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Tenth Street Elementary

The edible garden at Tenth Street Elementary School was completed in Winter 2015 with the help of USC Caruso Catholic Center volunteers. There are twelve raised beds with tomato cages, four picnic tables, and some in-ground planting spaces with trees.

Apples for Compost

Our compost lessons started with apple cores donated by the school cafeteria. our garden is under some challenges such as repairs on water pipes linked to the garden irrigation, and extreme heat. These backs are being used to amend the soil in the garden beds using leftover apples and pears. Students learned three easy ways…

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Growing Seeds.

Our class focused in seed saving,  parts of the seed and what it takes for a seeds to sprout into a new plant.  Seeds come in different in size, color, weight  and shape.. Students  would like to save all the seeds and plant them. They understood that not all seeds will germinate due to the…

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Parts of the Plant | Tenth Street

This lesson is all about the parts of the plant. We cover the six parts we can/do eat as well as their function on the plant. The students then practiced their knowledge with a special garden version of Pictionary. They were able to earn up to 2 points per round; one for guessing the plant…

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Intro and Icebreakers

A new group of gardeners joined us today at 10th Street! We covered the rules of garden and took a tour of our beautiful beds. The students particularly enjoyed our gorgeous blooming sunflowers. We also played an icebreaker where we introduced ourselves with our first name followed by the name of a plant found in…

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Bountiful Harvest at 10th Street

Today was harvest day!! After a brief lesson on harvesting the students helped me prepare a delicious snack with all kinds of good stuff harvested from the garden. We made a salad with grated cauliflower, yellow tomatoes, bell peppers, chives and peas all harvested form our garden! The only ingredients not grown in the garden…

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When should I plant my plant?

Today’s lesson was all about seasons! The students learned that although there are four seasons, gardeners and/or farmers follow two seasons, the warm and cool season. Plants have a preferred season and thrive when it’s their favorite season. For example, it is possible for tomatoes to grow during the cool season however they do best…

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Hello Friends at Tenth Street

This week we learned about bugs! The students learned that although many bugs can be found in the garden, they can either be our friend or foe depending on how they behave. If the bugs are trying to eat our yummy produce before we get to it, then they are our foe. But, if they…

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What’s in my soil? at Tenth Street

Today’s lesson was all about soil. We started the with a review of the responsibility of the roots of the plant. The roots are responsible for sucking up water and nutrients from the soil upwards throughout the plant. But in order for the roots to their job properly, it’s our responsibility to provide them with…

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Parts of the Plant

This week’s rain left us with an indoor lesson. Although not as fun as a lesson in the garden, that didn’t stop us from learning and having some fun! We talked about the six different parts of the plant; root, stem, leaf, flower, fruit and seed. When the rain finally let up we went looking…

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Welcome!

Today we welcomed a new group of gardeners! Although it was a rainy day, that didn’t stop us from getting started. We covered garden rules and behaviors and the students even got to make some of their own rules. We also introduced ourselves using our first name followed by the name of a fruit or…

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Three Sister Harvesting

In our final lesson we discussed harvesting. We also talked about the Native American tradition of three sisters planting. The three sisters are squash, corn and beans. When the three sisters are planted together they work together to thrive and produce a more fruitful harvest. Here 10th Street we have plants growing in a similar…

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Changing Climates

In this lesson we discussed the difference between climate and weather. The students learned that Southern California has a Mediterranean climate which means we have longer planting seasons. They also learned that plants have preferred seasons and grow best in said season. After our lesson we had an activity where each of the students had…

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Friends and Foes

In this week’s lesson we talked about insects that live in the garden. Depending on what an insect does, it can either be beneficial or harmful to the garden. Foes are any bugs that want to eat our yummy fruits and veggies before we get the chance to and friends are any bugs that protect…

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Nutrients and Soil

In this week’s lesson we talked about the importance of nutrient rich soil for our plants. After discussing the various types of soil and coming to the conclusion that we should have loam in all of our garden beds the students got to help me do some planting! Our garden now has Romaine Lettuce, Brussel…

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The 6 Plant Parts

In this lesson we went over the 6 parts of the plant. We covered the Roots, Stem, Leaves, Flower, Fruit and Seed. After discussing the parts of the plant and what each of their jobs are, the students got to look for the parts of the plant that we eat growing all over the garden….

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Welcome!

Today we got to welcome our new batch or gardeners! After an indroduction to the garden space and our rules, the students were able to explore the garden. After taking a look around and thanks to our newly set up drip system, we were able to pant some seeds. In just a few weeks we…

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Garden Upgrade!!

This was the last day of our first session which means GARDEN PARTY! This was a particularly special day because our good friends over at DZ Solutions came over to help us out with a major garden upgrade! We now have our drip system set up to a timer so that our plants can get…

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Bugs Bugs Bugs

In this week’s lesson we learned all about bugs! The students learned that bugs can be good as well as bad for the garden. After our lesson we got to explore and look for the insects living in our garden. – Ranger Cat

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Let’s Get Dirty!

