Field reports from

San Pedro Elementary School

The garden at San Pedro Elementary School was built in Spring 2012 with the generous help of Tree People, LAUSD Facilities and Office of Sustainability, community members, and the Downtown L.A. Neighborhood Council. There are nine raised beds, a custom wooden walkway for wheelchair accessibility, and an outdoor kitchen area,

San Pedro Elementary School

 

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Flower Dissection at San Pedro

Students at San Pedro have been dissecting various items in their science classes, so for this week’s garden class we had a chance to dissect a flower and answer the puzzling question, “where do seeds come from?” After students made a few guesses about what they thought might be inside their flowers, we opened them…

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From the Soil

These are beautiful radishes that we planted last week, directly from seed in our school garden. It is always so wonderful to pull out beautiful root veggies from the ground. During our lesson we examined a few types of soils. We took a look at typical garden loam, sand and clay. We noted the difference in…

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Ensaladas At San Pedro

We love getting to to each their veggies. It is an even bigger joy to get them to eat veggies that they have grown in their garden. We have been very lucky to witness the beautiful transformation from seed to lettuce at San Pedro St. Elementary and now we can do the best part try…

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Welcome Michelle Sweet Potato!

Michelle is our newest intern at San Pedro Street elementary! She has a passion for helping the enviroment on both land & underwater. She is a student at USC who is incredibly driven by her interest to learn and do good work. She has already been a wonderful help in our school garden maintenance and…

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Garden Agreements

4th grade San Pedro Street Students came up with together, the best ways that the students can safely, learn and helps our school garden grow the best way possible. We practiced using positive ideas instead of negative for example instead saying “Don’t Run” what would a positive way of saying that would be “Walk”. We…

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Leafy Greens San Pedro

Student’s have planted some wonderful looking greens at San Pedro Street. We have a variety of lettuces, brassicas. This week we had a harvest party with some of our greens and herbs. We harvested Buttercrisp Lettuce, Red Curly Lettuce, Kale and Basil for our salad.   We washed our greens and then enjoy the flavors…

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San Pedro Street Garden Stewards

Last tuesday at San Pedro Street students got deep with the elements that help plants grow. We talked a little further about the responsibilities us a people have our plants even after we put our seeds in the ground. Students love there garden but it it’s not to uncommon for other kids who haven’t had…

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San Pedro Pollinators

Before the break students San Pedro Street Elementary took at look at a few bee’s in action in our basil blossoms and we began to talk about pollination. Bees have the reputation for their scary buzzin’ stingers, but they play a huge and very vital role in the life cycle of a plant. Bees, butterflies,…

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Down to Earth

Last we at San Pedro Street we began to explore the wonderful world inside our dirt. Soil is very important for plants to grow properly, it provides a home for a seed, water and air. We examined different types of soil, we took a look a Sand, Clay, and Loam. We compared and contrast how each…

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Planting Brassicas at San Pedro

Last week at San Pedro Street Elementary, we went a little further in depth about what happens after we plant seeds and further into what is a plant and the life cycle of plants. We talked about plant characteristics, and plants that taste similar to each other are related. We then got a chance to clean…

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Green Beans on there way

The young gardeners over at San Pedro Street noticed that there green bean plants, that they have planted from seed is begging to flower. Very shortly we will have little beans popping out!  

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Garden Explorers at San Pedro St. ES

This week at San Pedro Street Elementary we also welcomed a new group of students into the garden. To help them become acquainted with the space, we went on a scavenger hunt and took a close look using our senses – sight, touch & smell…

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Transplanting at San Pedro St. ES

This week at San Pedro Street we wrapped out our first session with a transplanting party. Students got a chance to put in beautiful variety of transplants in our school garden. They planted green and purple lettuce, color full beets, red onions, rainbow  chard, and …. …Curly Kale! This will ensure that we will have not…

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Greens and Browns

Here’s a peek inside San Pedro Street Elementary School’s Compost Bin. Last week the students learned about Green and Browns and how they break down to make compost. We recycle the nutrients from old plants to become food for our new plants.

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How seeds are made

Today at San Pedro Street we discussed the amazing process of Pollination. And our new friend San Beedro! He works hard bringing pollen from one flower to another through cross pollination. And also works with wind and other flying creatures to help pollinate so we can have fruit and seeds.. Students got to understand this…

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Treats from Trees

This week at San Pedro Street. We took a close look at soil. Soil is one of the most important things in order for a plant to survive. Healthy soil not only provides nutrients, but air and water for our plants yet our plant does not have very much of it. So we gardeners make…

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The Life of a Bean

This week at San Pedro Street Elementary Students got to par take in the life of a bean full circle. But how does a bean become a plant? It doesn’t have a root or leaves? How does a plant grow? We started off class discussing the life cycle of a bean sprout. And learned an…

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Welcome Back Gardeners

  Last week San Pedro Street Elementary returned back for garden classes. The summer has been very busy producing plants and fruits, as we say good by to some plants we begin to say hello to new life about to emerge. Our newest group of gardeners came up with a their own garden names using…

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Harvesting Tomatoes & Planting @ San Pedro

San Pedro has a TON of tomatoes so today Interns Sara and Kimberly helped me harvest these fruits and share them with the staff. To increase the biodiversity of the garden, we popped in some new seedlings: peppers, parsley, carrots, flowers, and herbs. Finally, we gave each plant some water, a sign and called it…

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Ripe and Ready

San Pedro Street Elementary Pomegranates.     Plants have a beautiful way of communicating to us they are ready to be eaten, by going through a color change. Our lovely Pomegranates are just right and ready to be picked. They also don’t struggle to come off the tree either, they come off rather easily to…

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Greener Spaces

Students at San Pedro Elementary, got a chance to fill up their school garden with vegetables and fruits. They were also able to create greener spaces. We spent time talking about the science of plants, and also began to talk more about the benefits of planting. Planting helps maintain our enviroment students also planted other herbs into…

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More than sprouts.

