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Charles White Elementary

With the help of USC Caruso Catholic Center volunteers, EnrichLA completed this garden in Winter 2016. It features eight raised beds, including two hexagonal-shaped ones, two picnic tables, and a mural.

Welcome to the garden..

Welcome to the garden..

The next cycle started their garden adventure.. As part of the safety and success of our class, we set the rules and how we will behave in the garden. Students understood that even though they are not inside a classroom, the garden is a class and they are expected to perform well. After we became…

Bee is a friend

Bee is a friend

Bees  not only provide honey or sting us,  they  are essential for the growth and production of the garden.  Bees pollinate roughly 80% of plants going from one flower to another while  carrying pollen and nectar to their beehive. They live together in a colony, generally divided in three types: Workers, drones and the queen.…

Cool vs warm

Cool vs warm

  When can I plant tomatoes??  Students learned the importance of the seasons and how they affect the growth and success of the plants.  They identified vegetables and fruits that grow in the warm and cool season, harvested cool season vegetables  and discussed what part of the plant they were. They also made ornaments made…

Look at those seeds grow!

Look at those seeds grow!

More seeds made their way to the garden. The rain left  the garden very wet and  damaged a few plants. Students learned about seeds and their importance for growing healthy foods. Most plants grow from seeds, which come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures. The outside covering of seeds is called the seed coat.…

Discovering New Fruits at Charles White

Discovering New Fruits at Charles White

Rain… feel it on my finger tips, hear on my window pane.. Students are still waiting for the rain to fully stop at Charles White before they can come to the garden and explore.  Our indoor lesson was about exotic and tropical  vegetables  and plants. With the aid of some cards with descriptions, students learned…

Parts of the plant poster

Parts of the plant poster

Our garden came to the students class due to the rain. The first class  worked on  posters, they drew and  nam ed the six parts of the plant by drawing  a plant of their choice. Second  class decorated  seedling cups that they will use to plant strawberries this spring. The last class harvested broccoli  heads…

Bloom and harvest

Bloom and harvest

Students at Charles White worked very hard this semester planting and growing in the edible garden.  the edible garden has produce a variety of plants teaching students  the beauty and wonders soil, seeds and the care we give to the plants can do for our plants to grow and gives clean air and food.  The…

Plants and soil

Plants and soil

Healthy soil is vital for plants and their growth. Students learned the six parts of the plant, and how we eat all six parts that come in  different forms. They applied this concept by waking through the garden finding edible plants that are roots, stems, leaves,  flowers, fruits and seeds. There was a contest, students…

Welcome..

Welcome..

Students had their first  gardening class. Some of  them had garden class before, but the majority never had  a garden class.  We did an introduction  where we set the rules, and  a reminder that they are not allow to sample anything from the garden unless permission is given.  Students  identified the things that are in…

Foods  and the future

Foods and the future

What would  the future look like  if no one grows foods?  The idea of not having  our  favorite fruits and veggies made students  realize how important it is to appreciate  mother earth for giving us life. Students shared what jobs they would like to do when they grow up and why that field is important…

Name that and this

Name that and this

      Carrots and fresh basil for our lovely kitchen staff. Thursday was a hot fall morning at the  garden. Students Received their notebooks for journal entries about the edible garden, they also helped label the plants and  learned about  a well balance meal. Their curious mind took them to the growing carrots and…

Fitness and Foods

Fitness and Foods

New plants in the garden. Cilantro, Broccoli,  Snow Peas. Students had their intro to healthy foods vs unhealthy foods. A well balance diet consist of eating fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and  meats in portions that will nourish the body. Students understood that if they eat foods without nutrients, their bodies will not function as well…

Dia De Los Muertos

Dia De Los Muertos

Day of the Dead dates is a Mexican holiday honoring the dead. It is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, It is a tradition of Pre-Columbian origins and it has spread throughout Latin America.The Festival celebrates life by honoring ancestors and friends who have departed. Students honor their ancestors, friends and  roots by doing sugar…

Charles White- Compost

Charles White- Compost

Compost time! students are learning about the ingredients and the process to make compost. Compost help the soil produce and keep nutrients that will add size and increase growth to our edible garden. Students  learned that food scraps can be turn into soil.

