Field reports from

El Sereno Elementary School

Completed in Summer 2015, this garden is terraced with raised beds and an outdoor sink.

Flowers, Stems, Leaves, Fruits, Roots, and Seeds

As color hangs on at El Sereno Elementary the students learn about and get to taste some of the various plant parts that we can eat. No stems or flowers on the plate this week… – Ranger Dan

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Summer Lingers at El Sereno

The last few harvests of summer leave El Sereno Elementary with a few snacks. Don’t forget to check the bag ripened tomatoes daily!!! -Ranger Dan

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El Sereno Elementary

Ready for a great year in the garden!!! -Ranger Dan

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New flowers, mulch, and a compost bin at El Sereno Elementary!

Today was a fun day at El Sereno Elementary! We planted a cool flowering plant called Globe Amaranth. It loves dry, hot weather, and it attracts pollinators to the garden so we have lots of yummy fruits and veggies. The flowers can also be dried and used as decorations! There were lots of weeds coming…

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Salsa Garden!

After pruning back some huge sunflowers, the harvest was filled with perfect salsa ingredients! Jalapenos, tomatoes, onion, garlic, banana peppers;everything in abundance! Next week we will finish spreading mulch and tackling the bermuda grass. The garden is in the perfect spot for sun and shade.

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El Sereno Uses Their Noses!

Quite the exciting morning start at El Sereno this Wednesday, as a cow and calf were gracious enough to visit this morning! Butterscotch the cow and Oreo the calf were great volunteers as the children learned a bunch of cow and milking facts. They carried this excitement with them into the garden as we started…

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Watch “El Sereno Elementary school garden quick tour” on YouTube

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Watch “El Sereno Elementary school garden quick tour” on YouTube

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Watch “El Sereno Elementary school garden quick tour” on YouTube

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A Cowabunga Surprise at El Sereno Elementary

April 20th brought a wonderful surprise guest to El Sereno Elementary! A mobile farm classroom complete with cow trailer brought Buttercup the cow and Oreo the calf for a special assembly. The students learned some fun facts about cows and milk production (they have one stomach with four parts and regurgitate their food). This was…

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El Sereno Elementary Bed Prep Day

El Sereno Elementary spent their sixth lesson prepping the garden to welcome the next group of students. A lot of work and love went into preparing the space with the students encouraging the growth of the current plants. Each class was split into work groups with assigned beds or tasks to maximize efficiency and plant…

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All Hands On Deck at El Sereno Elementary

Our last week of March brings the final lesson to these classes at El Sereno Elementary, so we spent the day reviewing proper plant care/love and prepping the beds for the new classes to enjoy next week! One class had a makeup lesson on friends, foes and seeds, so we played some rounds of pictionary…

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El Sereno Elementary Tries Some New Leafy Eats

This week concludes the 5-week block at El Sereno Elementary and to celebrate, we made garden salads with red and green lettuce straight from their garden. Some students were very hesitant to try the leafy greens but their classmates’ enthusiasm got them brave enough to try them. Some taste notes: very fresh, vibrant, juicy, and…

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Seed Transportation Party at El Sereno Elementary

El Sereno Elementary learned a wonderful fundamental lesson on seed distribution, harvest and collection today! We went over the several varied methods that plants deploy to spread their seeds to bring new plants to the world. I started by asking the students if they could think of different ways that seeds get around to grow…

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Playing Bug Games at El Sereno Elementary

March 2nd marks the third week of lessons here at El Sereno Elementary and one new class. Mrs. Farmer’s Kindergarten class joined us for their first lesson and introduction to the garden. They were pretty excited to explore all the beds, so we formed an observation train to stop at each bed. Each stop included a…

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EL SERENO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GARDEN

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Second Round of Sprouts at El Sereno Elementary

A salad bowl of lessons is currently happening at El Sereno, as we have two returning classes (Ms. Ramos Kindergarteners and Mrs. Garcia’s 6th graders) and our 2nd grader newcomers, joining us this week. Our newcomers learned how soil is the foundation of of a healthy and nutritional garden yield. We went over the different…

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Baby Sprouts and New Mini-Rangers at El Sereno Elementary

The new week brought us some exciting new baby bok choy, arugula, red lettuce, and scallion sprouts to greet the newest garden students! Some of the students were so curious and eager, they could not stop asking questions all day long. To quench this thirst for knowledge, we made sure to answer as many as…

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El Sereno Elementary Gets In-Depth for Plants

The last block of classes got in depth with their plant knowledge as we broke down the different parts of the plant. A plant is broken down into: Roots 2. Stem 3. Leaves 4. Flower 5. Fruit 6. Seeds It’s important to note which parts of the plant are edible and how it differs for…

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Alexys visits El Sereno Elementary!

