Field reports from

Thomas Starr King Middle School

The edible garden at Thomas Starr King Middle School was completed in 2009 with the help of the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council, Whole Foods, Council Member Tom LaBonge, and Silver Lake Farms.

A small baking class at King Middle School

Sweet potatoes from last season were harvested a few weeks ago from King Farm! Bringing baking and cooking into the garden space. We did not have a garden but students got to learn how to prepare the baked potatoes by slicing them into thin slices, drizzling with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a dash of…

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“The King Farm” at T.S. King Middle School

The very first garden that EnrichLA brought to Thomas Starr King Middle School with Friends of King. At about 4 years old now, the garden is growing well and students are learning a lot in this cosy outdoor space.

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Assembling a Worm Bin with King Middle School

Hey Friends! Last week, Mr. Page’s 6th graders got to assemble a worm bin and learn about vermicomposting with our folks at EnrichLA.

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Vermicomposting at King Middle School

Hey Friends! Vermicomposting is happening at King Middle School!    

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Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar found at King Farm

T.S. King Middle School’s farm has served as a great habitat for our bug friends this season! Read on to see what our King students found in their gardens last week!

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King Middle School is harvesting sweet potatoes!

Greens on top, edible roots in the bottom! Sweet potatoes are roots that we can eat. Sweet potatoes taste great baked, steams, boiled or fried!  

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Powerful Pressure Washing at Thomas Starr King Middle School

Thomas Starr King Middle School super-parent Juan Longfellow was hard at work pressure washing today with EnrichLA’s famous pressure washer! He will soon be joined by volunteers like you to help make the school beautiful for the first day of school! Contact Juan at (310) 920-3019 to volunteer at Thomas Starr King Middle School and experience the joys of pressure-washing!!!

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Felipe Gears Up for Some Serious School Cleaning!

Our talented Field Ranger Felipe is gearing up the machinery for some heavy-duty school cleaning! Who’s on our clean-up list? In partnership with the Cheremoya Foundation http://cheremoyafoundation.org/, EnrichLA will be cleaning up Cheremoya Elementary. In partnership with Friends of King http://friendsofking.org/, we will be cleaning up Thomas Starr King Middle School. Last but not least, we will be cleaning up John Marshall…

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Gorgeous Greens at Thomas Starr King Middle School

The garden beds at Thomas Starr King Middle School were overflowing with bright, leafy greens including different varieties of kale, cabbage, lettuce, and bushels of fragrant mint- nature’s chewing gum! Sweet Greens! Look at all glorious green plants! Can you spot the different herbs? Rosemary, lavender, mint and more! Lovely yellow flowers sprout up among cabbage and…

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NEW RELEASE = Proposed “Facade Makeover” at King Middle School!

“This is the beginning of the conversation about colors and design.   NOT THE END!. It is not a beautiful building but it can be a classy one. We are trying to make things happen here. The community has raised significant seed money here and we intend to leverage it to make this happen. All…

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Teacher Appreciation Bouquets at King Middle School

May 5-9th marks Teacher Appreciation week, and what better a way to show our gratitude for all that they do than arrange a beautiful, organic bouquet of natives and edibles from the school garden. Ava, one of our wonderful 6th grade students in the Environmental Studies Magnet program made this colorful arrangement and gave it…

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Exploring Xylem and Phloem at King Middle School

Students at King Middle School explored the vascular system of plants by observing celery stalks. Using water and food coloring students could see how the xylem of the plant carries water up the plant. If you look closely you can see the red-tinted water in the xylem of the celery plant. Later in the week,…

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NEW High Achievement Enriched Studies Program @ King Film & Media Academy

CONTACT DETAILS for this and other wait list questions = maryloumejia@hotmail.com   Mary Lou Mejia Cell = 323 243 6051  School = 323 644 6700    

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TS KING IS TOO POPULAR. EVERYONE WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND.

TS KING IS TOO POPULAR.  EVERYONE WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND. You are a parent of a child who has been “waitlisted” for the arts and tech or environmental studies magnet at TS King Middle school.   You had your heart set on your “young un” attending King Middle School and now its incredible popularity has…

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January at the King Middle School Garden

This unseasonably warm weather hasn’t seemed to harm these winter veggies. The garden looks fuller and greener than ever! Students enjoyed a tasting made from freshly harvested lettuce, kale and snap peas. The salad was topped with a citrus dressing and cara cara oranges.

