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Carson-Gore Academy Of Environmental Studies School

EnrichLA completed this garden in 2014 with help from Gay for Good and Fox Gives. It features raised beds, a few picnic tables, and a horse rail fence.

Carson-Gore – Weeding and Woodchips

Carson-Gore – Weeding and Woodchips

Hello Garden Friends, This weekend the Carson-Gore community got a big helping hand from the strong capable women in Kappa Alpha Kappa UCLA chapter. From 9 to 1 these ladies helped weed all the pathways and unloaded about 7 cubic yards of fresh woodchips on top of the bare soil. The woodchips not only give the garden…

Healthy whole foods!

Healthy whole foods!

  2/9/17   Today students learned about the difference between whole foods and processed foods.  We talked about how whole foods come directly from the earth and contain the most nutrition for our bodies.  We discussed and identified different types of processed foods (that come from a factory) that contain less nutrients for our bodies.…

Bugs in the garden

Bugs in the garden

2/2/17 Today students learned about all of the different types of bugs that can be found in the garden!  We talked about the importance of pollinators, bugs that help make the soil richer, bugs that eat other pest bugs in the garden, and of course the “bad” bugs that can harm the plants.  Older students…

Seeds!

Seeds!

  1/19/17 Our first day of the new year that was sunny enough to go out in the garden!  Older students read “A Seed is Sleepy” we discussed seed anatomy, seed dispersal, the importance of seeds, and lots of other fun facts about seeds.  The students then had the chance to plant a few of…

Plant Parts!

Plant Parts!

1/12/17 Classes were held indoors due to all of the rain.  We discussed the parts of the plant and their functions.  Older students completed a plant parts worksheet worksheet, and younger students drew pictures of plants including, roots, leaves, stems, and flowers.

Making Herbal Tea

Making Herbal Tea

  For the last class of our six week series students learned all about the herbs in our garden.  We took a tour and learned to identify the lavender, mint, thyme, rosemary, and basil growing in the garden.  Many students already knew that herbs could be used to make tea, and thats exactly what we…

Healthy Whole Foods!

Healthy Whole Foods!

12/1/16 Our garden class on the first week on December was spent learning about the difference between hole (from the Earth) and processed (from a factory) foods.  The kids learned about the importance of incorporating plenty of nutrient rich whole foods into their diet.  Everyone wrote down 5 of their favorite foods and as a class…

Composting!

Composting!

11/17/16 Today in class we talked about Trash.  Where does our trash go after we put it in the trashcan and it gets taken away?  We talked about how landfills and dumps are not good for the environment and how reusing, recycling, and composting can benefit our planet.  We focused on the compost pile in…

Seeds, hawks, and the ecosystem!

Seeds, hawks, and the ecosystem!

trim.1DA56390-960D-41EA-A5C7-A3EF29D467BD 11/10/16   Today was an extra special day in our garden class, because we had a  Hawk come visit us right at the beginning of our first class.  He flew around the yard for about 15 minutes next to the garden catching mice, as the kids watched in amazement.  What started out as just a…

Friends and Foes!

Friends and Foes!

(polle 11/3/16 Today was a super fun day filled with creepy crawly bugs! Students went on a bug hunt, to see what kind of critters were living in our garden. We then discussed what we found, and how certain bugs are beneficial to the garden (pollinators, decomposers, and bugs who eat pests) and certain bugs harm…

Parts of the Plant!

Parts of the Plant!

10/27/16   During this class we reviewed in depth the parts of the plant.  We talked about the functions of each plant part (roots, stem, leaves, flower, fruit, and seeds) and how each part had an important job for helping the plant survive.  We completed a worksheet together as a class, that diagrammed each plant…

New classes learn the rules of the garden

New classes learn the rules of the garden

10/20/16   This was the first day of our new group of classes, so the students learned about the rules of the garden.  We learned about why it is important to respect all living things and how every living thing has an important role in the garden.  We also learned about some basic safety rules…

All about herbs!

All about herbs!

10/13/16   This class was that last day of our first session of classes.  We reviewed what we did in previous classes and students drew or wrote about their favorite thing they learned in garden class.  We also learned about herbs!  We took a tour of the garden and learned the names and uses of all…

Plant Parts!

Plant Parts!

  10/6/16 During this class the students learned about the different parts of the plant.  We focused on what the word edible means and went over which parts of the plants students could eat.  They learned that some vegetables are roots, some are flowers, some are stems, and some are leaves.  They also learned that…

Seeds, friends, and Foes.

Seeds, friends, and Foes.

