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Roosevelt High School

The edible garden at Roosevelt High School was completed in Summer 2011 with the help of Gay for Good, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, and We Serve LA. The garden utilizes a long, narrow space on the edge of campus, resulting in a lush environment with in-ground beds. There is also a front quad garden space with raised beds that was built in 2012, and a space for the Environmental Science Policy program.

Mindfulness in the Garden at Roosevelt

Mindfulness in the Garden at Roosevelt

Instead of getting our hands dirty in the garden today, I decided to do something different. As everyone trickled into class, I lead the students to a gazebo by the garden. They took off their backpacks, sat in a circle, and got comfortable. I explained to them that today was going to be a day of practicing…

Food Chains

Food Chains

What defines a job in the food system? This was the first question to our lesson this week at Roosevelt High. It’s a straightforward question with a straightforward answer. ANY job that plays a role in carrying out a food chain. Ultimately, what does this mean? I brought in a bottle of Ketchup to to…

Food Access and Supplemental Nutrition Programs

Food Access and Supplemental Nutrition Programs

Today the students at Roosevelt High learned about food access in the US. We discussed food insecurity and food deserts. One student shared a story about her friend who lives in Oxnard, CA and has to drive 1 hour to get to the nearest grocery story. I introduced Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women…

Tacos to Introduce the Food System

Tacos to Introduce the Food System

For the next 6 weeks, Roosevelt High School is going to be learning about the structure, goals, and complexities of our food system. This week was an introduction to begin thinking about why we eat the food that we eat. We discussed access, quality, brand recognition, healthy products, affordability. To further the understanding of access…

Planting Seedlings and Composting

Planting Seedlings and Composting

This week the students at Roosevelt had gardening on Tuesday and Thursday because I was out of town last week. The whole week was focused on composting. The first day we discussed what composting is and how it differs from soil (which is primarily just dirt, rocks, clay and silt). We talked about the actual…

Biodiversity

Biodiversity

We spent this week at Roosevelt in the classroom talking about biodiversity. We discussed three parts that make up biodiversity- genetics, species, and ecosystems and why more bio-diverse systems are more sustainable, more resilient, have higher yields and last longer than less diverse systems. We discussed the two significant forms of agriculture, monocultures and polycultures,…

Roosevelt Plants Seeds

Roosevelt Plants Seeds

Starting the semester off, we talked about different parts of a seed and seed germination. Each student got a peanut and was asked to dissect it to identify the seed coat, the cotyledon and the embryo/germ. We discussed the environment that seeds need to be in to germinate and sprout seeds. Specifically, we talked about…

New Semester at Roosevelt

New Semester at Roosevelt

A new semester is quickly underway at Roosevelt and it’s period 4,5 and 6th turn to have garden class. Having the same students for 20 weeks allows us to do a lot more. Today was a review day for many, going over some garden fundamentals. We talked about the 6 parts of a plant, the…

What’s in Your Beef? at Roosevelt

What’s in Your Beef? at Roosevelt

We have been eating a lot of fresh vegetables and discussing nutrition this year, but we haven’t talked a lot about meats. This is an especially sad oversight becuase i grew up on a ranch in Virginia where we raise primarily meat products. This week we corrected the oversight by discussing modern meat production. We…

Young Engineers at Roosevelt

Young Engineers at Roosevelt

Roosevelt students have been studying careers they can apply from garden class and this week we focused on engineering. Since we made compost last week, we continued the idea by discussing different types of compost bin designs. Students then broke into groups to design their own model compost bins using limited popsicle sticks and tape.…

Tomatoes Make a Comeback at Roosevelt

Tomatoes Make a Comeback at Roosevelt

At the beginning of the year our tomato plants were looking very sad. However, the students cleaned up the garden beds, added a fresh layer of compost and we all checked the irrigation wach week. It seems like all that work is finally paying off because we are finally getting our first red, juicy tomatoes!…

From S.T.E.M. to smoothies at Roosevelt

From S.T.E.M. to smoothies at Roosevelt

 As we work in the garden, we always try to emphasize how what students are learning can apply to their own lives, from knowing what to eat to applying basic building and gardening skills. At Roosevelt High School, students are thinking about careers. This week, we discussed the diversity of career paths that can use…

Cooking Up Compost at Roosevelt High School

Cooking Up Compost at Roosevelt High School

We have cooked several garden snacks at Roosevelt lately and this week we decided to make something to feed our plants. After a discussion about landfills and food waste, we all went into the garden to make our own solution to our country’s teach problem; we made a mini compost experiment. Everyone was able to…

Processed Foods at Roosevelt

Processed Foods at Roosevelt

Roosevelt High School has been continuing our nutrition unit with an exploration and comparison of various processed foods. We studied the idea of “empty calories” and compared some foods we enjoy at home with the foods we buy from fast food restaurants and stores. We found that we can make more nutritious versions of a…

