Field reports from

Mid City Prescott Elementary School

Mid City Prescott – Week 13

Hi Gardeners! Another week has gone by, and right before the official start of the summer we’ve had our 2nd harvest since we started with the farm.  Our zucchini plants keep on thriving, it takes these shoots about 3 – 4 weeks to get to that size/weight. (12 – 18 inches long and around 4…

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Mid City Prescott – Week 12

BIG NEWS! (at least for us). Really excited for our latest additions to our farm! The EnrichLA team paid us a visit, bringing a welcoming storage box to the entrance of the garden. They also brought lots of hay to cover our paths, we’ve had to mow too often since it got sunnier and with…

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Wiggly and Ziggly: Worm friends at Mid City

Our 2nd graders had a blast this month learning all about worms! We learned about their bodies, what they eat and how they contribute to the soil. We then observed a few worms up close and personal (with a couple students naming their new friends “Wiggly & Ziggly”). We then went into the garden and…

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MCP Weeks 10 & 11 – 1st harvest!

Hey gardeners, Greetings from Mid City Prescott Middle School! Felt like starting the post with a landscape shot of our garden around 5PM, the senior trees are thriving and providing more shade than wished for, specially with weather being overcast and humid these past weeks. It will be quite helpful in a few weeks when…

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MCP Week 8 – Encountering new challenges

Gardeners, here are the updates on Mid City Prescott Farm as we’ve had some cloudy days the past days. After giving a few more days to the seeds that were planted with the students before we filled up all beds with soil, I decided to finally plant some fresh stuff, and since the weather has…

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Week 7 – Reporting from MCP Farm

Hello gardeners, we’ll pick up where we left on last week’s post about our Pepper plants at the Mid City Prescott Farm. It’s been 6 weeks since we planted those seedlings and unfortunately they are not thriving as everything else is at the garden. If we could make one exception, it would be the red…

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Pruining and weeding on these first weeks of flowering

Hello Hello! Mid City Prescott’s school farm is thriving! Our latest gardening action has consisted on lots and lots of weeding around our row beds, grass is doing just as well as our crops. I think rather sooner than later, we will get some mulch to lay around most of our rows. Before and after…

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Mid City Prescott – Post Spring Break Maintenance

Hey gardeners, back to school after spring break! Impressed by how much all of our cucurbitaceae crops grew over the past 2 weeks. After figuring out the irrigation system at the beginning of the project, the plants have really settled and are growing healthy. Tomatoes and zucchinis have started to flower, the same for all…

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Mid City Prescott – April 9th and 17th: More planting, prepping, pruning + GRUBS!

Hola! Spring break 2019 is here for LAUSD, and at MCP we are excited and ready for all the crops to start thriving within the next few weeks. This week decided to spent two days at the (coolest) school farm since won’t access to it next week. Efforts were dedicated to ensure the correct operation…

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Mid City Prescott – A LARGER THAN GARDEN , SMALLER THAN FARM 2 (3/26 – 4/2 2019)

WE ARE TRYING A LARGER SCALE PLANTING AT THIS SITE Tomas And over to David!   And off we go at Mid City Prescott Middle School! After a few days of planning, designing and creating the new gardening rows, we have now planted what will be our first crops of the season. The school has…

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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Poster Contest at Mid-City

In February, the 3rd grade class at Mid-City expressed their “3 R” desires with a poster contest! In groups, the created posters on how they desire to reduce, reuse and recycle and here are some examples of their awesome work! PS – We also discovered some amazing friends in our garden this month and took…

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Sprouts for the Sprouts at Mid-City’s Prescott

The 1st and 2nd graders of Mid-City’s Prescott School of Enriched Sciences (the sprouts, the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are the seedlings…) watched these radish babies grow from seed to seedling and last week we discovered why root vegetables sometimes grow hugging each other…like these carrots… Once roots start to grow and grow under…

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What’s in a Peanut? at Mid City Prescott

George Washington Carver was intrigued with the homely peanut, and he managed to discover hundreds  of inventions. In our own garden, our classes discussed the misleading appearance of a peanut and how the dry, dirty shell houses a wonderful, tasty snack. After our discussion, students explored the garden brainstorming new uses for all the plants…

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Flower Dissections at Mid-City

The students have been asking where seeds come from and how they are made, so this week we went investigating! I helped point our classes in the right direction, but telling them that flowers make seeds, but they had to figure out how that happened. Each student got a flower and we dissected it to…

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Garden Poets at Mid-City Prescott

One fun way to talk about syllables is by studying haikus. Haikus are poems with a set number of syllables for each line.  For today’s garden activity we reviewed syllables and read a few examples of haikus. Some are thoughtful and some are silly, but they are all only three lines long. At first students thought…

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Digging into Literature at Mid-City

Students at Mid-City have been reading Island of Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. In the book, the main character Karana belongs to a Native American tribe who get most of their food by digging roots and fishing. In the garden, we discussed what it would be like to gather all your food from the environment,…

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First Things First at Mid-City

The winter rains have made the garden a little wet , but they’ve also given us a lot of vegetables to harvest and eat! Since the garden was a little damp the other day, we moved garden class indoors after exploration time. We brought the garden inside with us by bringing lots of broccoli and…

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Kreative Kale at Mid-City Prescotts

The smoke from the fires earlier this year forced us inside during garden class. Luckily, our kale plants are ready to harvest and the move inside gave us a chance to talk about recipes and make a quick recipe. Our classes brainstormed what sort of snack they would make with kale and created their own…

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Symbiotic Relationships and Predators at Mid-City Prescott

The sunflowers we planted 2 months ago have grown high over our heads and now ants are trailing up their thick skins and across broad leaves. Today’s lesson started from the question, what are all these ants doing? We discussed how tiny aphids gather around our garden leaves, and attract the ants to eat the…

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The Race to Make Good Soil at Mid-City

The students at Mid-City have a lot of energy, so they were especially excited to find out our soil lesson would involve a race! After questioning and observing how leaves and woodchips naturally break down into soil in our garden space, we gathered carbon and nitrogen materials (fruit peels, paper, and other organic materials) to…

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Listening Can be a “Fruitful” Experience at Mid-City Prescott

A few weeks ago, the teachers at Mid-City mentioned that their classes top areas for improvement are following directions and listening skills. With that in mind, this week’s activity made use of our abundant tomato harvest and included 3 large tasks that required both listening and following directions. At the beginning of class, I gave…

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Taking Learning Outside the Classroom at Mid-City Prescott

This year Mid-City Prescott is starting a new unit on systems learning for all their classes. Everything is made up of systems and so the garden class provided a perfect opportunity for students to expand their understanding. After reviewing the basics of what a system is, classes discussed ecosystems and how everything in the garden…

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Eating the Rainbow at Mid-City Prescott

Since we have a nutrition intern from UCLA at Mid-City this month, we are taking the oppportunity to learn how our garden plants can help our nutrition.Today we learned that each color in our fuits and veggies is associated with a special power to help our bodies. We played a game to see what team…

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Expanding the garden at Mid City Prescott!

We had an amazingly productive workday yesterday, expanding the existing garden at Mid City Prescott School of Enriched Sciences! We had two amazing groups helping out – a small team from NASDAQ and a large force from Core Digital Media. They worked hard in the heat and now the garden has four new row crops…

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Mid City Prescotts School of Enriched Sciences

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New garden at Mid City Prescott!

With the help of volunteers from Keller Williams Realty, we built a brand new garden and student farm at Mid City Prescott! The garden contains 5 raised beds, fruits trees and three row crops. Students were able to get some planting done as well! Thanks to everyone from Keller Williams who came out to help!…

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