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

EnrichLA nominated for California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

Thank you to Dr. Rebecca Crane, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, with Kaiser Permanente Sunset for nominating us for this award which recognizes efforts to positively impact the physical activity, fitness and well-being of California’s children and youth. Award winners will be officially announced in September and information will be posted on the Counci’s website
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Plastic Water Bottles- Whats The Big Deal?

EnrichLA seeks to bring nutrition and environmental awareness onto local school campuses.  But what would that mean without reevaluating the way we treat the environment ourselves? One issue that is very dear to us here at EnrichLA is the use of single-use plastic water bottles.  We have given away reusable bottles, donated by the Greater…
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Just one more Saturday at the Micheltorena Garden

This Saturday we had a lot of new people coming to the garden. I taught a class, Urban Beekeeping  101,  on all I learned from being a member of Backwards Beekeepers. A few folk from the Echo Park Time Bank showed up to it, and stayed for a garden produce salad from the bounty the…
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Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

Carmegeddon Weekend This weekend, July 16 & 17th is called “Carmegeddon” in the Los Angeles area, because one of the largest freeways will be closed for 2 days. The 405 freeway is used by millions of people daily. It just goes to show how dependent people are of their cars. They are freaking out! So,…
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My first school garden at Neighborhood Nursery School

In 2006, I, and a bunch of other parents built this garden and garden play house for the Neighborhood Nursery School in Silver Lake. I had grey long hair back then. Happy times. Tomas O’Grady             Justine O’Grady    
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EnrichLA Joins The Echo Park Time Bank

EnrichLA has recently become a member of the “Echo Park Time Bank” and we are very excited about the opportunity to be a part of such a great group! From The Echo Park Time Bank website: “The Echo Park Time Bank is a collective whose purpose is to facilitate the cooperative exchange of goods and…
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EnrichLA + KIIS FM

EnrichLA founder Tomas O’Grady was recently invited by 102.7 KIIS FM here in Los Angeles to talk about EnrichLA on the air! Tomas met with popular DJ “Boy Toy” Jesse Lozano to discuss the benefits of school gardens, and to share with listeners what EnrichLA is doing for schools around the city.  Tomas had his…
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Introducing myself: I’m teacher Michael Martinez (and why I joined EnrichLA)

My name is Michael. I love people. I love my city. I grew up in a middle class suburb of Los Angeles with no connection to the land and no idea of how the food system operated. I didn’t question the source of my meals and the only knowledge of fruits and vegetables I had…
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please volunteer for Sustain LA this weekend!

– Volunteers Needed – What can you do to help “GREEN” the environment?  All it takes is 4 hours! Take part in an eco-movement to help educate the public on BETTER FOOD habits and ZERO WASTE! Los Angeles is hosting its first Eat Real Festival Saturday, July 16 – Sunday, July 17.  We need enthusiastic volunteers who will…
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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),…