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GlenFeliz Elementary School

GlenFeliz is home to both a reading garden, completed in 2012, and a larger edible garden, completed in 2014. The larger garden thrives with a drip watering system, raised wooden beds, bridges, a dry creek, and a population of sturdy native plants.

Identifying herbs

Identifying herbs

Spring came to Glenfeliz and the students learned about the different herbs growing in their school garden. First, I asked them what an herb is. Some students knew that it was a plant that we added to food. I told them that herbs are the leaves of certain plants and that we use them for…

Dissecting seeds at Glenfeliz

Dissecting seeds at Glenfeliz

Last week at Glenfeliz Blvd Elementary, we dissected some beans. We talked about how seeds come in all shapes and sizes, and each has a method of dispersing. We watched a pretty cool video of a seed pod exploding and flinging seeds all around. For the main event, we learned about the three main parts…

Amending soil at Glenfeliz

Amending soil at Glenfeliz

Last week at Glenfeliz Elementary, the kids helped add nutrients in the firm of compost and fresh soil to the garden beds! We have had a lot of rain lately, so our hope is that the nutrients will be carried deeper into the garden beds with the water. We also spread poppy seeds all over…

Seed Bombs!

Seed Bombs!

Last year when I was teaching a soil lesson, I dug up a bit of earth from my yard so the kids could analyze it’s composition. It was immediately clear that the soil was pretty much just clay, because the students were rolling it into all all sorts of shapes as soon as they got…

Harvesting at Glenfeliz

Harvesting at Glenfeliz

There were some delicious veggies to sample in the garden at Glenfeliz last week! We cooked up some Chinese cabbage with just a splash of soy sauce. We sampled some raw cauliflower… …and the kids discovered a monster carrot 

Compost at Glenfeliz

Last week at Glenfeliz we learned about compost! The rain hit hard, so several classes had to be taught indoors, but the plants sure loved the rain.   I turned the compost so that all the lovely black compost soil was visible to the kids, and we took some time to check out what sorts…

Food Chain at Glenfeliz

Last week in the Gelnfeliz garden, we learned about the food chain. We talked about producers and primary, secondary and tertiary consumers. I gave the kids some real examples of plants and animals that might live in or visit our garden and they made up possible food chains. It was a rainy week, so we…

Rainbow salad at Glenfeliz

Rainbow salad at Glenfeliz

We have a great variety of delicious greens coming in at the Glenfeliz garden – Chinese Cabbage, Kale, Chard, MANY types of lettuces – so we put them all together and had a fresh garden snack. I brought in some colorful veggies to brighten up the greens and we talked about how to determine if…

Numbers in nature

Numbers in nature

For our second class of the second session at Glenfeliz Elementary, we learned about the Fibonacci spiral. Fibonacci is noted for laying out a numerical sequence commonly found in nature. This pattern is especially noticeable in objects shaped like spirals, such as snail shells or the centers of flowers. I broke down the math to…

New group, new plants – Glenfeliz Elementary

New group, new plants – Glenfeliz Elementary

We started a new session of classes at Glenfeliz Elementary. Since it was our first class of the year, we got to know the garden a little bit! First, we learned some important rules for our time in the garden. The kids understand that the garden has rules to protect us, the plants and the…

New plants!

New plants!

We have had loads of growth, and the students have been a great help in maintaining the beds. They are kind and responsible with these baby plants!

What is Corn???

What is Corn???

We learned all about corn- the parts of corn, the origin of corn, and why we are growing so much corn in the United States. Last school year students planted Teosinte-corn’s great grandfather in it’s nearly original state. We dissected our plant, observed its pests, and planted new plants in their place. We also harvested…

You make your OWN rules…

You make your OWN rules…

We decided to let the students make their own rules for the garden this year, and they proved to be mature and responsible. We also planted seeds in assigned class beds. Glenfeliz has a HUGE space, and we all work together to keep it going. The students here are really learning and growing!

Soil refresher…

Soil refresher…

Last week, we learned about the soil pie chart and the loam triangle. Students did some exploring on their own of the soil, and wrote down scientific observations, as well as any memories tied to the feelings of the different soils. We shared our ideas, hypotheses, and memories with each other while we planted seeds.…

Some sun please!

Some sun please!

The garden beds at Glenfeliz are very grateful for the heat wave- they are shaded at times by multiple fruit trees and a few California Sycamore beauties. The garden took off in the heat and the plants are loving the warm moist soil!

New Plants

New Plants

The new tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers are growing at Glenfeliz. We spoke with a teacher who gave us the entire scoop on the garden from years past and it was very helpful. We will be adding compost next week to add nutrients to the soil. We trimmed back the sunflowers that were shading the strawberries.

