Field reports from

6th Avenue Elementary School

The garden at 6th Avenue Elementary School was built in Winter 2013 with help from the Kitchen Community. It features raised beds in the center of the school, nurturing garden favorites like basil, cilantro, and tomatoes.

Searching for Seeds at Sixth Ave

“Where do seeds come from?” This is the question of one student a few weeks ago that we set out to answer. We started by talking about seeds we know about, for example, apple seeds come from apples, watermelon seeds come from watermelons. Based on our past experiences we were able to conclude that a…

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Dancing for Pollen at Sixth Ave

Since the worms and bugs have been such a hit in the garden at 6th Ave, we spent this week talking about honey bees. We learned that honey bees use nectar from flowers to make honey and while they are busy gathering nectar, they help the flowers by spreading pollen. The students then got an…

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New Beds at 6th Ave!

Playworks donated garden beds to our garden at 6th Ave, so we’ve taken a few weeks to fill them with rich soil and extended our irrigation so now we can have a pollinator garden of flowers bordering our learning garden! Our students were integral in the entire process of setting up these beds. Since our…

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Plant Anatomy at 6th Ave

Although we see the plants every day in the garden, today we took time to take a closer look. Each class broke down plants into 6 parts and then worked in small groups to look at each part and share why a plant would need each part. When we returned to the large group to…

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Gentle Exploring at 6th Ave Elementary

The pre-schoolers at 6th Avenue are coming to the garden for the first time! Its always fun to introduce a new group of children to the amazing plants and insects that share our school yard and this class was especially excited to dig in. We spent a lot of our first class in free exploration;…

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First Read the Instructions at 6th Ave Elementary

Students at 6th Avenue had the opportunity to practice and apply literacy in the garden by planting seedlings. Each student received a set of instructions for planting their baby plant. Working in groups without oral instruction, each class planted a small group of plants. And I’m happy to say that, at the end of class,…

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Little Ladies Visit 6th Ave

Last week we had a wonderful opportunity while studying the insect life in the garden; the students found larvae of both ladybugs and Japanese beetles! That prompted a full discussion about the life cycle of the different insects in the garden as students shared facts about the butterflies they are studying in class. At the…

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Sprouts can be yummy! at 6th Ave

Eating healthy can be hard for anyone, and when you’re a 3rd grader and everyday after school vendors stand on the sidewalks offering spicy, crunchy treats such as Taki’s and Hot Cheetos, its especially hard to want to eat a bunch of veggies for an afternoon snack.  Luckily, the school garden at 6th Ave offers…

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“Where do Seeds Come From?” at 6th Ave

Sometimes science can seem a lot like magic. Students at 6th Ave thought there was something very magical about pollination once we learned how flowers use pollen to make seeds. Since several flowers are blooming right now, students even had a chance to see real-life pollen and use their fingers like tiny “pollinators” going from…

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Entomologists at 6th Avenue!

At the beginning of our cycle, students shared things that they are especially interested in learning this year at 6th Avenue. A favorite subject for everyone is bugs of the garden. These little guys hidden in leaves and under the soil are able to unlock the joys of learning faster than any other school subject…

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What Can We Compost? at 6th Ave

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of subbing at 6th Ave Elementary school. It was incredible to hear 1st graders explain seed germination and remembering the cotyledon. We learned about composting and discussed the difference between compost bins, recycling bins, and trash bins. We also talked about many of the different kinds of bugs within compost that…

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Rainy Days Help Our Veggies Grow at 6th Ave

Although it was too rainy to have classes outside last week, all the water means we can turn off the irrigation and our plants are growing like crazy! The weather gave us a good intro to a lessson on water needs for all life and the Los Angeles drought. Our student were adorably happy to…

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Culturing Creativity at 6th Ave

Ms Reid’s class has been studying creativity and the different ways people use creativity in their lives. So last week in the garden, we found some ways to be creative in our cooking! I brought a few different spices and students wandered the garden to choose ingredients to try together. One group used kale and…

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New Plants at 6th Ave

With all the rain recently, we’ve had a few classes indoors. That wprked out wonderfully at 6th Ave because we need to start some new seedlings to add to our garden in a few weeks. So, last week we did a little indoor gardening as we learned about the life cycle of a plant starting…

