Field reports from

John Marshall High School

The edible garden at John Marshall High School was completed in Spring 2015. It features seven raised beds built into the side of a hill on campus, and receives much love from the environmental studies program.

John Marshall High School

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Updates at Marshall

Its been a long and busy spring at Marshall High School. We have had what it seems like a never ending squirrel problem in our garden. After figuring out how to keep the squirrels out of the beds from eating all our plants, they started chewing through the irrigation. But that did not stop us!…

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Color wheels so we can keep movin’

Although it’s been a tough battle combating garden pests eating up all the seedlings, we have had small victories. Our gate was put up in the garden and a newly designed garden bed cage is being tested. While the garden is under construction we look to art to express the wonders there is to learn…

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Creating with Clay

The students have had a lot of experience planting, building and preparing snacks so it was refreshing to have class inside on a hot day and appreciate some hands on art time. We used clay to create the parts of a plant. They were free to design it how they choose as long as all…

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Learning about Seasons

One of the most basic things to know when starting an edible garden is in which season does that plant grow. If any of the students wanted to go home and grow their own garden, they would have to know what to plant in order to be successful. After the lesson we made a snack…

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Beet the Heat!

Getting students to try something new is not always easy. Especially veggies that have a bad rap like Beets. Most people eat beets cooked and mushy or in some sort of gelatin form out of the can. Zucchini is also often thought as a veggie that has to be eaten cooked. But on a hot…

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Finishing Cages at Marshall

Last week we were able to get some good progress on those cages to keep the critters out! Still figuring the best way to navigate this garden to reach it maximum potential but it has been so wonderful in bringing everyone together to make this all possible. A community that plants together grows together 🙂…

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Building gardens, growing friendships

John Marshall students were hard at work protecting their garden from all the critters that have been munching it away. It was a busy day from making hummus for snack to assisting in building garden bed cages!  

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A new garden at John Marshall HS

The first week at Marshall we started with the parts of the plant, important to know before we plant our delicate seedlings What to do when you are starting a new garden? Plant! Today the three LD classes of John Marshall spent time planting basil, onions and fava beans. It was so fun to have…

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Special needs garden at Marshall High School thanks to the help of Bain & Company volunteers!

We want to see every child grow! We want to see them express themselves and learn new concepts to help make the world a better place.  Enrich LA is all about growing. From growing tasty foods for eating, to expanding our curriculum and outreach to Los Angeles’ diverse communities. We are proud of the work…

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Food Jobs Part 2

Today was the first day that the students did their presentations on different food jobs. In first period most students were prepared and ready to present, which was a happy surprise. The students were called on at random to go infront of the class to present. Examples include: (1) Food Truck Owner/ Operator – manages…

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Blueberries

Todays lesson was about blueberries. This will be the third lesson in our series about learning about different plants and how to grow them in the garden. First I did a short lecture about the basic care of how to plant and manage a blueberry bush in a garden, then I showed them a short…

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Seeds

Todays class I had to reschedule to later in the week because I was traveling back to town on the day we normally have class and couldn’t make it. The lesson was about seeds, why they are important, the differences between different seeds, and how they are dispersed. For activity the students made paper dandelion…

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Food Jobs Part 1

As part of a 3 week series of lesson, the students at John Marshall High School did research and presentation about different jpbs related to food to teach to their classmates. Today was the first day of the series, I went over 10 unusual jobs in the food industry I was sure they didn’t know…

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Turning Basil to Pesto at John Marshall High School

Today we made pesto. These simple 4 ingredients, basil, garlic, olive oil, and, salt, can be whipped up to a pesto for a spread on french bread or a sauce for pasta. It took us just a few minutes to blend. We can have our basil and eat it too. We’ll plant it for future…

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Eggplants at John Marshall

Today’s lesson was about Eggplant! I played a video from the website http://www.groworganic.com/organic-gardening/videos/growing-organic-eggplant. This video taught the students how to plant eggplant seeds, how to care for eggplants in the different stages of development, and how to harvest eggplant. I wrote down notes on the board about eggplant for the students to learn even more about…

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Squirrels: The Problems they cause and how to manage them

Today’s lesson was all about the pest SQUIRREL! John Marshall’s garden has a bad squirrel problem, like I have never seen. So, the only way we are going to be able to have a prosperous garden, is to get rid of the squirrels so they stop taking our harvest, and disturbing our garden beds. Ways…

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Indonesian Food System: Palm Oil

In today’s class at John Marshall, it is my first day teaching at John Marshall alone, and teaching high school students. I worked off of the lesson that the previous instructor had done, in the comparison on other countries food pyramids and food systems. Indonesian food pyramid is a lot different than the U.S., they…

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Marshall vs Squirrel

Our war with the squirrels has finally come to an end! At Marshall High School we have tried every organic method of keeping the hungry Los Feliz squirrels out of our garden beds! We used our engineering skills several times, trying to building wire cages. We built mesh covers this Monday and they have kept…

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Mending Soil at Marshall

At Marshall High School on Monday, students mixed in their coffee grounds from home and local coffee shops, as well as compost. The students are designing their own compost heap and will be building it in the next month, using one of their own designs!

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Summer Tomato Harvests

Even though it’s summer, the tomato beds are growing tall at John Marshall. We are so happy with the amount of tomatoes being produced and cannot wait for the school year so the students can see how their hard work is paying off!

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Summer Beds

Two of the beds at John Marshall High School hold tomatoes, which are thriving despite the heat. Ripe, red tomatoes can be seen peeping through the plants, many other tomatoes will be ripe within the next couple of weeks. Mint, basil, and squash are also growing in the other beds.

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Tomatoes at John Marshall High

The new garden at John Marshall High School is doing great and we are getting and abundance of tomatoes. We just added cages to the beds to keep the tomato plants under control! Next up, we will be planting an empty bed with herbs and plants. We can’t wait to see how the garden grows…

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Simple rainwater trap at Marshall High School Environmental Studies.

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The new garden at Marshall High School grows

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Planting at John Marshall High School

      Tomatoes, squash, basil, and rosemary has all been planted at the new John Marshall High School school garden. The students of Ms. Hills’ class helped us plant in the raised beds. Both us and the school are excited to see the garden grow!

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Marshall Environmental starts a new vegetable garden

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EnrichLA – Cleaning Schools….And Parks!

We have some exciting cleanup days coming up for August and we would love for you to join us! This coming Saturday, August 9th, we will be running 3 volunteer shifts at John Marshall High School, located at 3939 Tracy St, Los Angeles, CA 90027.  We will be doing a massive cleanup of the school campus,…

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New Principal, New Energy!

Tomas O’Grady met with new Principal Patricia Heideman and Assistant Principal Henry Flores to organize a clean-up at John Marshall High School. With the help of these enthusiastic administrators and volunteers, John Marshall High School will be spick-and-span for the incoming 9th graders and returning students to enjoy! Please follow our volunteer calendar at http://enrichla.org/volunteer/ to get involved…

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