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Gardens

Beet Down!

We started class this week tackling more weeds in the garden and checked out the citrus tree that is starting to bear fruit.  Urban Empowerment headed over to Gratts Elementary with Tomas and Josh to make plans for renovating the garden over there, and while they were busy across the street we got to work in…

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FARM MARKHAM

We need volunteers to build a garden at Markham Middle School. Come be part of Markham history! Breakfast and Lunch will be provided to all volunteers. EnrichLA has a HUGE garden build going on next Saturday, November 19th. Come be a part of this amazing change! The event starts at 9:00 where coffee and pastries…

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Academic Leadership Community School

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More Winter Veggies at ALC

This Tuesday started off on an exciting note – we saw some delicious looking peppers flourishing in the garden and a few of our seedlings in the peet pots have started to take root!  The excitement continued as we took advantage of the sunny Fall weather to plant more winter veggies and moved our citrus…

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Getting West Vernon Garden ready for a Dedication

Class after class, the kids from West Vernon ES came by the garden to pull weeds and tend the plants, while EnrichLA’s members Tomas, Kelly and Leonardo aided by teachers and administrators worked on getting the new tables ready for a dedication of the garden in memory of Ms.Shelley Saunders, the teacher who unfortunately passed…

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Expanding the Garden!

  This week at ALC we tackled some weeding to make room for new plants generously donated by Sylmar High School and, eventually, our seedlings from last week.  Josh Walker brought along some tunes and demonstrated how to properly prepare the soil for new plants.  He also took some amazing shots of the students working…

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Heart of LA (HOLA) after school Arts program visits Micheltorena

  The kids that attend HOLA ‘s Art after school program and their teachers Nara and Patricia visited Micheltorena Garden yesterday.  They were very interested in knowing how to grow food in an urban setting, composting and warm farming, be water wise, solar energy and community involvement in the garden. After a quick talk and…

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Atwater Avenue Elementary School Garden

         

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Micheltorena garden shed gets a makeover

  Micheltorena garden shed gets a makeover just in time for this Saturday’s Halloween Big Pumpkin Festival. 10/29/2011 from 10-5

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Rain or Shine at ALC!

Since the rain gave our garden a good soak, this week at ALC we ventured into seeding with carrots, radishes, tomatillos, and spinach.  Hopefully our seeds will start growing roots so the students can take them home and start edible gardens of their own! Kelly Burke joined us to help the student group Urban Empowerment…

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A fantastic new expanded garden at Atwater Avenue Elementary

New Outdoor Kitchen I too, would like to thank the the entire Atwater community for your dedicated service today.  Special thanks to Tomas and the volunteers from EnrichLA, you all are amazing.  Also, I would like to thank Lara and Dana for their vision of this garden two years ago. Thanks Again! Charles D. Smith, Principal, Atwater…

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GARDEN STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM kick-off @ WEST VERNON ELEMENTARY

On Monday morning right after Adams MS we went to WEST VERNON Elementary to kick-off  there our GARDEN STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM  led by our Star Garden Stewards Meg and Ben. A few classes came by this beautiful garden during the morning, little farmers in the making. We talked about insects and mushrooms (insectos y hongos), checked…

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Garden at Atwater Elementary

 

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A taste of the new garden at Academic leadership community school

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New Partnership with Sylmar High School Holticulture Department + Volunteer opportunities galore!

As we embark on one of our most action packed weekends, we are reminded one more time that IT TAKES A VILLAGE! Today we got a truckload (30 flats) of healthy and vibrant winter vegetables seedlings donated by Steve List,  a Sylmar landscaper (818.364.1304) who heads the Horticulture Department at Sylmar High School, and is…

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The edible garden at West Vernon has now become a park.

Tomas O’Grady.  The folks at West Vernon elementary school were so pleased with the new edible garden that they agreed to expand the garden so that it is now an honest to goodness park. On Saturday, October 15, a group of volunteers which included teachers and parents from the school and folks from Enrich-LA began…

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VOLUNTEER DAY: Atwater Ave. Elementary School

EnrichLA, in partnership with Friends of Atwater Elementary and Principal Charles Smith will finish a garden located on this campus. JOIN US ON OCTOBER 23rd to build this garden! Atwater Elementary School is located at: 3271 Silver Lake Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039  

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New Garden Coming! Markham Middle School

EnrichLA in partnership with a group of teachers at Markham Middle School and in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Markham Middle School will rehabilitate the garden there. Markham Middle School is located at: 1650 East 104th Street Los Angeles, CA 90002 (323) 568-550

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We started class at A.L.C Highschool

Sarah Cole and Tomas O’Grady started a gardening and cooking class for special needs kids at the Academic Leadership community high-school downtown. It was an honor. We will do it every Tuesday. We planted this week. Next week, we are going to bring some food and cook.    

