Field reports from

El Sereno Middle School

The garden at El Sereno Middle School is a large, terraced garden with three levels and a dry creek to collect rainwater.

Garden Signs for All!

We ran every scrap piece of redwood that we had through a table saw to create 1000 garden signs for our 100 school gardens!

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The new Wheelchair friendly garden at El Sereno

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Breaking Bread

We grew Spelt, Sonora wheat and Buckwheat for our winter cover crops. Reaping our harvest and tasting the fruits of our labor. Buckwheat spelt and Sonora wheat bread, butter and buckwheat honey!  

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Harvesting Artichokes, Sonora Wheat and Buckwheat

The artichokes have dazzled the birds the bees the palate and anyone who sees the giant flowers now ready for seed. Our winter cover crops have been harvested, using the chop and drop method to recover the new beds with hay from Sonora wheat

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April at El Sereno Middle school

From planting native black corn on earth day, to harvesting yellow and purple potatoes and sharing a spring harvest with teachers and students   and enjoying the slow but sure growth of our native cherry, and toyon berry bush, with ca poppies everywhere Hurray to spring!  

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The El Sereno Middle School Garden is wild

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springing forth at el sereno

          We came back to a burst of spring growth this week, from herbs in full bloom, fruits trees with tiny fruit, vegetables ready for harvest and the grains almost there. its a delight after months of patient work feeding the soil and learning the cycles of dormancy and growth.

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Hugel mounds at El Sereno

As the Buckwheat grows and the apricot blossoms come alive, we have been working on building mini Hugel mounds at both ends of the garden. An excellent way to harvest water passively and make life simple in recycling our yard waste lanted with wild flower seeds, natives, some veggies and even a native cherry our…

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Oak spalings in four months

Last week our 6th grade special needs class observed the beginnings of 7 oak acorns they had planted in Oct. It was a seed lesson on various shapes, sizes and types of seeds. Four months later the first saplings have sprout their heads. Its was an exciting day to see that happen. We celebrated by…

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Hugulkulture

Were preparing a Hugulkulture mound with the 6th and 7th graders. An easy and efficient water harvesting method that uses dense woody material as its sponge like core in a bed that looks like a hill (‘hugul’ in German) self waters and slowly releases nutrients to the plants. Carbonaceous wood layered with nitrogenous greens and…

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Weeds we Eat

Rain, sun, cold, hot, el ninio, no rain ! Our climate confusing the heck out of plants and people. An abundance of edible weeds everywhere, fresh and juicy….lets make the problem the solution! Weed greens mixed in with some cultivated ones at El Sereno middle school and Los Feliz Charter turned out more delicious than…

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Department of Compost

After our exciting trip to the ‘Wild/Urban Food forest’ at the Huntington Ranch last week, we were all geared up to make our own garden a little more ‘wild’, learning the processes of ‘urban agriculture’ as we planted natives and cover crops for the fall. A Tamarisk bush was replaced by a native Toyon Berry….

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‘Farm to Plate’ workshop at the Huntington Ranch Gardens

El Sereno and Luther Burbank middle school’s special needs classes took their first field trip together to the Huntington Botanical Gardens pilot ‘Farm to Table’ workshop series, designed for high school children. We requested an exception for these very special children who learn in more hands on ways than most, and were given the opportunity…

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Composting, mulching, & planting from seed

Done with seed recognition, and planting nitrogen fixing seeds, Ms Kauffman’s class started a compost heap last week with a small pile right by their paper seed trays, which will ultimately decompose into the soil. Composting right next to the beds and on the ground makes the process accessible, visible and easily understood. Understanding browns…

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First seeds get sown at El Sereno Middle

Nothing is more exciting than planting and later seeing the first seeds sprout! That is to say, more exciting than a week of seeing and touching microorganisms live their lives buried in soil! With a whole array of seeds to identify and choose from, ones from our San Gabriel mountains, to those from our back…

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El Sereno Elementary, special kids in a special garden!

We have walked through our over grown summer garden for two weeks. Some times in complete silence except for the furious pace of the sign language fingers pointing to a ripe apple or juicy fig or a peculiar leaf or giant rocks,or hidden melons and cucumbers. At other times we’ve walked in bursts of sudden…

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Green, Green,and more Green at El Sereno Middle School Garden

The lush green garden at El Sereno Middle School was full of growing crops: apples, thyme, mint, strawberries, tomatoes and much more. Seeing a lot of green indicates how well this garden is thriving.   ~ Edith, Intern   

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6th grade Chinese Immersion class signage – El Sereno middle school garden

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Year End Bounty at El Sereno!

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Last day before summer with Ms. T

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6th Grade Chinese Immersion class in the garden – Chinese herbs and garden rules by the children

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El Sereno Jaguars are seed starters! Basil, mint, peas!

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Hugelculture at El Sereno Middle

Our friend and volunteer, Jeff Mailes, joined us in the garden on Wednesday to introduce starting garden beds using compost mounds. A great way to provide nutrients to the soil and let the soil work while seeds grow above ground. Thank you, Jeff!

