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The edible garden at Los Feliz Charter School was completed in summer 2011 with the help of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council.

First day at LFCSA!

First day at LFCSA!

Last Monday on April 3rd, was my first official day at LFCSA! I will be taking over Ranger Gamon for the rest of the school year. For Mondays class we talked about flowers!! I started off by reading a book called “The Reason for a Flower” by Ruth Heller. Then, went on to talk about…

LFCSA Salad Days and Compost

LFCSA Salad Days and Compost

It is salad time! Along with the bright green romaine leaves there is plenty of parsley, thyme, nasturtium leaves, and basil!  The 4th and 5th grade classes indulged in this tasty salad. Garden class allows the students a chance to eat something fresh. We discussed the benefits of composting in our garden and ways that we…

LFCSA Learning about the Garden

LFCSA Learning about the Garden

The garden is a place for exploring, and for our 4th graders, a place to have conversations about what the garden means to “us”. The 4th graders at LFCSA love to express themselves through their actions and through the wonderful words they say. The next few weeks are going to be filled with individual growth…

The Water Cycle

The kinder gardeners learned California’s seasons and the plants that grown during them. They were taught the key elements of the water cycle Evaporation Condensation Precipitation Infiltration We made a song so we will remember the components and used hand signs as well. We made a drawing of the water cycle and the children took…

Wood Chips!

Wood Chips!

The kinder-gardeners at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts know all about mulching! This past week, they were able to begin mulching their very own garden walkway with wood chips. This way, dirt will not be kicked up when walking around the garden, mud will not accumulate from rain, and weeds will no longer…

The Herbs and Veggies of LFCSA

The Herbs and Veggies of LFCSA

Having had a few rainy showers, the garden at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts is growing wild and wonderful. Each class the children are counting the new leaves of mint and basil, and picking their favorites to take home. The cabbage is growing very well alongside the parsley, onions, and lettuce. We are…

Art in the Garden

Art in the Garden

              The young gardeners at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts are very creative when it comes to their art projects. We have all been wanting to see our garden beautifully decorated with artwork that represents what we have been learning and growing, so we had an art day inside. After brainstorming the components…

Lettuce Eat!

Lettuce Eat!

       A couple of weeks ago, the kinder-  gardeners at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts planted lettuce, spinach, and dill seeds. We have been waiting for them to sprout and become seedlings so we can place them in our beautiful, bountiful garden beds. Here they are! They need to get bigger…

Creative Inclusion

Creative Inclusion

Although bugs can seem a little scary at times, it is better we embrace and understand them. The kinder-gardeners at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts are learning more about the garden environment and becoming comfortable working and playing beside the bugs. While exercising their gardening skills, students begin to incorporate the insects view…

Mysterious Sprouting

Mysterious Sprouting

Last garden class, the students were faced with a perplexing situation. A sprout had come up where no seeds had been planted! We discussed the ways seeds could travel.  The children learned how plants can grow without a gardener. Sometimes seeds are transported by wind, other times by animals. We discovered the seedling in question…

Sensory Sensations in the Garden

Sensory Sensations in the Garden

The garden beds at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts are full of variety. The colors and smells are a treat to the senses. Students learn to observe the delicacy of leaves and pinpoint each plant’s uniqueness in the garden. With wide eyes, the children of LFCSA explore the many different fruits, vegetables, flowers,…

Lemon Balm Lemonade!

Lemon Balm Lemonade!

  The students at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts have been enjoying all of the wonderful herbs growing in the garden. This week, the kinder-gardeners picked fresh lemon balm and took delight in a refreshing lemon balm lemonade! They loved how they could pick something fresh from the garden and add it to…

Grapevine Madness at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts

Grapevine Madness at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts

We gave the garden a little TLC in preparation for the kids return next week! The garden has a lot going on, but this vigorous grapevine had a little too much going on! It was blocking the side entrance and growing onto accompanying trees and plants. Here is the AFTER shot: How inviting is that?…

Amending soil

Amending soil

After some heavy pruning of huge sunflowers and out of control grape vines, we had plenty to add to the compost. Luckily, we had some already broken down compost to add to the now empty beds. Step 1:clear out the beds for compost addition Next, we planted our flowers. We then line the irrigation up,…

gifts from a far away land

gifts from a far away land

Months of ravaged planters are in full swing ! After a wonderful spring break, feasting on an over flowing spring garden is certainly a reward worth enjoying. We shared sweets from my travel to Pakistan, talked of common plants that grow on two sides of the globe, wrote and then shared how the sweets felt/looked/smelt/tasted,…

Chia – Salvia Hispanica

Chia – Salvia Hispanica

  Our densely planted garden beds are all blooming with spring vigour Today’s lesson was an intro to a popular Aztec/Mexican ancient seed. Belonging to the Salvia family, Chia seeds are well known and more and more commonly eaten for their nutritional value. We first drew the tiny seeds in our garden journals, then got…

Garden posters

Garden posters

Last week our beautiful garden posters got a good washing outdoors, so we decided to put up the rest indoors instead, for everyone to enjoy the garden without stepping a foot in it! Happy garden visitor. We planted a tray of California poppy seeds a little over a week back, and have already begun to…

Alexys visits Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts

Alexys visits Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts

On my visit to Los Feliz Charter, I was enchanted by grape vines. There is such a wide variety of plants growing! I enjoyed looking at the wheat and beans. The fruit trees here are doing very well, and the students and staff LOVE the garden! This garden is tended to by Garden Ranger Tahereh.…