Glenfeliz Starts a New Chapter

Glenfeliz Starts a New Chapter

The last round of classes at Glenfeliz has started with a cool new mini ranger program as an extra time for students who wish to spend more time in the garden for fun projects. We started by transplanting several squash plants and planting Mexican Oaxacan Green Corn seeds into two of the beds. These are…

Alexys visits Glenfeliz!

Alexys visits Glenfeliz!

So many baby plants at Glenfeliz! I thoroughly enjoyed visting Garden Ranger Shylana’s class. Students were excited to share what they knew about the plants in the garden, and excited to throw their food scraps in the compost. The garden here thrives, and has an AMAZING student body, parent body, and staff! We love working…

Know When to Grow at Glenfeliz Elementary

Glenfeliz learned a very important lesson on growing seasons and how climate affects a plant’s growth patterns. We spent some time discussing how our favorite fruits and vegetables each have their ideal growing conditions; strawberries and tomatoes like the heat, while broccoli and grapes like cooler temperatures. February’s sporadic heat waves gave us some examples…

GlenFeliz Elementary’s Day In The Life of Seeds

GlenFeliz Elementary’s Day In The Life of Seeds

Last Monday (03/07) was a rainy day cancelation, so we rainchecked our third lesson on how plants scatter their seeds to this week. The rain brought the pea plants some much needed cooler temperatures, and they bounced back to share an abundance of delicious snow and sugar snap peas! These served as wonderful examples of edible…

Alexys visits GlenFeliz Elementary!

Alexys visits GlenFeliz Elementary!

It was all smiles during my visit to GlenFeliz Elementary. The students and staff here love the garden and its ranger Shylana. Honestly, what’s not to love? The garden is beautiful and colorful, full of pollinator friends and singing birds. Garden Ranger Shylana is full of fun and good energy. I has a lovely visit…

GlenFeliz Soil Testers

GlenFeliz Soil Testers

A strong garden foundation starts with good soil knowledge; a good gardener really knows their dirt! As the soil is pretty much the home space or incubator for every plant, it is extremely important that the sediment is a healthy and nurturing environment. Soil can consist of different layers of types of dirt, such as…

Hello New GlenFeliz Flora Fans

GlenFeliz marked the arrival of their new garden classes with some strong pledges to “treat all living creatures with respect and love”, even the bugs! The three new classes each claimed an empty bed and talked about what they envisioned growing in them. As always, watermelons and strawberries are highly wanted, and we quickly went…

Welcome to Glenfeliz Veggie + Fruit Pictionary

Welcome to Glenfeliz Veggie + Fruit Pictionary

Pictionary is the name of the game at Glenfeliz – the last round of classes for this block schedule told me they really wanted to drive home their ability to recognize fruits and vegetables. To guarantee this could be done with a bit of fun, we decided to draw our favorites for others in the…

Food Chain Fundamentals at Glenfeliz Elementary

Food Chain Fundamentals at Glenfeliz Elementary

The new year brought new lessons on the food chain here at Glenfeliz Elementary! TK, Kindergarteners and Second graders got to snack on some sweet Blood Oranges, as we went over the basics of the food chain. I explained how life is a cycle, with every living organism doing its part to grow and how…

Cool Season Seedlings for Glenfeliz

Cool Season Seedlings for Glenfeliz

This week at Glenfeliz, we learned about soil and prepared garden beds for planting! Students had a lot of fun digging with their tools and getting their hands dirty. The Glenfeliz garden received a generous donation of cool season seedlings from The Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention program. We received chard, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, and…

New Students Meet the Garden at Glenfeliz

New Students Meet the Garden at Glenfeliz

This week at Glenfeliz, we introduced new groups of students to the garden classroom. We learned the rules that keep us and all the living things in the garden safe. Students also got a chance to meet the garden by observing, sketching, and asking questions about what they found. We checked in on our pea…

Apple Harvest Celebration at Glenfeliz

Apple Harvest Celebration at Glenfeliz

To celebrate the final class of our first group of students in garden at Glenfeliz, we harvested and tasted apples from our garden! Students enjoyed the sweetness and tartness of the Granny Smith apples that we harvested. We also enjoyed some food crafting and tasting by creating apple monster mouths for a healthy Halloween treat.…

Worm Farming at Glenfeliz

Worm Farming at Glenfeliz

This week at Glenfeliz, students learned about composting with worms! We created our worm farm by adding red wiggler worms, vegetable scraps, water, and shredded newspaper to the worm bin. This type of composting is called vermicomposting. Check out our awesome worm bin! It will take a few months, but our worms will provide us…