In this lesson we looked at a texture triangle to discuss different types of soil and figure out which type is best for our garden. The students then got to draw their own texture triangle. – Ranger Cat

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The Parts We Eat

In this lesson we covered the different parts of the plant and came up with examples of the parts we eat. After practicing with a game of pictonary, we went into the garden and searched for the edible plant parts we had growing. – Ranger Cat

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First Week of Garden at 10th Street!

After a long summer away we got to review our garden rules. The students also helped me with a major garden clean up! We were able to pick up trash and pull out all of the pesky crab grass from the garden beds. – Ranger Cat

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Tenth Street Elementary is looking great!

Administrators and staff over at Tenth Street Elementary are overjoyed with the growth of their garden! These are some of the great pictures that they shared with us: We can’t wait to start our Garden Ranger Program this year!

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First Harvest at Tenth Street

Check out this lovely harvest at Tenth Street! Principal Otto and the ladies in the office were overjoyed to receive fresh fruits and veggies from their garden! Harvested: tomatoes, squashes, flowers, yellow beans, lemon cucumbers and more!

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Welcome Gardeners!

This was our first day of a new garden cycle! I introduced the students to the garden and went over the basic rules to follow while in the garden. After the inteudiction the kids got to explore the garden and see what we have growing.

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Friends and Foes

In this leason the students learn which insects are helpful to the garden (friends) and which are harmful (foes). They also learn about the importance of polination and which insects aid in that process. For this class I have the students help me teach by giving them cards and having them read to the rest…

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Climate and Seasons

In this lesson we covered the two major climates/seasons and their impact on planting. The children learned about the Los Angeles ecosystem and what kinds of plans grow best in this environment. After our lesson the students explored the garden and identified the warm and cool season plants.

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Parts of the Plant

This week we covered parts of the plant. The children learned about the difference and importance of the various parts of the plant including; flower, fruit, leaf, root, seed amd stem. After the leason the children were given cards with fruits and vegetables and the children identified which part of the plant they were.

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Parts of the Plant at 10th Street

Today’s lesson was about the 6 parts of the plant! The students learned why each part is important and it’s role for the plant. Then the students learned about different fruits and vegetables that are from different parts of the plant. Like how potatoes are the roots, celery is the stem, peas are seeds, kale…

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Rainy Final Class at 10th Street

It was raining on and off during garden class today. First and second class had time to do harvest lesson in the garden and learn how to harvest the different parts of the plants that we eat, which they learned about the week before. After lesson the students explored the garden with magnifying glasses and…

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All about soil at 10th street

Students at tenth street elementary had their soil lesson this week, learning about the three basic components that include sand, silt, and clay. Students were able to feel and see the differences between each component and complete a test of the soil in their own garden to see what they are working with. Students then…

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Seasonal Food – 10th Street

This week at 10th Street Elementary we learned about the climate of Los Angeles and what foods grown in what seasons. I started class asking the students “What season are we in now?” the answers varied by class, but the consistence was that the students didn’t know because we live in a weird climate where…

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Friends and Foes of the Garden – 10th Street

Today’s class we went over the Friends and Foes (bugs) in the garden. Class was really fun! The kids were really enthusiastic about learning about the different bugs, so for today’s class I had the students teach each other. Each student got a card and would stand up in front of the class and read…

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Let’s Talk Dirt – 10th Street

Today was the second day of class for 10th Street Elementary, and they learned why soil is important! We talked about the four reasons why soil is important: (1) plants need it to grow (2) insects live in it (3) it helps filter our water (4) plants that grow in soil give us oxygen to…

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New students at 10th Street

Today started all new garden classes at 10th Street Elementary. I am teaching 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. Since today was the first day for these students in garden class, we played the garden name game. One of my classes was so smart and thought of eggplant, egg shell, and eagle for things that could…

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Bugs in the Garden 10th Street Elementary

At 10th Street Elementary today we learned about the friends and foes of the garden! First the students reviewed what they learned the week before about the importance of soil. Then the students played freeze tag but with the friends and foes of the garden. Every student got a card. It was either a friend,…

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10th Street getting their Hands Dirty!

This was the second day of garden class at 10th Street Elementary. The students in the entire school are so enthusiastic about working in the garden. The lesson this week was about the importance of soil. The students conducted a soil discovery activity. They were paired up and given a prepared activity sheet, a magnifying…

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First Day in the Garden at 10th Street Elementary

10th Street Elementary is very excited to have an EnrichLA garden program, with support from absolutely everyone in the school and the students are so enthusiastic about working in the garden, I am so excited to see the progress that is made at this school. For the first day of garden class the students played…

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Our new edible garden at tenth street elementary

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