This week third graders learned about bugs that are friends in the garden, and bugs that are foes in the garden.  Kindergarteners learned about seeds, and got to plant seeds around the garden.  We also harvested this week and tasted some delicious tomatoes.

Learning about Bugs at Carson-Gore

Learning about Bugs at Carson-Gore

During our second class of the year at Carson-Gore Kindergarteners learned about different species of bugs that live in the garden.  They learned that some bugs help plants in the garden, and some hurt the plants.  We went on a bug scavenger hunt to see what “good” and “bad” bugs the kids could find. 

Making Bouquets at Carson-Gore

Making Bouquets at Carson-Gore

With about 10 different flowers blooming at Carson-Gore we spent a good portion of the day making bouquets tied together with a lavender flower stalk.  Some of the other flowers involved were Nasturtium, Daisies, Rosemary, Parsley, Begonias, and Chives.

Spring and the First Flash of Summer at Carson Gore

Spring and the First Flash of Summer at Carson Gore

Carson Gore is in full bloom right now with flowers and all the maturing winter plants, but we also got the first view of Summer when a few Tomato seedlings popped up close to the compost pile. I transplanted them into the beds so they would not get trampled.  

Adding Mulch and Exploring the Bugs at Carson-Gore

Adding Mulch and Exploring the Bugs at Carson-Gore

We got a delivery of Mulch as I arrived at school on Thursday, and there was nothing I could do to stop the kids from helping me during recess. Who knew they would enjoy moving mulch from point A to Point B so much.  We also got to explore the the large differences in bugs…

A Sampling of Carson-Gore

A Sampling of Carson-Gore

We have some great stuff growing at Carson Gore right now. I planted an avocado tree about 2 weeks ago that just started showing some new growth. We harvested several heads of broccoli, and we have tons of carrots and beets starting to mature.  

Alexys Visits Carson-Gore and Alta Loma

Alexys Visits Carson-Gore and Alta Loma

On a late sunny afternoon, I visited Carson-Gore and Alta Loma’s beautiful gardens. Both were full of bright, blooming flowers and pollinators hard at work. Garden Ranger Patrick is doing a great job keeping up with these fairly large gardens, and the students and staff are very happy with their gardens! There is plenty to…

A New Grape Vine for Carson Gore

A New Grape Vine for Carson Gore

This week we planted a beautiful new Concord Grape vine by the arbor at the entrance to Carson Gore’s Enrich LA garden. We also did some harvesting, composting, and most importantly watering.

Bugs and Flowers in Full Bloom at Carson-Gore

Bugs and Flowers in Full Bloom at Carson-Gore

A grand showing of colorful flowers is on display at Carson-Gore which has led to a flood of beneficial insects. The kids have enjoyed flowing lady bug larvae up and down the plants in chase of aphids.    And I have enjoyed finding different varieties of ladybugs all throughout the garden  

Only in Southern California with Carson-Gore

Only in Southern California with Carson-Gore

Picking summer and winter veggies on the same day with K-3rd. Winter Carrots. And Summer Eggplant Getting to smell the Rosemary and Lavender A carpenter bee getting a taste of that nectar in the middle of urban Los Angeles.

Seedlings and Pollinators at Carson-Gore

Seedlings and Pollinators at Carson-Gore

Pollinators, such as bees and hummingbirds, spread pollen from flower to flower and aid in the health of the ecosystem. Flowers provide pollinators with nectar as food to encourage them to spread their pollen.

Carson Gore Elementary after a few months in!

Carson Gore Elementary after a few months in!

And here it is! Another thriving garden in one of our many urban city schools. We are excited to be teaching at this one, too! Kids are going to come back to school in two weeks to a tasty and fruitful garden. Can’t wait to see the smiles! What a lush garden! A mini fruit…

Grow grow grow at Carson-Gore!

Grow grow grow at Carson-Gore!

Our little seedlings are really taking off, and we’re definitely going to have a beautiful summer bounty of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants! And the students were buzzing all morning long about our FIRST ripe strawberry! We’re not sure who will get to sample the first juicy berry, but thankfully there are more on the way!…

Carson-Gore filling up with tomatoes!

Carson-Gore filling up with tomatoes!

Thanks to our new frames and plenty of seedlings donated by Sylmar High School, our beds are quickly filling up with beautiful tomato plants! Here’s a particularly special type of tomato – the Cherokee Purple – which is said to yield 3 to 4 times the number of tomatoes! Along with the jalapeños we planted…

Carson Gore Beautification

Carson Gore Beautification

On Friday, 11/8, parents, students and teachers came together to beautify their school-front. They turned a barren, arid space into a beautiful place everyone at the school can be proud of.