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Mayberry Street Elementary School

The edible garden at Mayberry Street Elementary School was built in Spring 2016 with the help of Americorps volunteers. The site includes raised beds, picnic tables, a fence surrounding the planting space, and a mural.

Creating Compost

Creating Compost

At Mayberry last week, the fist graders came out on a crisp and sunny day to push up their sleeves and make compost.   We discussed the importance of balancing greens, browns, decomposers, air and water and listed which materials are good food for our plants.   I showed the kids a large bin of…

Finding Friends and Foes

Finding Friends and Foes

Last week at Mayberry the first graders came out on a warm and sunny day to learn about the little creatures that inhabit their garden.  We learned about quite a few beneficial and detrimental beings, from cabbage worms to butterflies…aphids to ladybugs and everywhere in between.   We chatted about why these pollinators, predators and…

Pollination Patrol

Pollination Patrol

Last week at Mayberry we worked hard to identify all of our lovely pollinating friends throughout nature.   The kids were quite knowledgeable on the subject, a few even noting that flies and beetles pollinate too.  We talked about bats and their role in pollinating and delved into the ever hard working life of a…

Oh, Hello Little Ones

Oh, Hello Little Ones

Last Thursday at Mayberry, the kids were able to get moving and breathe in some fresh air while we learned all about beneficial and harmful insects in the garden.  The kids reviewed most friends and foes from my list and we looked at images and talked about what they do. Then it was time for…

Mayberry Stays Dry

Mayberry Stays Dry

On Thursday at Mayberry Street Elementary, it sure was raining cats and dogs.  It was so stormy, we had no chance of even dropping by the garden and so the kids turned to indoor learning fun.  The second graders reviewed the garden rules and promptly dove into learning about the parts of the plants, what…

Mayberry Harvest Time

Mayberry Harvest Time

Our last day at Mayberry was bittersweet.  It was the day that the kids were scheduled to perform in their winter concert.  So although I was only able to teach one make up class, I got an opportunity to meet lots of parents and harvest a TON of herbs and veggies from the garden with…

We Love a Diverse Harvest

We Love a Diverse Harvest

What fun it is to pick and eat on a cool and breezy day!   That is to be read with the Jingle Bells melody ringing in your head!  But seriously, dashing through the garden, on a crisp and clear blue day, right before your recess and when you need a break!!!   Ok, ok..there…

Mayberry Meets Aphids

Mayberry Meets Aphids

We have a bit of an aphid problem at Mayberry.  Oh and lots of cabbage worms and bees and butterflies and earthworms and a ladybug or two.  Wait, that’s every edible garden especially in these cooler months when all we want to grow are tempting heads of cabbage and deep green kale and delicious chard! …

Munching on Leaves and Fruits and Seeds

Munching on Leaves and Fruits and Seeds

Mayberry enjoys the green life.  They light up whenever I bring a super green snack to support their lesson.  This week they wrapped snap peas in spinach leaves with a squeeze of lemon and didn’t look back. The lesson was a discussion in the six parts of a plant and why and how each part…

Mayberry Conquers Compost and a Mystery

Mayberry Conquers Compost and a Mystery

On Thursday the kids in Mr. Ruiz’s class not only figured out how to properly build onto our delicious compost pile, but they also solved the mystery of the devoured cabbage plants.  Now I don’t want to say that these seedlings were beyond hope, but I will say that they have had a rough go…

Mayberry Shows Love

Mayberry Shows Love

Mayberry Elementary is a school bursting with enthusiasm.  Any lesson I bring them is usually met with a smile and lots of questions and comments.  Naturally when they came in for their last session this past week, there were a lot of “Noooooo’s” and “Alreadyyyyyy?” But these kids are smart and they quickly got to…

Mayberry Discovers Friends and Foes

Mayberry Discovers Friends and Foes

Last Thursday at Mayberry Elementary we sat down to discuss how life in the garden affects our plants and their success at thriving.   Mayberry was teaming with beneficial insects (bees, worms, dragonflies and ladybugs) and we also met some not so favorable guys (slugs, cabbage worms and a tomato hornworm or two).   But…

Mayberry Conserves

Mayberry Conserves

This week at Mayberry we discussed the huge importance water plays in regards to humans and more importantly, for plants.  Plants need water to gain nutrients, for photosynthesis and for structure and growth.  The kids were full of ideas on how to conserve water.  Growing up and living in California is an amazing asset for…

Mayberry Elementary Conserves

Mayberry Elementary Conserves

This week at Mayberry we discussed the huge importance water plays in regards to humans and more importantly, for plants.  Plants need water to gain nutrients, for photosynthesis and for structure and growth.  The kids were full of ideas on how to conserve water.  Growing up and living in California is an amazing asset for…

Mayberry Gets Going!!!

Mayberry Gets Going!!!

I LOVE the kids at Mayberry, so energetic, inquisitive and ready to learn!  When Mr. Fuentes’ fourth graders had a sub they literally pulled her out into the garden by the hand to get seated for our composting lesson.  And then they rocked it by making the compost relay game into an event more intense…

Mayberry Madness

Mayberry Madness

This past week at Mayberry we had quite a fun time with the fourth through sixth graders. The kids reviewed the rules and learned all about the different parts of plants and how they relate to which parts we consume. We explored the garden, engaged with one another on the different stages of growth and…

Maintaining Mayberry

Maintaining Mayberry

Today at Mayberry we made the best of our recess by collecting all the dried and dead leaves in the garden for the compost.   The second and third graders had just finished their lesson on soil.   With a snack of snap peas and hummus, they didn’t bother to hit the playground when the…

Mayberry Garden Growth

Mayberry Garden Growth

   This past week at Mayberry Elementary we brought out our second session and went over what soil really is.   We studied the three parts of loam and dissected our soil to feel and explore what type of soil our plants were thriving in.   During recess I had tons of little helping hands,…

Mayberry Garden Love

Our first day at Mayberry was definitely not dull.   After planning our beds and settling in, I jumped into our first class head first.   The kids loved thinking of things in the garden that started with the first letter of their name.   They were so eager to be initiated into the “mini…

Mayberry Elementary School Garden

Enrich LA is currently planning a garden for this school. Target date is April 2012. Project has been approved. Next step is asphalt removal. Mayberry Elementary School is located at 2414 Mayberry St, Los Angeles, 90026.