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Unlikely blooms to be likely at King and El Sereno

See some of our “sunny” crops grow through the CA rain this season at our middle schools.. and some bugs that are hanging out in the garden for the students. Life in the garden!

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Rain collects at El Sereno’s creek!

 

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Beautifying El Sereno, beautifying schools

Garden renovations continued at El Sereno Middle School with chalkboard paint on doors so teachers could write on them and new planter beds built for the school’s main building entrance thanks to our Splendid volunteers! #EnrichLAbeautifyingschools

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King and El Sereno tasted apples pre-thanksgiving

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Composting at El Sereno Middle School

Dan and Tim assembling a tumbler at El Sereno Middle School! Garden Ranger Jasmine is pumped! These tumblers will be used to compost garden waste.

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What is a garden day like at El Sereno Middle School?

Putting Garden Interns to work, and kids excited about being in the garden. We eat, learn, play and feel! And for today’s tasting.. fresh parsley and chives, rolled in a peel of yellow summer squash! And that’s a wrap!

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Praying Mantis lands on El Sereno’s student

First catch of the day is a praying mantis on a student’s shoulder, a week after learning about beneficial and harmful garden animals. At El Sereno Middle School ,6th graders start to feel comfortable in garden responsibilities and learning how to treat their school garden space.

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El Sereno starts school with a bench debut!

The outdoor benches we designed and built with volunteers over the summer came in handy at El Sereno Middle School’s new activity center. Under this wonderful shade, students hang out during recess to catch up with friends or play board games. These wonderful benches provide for more relaxing sitting spaces in student hang out areas….

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Our flagship El sereno middle school farms orchard thrives

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El Sereno ended the school year by eating Zucchini-gini!

How about making linguine out of unprocessed food ingredients? Use just a zucchini or squash! Great as a cool summer side dish or even as an entrée, this wonderful zucchini-gini is fun to make and nothing but unprocessed and super healthy! At El Sereno Middle School, students peeled fresh squash from the school garden using peelers….

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Food and flowers soar at El Sereno!

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El Sereno tastes fresh roots

At El Sereno, an artichoke plant grew very well and gave students a lot to harvest. Students learned that when they eat artichokes, they are eating the flower part of the plant. They also got to try fresh sweet red beets that were ready from the El Sereno garden. They taste a lot better then…

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Preparing for garden tour at El Sereno middle school farms

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Students and families spring break into El Sereno’s garden

In the midst of some very big projects in progress at El Sereno Middle School, proud Jaguars took time in their spring break to come help out in the garden!

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Student teachers show pride at EL SERENO

UCLA’s Teacher Education Program (TEP) at El Sereno Middle School showers Jaguar pride all over their school garden. Check out these wonderful garden signs that added volume to the school garden.    

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Garden Intern Rosalin leads the party at El Sereno

Garden interns make EnrichLA’s garden education program an even more educational experience! This week at El Sereno Middle School, Rosalin, our garden intern took on the challenge of engaging students with nutrition-related information for our harvest lesson. Rosalin is a graduate student and has interest in youth health and nutrition. The theme of this week’s…

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Water still present in dry Creek at El Sereno middle school

After the storm, the water is taking a few days to soak in. Water still present in dry Creek a few days after storm at El Sereno middle school farms

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The Dry creek captures runoff at El Sereno Middle School Gardens

Arroyo (creek) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Las Cruces – Arroyo North Fork, looking east. An arroyo (/əˈrɔɪoʊ/; Spanish: [aˈroʝo], “brook”), also called a wash, is a dry creek or stream bed—gulch that temporarily or seasonally fills and flows after sufficient rain.[

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Seeds and weeds at El Sereno Middle School

    Here is a sneak peak at a very sunny El Sereno Middle School garden class with Ranger Jazzy! El Sereno students are always very engaged whenever it comes to getting their hands dirty in their garden. Students are always keen on removing weeds that crop up. Lately, students have been especially caring about…

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Excited for FRUIT TREES at El Sereno Middle School

“Can we please plant this avocado tree? I love avocados!” El Sereno Middle School students were way too excited when they were told they were going to be planting fruit trees. As soon as they were given instructions, they could not wait to start working. Over 40 students teamed up to plant trees on this…

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Bugging Bugs at El Sereno Middle School

Lots of Ladybugs! Week 3 of El Sereno’s garden classes was going out to discover garden crawlers –  8th grade students began the lesson by describing garden ecosystems. The common thread: “Ladybugs eat aphids, aphids eat green leaves. Ladybugs are beneficial. Aphids are foes.” Student comments: “Garden spiders are great for the garden because they eat…

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El Sereno MS and Roosevelt ESP Students Work together to build community

Last week El Sereno Middle School and Roosevelt HS of Environmental and Social Policy teamed up for a MS-HS work exchange! Twelve students from ESP came to El Sereno during 4th period and lunch to work with MS students to beautify the El Sereno Garden. Garden Ranger Jasmin Lim from El Sereno coordinated students to…

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