Stay out of garden beds Mural

Stay out of garden beds Mural

After months of battling mysterious hands digging for fairies in our garden beds but pulling out flowers, weeds and grains instead, or using our garden signs as swords for battle instruments, our 5th graders compiled a giant mural asking for kindness, respect, care and plain old ‘No Touch’! The parent body built us a fence…

Fairies in garden beds

Fairies in garden beds

We’re having quite the time trying to keep little prying hands and overly creative minds out of our thriving beds. Many are digging for fairies in the soil and imagining the plants as creatures that need some whacking out of the way. In hopes of keeping the prying hands at bay and counter this weekly…

Weeds we Eat

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…

Cover crops pop their heads

Cover crops pop their heads

At Los Feliz Charter a lesson gets repeated for four times, once for each set of fifth graders. That works perfectly for seed germination, since what gets planted by a group has already reared its head by the time they’re back two weeks later. Our garden boxes are now all showing signs of life, little…

Home and Displacement.

5th graders at Los Feliz Charter started their year in the garden today. Our session began with orientation, knowing where our garden is situated in relation to everything else around it. The children learned about cardinal directions and after taking a walk in their little garden drew up individual maps of all theyd seen, in…

Los Feliz Charter For The Arts, New Garden Wall

Los Feliz Charter For The Arts, New Garden Wall

Los Feliz had this wonderful gem tucked away, so we brought it to our garden team to see what our artistic students could do with it. We started with gifts from our friends at Melrose, who heard we had an empty wall; how sweet, they made us a gift! This is our new gem, we…

Respecting the soil at Los Feliz Charter For The Arts

Respecting the soil at Los Feliz Charter For The Arts

Spring is here, that means winter vegetables are out Spring prep Next we take off the mulch, and add some compost.  We do not want to deplete the nutrients in the soil   The soil is amended, we  cover the beds with mulch,  and these garden beds will be ready for summer vegetables after Spring…

Los Feliz Charter for the Arts: Germination

Los Feliz Charter for the Arts: Germination

In October the Garden teacher Jenn showed the kinder and pre-K how to start wild sunflowers by harvesting the finished blooms and spreading the seeds in the garden, here is their result:  this art school is sure a beauty. This bed was empty in October, good job kids.  These are about 7-8 feet high. So…

Soil Science at Los Feliz Charter For The Arts

Soil Science at Los Feliz Charter For The Arts

Today we went into the field to find and compare various soil samples to see; what is in our soil. We were all armed with coffee filters for collecting. We then brought back our samples, and opened them up. We were looking for sand, silt, clay, and humus. We used magnifying glasses, and water, to…

Kale Fountains and Sunflower Beacons at Los Feliz Charter for the Arts

Kale Fountains and Sunflower Beacons at Los Feliz Charter for the Arts

A veritable botanical paradise has emerged at Los Feliz Charter’s vegetable garden. Emerging triumphantly out of raised beds are tufts of wrinkly-green Tuscan Kale (Brassica oleracea Lacinato), flanked by healthy boughs of Basil’s (Ocimum basilicum) ovate leaves, and beginning to set their roots deeply here and there are tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum), strawberries (Fragaria), peppers (Capsicum), and…

Check out Los Feliz Charter for the Arts!

Check out Los Feliz Charter for the Arts!

This garden is so cute, but don’t let it’s size fool you. My young gardeners of Los Feliz Arts have proven that you don’t need a whole lot of space to grow lots of food. The amount of dinosaur kale we have in this garden is enough to feed, well… A dinosaur! We are also…

Adding the finishing touches to Los Feliz Charter Jardin

Adding the finishing touches to Los Feliz Charter Jardin

BY TOMAS O’GRADY. We’re getting so close to finishing at Los Feliz charter garden.  On Saturday we installed a new trellis, finished the wood fence and added two new garden beds.  We also built a nice potting bench with a chalk board atop. We even hung the sign.

Great Day at Los Feliz Charter School for The Arts!

Great Day at Los Feliz Charter School for The Arts!

This past Saturday, July 9th, volunteers gathered to build the new garden at Los Feliz Charter School for The Arts.  Even though it was hot out, volunteers worked hard to get this garden ready for the students. Garden preparation included filling the raised beds with a 50/50 compost and dirt mixture, removing plants and weeds,…

Building a garden at Los Feliz charter!

Building a garden at Los Feliz charter!

    Parents, kids and volunteers are here at Los Feliz charter school working diligently on the new garden.  Raised beds have been filled with a 50/50 compost and dirt mixture, and fruit trees are being planted as we speak!  Stay tuned for photos of the finished product….or come by and get dirty, we can…

Charter school garden

Charter school garden

Our star volunteer Sherrell picks up plants for this Saturday’s Garden Build at Los Feliz Charter for the Arts where she is a parent. Join her on July 9th – 9:00am to 1:00pm. Los Feliz Charter School For The Arts 2709 Media Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90065 RSVP by clickingHERE. See you there!

Garden Build July 9th- DONT MISS OUT

Garden Build July 9th- DONT MISS OUT

We are keeping up the momentum after two successful garden builds, at Roosevelt Senior High School in Boyle Heights and Trinity Elementary School in Southeast Los Angeles. Our volunteers are invaluable when it comes to these events.  The man power, enthusiasm, and dedication of these volunteers help us to turn rock hard dirt into a…

Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council Approves $1500 for Los Feliz Charter!

Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council Approves $1500 for Los Feliz Charter!

Los Feliz Charter School For The Arts School Garden Los Feliz Charter School For The Arts school garden is currently in the planning phase, and the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council recently approved a $1,500 grant for the project!  It is a lengthy process, but these funds will greatly aid in the development and maintenance…