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Compost Program Off to Great Start at 6th Ave

6th Ave Elementary works hard to eliminate food waste in the cafeteria, and this year we are adding a composting program to achieve that goal. Thanks to the work of Ms Alma Delgado, all unfinished fruit and vegetable waste at Tuesday lunch will go straight to the garden’s compost system. Once the compost has appropriately…

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Year End Harvest Celebration at 6th Ave

The garden has been growing beautifully this year! So beautifully that we have had plenty of produce to send home with teachers, students, and parents. Since this is our last week until next year, we celebrayed the garden’s bounty by sharing a fresh kale, parsley and nasil salad with all the amazing teachers at this…

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Colorful, Tasty Garden Snacks at 6th Ave

For this session’s last class at 6th Ave, students were able to make their own snacks. It was incredibly rewarding to see all the students clamoring to get their serving of kale, chard amd mistard greens with nothing but lime for seasoning – and then they came back for seconds!  While students are always learning…

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Searching for Garden Friends at 6th Ave

Sixth Avenue is stoked about bugs! After we studied the different grubs and insects in the garden, we found several beetle larvae and were able to spontaneiously discuss the lifecycle if various insects. We concluded with a snack that our students liked as much as the garden aphids- kale. -ranger el

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The Healing Power of Plants at Sixth Ave

Students at Sixth Ave have been studying healing properties of various plants in the classroom, so we took the lesson outside to learn the healing properties of our own garden plants. After we studied the different plants growing in the garden, we harvested basil, rosemary, and lemon verbena to make a healing tea. The students…

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From Flower to Fruit At Sixth Ave Elementary

The strawberries growing in our garden this week beautifully illustrated several stages of fruit growth. Students could easily see how a pollinated flower drops its petals and transforms the center into a juicy fruit covered with seeds. We can’t wait for all the other flowers to make their transformation so we can have a tasty…

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New Plants at 6th Ave

This was the last week for our first session at 6th Avenue, so the students celebrated all they have learned by planting seedlings on their own. We removed some beautiful lettuce that had finally bolted and replaced them with kale, onions and strawberries. One plant even has a small fruit already! -ranger Eleanor

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Busy pollinators at 6th Ave

This week at 6th Ave we continued  last week’s insect lesson by studying pollinators. As students used a straw “proboscis” to gather nectar from paper flowers hidden in the garden, they spread pollen to all the other flowers. We then checked to see how many flowers recieved enough pollen to grow into fruit! -ranger el…

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Bringing Classroom Lessons to Life at 6th Avenue

Mr. Chevre’s class at 6th Avenue has been studying insects and pollinators in the classroom lately, so it was very exciting to find those same bugs living right outside in our garden this week! After we talked about all the different types of insects that live in the garden and the roles they play, we…

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Nodes and Pruning at 6th Ave

Last week we studied plant needs, made a salad, eplored the garden started lots of seeds, and somehow still had extra time at the end of class! Since our basil and herbs needed pruning we all took a moment to learn how cutting right above the nodes (where a new branch starts) allows the plant…

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Our 20 GARDEN RANGERS ARE IN TRAINING. From our RANGER AGREEMENT last item is “Rangers will be the most cheerful person on campus.”

EnrichLA Garden Ranger Scope of Work AGREEMENT Rangers will hold weekly classes at the agreed upon time. *If it rains, they will conduct classes indoors, either in a classroom or in a MPR. Rangers will arrive no less than 15 minutes early to class so you can greet students as they enter the garden. Rangers…

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6th Avenue has water!

Thank you to the volunteers from Pandora! All of us became experts (and I mean experts!) at building irrigation cages; irrigation routes; weeding; mixing soil and planting seedlings! It was a long day but we were all very proud of the result! And are so happy that 6th Avenue has water now!

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Compost with Me!

This week at Sixth Avenue, we learned about compost and how it benefits our garden! We learned that the key ingredients are: Carbon, Nitrogen, Water, Air, Bugs and Dirt. We even got to find these ingredients in our garden to make our own compost. Take a peak at our day!          

