Field reports from

Calvert Street Elementary School

Enrich LA upgradedĀ this garden in Spring 2015.

Alexys Visits Calvert!

Yup, I did! The Calvert St. garden is really something. The garden has around 20 beds-which is a lot of space- and Garden Ranger Jeff is doing a beautiful job here! The garden looks wonderful! I saw a hummingbird, butterfly, and many bees. The kids were also there to show me the ropes, and they…

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Calvert St. – Starting Seeds in the Hoop House

Hello Garden Friends, It’s alive, its alive! The hoop house is finally up and running! Not a moment too soon either! With the last week of school before winter break already upon us it is nice to know we have an automated system to keep the children’s seeds wet and warm over the new year….

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Calvert Street- When to Water

Hello Garden Friends, This past Friday at Calvert Street Elementary I taught the students when to water. The lesson started with a plant anatomy lesson zooming in on the leaf. With tiny dots I drew stomata on the bottom of the leaf, I told them that the stomata are the reason a plant stands up…

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Calvert Street – Transplanting Seedlings

Hello Garden Friends, This Friday, I told the students there would be no lesson today. Some of the students were heartbroken, some nonchalantly moved on, others were confused. However, everyone was excited when I told them that instead we would be spending the day working and transplanting seedlings throughout the garden. While there was no…

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Calvert Street – Bee a Friend

Hello Garden Friends, This Friday at Calvert Street learned about the importance of bees and all the fruits that wouldn’t exist without them. In an effort to understand what they do, I had the students use straws to collect water from cups I had hidden next to our flowering natives. The students then took the…

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Calvert – Growing from Groceries

Hello Garden Friends, This Friday at Calvert Street we continued our lessons from last week about the food chain and where food comes from by talking about seasonal vegetables and closing the linear consumption chain. From the field –> to processor –> to distributor –> to retail —> to consumer –> and now how to…

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Calvert Street – The Food Chain

Hello Garden Friends! This Friday at Calvert we talked about the food chain in two different ways! The first was a lesson about where our food comes from. We talked about production in the field, processing in warehouses (where the food is washed, packaged, and labeled), distribution, sales, and finally consumption. We talked about the…

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Calvert Street ES – Praying Mantis vs. Tomato Hornworm

Hello Garden Friends, this past Friday at Calvert Street Elementary School we had an epic showdown which ended in the demise of one of the most ravenous garden pests around, the Tomato Hornworm. At around 9:00am the students uncovered the nuisance while ripping out our tomato plants and prepping the beds for sowing snap peas….

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Calvert is booming with Dill

Dill is taking over at the Calvert Koalas Garden! Luckily it is a very versatile herb. From making pickles, garnishing soup or you can even hang it to dry and use it all year! Students and staff helped to harvest the Dill to enjoy fresh at home or to hang and store.

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Cleaning up Calvert!

After seeing all the seeds having sprouted over winter break students couldn’t wait to clear out garden boxes and lay down more seeds. Here are some of the great little additions to Calverts Garden…

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