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West Vernon elementary school garden

We’re having a second volunteer day to add a patio and outdoor kitchen. VOLUNTEER HERE. This garden is one of my favorites. It has beautiful exposure.

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A new garden is born at the Miguel Contreras learning complex

Tomas O’Grady. A new garden is born. On Saturday morning, in the space of about 5 hours, we built a new edible garden at the academic leadership community high School located at the Miguel Contreras learning complex. About 20 high school kids, a few teachers and the principal, And a few enrich La uber volunteers…

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ENRICH LA WILL teach a new “grow your own” program at the Academic Leadership Community School

TOMAS O’GRADY. Miguel Contreras learning complex is a relatively new collection of high schools located in downtown Los Angeles. We, Enrich La, have been invited by The Academic Leadership Community school to install, maintain, and teach a weekly program of gardening, sustainability and healthy nutrition to special needs students at the school. We have developed…

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Solar Panels atop Micheltorena Garden Shed

Today, led by volunteer extraordinaire Aaron Murphy (from the Echo Park Time Bank) we installed the solar panels (which connect to batteries and converters)  atop the garden shed we built last week. The shed will hold garden tools, collect rain water into barrels and garner the sun’s rays to power the irrigation timer, lights, music,…

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West Vernon…one week later!

Our West Vernon Elementary School garden build was last week, and we still cant shake the excitement of that wonderful day!  Seeing so many people come together for a positive change is refreshing.  Meeting new people, building new friendships, and spending time outdoors are wonderful aspects of these garden builds. Most importantly, we have a…

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Enrich LA on ABC 7 EYEWITNESS

Enrich La was is featured today on ABC 7 Eyewitness News. LOS ANGELES (KABC) — School Gardens are sprouting up at some Los Angeles-area public schools. The nonprofit group Enrich LA is helping build vibrant “learning gardens,” such as the one at Thomas Starr Middle School in Los Feliz. “Children today are not doing so…

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Micheltorena Garden new shed doubles as rain catching demo

Today we installed a gutter and downspout into DWP provided trash can turned rain barrel. We’ll be able to use some rain water for the garden but most importantly, the whole neighborhood will be able to see how easy it is to implement and try it at home. Stay tuned for the upcoming triple threat…

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A new Shed for Micheltorena Garden

Community members came together in stellar fashion to build a garden shed for Micheltorena. We had school parent Peter Healy, Teacher Lisa Lewis’ husband Burnie Neal, Silver Lake neighbors Bill Mahoney, Sergio Scabuzzo and Allison Behrstock, and heading the effort Echo Park Time Bank Members Aaron Murphy and Troy Gilbert form Troy Construction a great…

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NEW EDIBLE GARDEN at West Vernon Elementary

Thank you to ALL of our wonderful volunteers who helped us make such a beautiful, drastic change at West Vernon Elementary School yesterday, Saturday, September 10th, 2011! At one of our biggest garden builds yet, 100+ volunteers gathered to change a plot of dirt into an outdoor classroom.  People from all walks of life including…

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Update for West Vernon

We are taking a break for lunch, graciously provided by Meg Taylor of “large marge sustainables.”  Afterward we have a bit more work to do before the garden is completed!  Here are some photos of our beautiful volunteers who have helped us accomplish so much this morning.

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West Vernon Elementary

I was at the West Vernon Elementary School preparing for the big garden build day on September 10th and I noticed this beautiful mural.  I’m not a big fan of murals as I frankly find them too busy.  This one however with its message “together we make a difference” seems perfect for what we’re all…

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New Garden….Planning Alta Loma Elementary School!

This is a “before” photo of the planned garden site at Alta Loma Elementary School. We cant wait to get to work on this garden so that we can show you an “AFTER” photo! To be a part of a garden build, transforming an asphalt slab like this into a beautiful and educational edible garden,…

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Micheltorena Garden thrives thanks to community involvement

It takes a village… point in case at the Micheltorena School and Community Garden.  All through the summer the garden stayed open on Wednesdays and Saturdays although the school was out on vacation.  More and more community members, attracted by the garden beauty and warmth, come in and contribute =  Pickling classes, garden maintenance, composting,…

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West Vernon Elementary School Garden Plans

This is our garden plan for the new garden at West Vernon Elementary School.  This is going to be a BEAUTIFUL edible garden and outdoor classroom!

