Welcome to the Wilton Garden!!

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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

Garbage to Garden…It’s Compost Time!

Bryana, Suzanna, Sook, Katherine, and Sky teach you how to recycle leftover food to make nutrient-rich soil.
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Another succesful garden build!

Rounding things out for a trinity of blog posts on the garden build at Trinity Elementary this past weekend! Three posts about the garden build may seem excessive, but I cannot stress how incredible it was to witness and be a part of such an amazing collective effort. Volunteers were greeted in the morning by…
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Plastic is Not Fantastic

Colby, Justin, Steven, Marisol propose alternatives to plastic and other eco-friendly tips.    
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Working Together Anything Is Possible = Trinity Garden in South LA

It is amazing what can be accomplished when all the people involved believe in a project and give it their all! All elements came beautifully together this Saturday at Trinity Elementary , where at the end of 6 hours of hard work,  a garden for the school was born. We filled the space, once asphalt, with…
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Volunteer at Farm King

Raymond, Desiree, Manolo, and Stepan inspire you to volunteer by giving a tour of Farm King.
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Littering Harms Sea Animals

Erin, Jocelyn, and Sarah illustrate how littering affects marine life, and what we can do to help. 
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Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

eco-friendly skillets Non-Stick surfaces release toxic fumes that can harm small animals and kill birds, such as canaries very quickly. Who wants to put that into their bodies? Not me. Instead use stainless steel, cast iron, or eco-coated pots and pans. I was lucky to inherit my grandparents’ stainless steel copper bottom cookware and it…
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Green fair at king middle

Mrs Ralph’s class preparing for green fair at king
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Fresh, seasonal, organic veggies make a great salad @ Micheltorena garden

The time came and the Micheltorena garden is ready for  the kids to harvest veggies, make a salad and learn all about eating fresh seasonal unprocessed foods. The picking was fun, the prepping as well, and all were very open to considering having fresh foods over processed, understood the reasons why and asked lots of…
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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),…