Seedlings @ Charles White

Seedlings @ Charles White

Cool season is finally here….. Students helped with seedlings of broccoli and spinach.  We also planted letters, cauliflower and broccoli. The class learned about the seasons and how knowing what to plant when is crucial for the edible garden to thrive… Ranger-Zuri

Charles White Elementary- Parts of the plant

Charles White Elementary- Parts of the plant

  Thursday at Charles White, Students learned about the  the parts of the plant and helped watered the plants..  Students  participated in a spelling contest for the word “PHOTOSYNTHESIS”.  The price? a fresh, red, pulpy tomato harvested from the garden. Students understood  that we eat fruit and vegetables that come in roots, stem, leaves, flower,…

Harvest Fest at Charles White

Harvest Fest at Charles White

This week at Charles White Elementary, students learned the three rules of harvesting: Rule 1: Do not harvest without permission Rule 2: Do not eat from the garden without permission Rule 3: Never eat wild mushrooms  In addition, the students obtained the skills to identify what plants were ready to harvest and which ones were…

Seeds and Soil at Charles White

Seeds and Soil at Charles White

Seeds and soil. Seeds and soil. Seeds and soil at Charles White Elementary. The students started the day by analyzing their soil samples from last week. Through this analysis, the students determined that their garden dirt was LOAM – the perfect combination of sand,silt, and clay. No wonder their garden is so beautiful! After the…

Talking Dirty at Charles White

For our second class at Charles White Elementary, the students learned about DIRT. We discovered the three main ingredients of dirt are sand, silt, and clay. While some dirt has all three components, some dirt may have only one or two ingredients.  The students got to see examples of different dirt types. And, special attention…

Charles White looking great the first week of school!

Charles White looking great the first week of school!

The first week of school has started and we found many ready to harvest tomatoes, of which also needed lots of pruning. Here is one of the beds after pruning and harvesting the tomatoes. All of the basil got some pruning as well. Put soil in the some of the beds that were low on…

Overflowing with Tomatoes!

Overflowing with Tomatoes!

This corn has grown beautifully at Charles White! We have been working hard to get the gardens ready for the students! I can still smell the aroma of the luscious basil! We also harvested a lot of cucumbers! Yes, the orange fruit is lemon cucumber!

Tomatomania at Charles White

Tomatomania at Charles White

We harvested tomatoes… Lots of tomatoes. School staff was so excited to take home basil, oregano, and Mont for their many tomatoes! Volunteer intern Rachel tool a few home to make sauce. Can’t wait for the students to return and share in the bounty!

Don’t drop the Beet!

Don’t drop the Beet!

At Charles White, we harvested around 20 beets of all shapes and sizes. We also harvested a handful of tomatoes, but next week, we are bringing the buckets for the bounty! The constant sun here is producing cucumbers, berries, melons, and corn. We can’t wait!

Summertime Seeds

Summertime Seeds

This week at Charles White, we planted more seeds in preparation for summer! To give our seeds super growing power, we watered them with infused water and compost tea. We also learned to harvest cucumbers, tomatoes and rainbow chard. Take a look at all our seeds!          

Stages of Growth

Stages of Growth

Today, we learned about the different stages a plant goes through: from seed to adult. The students had a great time doing “seed yoga” and exploring the garden to find all the stages. We also went through the all the plant parts and got to eat some too. Check out our day below!

Planting in a Brand New Garden!

Planting in a Brand New Garden!

On Friday, we planted over 100 new plants at Charles White! It was a pleasure to work with students from every grade. They were extremely respectful towards each other as well as the garden. We can’t wait to come back from spring break and see how everything is growing- tomatoes, basil, carrots, lettuce, lavender, sage,…

Garden #90 at Charles White Elementary!

Garden #90 at Charles White Elementary!

We built garden #90 at Charles White Elementary on Saturday in ONE DAY! We continue to make our garden builds as efficient as possible and we are so excited to have reached 90 gardens built in Los Angeles so far. Thanks to the USC Catholic Center for bringing plenty of volunteers to the build and…