Field reports from

Main Street Elementary School

Main Street Elementary School Garden

By team / November 3, 2012

We created this garden in August 2011. Located at 129 E. 53rd St, Los Angeles, 90011.

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Bug Party!

By team / June 3, 2012

There must have been a bug convention at Main Street Elementary last week, because everywhere we looked, we discovered a new critter! It was a great way to discuss how each of these bugs contribute or hurt our garden. As we discovered which bugs were good for our garden, we replaced them in the soil…

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Composting at Main St.

By team / May 20, 2012

Composting was on the docket for students at Main Street Elementary! We reviewed the importance of composting organic matter to create a little “recycling” system within nature, and the students were quite excited to learn about the mechanics of decomposition within their own garden. We also made ants on a log for our snack, spreading…

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Turnips, Butterflies and Sunflowers!

By team / May 18, 2012

Garden Steward Angela, and the students at Main Street Elementary recently planted some beautiful tomato and strawberry seedlings, but many of the older plants in the garden long ago passed their prime. We spent the afternoon pulling bolted lettuces and out of control weeds! In the process, we discovered tiny onions struggling for some sunlight…

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It’s Strawberry Thyme!

By team / May 18, 2012

Bad puns aside, we had a great time planting strawberries and thyme at our garden at Main Street Elementary School. We divided up the work so that some students weeded, some dug holes, some put the plants in the soil, and finally some covered the plants back up with dirt. Everyone was quite eager to…

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Some hidden treasures upon clearing plants at Main St.!

By team / May 3, 2012

Garden Club is in session at Main St. Elementary!   As we were clearing out some lettuce plants that had gone to seed, we noticed some plants with bulbous roots peeking out. Upon closer inspection, we discovered that these beauties were turnips! We harvested a few and cut a few slices for everyone to try.…

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Tomatoes at Main Street!

By team / May 1, 2012

Main Street students were excited to plant tomatoes for the new summer planting season! First we made sure to pull some lettuce plants that had flowered in order to make way for our new growers. Stephanie wanted to give the pulled plant a vigorous shake to get the dirt off and thus decided that dancing…

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Main St. Elementary garden class officially begins!

By team / April 29, 2012

The garden class for Main Street Elementary School has begun following many students’ clamoring for an official garden club!   Students happily toured the garden and discovered what it has to offer, including: The students at Main St. are rather excited for the following week’s class; stay tuned to see what exciting, educational activities are…

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Asphalt out @ Main St. Elementary

By team / December 20, 2011

Making room for the upcoming school urban forest with shade trees and native plants, sitting areas, reading garden and a fountain.

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New composter, bench and potting bench at Main Street

By team / September 23, 2011
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Garden Building Day Video by David Martinez

By team / August 29, 2011

Our friend and volunteer David Martinez is in Kenya right now starting a garden at an orphanage, but before he left he found the time to send us this quick 10 second video he shot at Main St Elementary garden building day. Main St. Elementary Garden Build Video

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Main Street Elementary Garden Build

By team / August 17, 2011

Last Saturday, August 13th, volunteers gathered at Main Street Elementary School in South Central Los Angeles for a garden build.  Over 30 volunteers, young and old, worked together build a beautiful garden in a matter of hours.  Its true…..Working Together, Anything Is Possible! Some of the volunteers were parents of students that attend or will…

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Main St. Elementary Before and After

By team / August 15, 2011

After removing weeds, tilling the ground, and adding super rich compost to the existing soil, we were ready to plant sage, lavender, citrus plans, grapes, and bougainvilleas!  This is a before and after of the garden space.  Stay tuned for more photos of our beautiful new garden at Main Street Elementary School!

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Bienvenidos al Jardin/Welcome to the Garden

By team / August 13, 2011

When we begin to believe that there is greater joy in working with and for others, rather than just for ourselves, then our society will truly become a place of celebration. -Jean Vanier Another amazing community work day! Locals and friends from other LA hoods came together with EnrichLA to bring back to life and…

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Change happening at main street elementary….NOW!

By team / August 13, 2011

    Here are a few photos from the garden build going on right now at main street elementary school in south central los angeles.  Stop by if youd like to help, or consider joining us for our next garden build!  See our volunteer page for opportunities.

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We’re all working together young and old so that everything is possible.

By team / August 12, 2011

“A group of schoolchildren from main street elementary helped me load the supplies for the garden build at that school” Tomas.  .   Here is a partial list as to the items that are going into the garden at main street elementary.  Texas sage, a lemon tree, an orange tree, basil, parsley, a pear tree,…

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Preparing for Main Street Garden

By team / August 12, 2011

  Tomas has been making multiple trips to main street elementary preparing for the great Garden build on Saturday, August 13. See the basil on the right hand side and see some miniature olive bush’s on the left.  On the lower left is English lavender. “I also managed to get my hands on an actual…

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WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS- Be a Part of Main St. El. Garden Build

By team / July 22, 2011

On Saturday, August 13th EnrichLA will be gathering volunteers, parents and students for yet another garden build!  We are very enthusiastic about starting Phase 1 of Main Street Elementary School gardens, turning a patch of dirt into an edible garden and outdoor classroom. Saturday August 13th from 9-2, 129 E 53rd St., LA CA, 90011…

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Main Street Elementary Edible garden Sketch

By team / July 22, 2011

We will build this new garden August 13th 2011  

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Main St Elementary

By team / June 8, 2011

Getting ready to transform this area of concrete and asphalt into a beautiful urban forest and reading garden.

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Main street elementary edible garden coming soon

By team / June 7, 2011

Action This will be a new garden soon

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TOMAS O’GRADY “New Garden coming to MAIN STREET ELEMENTARY”

By team / May 6, 2011
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