It is amazing to see things emerge from the ground. These beans were planted as an experiment and popped beautifully in no time.

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San Pedro Street Plant Scavenger Hunt

After we got to know our plants a little better, the students were sent off into the garden. Using all of their knowledge, the students explored the wonderful plants growing in our garden.

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San Pedro Elementary School Garden

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From seed to tomato

  A couples ago at San Pedro Street Elementary, a new cycle of students where introduced to our school garden. We discussed why gardens are important, plant needs and the life cycle of plants. They got to witness plant life emerging in different stages directly through our garden beds.     Ranger Christina

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San Pedro Street Pumpkins

  Some plants like squashes and pumpkins the story is written in the leaves. When leaves begin to die and loose color it is basically telling us gardeners, “I have created all I can create. I am ready to be picked.” At San Pedro Street Elementary planted these pumpkins a bit ago, and have been…

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Healthy Soil for Healthy Food

Students see the effects of how healthy soil can provide healthy food. We also began to discuss what makes food healthy. To bring the point home we played the nutrients and movement games where I would call out a fruit/veggie and the students would act out what the food would do for the body. We…

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Magical Bean Sprouts!

Well feels like magic. It is amazing how quickly these beans have sprouted. We planted them about three weeks ago. We already see some beautiful leaves emerge. San Pedro Street has some lovely soil. Ranger Christina

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Welcome to San Pedro St Elementary

San Pedro St. Is one of our newer school additions to Enrich. I was greeted into this absolutely beautiful space with some very fantastic soil. On our first day we put beans in the ground and we shall see what happens together. We also discussed plant parts and the life cycle of plants. San Pedro…

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The vegetable garden at San Pedro Elementary…revamped…a little oasis in a sea of asphalt

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Renovation of the San Pedro Street Elementary Garden!

The garden at San Pedro Street Elementary, which was built about 3 years ago, recently went through an amazing renovation! 

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San Pedro Elementary looking spiffy

A visit to San Pedro Elementary is pleasant and harmonious abuzz with many butterflies and pollinators.  Growing right now are herbs, kale, chard, squash and believe it or not, tomatoes.  They will be having a planting and maintenance day come December, look under the volunteer section of the website to sign up.

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Beets are Beautiful!

We had a great beet harvest at San Pedro recently. After pulling some gorgeous beauties from our garden, we bi-sectected a beet to see how the nutrients travel from the root up to the leaves. We talked about how beets are high in vitamin C, and how beet juice is a traditional natural dye! Then…

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San Pedro Elementary School Garden

San Pedro Elementary is located just south of the 10 freeway and east of the 110 freeways at 1635 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, 90015.  In additional to it’s high population density, it has little or no parks.  Tree People and Enrich LA have started to change that with our efforts at this school.  Tree People has…

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Just in time for Halloween…

…and our discussion of good critters and bad critters in the garden, a Black Widow spider showed her scary face amidst the strawberries at San Pedro! While spiders in the garden are usually very welcome, since they snack on ants, moths and other plant munching foes, Black Widow spider bites are dangerous and can even…

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Fall crops at San Pedro!

The end of the summer growing season has come and all the gardens are getting a make-over! At San Pedro, old tomato plants have been removed and new beet seeds have just begun to sprout!

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Pretty Pollination!

San Pedro students turned into a bunch of hungry pollinators in the garden! Many of the students knew that bees, hummingbirds and butterflies were important pollinators, but they didn’t know exactly why or how they pollinated the plants in the garden. To illustrate the pollinators’ important role, we studied some beautiful Irises! We discovered that…

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Fibonacci Flowers

Once, a long time ago, a scientist named Leonardo Fibonacci discovered the secret code the universe uses to organize itself! We learned all about this secret code at San Pedro Elementary this week! Fibonacci discovered that flowers order their leaves according to a sequence of numbers: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89,144… These numbers can indicate the number of petals…

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Strawberry Lemonade at San Pedro Elementary

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Bugs Hunts and Plant Parts

The garden at San Pedro Elementary was bustling with activity! Two volunteer interns, Jennifer and Darlynn, from New Village Charter School, came to help with the classes this week! It was great to have extra hands for our busy day, so we divided the classes into two teams: BUG TEAM The Bug Team’s mission was…

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Bombs Away!

Last week’s classes at San Pedro were filled with making seed bombs! We blended recycled newspaper into a pulp and then mixed in tomato seeds. We then pressed the pulp into muffin tins and left them on our garden counter to dry in the sun. It was a very popular activity! We celebrated with a…

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Mushroom Love!

Mushrooms were the order of the day at San Pedro’s garden this week, not only in our snack, but also littering the garden as a result of the recent rain and good, rich mulch! The students loved hunting for the mushrooms and we were all happy to see them, even though they aren’t edible, since…

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Welcome to San Pedro Elementary Garden!

It was a lovely warm and sunny day to begin gardening classes at San Pedro Elementary last Thursday. This beautiful new garden is situated under a large oak tree on the playground, and is wonderfully accessible to all the students as they come out to play or eat lunch. The students seem equally excited about…

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SAN PEDRO ELEMENTARY GARDEN. HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE.

A few new improved design features make San Pedro Elementary garden a nice addition the school garden empire. There is a 4′ deck running right through the garden making it perfect for a wheelchair. All but 2 of the garden beds are within reach of the deck. There is an outdoor kitchen arbor ( still…

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