Where Does Your Food Come From? at Roosevelt High

Where Does Your Food Come From? at Roosevelt High

Our food can come from surprising places as we learned this week at Roosevelt. We tracked several different foods, from pineapple to Oreos, to find out what is in them and where they come from. Did you know Oreos don’t have any dairy?! After some unappetizing discoveries, it was refreshing to remember we have whole…

A New Season at Roosevelt 

A New Season at Roosevelt 

After studying climates and seasons, we cleaned out the summer crops from our garden at Roosevelt and prepared the beds for the winter season. Then we used our new knowledge of cool weather crops to pick seeds for this winter’s garden. The beds look so healthy with their new soil! -ranger eleanor

Uncovering the Secrets of the Seed at Roosevelt

At the begining of class we had one major question about seeds:  1) How does a plant embryo survive  without soil or sun before it breaks out of the seed? To find the answer, we dissected several seeds to find exactly what’s inside. What we found was a large portion of the seed devoted entirely…

Clean Plates at Roosevelt High School

Clean Plates at Roosevelt High School

This week students at Roosevelt learned a recipe for a snacusing veggies, olive oil, and Tajin.  The students  must be pretty good chefs because at the end of class the veggies were all gone! -ranger el

Garden Intro and A Chili Challenge at Roosevelt

Garden Intro and A Chili Challenge at Roosevelt

Last week at Roosevelt, students got a “sensational” garden experience. A few brave students tried our hot chili peppers straight out of the garden without any water! Then each class discussed an orchard planting and a few students came Saturday to help plant several fruit trees. We can’t wait till we get to harvest our…

Better than ever!

Better than ever!

The VIDA garden is thriving. After having irrigation issues, we are back in business and the garden is looking better than ever. We are growing corn, strawberries, squash, herbs, eggplant, and am abundance of tomatoes. There are also flowers everywhere.

Wonderful Gardener

Wonderful Gardener

The gardener at Roosevelt High School hand-watered the garden after the timer broke, and we installed the new timer. Our guardian Garden Angel! The garden is thriving and new seedlings were added to the rich soil! A true testament to the idea that it takes a village…Thank you!

Cooking with Fire at Roosevelt High School

This week we got to play with a new toy  at Roosevelt High School: our borrowed hot plate! We’ve been growing beautiful onions, greens, peas, broccoli, tomatoes and carrots in the Vida Garden with the sponsorship of the Gasol Foundation.  Each week we have a sample of some sort, but now that we have a…

Cooking with Fire at Roosevelt High School

This week we got to play with a new toy  at Roosevelt High School: our borrowed hot plate! We’ve been growing beautiful onions, greens, peas, broccoli, tomatoes and carrots in the Vida Garden with the sponsorship of the Gasol Foundation.  Each week we have a sample of some sort, but now that we have a…

A Garden Full of Flowers at Roosevelt High School

This week at the Vida Garden*, we learned about the importance of pollinators and why today’s honey bees are dying out in a condition known as colony collapse.  Unwilling to sit by without helping to fix a problem problem so important to our garden, we went outside immediately after class armed with clover and wildflower…

New Gardeners at Roosevelt High School

This week at the Vida Garden*, we learned about the importance of pollinators and why today’s honey bees are dying out in a condition known as colony collapse.  Unwilling to sit by without helping to fix a problem problem so important to our garden, we went outside immediately after class armed with clover and wildflower…

Starting a New Season with New Classes at Roosevelt High

Starting a New Season with New Classes at Roosevelt High

Last week Mr Ruiz’s classes started their garden unit at the Vida Garden, just in time for the summer planting season! We celebrated a spring harvest by making a walking salad with greens, cilantro, onion and limes from the garden. After clearing the beds we were able to plant our summer crops- beans and corn…

Making way for Summer at Roosevelt Vida Garden

Making way for Summer at Roosevelt Vida Garden

As our spring crops begin to whither and go to seed, we’ve been talking about seasons at Roosevelt High. Today we cleared out the beautiful broccoli that has started to flower (some students even tasted a few flowers!) and expanded our strawberry bed. The most exciting part was when we noticed that our older strawberries…

Tasty Tostadas at Roosevelt High

Tasty Tostadas at Roosevelt High

After a lot of work, the veggies are finally coming in at Gasol Foundation’s Vida Garden. With all the new food, we had a harvest celebration snack using heirloom lettuce, fresh tomatoes and delicious avocados from a neighbor. Tostadas are a favorite snack for students at roosevelt and woth the hwlp of our garden weve…

Blueberry Blossoms and Popsicle Sticks at Roosevelt High

Blueberry Blossoms and Popsicle Sticks at Roosevelt High

Things are heating up at the Vida Garden at Roosevelt. Our cool weather crops, like peas and broccoli, are putting out their last fruits of the season, and we were even able to plant some summer tomatoes last week! All this sunshine has the garden students ready for a cool refreshing garden snack so this…

Garden Engineering at Roosevelt High

Garden Engineering at Roosevelt High

After an introduction to STEM, students at Roosevelt spent their garden time designing their own model compost bins in groups. Some groups had very creative designs! Gettibg outside and creating something by hand was a nice break for the students, but the most fun for everyone was filling each box with soil and weighing then…

EnrichLA and VIDA! at Roosevelt

EnrichLA and VIDA! at Roosevelt

EnrichLA was happy to participate in a VIDA! weekend event at Roosevelt High. Garden Ranger Eleanor delivered fun and enriching classes to several groups, and Program Director Alexys helped kids decorate pots and plant their own seeds to take home and grow! Thanks VIDA for the invite!

