Field reports from

Academic Leadership Community School

The garden was built in the summer of 2015. It contains one big garden area and a drip irrigation system.

Academic Learning Community – Sacar yerbas malas

A new year brings new students and new energy into the program. Today, I introduced myself to the students in Spanish and delivered a lesson, with the help of Ms. L, also in Spanish. I was inspired to practice after learning that two of my students in the after school leadership development class spoke only…

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Showcase event at ALC

This past Tuesday was a very special day – all of the students from ALC were let out of school early to participate in the Leadership Development showcase event. At ALC, all students are required to fulfill a certain number of hours in a leadership class of their choosing in order to graduate. There are so…

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Spring at ALC

The first few weeks back from Spring Break and many new plants are sprouting out of the ground! The students and I have been working hard on finishing the herb spiral, and the main garden is flourishing with many different types of flowers and vegetables. Last week, I gave each of the students their own…

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Parts of the Plant @ ALC

This week at ALC, we learned about the functions of the different parts of the plant. Each group of students were assigned a different part of the plant, and discussed as a team what they thought the functions of the part were. Each group came to the front of the class to present, and we…

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Making salad at ALC

Special guest Barbara O’Neil came to ALC this week equipped to make two fantastic salads! With freshly harvested kale and romaine lettuce from the garden upstairs, the students watched intently as Barbara explains how the ingredients she uses comes together to make a wonderful salad. Some of the students are skeptical at first, but after…

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Leadership Showcase at ALC

ALC hosted it’s very first leadership showcase on December 4. Dozens of family came to the school at night to see what their children have been participating in after school. Programs on display varied, some were music oriented, others about film and media, and others about sports. I was fortunate enough to represent EnrichLA, and…

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Guest Speaker at ALC

This week at ALC, we were very lucky to have a guest speaker and a friend of mine, Kellee Matsushita, come talk to the students about her experiences farming in Northern California. She gave an informative presentation about what farming meant to her, and the students were clearly interested as many questions were asked. Kellee…

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Zine making at ALC

For the past few weeks, we have been busy bees at ALC – besides tending to the garden by sowing seeds of winter crops, prepping the herb spiral garden, and general maintenance of the garden, the students have started making zines. Basically, zines are short, self-published journals of a certain topic. In this case, we…

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Hard Work Pays Off!

For the past few weeks at ALC High School, we have been hard at work: two truckloads of compost and mulch arrived and like little ants, we moved it all bag by bag, wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow. The compost will act as a soil amendment to the dry, silty soil and the mulch will prevent water…

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Last Week at ALC

 

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Avocado Madness! :O * DUN DUN DUN DUN *

Sarah accidentally brought in romanesco broccoli to plant – surprise!    

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Last Week @ ALC

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Enjoying Winter Fruit Salad @ ALC

 

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Artichokes Take Over Our Garden!

   

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Spiders protect our garden

 

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Academic Leadership Community School Garden

We created and maintain this tiny school garden located on the third floor of the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex (MCLC). The school is located at 322 South Lucas Avenue, just down Third Street from the LAUSD Board of Education headquarters building. It houses three Small Learning Communities (SLCs): The Academic Leadership Community (ALC), Social Justice, and Business & Tourism (B&T)…

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ALC Kitchen

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Sadness over Tomatoes

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Delicious Veggie Harvest

               

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Spicy Chilies & Peppers!

   

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Baked Tomatoes with Parmesan

   

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ALC GARDEN

                       

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Pest Control!

     

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Delish Summer Eggplants from ALC

       

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Fruit Salad ALC Style

           

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ALC in full bloom

         

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The Palms at ALC

       

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A Different Take on Coleslaw

      ALC has a lovely cookbook to share: http://www.lulu.com/shop/enrichla/an-enrichla-school-garden/paperback/product-18867857.html

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The Joys of Compost and Weeds

     

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More Recipes from ALC!

  Support our garden by picking our cookbook on Lulu: http://www.lulu.com/shop/enrichla/an-enrichla-school-garden/paperback/product-18867857.html

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Apple, Celery, & Havarti Salad

      Check out our lovely cookbook for more recipes:  http://www.lulu.com/shop/enrichla/an-enrichla-school-garden/paperback/product-18867857.html

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Loving our ALC Harvest!

