Feeding the Plants with Amal at Juan Cabrillo

The kids LOVE watering at Juan Cabrillo! Without hesitation, they’d rather work in the garden during recess than hang on the monkey bars or run around in the soccer field. Frank and I don’t mind – we love the kids right back for their willingness to beautify their school garden! 🙂

Today we watered the plants with Amal, an organic amendment that mixes with water. After clearing a few beds, we watered those, too to prepare the soil for new seedlings. In a couple weeks we’ll see how the plants look!


Hope Cox

Native to Tennessee, Hope fell in love with urban farming while majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics at UT Chattanooga. She volunteered at an urban farm there for two years and gleaned (pun intended!) bushels of knowledge about harvesting & planting, CSA box coordination, farmers market stands, school field trips, farm-to-table and more. When Hope moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, she began volunteering with EnrichLA and soon after became a Ranger. She loves sharing with her elementary students the hands-on experience of gardening, finding bugs, composting and eating from the garden. The expression of glee on the students' faces when they discover a new critter or favorite vegetable is the best part of Hope's day! One day, she hopes to be a real farmer in the country but for now is glad to be learning the ins-and-outs of inner-city farming.