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King! 6 years. A renaissance!

Renaissance! King! 6 years. A renaissance! Our scores have gone from 628 to 843, despite a statewide drop and we now boast three magnets. Locals have returned in droves. 2013 began with a new film magnet and a new Principal, Mark Naulls. We, parents, teachers and staff have worked together to change the school for…

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King Middle School is flourishing

Over the past two weeks the garden at King Middle School received some much needed water and cool weather. Check out these happy plants! The beautiful hues of fall are showing, especially given the overcast backdrop of the day. The grey sky is a friend to many of these veggies. The planting will no doubt…

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Seed Scarification

Did you know that different seeds have different needs? In order to germinate, or awaken from dormancy many seeds need to be scarified. There are three primary types of scarification: thermal, abraded and chemical. 6th graders in Ms. Mitsuse’s Organic Gardening class learned about the different types seed scarification and how they naturally occur in…

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King Middle School Students Beautify Campus

Students in Mr. Aleman’s class stayed warm on this breezy day by beautifying their campus. They weeded around the naive plants, fruit trees and herbs. Once that work was done they mulched the canopy to ensure that the expected rainfall (this week) gets absorbed into the soil. Not only are the plants healthier but the…

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New Signs @ King Middle School

This year the garden at Thomas Starr King Middle School experienced some major changes. Sonja, our wonderful co-teacher at King Middle School collected old gift cards for us to repurpose. Ms. Villangco’s class spruced up the cards with a coat of chalkboard paint. Before the day was over we wrote the names of the freshly…

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King Middle School students get their hands dirty

Bok choy, lettuce, Asian carrots, chives, peas, bush beans and more! Would you able to choose from this lovely list? Students at King made small plots, amended the soil, sowed seeds, watered and finished up by laying mulch around their seed plot. We are all so eager to see the progress next week.

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Green Apple Day of Service

The Green Apple Day of Service at King Middle School was a huge hit. Parents, students and the school community gathered to re-design the garden. On Monday students will plant in the newly designed garden. Thanks off all your help everyone!

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Seedlings are growin’ @ King Middle School

Just two weeks ago (at the Whole Foods’ Kids’ Day of Service) we sowed a variety of seeds at King Middle School. Check it out, the beans, beets, onions and radishes that have come to life in the last 14 days! Fortunately, all 120+ students who visited the garden today are well-equipped to identify any…

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Insect Predators in the King Middle School Garden

We found this friend in the King Middle School Garden this week. The praying mantis is one of the most important predators in the garden. A carnivore, this insect helps us keep the pest problems in check. Next time you see one, don’t shy away. They are harmless to us but these are one of…

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Kids’ Day of Service @ King Middle School

Whole Foods Kids’ Day of Service was a hit! Children ages 2 and up came to beautify the King Middle School garden and campus. With the volunteers’ help, we were able to build an orchard and herb garden along the eastern side of the school. It was even equipped with a beautiful horse-rail fence. The…

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Composting at King Middle School

Students at King Middle School learned about the necessary ingredients for a healthy compost pile. Afterward they cleared away the extra carbon, or “the browns” that were in the garden and started a fresh pile. With the students’ hard work we got it cleared out in no time! Next job, helping the worms…

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Whole Foods & EnrichLA Kids’ Day of Service

Don’t have plans for Saturday, September 14th? Whole Foods Glendale, Arroyo Parkway and Pasadena are sponsoring Kids’ Day of Service at EnrichLA’s very own Thomas Starr King Middle School garden. Sign-up by clicking here. All you need to do is provide your name and email address and you’re ready to go. We will spend the day…

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ENRICH LA BRINGS NEW CIRRICULUM TO KING MIDDLE FILM MAGNET

ENRICH LA BRINGS NEW CIRRICULUM TO KING MIDDLE FILM MAGNET The Director’s Cut and Enrich LA Together with the help of underwriters will provide media literacy workshops in support of Hollywood-based King Middle School’s Magnet ambitions in the Cinematic Arts. “WORKING HARD TOGETHER, EVERYTHING’s POSSIBLE.” Tomas O’Grady The Directorʼs Cut engages young people in collaborative,…

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Northland Village Church Volunteers @ King M.S.

King Middle School received a wonderful makeover with the help of Northland Village Church. Nearly 75 people helped mulch, plant, paint, clean and pressure wash. The school was transformed by the work of these generous volunteers. Thanks everyone!