                Check out our cookbook on Lulu: http://www.lulu.com/shop/enrichla/an-enrichla-school-garden/paperback/product-18867857.html

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Appetizing April Produce

It’s been a fruitful month at ALC…              

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Harvesting for One Day Without Shoes

After exercising mindfulness for One Day Without Shoes with our lovely guests Angela and Courtney, we had a huge winter harvest of our veggies that thrived over Spring Break. We were also thrilled to discover 6 budding artichokes on the artichoke bushes we transplanted a few weeks ago! To top everything off, we made a…

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Enrich LA / TOMS / One Day Without Shoes 2012

Enrich LA / TOMS / One Day Without Shoes 2012 ENRICHLA is an Environmental Non-profit focused on adding edible school gardens to public schools in Los Angeles and providing education on food, nutrition, gardening, social and environmental awareness. Our school gardens are inexpensive, promote community involvement, encourage respect for our delicate planet, act as outdoor…

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Cabbage Harvest

Since the cabbages that we planted just after winter break were finally ripe for the picking, we shared some of our harvest with the WASC visiting committee, teachers, and staff who stopped by to visit the garden before we cut some up and made some vegan coleslaw.  Instead of the traditional mayo, we switched it up…

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Academic Leadership Community School Spring cleaning!

Last week we put some muscle into the garden and transplanted our lovely artichokes to another area of the garden because the leaves were so big they were starting to block the entrance!     While we were getting down in the dirt, our chefs were putting together some lovely bruschetta kebabs!  The kebabs had…

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A simple new outdoor sink for the this Downtown Highschool

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Our first carrots at ALC

This week we were so happy to harvest and taste our first carrots!  Our carrots came from seeds that we that we planted on a rainy day all the back in October. We experimented with a new vegetable too – kohlrabi!  Kohlrabi is such an unusual looking veggie but since it’s in season we decided…

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New Kitchen at ALC

We’ve been busy at ALC the past three weeks and today we got to break in our brand new kitchen!       Even without the kitchen we’ve managed to whip up some yummy snacks featuring winter produce: In the beginning of February, when our good friend Shana came to visit,  we made a mixed…

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Second Saturdays Dinner- A Fun and Delicious Fundraiser!

The evening of Saturday, February 11th, family, friends and EnrichLA-ers gathered at the Los Feliz home of Tomas O’Grady for the first in our series of “Second Saturdays” dinner fundraisers!  Guests were treated to a gourmet dinner, yummy wine, and good conversation.  All of the proceeds from the dinner benefit the garden at Academic Leadership…

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Swiss Chard Harvest at ALC

Last week we worked hard for our food!  We harvested some delicious swiss chard to use in a light citrus salad and we also harvested our broccoli florets to enjoy with some protein-packed hummus. To make the salad, we let the freshly picked swiss chard marinate in lemon juice, salt, and olive oil for about…

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Starting a new planting season at ALC

After all the hard work our students put in at the MLK Gratts work day this past Monday you’d think we’d take it easy this week – nope.  Marisa, our lovely volunteer, organized planting seedlings generously donated from Sylmar High School.  In a few weeks we’ll have cauliflower, kale, tomatoes, and broccoli to harvest.  We…

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Preparing for the next planting season at ALC

Today at ALC, with the hot January sun beating down on us, we started preparing for our next planting season by clearing out all the weeds that flourished over the holiday and discussing what yummy vegetables we want to plant next week.   For our snack today we picked some lettuce for “garden tacos.”  Since…

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Learning to cook Ayurvedically at The Miguel Contreras High School

Carry Kim is a yoga therapist, registered Yin Yoga teacher and lineageholder of Yoga of Joy (Tibetan and Primordial Yoga). She is a certified Shiatsu therapist, passionate advocate of Ayurveda and therapeutic nutrition educator who integrates the principles of Ayurveda, Macrobiotics and Raw Foods. Ayurveda is a 5,000 year-old system of holistic healing from India. It…

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