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Mmmmm Herbs & Berries

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Bugs in the Neighborhood

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Harvesting Success at 6th Ave

Last week’s compost and soiI amendments have really paid off at Weemes Elementary!  Our new plants are growing stronger and faster than ever with new green beans and squash already ready for harvest and more tasty veggies on the way! -ranger eleanor

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Caring for the soil at 6th Ave Elementary

After making compost last week, this week students at 6th Avenue followed up on their understanding of soil health by talking about soil biology. In the soil, live entire ecosystems are as important and interdependent as any habitat above the ground.  In order to care for the soil and ensure there is enough biodiversity and…

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Using the compost at 6th Avenue Elementary

This week was the first week we’ve been able to use the compost we’ve been making at 6th Ave Elementary.  When we emptied our compost bin we had 3 big buckets of beautiful rich compost! We added it to our bed so we can grow big healthy tomatoes and cucumbers and started a new round…

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Bonus Garden “Buddy” at 6th Ave

Last week, Mrs. Oberholtzer’s class found a lazy caterpillar during our garden class. Since they are studying life cycles, they decided to bring the caterpillar to visit the class for a few days and named him Buddy.  The very next day, Buddy grew a cristalys and has been sleeping inside all week.  I cant wait…

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New Seeds at 6th Ave Elementary

After a quick lesson on plant parts this week, students at 6th Avenue planted corn and radish seeds in the garden. Then the 5th graders broke into groups to start their own seedlings in trays. We chose cucumber, bean and nasturtium seeds so we will be able to plant them in the garden in a…

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Knowing the Plants at 6th Ave

The garden at 6th Avenue Elementary has brand new, handmade plant labels thanks to our students! After talking about plant identification and botanical artists, our students got to use their own art skills to observe and then draw the garden plants and names on permanent wood labels. -ranger eleanor

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Be the seed at 6th Ave

There are lots of seeds waking up at 6th Avenue Elementary and the students taking care of them know exactly what’s happening underground. They spent a week taking care of their own seeds and watching them sprout inside glass jars. Then we all mimicked the process together, all the way from sleeping soundly underground to…

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Butterfly Love at 6th Ave Elementary

The students at 6th Ave are so excited about the spring flowers in our garden that they brought their very own project for this week: seeds for a butterfly garden! We spread out the seeds and added some dirt and compost that the students made last month. They  even shared some of their own water…

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Outsmarting the Ants at 6th Avenue

Last week we discovered an enemy at 6th Avenue Elementary… hungry ants eating the tops off our baby pea sprouts. Each class had to observe the stunted peas and work together to figure out a solution. Since we didnt want to spray chemicals we decided to make individual barriers out of paper cups from the…

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Rainclouds Won’t Stop 6th Avenue

                                                                          Although it was pouring this morning, by the time our classes met, the rain had abated to a…

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Before/After at 6th Ave

I’ve had the privilege of working at 6th Avenue weekly since February, taking care of their The Kitchen Community/Teaching Gardens and getting the kids involved in garden classes. What a beautiful garden it was when I arrived! And how much it has grown since, all thanks to EnrichLA for plants, seeds and 6th Avenue’s amazing maintenance…

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6th Ave: The Very Hungry Caterpillar BINGO

With my kindergartners at 6th Avenue today we learned briefly about metamorphosis — well, okay so maybe we didn’t use that word as it’s a little hard to pronounce with little ones. But we did read a really fun book that talks about it! The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. I absolutely adore this book for…

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6th Ave: DIY Thank You Cards w/ Fruit&Vege Stamps

Sixth Avenue is my fastest growing garden. And I believe it’s all because of a certain faculty member who faithfully waters the garden weekly. His name is Mr. Robert. All of the kids at 6th Avenue know him and love him. Another faculty member suggested giving him a card of appreciation. So I thought, what a…

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DIY signs at Sixth Ave

With planting so many seeds and seedlings lately, Sixth Avenue’s garden was lacking proper signage. So I recruited the kiddos to help me design labels to colorfully mark their plants. I was super impressed with their creativity! Then we placed them out in the garden. ~ Ranger Hope

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Propagating Plants at Sixth Ave

It’s that time of year when last season’s crops die and next season’s crops begin ripening. Today I taught my older students about the Self-Propagation of Plants. Those are big words for elementary kids but basically it means that right before a plant dies, it creates seeds so that it can reproduce itself. That process happens…

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