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Los Feliz Council Day of Service

Saturday marked the first Council Day of Service. Los Feliz Neighborhood Council members spent the day at KIng Middle School. These hardworking volunteers helped beautify the front of the middle school campus. They planted over forty drought-tolerant shrubs and laid fresh mulch.   As you can see, the helpers ranged in height, quite a bit!…

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Thomas Starr King gardens turns native and drought tolerant.

Friends of King and Next Step Ministries and Enrich La joined forces to  turn the center of King Middle School into a drought tolerant garden. Tomas O’Grady and Tanera of next step ministries

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Special Thanks to Sylmar High School!!

Where would we be without the generosity of others? The Farm King garden volunteer staff would like to thank the good and giving people at Sylmar High School who donated the transplants we will soon plant in the garden. These transplants will become the means by which Thomas Starr King middle schoolers learn (and reap) […]

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Meet Our New Friend!

Mr. Grasshopper!

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Mr. Eageler’s Class Upcycles!

Did you know that Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour?! That’s a lot of waste! This week Mr. Eagler’s class tackled the plastic bottle overload problem by converting  water bottles headed for the trash into lovely flowers vases. It’s called upcyling. Upcycling is the process of converting waste into new materials or […]

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Salad with Mint Dressing

The best thing you can make from a bursting garden is a big, beautiful salad! And that is what we did this week. It was fantastic. We had a great turn out, with lots of kids clamoring to help make our harvest in to something delicious. The kids gathered up what was on hand and we put […]

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Pasta Salad!

What makes cooking in the Farm King Garden so great is that we never know what is going to happen. We are only there once a week, (on Tuesdays! Come join us!)  and when we show up we only sort of have an idea about what’s going to be ready to harvest. Will the broccoli […]

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Purple Cauliflower!

Look what sprouted in the garden! Purple Cauliflower!

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Garden Soup

After our long winter break, it was great to see so many students join the Garden Club at Farm King on Tuesday. But wow was it cold! With the chilly weather there was no better choice than to make a cozy winter soup. It’s *super* easy to do with all the greens we have right […]

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Sweet Potatopalooza at Farm King! With a recipe, of course…

Where were you for sweet potatopalooza 2012? Hopefully, at Farm King enjoying the early winter harvest and resulting meal we made! From our 4×6 section of the garden, we pulled out about 35 lbs of glorious sweet potatoes! Enough to feed a lot of people. (And the mice that got a few we left in […]

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Swiss Chard and Bean Soup in the Garden

It was a beautiful, warm afternoon when we gathered in the garden to make Swiss Chard and Bean soup. Funnily enough, by the time we were done, some clouds had moved in and it was perfect soup weather. We harvested a LOT this week. Sweet potatoes (more on that next week. Sweetpotatopalooza 2012 is coming!), […]

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Honey Love Beekeepers visit the garden!

There was a buzz in the air when Chelsea from Honey Love Beekeeping came to visit Farm King garden this week! Students were educated and entertained by all things bees. So much thanks to Chelsea and Honey Love for opening up the students’ eyes to the wonderfully exciting and important role that bees play! Here […]

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Thomas Starr King Middle School Mini Farm

Tomas O’Grady, the founder of Enrich LA, created this garden in 2008. It is the success of this garden and it’s effect on the entire school, that prompted the creation of this non-profit. This garden and it’s activities are prolific, mainly due to the leadership of Brian Miller. King Middle School is located at 4201…

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Look what’s cooking at Farm King!

Volunteer/Chef extraordinaire Joel prepared a fine lunch for the after-schoolers at Farm King this week. The recipe and photos follow: Sweet Potato Tacos w/ Homemade Pico de Gallo Corn Tortillas   Taco Filling: 1 Bag Sweet Potatoes 1 Package White Mushrooms 5 Cloves of Garlic 1 Yellow Onion Handful Dried Cranberries Kosher Salt Cracked Black […]

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Farm King Garden on KCRW!!

KCRW’s “Good Food” radio program with Evan Kleiman recently aired a spot on the Farm King garden. A producer from the show came out to interview Garden manager, Brian Miller and a group of Thomas Starr King students to talk about their very noble accomplishments. Click here to listen: http://www.kcrw.com/media-player/mediaPlayer2.html?type=audio&id=gf121020food_trucks_in_paris Click here to see the […]

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Giving Thanks

Farm King Students are grateful to the Disney and Kellogg companies for their generous donations to the garden. Some handmade cards from Farm King students:

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