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West Vernon Elementary School Garden…Coming Soon

We look forward to making a positive change on this campus.  As you can see, the students are surrounded by concrete.  We cant wait to bring a beautiful edible garden to their campus!

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LAWeekly visits Micheltorena Garden and blogs about it and EnrichLA

LAWeekly’s  Kathy A. MacDonald visited the garden and blogged about us. Here is an excerpt, for the whole article visit LAWeekly’s Blog. “Chalk one up to green. Overlooking traffic-heavy Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Silver Lake, community activists have transformed a former school parking lot into vegetable, herb and flower filled garden at L.A.U.S.D’s…

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How to Repurpose Avocado Shells for Seed Planting (Micheltorena Garden Project)

Avocado Shells

LOS ANGELES — When in California, eat avocados! As a result of my California avocado binge, I’m left with a heap of empty avocado shells. Instead of sending them to the compost, I decided to take them last Saturday to the Micheltorena Elementary School garden for a fun garden project. Avocado Shell Seed Trays By planting seeds in avocado shells instead of plastic trays, the seedlings can be transplanted directly… Read more»

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Brother blog URBAN FOOD AMERICA writes about Micheltorena and EnrichLA

Here is an excerpt, for the full article visit Urban Food America. “Before Micheltorena Elementary School built its community garden, the majority of the schoolgrounds was a vast, empty parking lot adjacent to the noisy West Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Thanks to a few committed neighborhood volunteers, this public school is now…

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Micheltorena School & Community Garden: Reforming Education from the Ground Up

Micheltorena School Garden

LOS ANGELES — Before Micheltorena Elementary School built its community garden, the majority of the schoolgrounds was a vast, empty parking lot adjacent to the noisy West Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Thanks to a few committed neighborhood volunteers, this public school is now the prideful home of a beautiful and productive community garden. The Micheltorena garden is a real-world testing… Read more»

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Pickles!

This Saturday at the Micheltorena Garden, lead by neighbor and volunteer Jason Jones, we pickled some of the garden veggies. About 10 volunteers  brought jars and got together for the experiment, part of exploring different ways of using the garden bounty.  It started about noon after a couple of hours of tending the garden =…

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Micheltorena receives gift from Jennie Cook

Micheltorena Garden received a set of bowls and knives plus a sharpener from Jennie Cook, the tireless crusader for better food in schools. Jennie is a great chef and caterer, and a big supporter of school edible  gardens. She sees the gardens as the portal to healthy eating habits and breaking with the vicious circle…

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Just one more Saturday at the Micheltorena Garden

This Saturday we had a lot of new people coming to the garden. I taught a class, Urban Beekeeping  101,  on all I learned from being a member of Backwards Beekeepers. A few folk from the Echo Park Time Bank showed up to it, and stayed for a garden produce salad from the bounty the…

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The garden salad that took a year to make

It started with a dream, perseverance, attracting like minded folk, designing, raising funds, making a reality the replacing of asphalt by a garden, building, planting, watering, weeding, mulching, composting, loving, meeting more new friends, making music, enjoying the hard work, learning, discovering… and tonight the community got together and created the first salad with veggies…

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A mural grows at Micheltorena Elementary

Inspired by the success of the garden, parents have been getting together for the last couple of weeks to continue the school beautification. Designed by comics artist -and parent- Jordan Crane, the mural in progress at the kindergarten yard is looking awesome! Stay tuned for the final result…

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Enrich LA + Gilt City Volunteer Day

The Enrich LA / Gilt City volunteer day on Sat 6/25 was a big success. Gilt raised $2000 for Micheltorena and the food by Chego was excellent. Lisa Novick from Theodore Payne Foundation  was at hand to teach the volunteers the benefits of native plant gardens (minimal water needs and food for native birds and insects)…

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“Garden, Grub and Give Back”

This Saturday, June 25th, Micheltorena garden will be participating in a “Gilt City” event.  Attendees will be experiencing a day of giving back to the community, great music, and good eats provided by the Pop-up Chego test-kitchen. Chego is the latest endeavor from chef Roy Choi, the brilliant man who brought you Kogi BBQ and…

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