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Become a member and get rewards

Our interdisciplinary curriculum provides youth opportunities to explore in an outdoor setting.  We teach K-12 students everything from cooking skills to environmental stewardship and history to social justice.  It is rooted in the principals of both place-based and experiential learning models. for the remainder of 2018, if you become a FLOWER member at $100 we…

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Lexington Avenue Primary Center garden a photo journey

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Tell me why I should donate to become a member of EnrichLA? The School garden NON PROFIT.

There are many non profits out there. They all sound great. Why ENRICHLA? We are down to earth, no nonsense and hard working. We are irreverent and we are ambitious. We are like no other non-profit. Nobody here makes more than a school district custodian. ($38,000) Everybody gets their hands dirty. We are efficient. We…

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Compost Relay at 6th Avenue Elementary :)

Before the holiday, one of our 4th grade classes learned about the ingredients to make great compost. We went over the 5 key ingredients desired for great compost: greens, browns, decomposers, air and water. After this, the students were split into 4 teams and had the task of gathering all the elements to make our…

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Flower Collage Day at Weemes Elementary

Before the holiday, our kindergarten class at Weemes did a very special lesson about parts of a flower. We went over the four parts of a flower including the roots, stem, leaves and flower. After this, each student received their own flower. We slowly and delicately took our flowers apart as a class and each…

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Getting organized at Taking the Reins

“How do we know when to harvest?”  aaaah…. a hunch? a feel? it smells right? fruit’s the right size? Why don’t we make a harvest calendar! Pulling out the trusty UC Master Gardener Handbook and looking up the approximate harvest time for each of our plants. The girls are attentive!    Also, though it is…

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A world beneath our feet… ALC students dig it up

“Eeeeeewwwwwwwwww!” said ALC student. “What did I do?” said squirmy worm exposed to the sunlight. “Worms are amazing. Here, grab one and I’ll tell you about what they do” said Garden Ranger. “Their poop is really good for the plants and they create air pockets for roots. Worms are legit.” said other ALC student. ”…

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Garden Direct Learning from Parts of a Plant to Pollination and Photosynthesis

Starting with the roots, we learn about Parts of a Plant from the ground up. Using our Garden Scientist skills, we first sketch and label our parts, including function. Then, we put our creative skills to the test and make our plants, with their four main parts, out of pipe cleaners.     Once we…

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Sprouts for the Sprouts at Mid-City’s Prescott

The 1st and 2nd graders of Mid-City’s Prescott School of Enriched Sciences (the sprouts, the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are the seedlings…) watched these radish babies grow from seed to seedling and last week we discovered why root vegetables sometimes grow hugging each other…like these carrots… Once roots start to grow and grow under…

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Stewardship at Taking the Reins

Every Sunday I teach at Taking the Reins, a non-profit dedicated to building their four core concepts: responsibility, confidence, teamwork and leadership to teen girls in LA. Last Sunday, our main lesson was on garden troubleshooting and land stewardship where we made a list of things to do when you walk into the garden: watch…

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Composting is Recycling at Alta Loma Elementary

November brought a lot of garden clean up and debris to be composted.  We also got some good food and paper scraps from a parent volunteer.  So, with all of our plastic buckets filled up, we started adding them to our composting tumbler a/k/a “the soil factory”.  The kids learned about ratio by determining how…

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