Welcome to the Wilton Garden!!


Today was the first day for the new cycle of students. They came excited and ready to eat something.  The garden welcomed them with a fresh leafy green salad. Students are working the soils and getting the garden ready for Spring and Summer. They tilt, cultivate, rake and water the beds and lots of healthy compost to add back nutrients taken away from our cool season crops.




Zuri Blandon

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

eco-friendly paint & varnish remover This is a project I did a few years ago and people always ask me how I did it. It is new to eco enthusiast, but the photos have been on flickr for a while. A few years ago, I refinished 2 vintage Eames Herman Miller fiberglass chairs. I found…
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Gardens- An Alternative To Sports?

Getting involved in school sports is an excellent way for children to socialize and get exercise during and after school.  According to the CDC, as many as 58% of LAUSD students are not physically active each day, so when a child is enthusiastic about a sport it makes physical fitness a lot easier.  But what about the…
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Stryrofoam trays at lausd are a waste. Action item.

This summer using the farm king effort as an example to point to, we embark on a district wide effort to replace stryofoam trays with reusable trays
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Fighting Childhood Obesity- One of Many Benefits of Edible School Gardens!

There are many benefits of installing school gardens on school campuses.  Helping children reconnect with the source of their food, spending time outdoors, and providing an outdoor setting for learning science, biology and math are just a few!  Another major benefit of school gardens is to encourage healthy eating habits, thus helping the fight against…
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Trinity Elementary School VOLUNTEER DAY!

If you would like to be a part of this fantastic volunteer opportunity, visit our volunteer page or click here to sign up.  We cant wait to see you! On Saturday June 18th, from 9am to 2pm, volunteers will be gathering at Trinity Elementary School in Los Angeles for our second big GARDEN BUILD!  This is…
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Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

Chews Your Cause I was at the pet store and I always scope for eco-friendly dog toys & products. I was looking for a treat dispensing toy and found one made by Dura Doggie™ designs. I was impressed because it is eco-friendly, recyclable, non-toxic, donates to charities, FDA approved, and made in the USA. My…
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May in the Garden

The month of May has brought us an abundance of vegetables. We harvested kale, garlic, carrots, beans, beets, zucchini, and a variety of lettuces. All of their hard work is now paying off in the form of beautiful nutritious food! May in the Garden, ph...
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Gardens as bridges

There are all kinds of positive benefits to installing gardens in our schools. To list some: -reconnect with the sources of our food -rekindle/initiate healthy eating habits -spend time outdoors while growing food -fight child obesity and other related health issues -learn agriculture themes like planting, soil building, composting -learn science, biology, math in an…
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BerryPlus Laundry Soap

Post by Stacy Rockwood of Eco-Napkins There are more and more varieties of environmentally friendly laundry soaps available on the market.  Have you wondered how ecologically friendly or sustainable they actually are?  There are eco-soaps and then there is BerryPlus soap for those who want to be sure!

 Ever considered washing your clothes with berries?  [...]
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Tomas O’Grady + “Whats For Lunch Solutions”

Tomas O’Grady, an EnrichLA founder, was recently asked by “Whats ForLunch Solutions” to provide an outline of the school garden build process for their website!  They called him the “school garden expert!” “Whats For Lunch Solutions” is a website that features ideas and outlines for bringing health and nutrition back into schools.  It includes ideas and…
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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.