Gardener Looks Through the Glass

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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

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Plastic chair mats are big, ugly, and bad for the environment. If you need an office chair mat, then please consider getting one made out of sustainable materials such as bamboo. They are more attractive and the earth will thank you, too.
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SUCCESS! Roosevelt Senior High School Garden Build

On a semi-gloomy Sunday morning, May 22nd, over 160 volunteers gathered at Roosevelt Senior High School in Boyle Heights in hopes of working together for a positive change.  In honor of the “Harvey Milk Day of Service” volunteers from EnrichLA, Roosevelt Senior High School, Gay for Good, The Partnership for LA Schools and We Serve…
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Enrich LA teams up with Sustain LA!

Enrich LA teamed up with Sustain LA this weekend at the Silver Lake Jubilee. Sustain LA is an amazing local organization that emphasizes environmental responsibility, specifically waste reduction. Thanks to Sustain LA, the Silver Lake Jubilee was a ZERO waste event. All food vendors were required to have compostable trays and utensils. Bins labeled “Compost,”…
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Farm King at Silver Lake Jubilee!

This weekend, Farm King headed down the street to the Silver Lake Jubilee, a two-day music and arts festival, to raise money to buy reusable trays for Thomas Starr King students. The weekend was definitely a success! Students, teachers, parents and volunteers all helped out, with the shared goal of eliminating styrofoam from our cafeteria.…
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Seed Bombs

I’ve been seeing these vending machines around town and I wondered what a Seed Bomb was. I looked it up and it is a very cool concept. Today, I stopped by their booth at a festival and picked up a few. I got the Wild Flower Mix Seed Bombs to attract Hummingbirds, Butterflies and Bees. [...]
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Silverlake Jubilee

This weekend I will be volunteering with students from Thomas Starr King Middle School at the Silverlake Jubilee. The students are raising money to buy reusable lunch trays instead of throwing away 1,400 Styrofoam trays every day. Learn more about their project at: http://farmkingblog.wordpress.com/ Silverlake Jubilee eco-commitment: The Silver Lake Jubilee is a single-use bottled [...]
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Micheltorena Update

Over the past few weeks, a lot has been accomplished at the garden. Mr. Wurmfeld and I have given lessons on the anatomy of seeds to many classes, including Ms. Markarian’s kindergartners and Ms. Lewis’ 3rd and 4th graders. We’ve shown the students how to plant seeds, and explained to them how the embryo inside…
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Are Gas Blowers Illegal In Your Neighborhood?

Gas blower laws differ by city — find out if its use is banned in your neighborhood and what you can do if you spot a violation!   City of Berkeley The use of any portable machine powered with a gasoline engine used to blow leaves, dirt, and other debris off sidewalks, driveways, lawns or…
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Personal Care

Personal care products are disposable, fill up the landfills, and are harmful to the environment. Here are a few products to reduce your impact on the environment. Preserve products such as their toothbrushes and razors are made from recycled yogurt cups, are BPA free, doesn’t test on animals and are recyclable after use. Eco•Dent floss [...]
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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.