Yellow Time for TK’s in the Garden

Yellow Time

Easy breezy to simply “BE” in the garden with Mrs. Meza’s curious 4 year old TK class. These kiddos crave seed yoga then ask, “What is for snack?” Learning about “Yellow Time” also called, “Autumn” also named “Fall” Climates & Seasons were a big hit! They love to plant seeds and color leaf rubbings

Mrs. Meza’s TK class shine their brilliance when asking questions and remembering how to carefully use their fingers to make a small hole in the soil to plant their seeds.

We learned the parts of the plant watching pole beans, cucumbers, squash and sunflowers seedlings sprouting to life. These kiddos have a hungry appetite to learn and eat a variety of garden snacks. Favorites include carrots, purple cabbage, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and fancy fresh cucumbers slices with lemon, white wine vinegar & sea salt.

All is good in the brand new garden here in Mt. Washington Elementary School.

Lisa Friedman York

Proudly inherited my green thumb and love of gardening, growing & eating vegetables from my mama, a landscape architect, my grandmother & great grandfather all from Savannah, Georgia. My mama said she designed gardens to make the world a peaceful, beautiful place to sit and day dream or picnic and take a nap. Planting edible gardens with children is a joyful experience. Watching children explore, learn & grow while seedlings germinate reaching for the sky reassures me the earth is in good hands for future generations. My little girl Maya, LOVES to eat green veggies including kale, chard, spinach, bok choi and lettuce. Thank Goodness for Gardens.

A Bountiful Harvest

Atwater Elementary is booming with so many plants that are ready to harvest, so the 3rd graders and 5th graders spent their classes making a delicious salad and having a harvest party! We harvested mustard greens and leafy lettuce, chopped them up and put them in a big bowl. We harvested the broccoli and Chinese…
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Warm and Cool Season Planting

The 5th graders had a lesson about our climate, which is a Mediterranean climate. This means we have mild winters and hot summers. So we really have two planting seasons, a warm and a cool season. So it’s easy for us to grow food all year long. The warm season crops, which we plant in…
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Worms!

The 5th graders were so excited to study worms! We discussed the main jobs of a worm — to make tunnels in the soil, eat rotten food, and make soil. We talked about where worms live, their senses, their anatomy, and their diet. Worms do not have eyes. They are very sensitive to bright light…
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Brand New Garden at Erwin Elementary

Erwin Elementary has a brand new garden! The first rotation of garden classes started with three 5th grade classes. Their very first lesson was learning the parts of a seed. We discussed the seed coat which has the job of protecting the seed. We talked about the food storage that gives the seed the nutrients…
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Seed Saving

The 3rd graders spent their class learning how to collect seeds from plants. We discussed that it is important to save seeds to ensure bio and genetic diversity and long term success of a species. We also talked about how early agricultural civilizations saved seeds to plant crops because they did not have a store…
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Loving Leaves at Valley View

Our last class of 2019 was held on a sunny and brisk day at Valley View Elementary.   First graders spent a lot of time discussing the importance of leaves and how they are the plant’s food source and large reason for growth!  We ended our discussion by selecting leaves from mature plants in the…
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Green Energy ~ Woodlawn

For the past four weeks I’ve been blessed to have two Nutrition students from Cal State LA, assist me in my garden lessons here at Woodlawn elementary.  These two were such an asset to the program.  They were excited to dive in and research nutritional aspects as well as help me with garden tasks. Here…
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Radish Hunt~Woodlawn

Radishes are a great seed to plant year round.  Here in Southern California, these little seeds germinate quickly during Spring, Summer and Fall.  They can be tricky to to grow though. Sometimes they only grow leaves and fail to produce a bulbous root.  Mostly this is due to root disturbance during the time when the…
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Winter Harvest~ Ramona

The Ramona Elementary garden is small but it sure can produce a fair amount of produce. Broccoli and collard greens are abundant right now. So are the mint, lemon balm and snap peas. The office and staff got most of the harvest but we used some of the ingredients to make a Winter salad.  We dressed…
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Butterfly Life Cycle at Ramona

Sometimes you have to let the garden do the teaching!  When I saw all the monarch caterpillars in the milkweed, I knew I had to take this opportunity to teach the kids about caterpillars and monarchs . All the kids were gentle and kind to the caterpillars.  I explained that we need to make sure…
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Slow down, and the garden comes to life!

By Sanjay Gupta | December 18, 2019

This week Castelar students were taken for an observational walk in the garden since it’s been raining most weeks during class. Students used the knowledge they learned over the semester to identify plants and scratch & sniff things that have wonderful aromas. There were insects climbing around, and one in particular was a sure show-stopper!…

Worms Worms Worms!

By Sanjay Gupta | December 2, 2019

This week we learned all about worms and how important they are to the garden! It was raining inside, and Ranger Sanjay has a worm bin so he brought it in for all the kids to see. There were hundreds of them and we learned about how their “castings” are super healthy for garden plants.…

Plants are Alive too! Investigating Leaves at Bushnell Elementary

By Zina Denevan | November 13, 2019

After discussing plant respiration (plants breathe too!) Bushnell elementary 1st and 2nd graders used magnifying glasses to search for evidence. The students were delighted to discover tiny bubbles of oxygen coming from their submerged leaves. To help the concepts sink in we alternated between breathing like humans and animals (inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide)…

Seed Exploration at Bushnell Elementary

By Zina Denevan | September 21, 2019

This week’s lesson was all about seeds at Bushnell elementary. Students broke open pre-soaked pinto beans to discover the baby plants inside. Once located they shouted with excitement, “Look, I found the embryo!” Students then used magnifying glasses to get a closer look. After talking about the parts of a seed and what they need…

42nd Street Students delighted to decorate

By Harriet Shaham | December 18, 2019

Indoors and outdoors, the students at 42nd Street School were delighted to decorate their school with images related to gardening and growing

Angeles Mesa kindergarteners thrilled about compost

By Harriet Shaham | December 18, 2019

The kindergarten students were excited to learn about how compost feeds other plants, and they were energized to help tear up weeds and other plants to facilitate decomposition.

Audubon Middle students gentle with seedlings

By Harriet Shaham | December 18, 2019

The middle school students at Audubon were so gentle as they planted seedlings

Kindergarteners love the garden at Angeles Mesa

By Harriet Shaham | November 28, 2019

Kindergardeners loves all the hands on exploring and work at Angeles Mesa. They proudly shared their successes in weeding many of the beds. Upon discovering a monarch Caterpillar, the children oohed and ahhed at its unique pattern. Before planting seeds, each youth examined and admired the potential plants they could create. Finally, the youngsters took…

42nd Street Elementary students help the decomposers

By Harriet Shaham | November 28, 2019

Learning about how bugs help the process of decomposition, the students at 42nd Street School were energized to aid in the process of breaking down weeds and other leaves to help create compost fertilizer.

Fun in Fall at Audubon Middle School

By Harriet Shaham | November 28, 2019

Students at Audubon Middle School had loads of fun in the Fall..first, they emthusiastically prepped a bed to plant potatoes by bailing half the soil out. They also learned about succulents and made their own flowery centerpiece to take home to their families for the Thanksgiving holiday.