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.

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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Apple Tasting & Garden Exploring at Sixth Ave

“Who likes to eat apples?” Just about every one of my students raised their hands gleefully when I asked them this question! Today, in celebration of the last day of this cycle of classes, we had a Tasting Day. While tasting the apples, we took time to analyze the flavors, textures, smells, sizes and colors. If…

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Parts of the Plant Scavenger Hunt | 6th Ave

Do you know the different parts of a plant?? We could also consider the six different parts as the Lifecycle of Plant: Seed, root, stem, leaves, flowers, & fruit! The kids at 6th Ave learned about these today. Some grades already learned it before and taught me what they knew! Afterwards, we walked around the…

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Intro to Garden at 6th Ave

We’re back from Spring Break! That means starting a new unit with the kiddos and checking on the garden!     Starting the new unit means introducing new groups of kids to the garden area. After discussing Garden Rules and playing a game, we walked around the garden to see what we could find. What…

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I Eat a Rainbow Everyday! At 6th Ave Elem

Did you know that eating a rainbow is not only fun but good for your body? Each color of the rainbow has different nutrients that your body needs to be happy: Red fruits and vegetables like TOMATOES, STRAWBERRIES AND GRAPEFRUIT–these have an array of different vitamins and minerals but one in particular is Vitamin C, which helps…

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Water Cycle at 6th Ave

What a great time to teach kids about the water cycle, right after it rains! Los Angeles was very blessed to have its desert climate watered after several weeks without rain. Miss Hope first asked the class what they already knew about the water cycle. So many students already knew the big words evaporation, condensation…

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Parts of the Plant with 6th Ave

Did you know there are 6 different parts of a plant: Root, stem, leaves, flowers, fruit and seed? Miss Hope taught this lesson to groups of 1st and 3rd graders at 6th Avenue Elementary. Some carrots from the garden! Can you guess which part of the plant is the edible portion? If you guessed ROOTS,…

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Beautifying 6th Ave Elementary

Today was mostly a garden maintenance day for Ranger Hope at 6th Ave Elementary. In between introducing all her classes to the garden, she planted marigolds, installed a trellis for beans, made signs and amended some areas of the garden with bagged compost.          

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Apple Tasting at 6th Ave Elementary

Mmmm — who doesn’t love fresh apples? Today the kids at 6th Ave experienced a special treat: apple tasting! Even though apples aren’t technically in season right now, I knew that the kids would love trying different kinds of apples and determining which variety was their favorite. We tried Honeycrisp, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious…

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6th Ave Elementary: Parts of a Plant

Today Ranger Hope taught her students at 6th Ave Elementary about the parts of a plant: roots, stem, leaf, flower, fruit and seed. To reinforce this, everyone then played a game where they categorized a picture of a fruit or vegetable into one if those parts! The different parts of a plant. Do you know…

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Starting at 6th Avenue Elementary: Garden Rules and Games

This week Ranger Hope started teaching at 6th Ave Elementary. She introduced the garden to the kids as well as shared with them the garden rules such as quiet voices and walking feet, respecting all living and non living things in the garden and always asking questions! It was a great first day and the…

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Planting Seeds with Miss Kendall & Students @ 6th Ave Elementary School

There’s Miss Kendall from Second Chances After-School program showing her excitement. The kiddos chose a nice variety of veggies and Miss Kendall went for the sweet onion seeds. Here they are getting their little hand dirty. They’ve done such a great job nurturing the garden this year. Soon enough they’ll have plenty of veggies to…

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Harvest Time @ 6th Ave Elementary

Students at 6th Ave Elementary School waited patiently for the seeds to germinate and the seedlings to mature. Many tasty treats were ready to be harvested. On Friday, students and their parents picked tomatoes, basil, eggplant, chard and much much more! Here’s one of the cucumbers just before it was picked. The sliced it up…

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6th Ave Garden!

Look how beautiful the garden looks already! Wait, there’s more!

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6th Avenue Elementary New School Garden

This winter EnrichLA and the 6th Avenue Elementary School Community built a new edible garden. Located in the middle of the school’s courtyard, it is sure to catch the attention of both students and teachers. The first harvest in the raised garden beds will include favorites like basil, tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers and cilantro. Stay…

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6th Avenue Elementary School

This winter, EnrichLA built an edible garden at 6th Street Elementary School. The project was spear-headed by Dave Duncan, the site coordinator for one of the school’s after-school enrichment programs. Along with EnrichLA, students, teachers and the school community spent the day building beautiful raised beds. A few short weeks after the initial build, students…

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