Scientific Method at Roosevelt High

Scientific Method at Roosevelt High

Last week at Roosevelt High School, garden learning is continuing beyond just the weekly class to daily duties, observing and caring for their science expirament. Three classes are responsible for 3 jar of sprouts which they will rinse twice a day write down any changes they notice throughout the week. We have one control jar,…

A New Start for Roosevelt High

A New Start for Roosevelt High

The Gasol Foundation has made a genereous donation to Roosevelt High School’s Vida Garden this semester, and Mr Tran’s Environmental Studies Classes are taking on the challenge of maintaining the garden all semester. We are starting with just 11 raised beds to learn the basics, though with up to 40 willing workers per class, we…

Gasol Foundation connects with EnrichLA for Roosevelt HS’s garden

Gasol Foundation connects with EnrichLA for Roosevelt HS’s garden

On October 22nd, EnrichLA connected with Gasol Foundation to help beautify the front quad garden at T.Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights. To support Gasol Foundation’s efforts at Roosevelt High School, we helped clean up their garden space so students could learn about garden spaces and eating well on campus! The garden space started is now known…

Colorful posters for the RHS Parent Center!

Colorful posters for the RHS Parent Center!

At RHS, Mr. Lopez’s class designed and made informational garden posters for the Parent Center. This week we put them on display for the parents! They are in Spanish and English since most of the parents are Spanish speaking. I think the posters look great!  

Seis de Mayo activities at RHS!

Seis de Mayo activities at RHS!

Finally a cool day in the RHS garden! It was definitely a welcome change of pace. Luna, as always, working in the garden. This week she planted some carrots, a crowd favorite for sure. The amazing grafted tomatoes are in the foreground. Every garden shall have tomatoes! Mr. Lopez’s senior class design informational posters for…

Thriving in the blazing sun at RHS!

Thriving in the blazing sun at RHS!

The temperature skyrocketed up to 92 but the mighty Rough Riders were out in full force to show the summer heat wave who’s boss! In the morning Luna, a consistent senior gardener, came by the garden. She assisted with the fava bean removal, plants that have served us so well with their plentiful bounty. We…

The start of the stone fruit season!

The start of the stone fruit season!

At RHS we have a small, thriving orchard tucked away in the back behind our vegetable beds. Our trees include fig, avocado, mulberry, navel orange, and notably peach!   The peach tree has started its season with an irresistible offering of juicy, sweet, dripping, succulent peaches about the size of a typical plum. Their size…

Full force sun at RHS!

Full force sun at RHS!

On a blazing hot day, the RHS garden soaks in the sun. It attracted a hummingbird and other creatures such as a group of RHS mothers. They cautiously came into the garden and quickly struck up a conversation, their oohs and aahs crossing language barriers. Their keen eyes spotted our broccoli, kale, cilantro, cabbage, avocado,…

Hard work pays off at Roosevelt HS

Hard work pays off at Roosevelt HS

Students at Roosevelt High School are really seeing the benefits of their labor in the garden. What started as a dried up, overgrown patch of weeds has now flourished into a garden with flowers, herbs, peas, kale, broccli, strawberries, carrots, radish, beets, and more! This team of dedicated students is proud of their work and…

Springing into April!

Springing into April!

At Roosevelt High School, our afterschool garden club is a healthy mix of seasoned gardeners and budding green thumbs. Today we planted Golden Zucchini Squash where our old pea patch used to be (RIP pea patch of 2014). These lovely summer squash are ready for harvest after 55 days so we’re eagerly hoping they’ll be…

A farewell feast for Julia at RHS

A farewell feast for Julia at RHS

On Julia’s last day at Roosevelt High School, our Rough Rider family sent Julia off with a cilantro pesto pasta, fruit smoothies, rice krispy treats, and pretzels!         Julia has done a phenomenal job with these students, teaching them how easy and delicious healthy eating can be. I could never fill her…

Rough Riders round up a resplendent harvest!

Rough Riders round up a resplendent harvest!

The garden at Roosevelt High School is always thriving with edible plants, ever-present crab grass, and the hot, hot beating sun. Our committed afterschool Garden Club weathers the conditions for a handsome harvest!  

Roosevelt High School Garden Signs!

Roosevelt High School Garden Signs!

Designed and painted by our very own high school gardeners! Their creative energy brings their spirit into the garden for future classes.