Plant Life Cycles at Glenfeliz

Plant Life Cycles at Glenfeliz

This week at Glenfeliz, we learned about the life cycle of plants. Since we planted pea seeds last week in the garden, we used the pea plant in our life cycle discussion. Our pea plant life cycle goes from seed, sprout, seedling, adult plant, flowering plant, and finally to compost. Check out our pea sprouts…

Glenfeliz Blvd. Elementary Blooms

Glenfeliz Blvd. Elementary Blooms

This week at Glenfeliz Blvd. Elementary, students learned about the four seasons and planted sugar snap pea seeds. It rained in Los Angeles over the weekend, and the Glenfeliz garden was very grateful for this much needed break from the hot and dry weather we have been experiencing. We discovered many beautiful blooms throughout the…

Garden Scavenger Hunt at Glenfeliz

Garden Scavenger Hunt at Glenfeliz

On our first day of garden classes at Glenfeliz, 1st and 2nd grade students explored the garden during a super fun scavenger hunt! Garden Ranger Ashley guided students through comparing the length and mass of natural and man-made objects by using non-standard units of measurement. Here the students were asked to find a leaves that…

Sunflowers take the show at Glenfeliz Elementary

Sunflowers take the show at Glenfeliz Elementary

The Glenfeliz Elementary garden features long rows of abundant garden beds, filled with colorful flowers and prospering vegetables and fruits. The thriving sunflower plant that emerges from one bed elegantly towers over the garden walkway. ~Shaylyn, Intern

Thriving Glenfeliz Farm!

Thriving Glenfeliz Farm!

Since its creation last October, the Glenfeliz Farm has been thriving! It’s hard to believe that a lot of this space was once asphalt, but it is now covered by beds that are home to a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. The Farm has been growing quickly and students are truly enjoying having this…

The New Farm at Glenfeliz Elementary!

The New Farm at Glenfeliz Elementary!

A huge THANK YOU to all of those involved in making the Glenfeliz Farm happen! Last week, Tomas and crew (volunteers from Northland Village Church, Do Good Bus, and Bravo High School Kiwanis Club) worked for three days to get the garden site ready, build planter boxes, and finally plant some beautiful greenery at Glenfeliz Elementary…

What is EnrichLA up to this week? Find us in our gardens!

What is EnrichLA up to this week? Find us in our gardens!

Monday 10/20 – Weemes Elementary School! Garden Ranger Traci is leading her team of volunteers from Turning Point to give it a good garden makeover. Not only do our garden rangers teach curriculum, they organize volunteer days to bring in community members to help improve the schools’ green space! We celebrate our Garden Rangers! Thursday…

Asphalt has been removed at Glenfeliz Elementary!

Asphalt has been removed at Glenfeliz Elementary!

A HUGE amount of asphalt has been removed at Glenfeliz Elementary School and a new EnrichLA garden is coming soon! EnrichLA previously built a lovely reading garden at this school, complete with planters and picnic tables. See photos below of the future garden site, which will feature fruits and veggies, as well as native plants!…

New Glenfeliz Farm!

New Glenfeliz Farm!

EnrichLA is currently planning a new farm at Glenfeliz Elementary School, located at 3955 Glenfeliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039! Glenfeliz Elementary is currently home to a lovely garden of raised beds, but we are taking it to the next level by converting asphalt into a beautiful, fruitful farm for the students at this school to…

LOS FELIZ LEDGER ARTICLE Enrich LA Helps Plant Our New Reading Garden

LOS FELIZ LEDGER ARTICLE Enrich LA Helps Plant Our New Reading Garden

I interviewed Tomas. He told me that he likes native plants the best because they are easier to care for and use less water. Next I asked him why he helps schools make gardens. He said, “I don’t think that schools should be wall to wall concrete. They should be green and covered in foliage.”…..…

New Glenfeliz El. Reading Garden!

New Glenfeliz El. Reading Garden!

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday at Glenfeliz Blvd. Elementary School in Atwater Village! This was a different type of garden build.  We were building benches, tables, and planting a variety of flowers and herbs for a new reading garden that the principal called “The Park.”  The garden is designed to act as…

Glenfeliz Reading Garden Build UNDERWAY!

Glenfeliz Reading Garden Build UNDERWAY!

We are here at Glenfeliz Elementary School in Atwater building a beautiful reading garden for the kids!  This time we are not installing raised beds.  Instead we are building benches and tables for students to read, study and just enjoy.  This is an already beautiful campus with murals and signs around encouraging kids to read,…