Gardener Looks Through the Glass


Gardener school – 15th

The kids came over and we reviewed what I taught them this year, composting, root system, pollination, and parts of a plant. Then the kids looked for how much growth had taken place in the garden. They also picked from the garden to take home to eat later.

PJ Johnson

Great Day at Los Feliz Charter School for The Arts!

This past Saturday, July 9th, volunteers gathered to build the new garden at Los Feliz Charter School for The Arts.  Even though it was hot out, volunteers worked hard to get this garden ready for the students. Garden preparation included filling the raised beds with a 50/50 compost and dirt mixture, removing plants and weeds,…
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Backwards Beekeepers Backwards Bees is a group of organic, treatment-free beekeepers in Los Angeles, with branches now forming in other cities. They’re “Backwards” because they rely on observation and natural practices to keep our bees thriving rather than pesticides, chemicals, or treatments of any kind. They’re continually growing as more and more people discover the…
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Building a garden at Los Feliz charter!

    Parents, kids and volunteers are here at Los Feliz charter school working diligently on the new garden.  Raised beds have been filled with a 50/50 compost and dirt mixture, and fruit trees are being planted as we speak!  Stay tuned for photos of the finished product….or come by and get dirty, we can…
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Community Gardens

If you have ever spent time in New York City, you may have noticed something like this: While I have not spent much time wandering around Los Angeles (I hate to admit), I will say that I have never seen something like this here. So whats the big deal about community gardens?  What does “community…
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Enrich LA joins the Echo Park Time Bank

We are very happy to be part of the Echo Park Time Bank, a collective whose purpose is to facilitate the cooperative exchange of goods and services among its members. It is a pay it forward system that connects unmet needs with untapped resources. For every hour you help another member, you earn a Time…
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Charter school garden

Our star volunteer Sherrell picks up plants for this Saturday’s Garden Build at Los Feliz Charter for the Arts where she is a parent. Join her on July 9th – 9:00am to 1:00pm. Los Feliz Charter School For The Arts 2709 Media Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90065 RSVP by clickingHERE. See you there!
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Happy Independence Day

What a better way to celebrate Independence Day than to muse on the many ways in which edible school and community gardens bring us closer to Independence: From store bought fruits and vegetables tainted with pesticides… From supporting industries hat dump tons of pesticides into our soil and watersheds… From foreign oil dependency; no need…
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LA Bans Plastic Bags today, July 1st! “Less paper, no plastic.” Think of it as the new mantra for Los Angeles County’s checkout lines. Starting July 1, stores in the county’s unincorporated area will help curb a longstanding environmental problem by charging a dime each for paper bags and halting the distribution of single-use plastic…
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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),…

Beets are rad(ish)!

By Sarah Shutman | March 27, 2018

Beets are rad(ish)! This year, Valentine’s Day was full of nostalgic excitement, as I remembered my days of elementary school, full of sugary candy and a “holiday”. This was my first year teaching on Valentines Day, and I wanted to share something special with the students of 2nd  Street Elementary. I decided to do a…

That makes a plant?!

By Sarah Shutman | March 22, 2018

For this lesson, I planned to cover plant reproduction via parts of a flower. This was the first lesson that required thinking on my toes and adapting my plan (something that I am quickly learning). I drew out a picture and went over the descriptions. The pre-K and 2nd graders were  lost and distracted. They…

Love Nature

By PJ Johnson | April 12, 2018

Valentines Day at Gardener School Love Nature. We showed our love for nature at Gardener School. The students were allowed to pick the most interesting leaf in the garden from any place in the garden and they had  to write something to it like a poem or a love letter. Ms. Thaviphone class created leaf…

Gardener School – Composting

By PJ Johnson | April 11, 2018

2nd-grade class: We visited the three compost bins in the garden.  Finding Mr. Brown carbon examples and Mr. Green Nitrogen examples to put in the bins.  They gathered brown leaves from the ground and picked three things to identify which it was carbon or nitrogen.  We also looked at a compost thermometer, talking about the…

Pollination at Gardener Street Elementary School

By PJ Johnson | April 10, 2018

Talk to the class about pollination today.   The kids identified the stamen and pollen on the flowers in the garden.  They also took herbs from the garden lemon balm, mint, lavender, sage.  They also identified the pollen on some herb plants.

Van Ness Deep in the Dirt

By PJ Johnson | April 9, 2018

We cleaned up the beds and Ms. Chelsea and Udie pulled weeds together. The students in the VI part of Vaness got their hands deep in the dirt.  Pulling out weeds from the beds especially in areas where we have overgrown vegetation.  We have eaten a lot of Romain lettuce with Hummus because the kids…

Compost Learning at Van Ness School

By PJ Johnson | April 8, 2018

New group of kids learning about compost.  We took a poll as to what [a cup of worm castings] worm poop was just by looking, touching and smelling the worm castings.  The students really were interested in what they could put in the Darth Vader like compost bin

Van Ness School making seed bombs with the VI kids

By PJ Johnson | April 7, 2018

This was a great exercise for the kids especially Udie.  Chelsea the OT specialist at Vanes and I partner to play with our students at Vaness.  Udie also helped to crush roasted eggshells for the compost.