Field reports from

Hamlin Charter Elementary School

This garden was renovated in the summer of 2019!

No Place Like a Garden!

Hamlin Charter Elementary’s Garden has grown since we started last September! Here are before and after photos of the same section of the garden. We started out with a few marigold seedlings, and now we have cabbage, kale, turnips, radishes, peas, and potatoes. This week we saw an artichoke and tomatoes forming. We even have…

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Mapping the Garden

This week the 5th Grade at Hamlin Charter finished their maps of their garden beds. This not only teaches them mapping skills but they also have to identify what vegetables are already growing in their bed. Then both 5th Grade and the PALS classes used seed starting pellets to plant a variety of seeds, including…

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Why garden?

It’s the 5th Grade’s turn in the garden at Hamlin Charter Academy. After a discussion of why we plant gardens (growing healthy food, saving money, enjoying beautiful flowers, exercising, soaking up sunshine and the peaceful setting), we explored the garden a bit to see what’s growing.  I then assigned each student a garden bed to…

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Look How We’ve Grown!

I just had to post a story about how much our garden has progressed since it was built last fall. This is a photo of the same garden bed pictured in our feature photo when we started the Garden Ranger program at Hamlin Charter Elementary last September. We had some drainage issues and a definite…

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Eating what we grew at Hamlin Charter

It’s harvest time! Neither the LAUSD teacher strike nor intermittent rain could stop us from having a tasting of vegetables planted by kindergartners last fall. Thanks, Kinders! We talked about what part of the plants we were eating. Radishes (roots), green onions (roots), lettuce (leaves), Swiss chard (leaves), broccoli (flowers), and green peas (seeds) were…

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Honeybees are buzzing at Hamlin Charter’s garden!

We learned about honeybees and why they are so important in our garden. About 1/3 of our vegetables depend on them for pollination! We learned about the differences between the queen bee, the worker bees, and the drone bees. Each one looks slightly different and has a different job in the hive. The bees that…

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Hamlin Charter Academy loves vegetables!

October 16, 2018 was a big day at Hamlin Charter Academy.  The irrigation system in the new garden has been successfully fine-tuned, and our seeds are starting to germinate in numbers to be proud of.  It was thrilling to see the new seedlings emerge from the soil at last!  Previously only a few peas had…

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New Courtyard Garden at Hamlin Charter Academy

New raised garden beds were added by Enrich LA to the main courtyard garden at Hamlin Charter Academy in September 2018 along with an automatic irrigation system!  Garden Classes with Garden Ranger Melanie Golder officially began on September 18 for two 1st grade classes, a 3rd grade class, and a TK class. Other Hamlin classes…

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