DoGood Bus….does good!

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DeeG visit (with Tomas, Kirsten, Edith, and Erin from EnrichLA) 7/17/15

WOW!  I can’t say enough good things about the DirectTV summer interns working today at SouthGate Middle School. We had approximately 30 volunteers on the DoGood bus, and they did a LOT of GOOD! This school’s garden has a MAJOR infestation of bermuda grass.  We removed at least 40 wheelbarrows full of bermuda grass.  In some places, especially near the sidewalks and around the sprinkler poles and sprinkler valve boxes, the intertwined grass roots were almost solid!

We used shovels, pickaxes, rakes, and bare hands to chop through the roots, and sift through for the (imo) nasty grass roots that will regenerate, if given half a chance.

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In speaking to one of the DoGoodBus volunteers, I found out they don’t even know what they are in for until they get to the work site!  It was a HOT day, no relief from the unrelenting summer sunshine.  They brought a large thermos full of cold water, to rehydrate throughout the day.

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At the end of their workday, I turned one of the overhead sprinklers on, and several of the volunteers cooled off before heading back to DirectTV for an afternoon of office work.

The area around this sprinkler valve box was so inundated with bermuda grass, I could barely find the sprinkler valve.  Now it is clear and accessible!

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My “pet” project at this school is the cinder block compost bins.  These 3 volunteers turned compost bin #2 into #3.  After that, they turned compost bin #1 into now empty #2!  Once they started, I could NOT encourage them to trade jobs with other volunteers.  It took 3 hrs of constant work for this job to be complete.  Very impressive.

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They found some pretty interesting stuff mixed into the compost, including a hard hat and a rotating sprinkler!

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My sincere thanks to Tomas for finding this great group of volunteers (with a capital V).

Endless gratitude to Rebecca, Jenna, and all the DoGoodBus volunteers for a job WELL DONE!

EnrichLA Team

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.

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