Checking Out the Vines at Alta Loma

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We have a huge amount of Passion fruit vines growing all over the fences at Alta Loma. We also have a Watermelon vine from the Summer that seems to still be doing well in this funky weather.

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Lisa Friedman-York

Lisa Friedman-York aka Maya's mom, has a BFA in Theater Arts with a primary focus on voice overs. I inherited my green thumb and love of gardening, growing & eating vegetables from my mama, a landscape architect, my grandmother & great grandfather, one of the founders of the American Camellia Society. All from Savannah, Georgia. While growing up, my mama often said she designed gardens to make the world a more peaceful, beautiful place to sit, day dream, picnic or take a nap. Planting edible gardens with children is a joyful balance to experience. Watching young children exploring, learning & growing while simultaneously watching seedlings germinate then reaching for the sky reassures me the earth is in good hands for future generations.

Plastic Bag Infographic

Below is a stunning infographic, courtesy of Reuse This Bag, which spotlights worldwide trends on plastic bag bans and usage. The first ban on single-use plastic bags began in Ireland in 2003. Since then, countries like China, Australia, and Somalia have followed suit. Until the United States puts a ban on these urban tumbleweeds, make…
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Bye-bye Bottled Water!

Marketers of bottled water have certainly done their jobs well. Bottled water claims to be fresher, cleaner, healthier, heck, even smarter. And consumers eat (or drink, rather) it all up. When the truth is, bottled water is just as safe and healthy as tap water. In general, municipal water in developed countries is well-regulated. In…
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Reuse Materials to Reduce Waste

Ervin, Victoria, Estefania, Larry, and Javier encourage you to REUSE materials to REDUCE waste. 
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More Bees and a Well-Deserved Meal

      Today at Micheltorena, Leonardo continued the bee demonstration with the observation hive so that every class had a chance to learn about the nature of bees and the art of beekeeping. Leonardo talked about the structure of honeycomb (hexagonal cells), about the different types of bees that make up a colony (worker,…
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Litter From Garbage Trucks

Carl, David, Martin, and Jason define litter and offer suggestions on how garbage trucks can reduce litter.
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Say No to Styrofoam

Mariska, Hannah, John, and Miguel take action to reduce styrofoam at their school. 
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WHOLE FOODS TO SUPPLY ORGANIC FOOD FOR KING ECO MAGNET PICNICS NEXT YEAR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6/15/2111 Enrich LA ( aka farm feliz) + Whole Foods are proud to announce a sponsorship partnership with Thomas Starr King Environmental Studies Magnet to provide for the 2011-2012, organic food for quarterly picnics for the students. “This is a green magnet. Four times a year, we will have a big picnic…
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Large Marge Sustainables will serve Lunch to the Trinity Volunteers

We are very excited because Large Marge Sustainables will be serving lunch to the volunteers at the Trinity School Garden Build this Saturday 6/18. Great food for great works! http://www.largemargesustainables.com To sign up for this event http://enrichla.org/volunteer/  
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Scrubbing king for magnet introductions

Hard at work putting on our best face at king middle
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At Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter the Thursdays are Green

By Angeles McClure | October 1, 2018

At Sherman Oaks the new green generations started to sprout. We are very excited to start this scholar year with the hands in the ground. The first generation of Organic Gardeners began to plant the first seeds and seedlings on the raised beds. We learn about some specific rules that we must follow in the…

At Rio Vista the Seed is awake

By Angeles McClure | September 26, 2018

Rio vista welcomed the fall. On today’s lesson we discovered the power that the compost has and also how a seed grows. We started reviewing the process of composting, how is made of  and what kind of organisms helps it to break down into a little pieces the compost’s “ingredients”. We discovered that besides earthworms,…

Talking Dirt at El Sereno Elementary

By Sarah Heder | September 28, 2018

The kindergartners loved getting their hands dirty! We talked about the ingredients in soil — minerals, air, water, and organic matter. We did some investigating in the soil using magnifying glasses. We gathered around the garden beds and dug our hands in the soil. The kids described what it felt like using words like fluffy…

The Water Cycle at Atwater Elementary

By Sarah Heder | September 28, 2018

The students at Atwater Elementary enjoyed learning about the water cycle! We learned that a cycle repeats over and over again. Their minds were blown when I told them that the same water they use to take a shower in is the same water the dinosaurs swam in. Woah! We worked on the vocabulary words…

Red Onions and Befriending the Lunch Ladies at San Pedro Elementary

By Rocio Prado | September 18, 2018

  This was my first week as a Garden Ranger at San Pedro Elementary School. I’m learning that being a Garden Ranger means doing your best at negotiating many different moving parts. These include principals, faculty, community members, students, and the overall health of herbs, fruit trees, compost bins, and vegetables. Fortunately, I am in…

Mayberry Magicians Get Wormy

By Nicole Hernandez | October 11, 2018

The Mayberry Magicians this month got up close and personal with red worms to learn about Vermiculture! We started by reading together the “Wonderful World of Worms,” by Linda Glaser. Then we created a happy worm habitat drawing and pinpointed the parts of the anatomy we knew. The students were shocked to learn that there…

Vine Students’ Metamorphosis

By Seema Sundaresh | September 30, 2018

Students transformed into plants and insects!? Is this Vine St Elementary or Hogwarts!? This month students learned that aphids move around by hoping and ladybugs move slowly and methodically. They also learned that ladybugs help the garden by eating aphids that hinder a garden from thriving. They also learned the different parts of a plants…

Gardner Scientists and Curators

By Seema Sundaresh | September 30, 2018

This month, Gardner Elementary students had a busy month as scientists and curators! The fourth grade students at examined the health of the soil in the garden. They first felt the soil with their hands, wrote about what the soil felt like and made hypotheses on how much sand, silt, and clay was in the soil.…

Bruschetta at Kingsley

By Justine Tyler | April 1, 2018

Bruschetta is an antipasto (starter dish) from Italy consisting of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. The wonderful kids and I at Kingsley Elementary made this classic dish today. Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil Recipe Prep time: 15 minutesCook time: 20 minutesYield: Makes 24 small slices, serves 6-10 as an…

A plant is what?!

By Sarah Shutman | March 29, 2018

When teaching about gardening, it is impossible to engage students if they don’t know what part of a plant I am talking about! For this lesson, I covered the parts of a plant. I discussed the roots, stem, leaves, fruit and flowers. I brought in a dug up mallow plant (to show roots, stem, leaves),…