The garden at El Sereno is full of thriving herbs and young lettuces and peas. There were tomato plants yielding fruits of many color. It was lovely to see the beautful mint crawling near the olive tree with its shade bearing branches. The students are all excited about their garden ranger- Shylana- and all that…

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Know When to Grow at El Sereno!

El Sereno Elementary’s fourth lesson started out with some light stretching to get our minds in gear and to help stretch some key garden muscles. After this, we did a lap around the beds, doing some debris maintenance and greeting the plants while also reviewing bug friends and foes. The younger grades were very excited…

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How Does The Bee Dance? El Sereno Elementary Investigates

Wednesday marked a lovely dancing day at El Sereno Elementary! Each class was sent out to explore the beds and to look for friends and foes of the garden. After identifying as many garden inhabitants as possible (animals, invertebrates, and humans), we focused on the type of impacts we all have on the garden and…

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El Sereno Elementary Debates: Whole or Processed?

Mr. Parr’s sixth grade class debated the ethics and fundamentals of whole vs. processed foods this week. Many were shocked to learn that waffles, cookies, and pastas could all be made from scratch with just simple ingredients. They quickly gave me a challenge of breaking down all of their favorite processed foods into healthy, whole…

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New Year, New Students at El Sereno Elementary

El Sereno Elementary welcomed 2016 with three new classes and one returning 6th grade class. The rookies quickly learned the garden rules and how much fun and excitement having a garden can bring. Many of them stopped their exploration of the garden to tell me how much they were enjoying themselves, while many could not…

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El Sereno’s Newest Sprouts!

Switching to match the planting season means adding some fun challenges to the garden! Pumpkin, bean and snowpea seeds were planted a couple of weeks ago in some newly cleared beds to greet the fall weather. Now, new sprouts are beginning to pop up through the soil, with more joining every day. Students also spent…

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Get to Know Your Plant Parts at El Sereno Elementary

Nov. 5th marked a fun day day for learning all about the different parts of a plant. The main lesson focused on all of a plant’s parts (roots, stem, leaves, flower, seeds, fruit), as well as each part’s functions, whether or not they were edible for humans. For example, tomato leaves will make humans very…

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Changing Seasons at El Sereno Elementary

Wednesday was picture day at El Sereno, so we did our best to stay clean while learning about LA’s climate and two growing seasons: warm and cool. The students quickly learned to distinguish between the two (warm = above 80 degrees, dry, sunny and more than 6 hours of direct sunlight) vs (cool = cloudy,…

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El Sereno Elementary Tests Out Their Soil

The second week’s lesson at El Sereno (K-6th) was – Let’s talk about some dirt! Everyone was very excited to get their hands dirty, but parents can breathe easily knowing that even the young kindergarteners made sure to ask to wash them at the end of class. Students easily picked up the three different types…

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Growing strong at El Sereno Elementary

Am very glad to report that El Sereno Elementary’s garden has rebounded from the irrigation mishap it had a month ago. Students were able to find and take home tomatoes and peppers after we discussed how to tell if they were ready to be harvested. Together, we took note of why the ends of veggies…

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El Sereno Elementary School gets some new seedlings

El Sereno Elementary School’s garden is looking great and we were very excited to plant 3 new beds of seedlings for the summer. My fellow intern, Rebecca, and I were able to plant squash, basil, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables and herbs. We are very excited to watch these new seedlings grow and flourish,…

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El Sereno Elementary is Looking Green!

One of our newest garden is looking green! It’s been a few weeks since we last stop by, the plants are no longer seedlings. They are thriving and I can’t wait for the students to see their new garden.

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Checking Up, One Week Later

A week after the new build, EnrichLA interns went back to check the progress of the new plants at El Sereno Elementary School. All the plants were well watered, both in the beds and in the native garden bed at the front of the school. I am sure the students are eager to see how…

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Record time. 2.5 day large garden complete with outdoor sink at el sereno elementary

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Phase two of el sereno elementary terraced garden

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The new garden underway at el sereno elementary

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NCAA Collegiate Honorees meet El Sereno student runners

 

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A few but large harvest at El Sereno

The garden at El Sereno is taking in new seedlings very healthily as well as it is giving us some wonderful delights this week. Students got to take some sugar peas with them and also got to try some tasty treats. Speaking of sweet treats, students got to try fresh beets! They were so sweet…

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