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Get a garden + the Ranger program in your school now. We have built over 100 in Los Angeles. We move rapidly. We take care of the permits. We make it ridiculously affordable. We are frugal. We can take on existing gardens and we know how to fix things.

You want your group volunteer day to actually mean something? You want lasting impact? We are so busy, we can guarantee almost any date you choose. You want to see results.   

HUMANS

It is easy to help out. We are in 100 Los Angeles schools weekly and we care for our 100 gardens 332 days per year.  If you want to help , we will put you to work. We are growing so rapidly that no matter what you have to offer, we likely need your talents. Engage today. Volunteer tomorrow.

For Our Garden Rangers

 

SCHOOL GARDENING?

In a world that is becoming ever more competitive, can we really afford to have our youngsters gardening?

A student plants a seed and then sees a ting seedling within days? That is an easy lesson in science. Contrast fresh heirloom tomatoes with a pinch of salt to fast food? Welcome to nutrition 101. We can’t afford to raise a generation that does not get whole foods and we hardly need more folks who do not feel connected and thus a responsibility to the earth. 

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SCHOOL GARDENS

We are adding new sites monthly. We build fast and efficiently.

Our team with the help of volunteers is so efficient that we build start to finish in one day. Redwood boxes, controlled drip irrigation, picnic tables and super fertile soil. Our gardens work!  

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RANGER PROGRAM

Building a school garden without a sustainability and teaching plan is a waste. Our rangers take care.

 Our garden rangers are on site weekly caring for the edible garden and delivering our straightforward and cheerful curriculum. We amend the soil, fix the irrigation and engage the community.

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CURRICULUM

Straightforward and cheerful. Its easy to learn by doing

Our interdisciplinary curriculum provides youth opportunities to explore in an outdoor setting.  We teach K-12 students everything from cooking skills to environmental stewardship and history to social justice.  It is rooted in the principals of both place-based and experiential learning models.

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OUR VALUES

Down to earth, no nonsense and hard working. We are irreverent and we are ambitious.

We are like no other non-profit. Nobody here makes more than a school district custodian. ($38,000) Everybody gets their hands dirty. We are efficient. We are as frugal. We are different. We are an active Non-Profit. ( a non profit who does work as opposed to advocating)       

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We need your help. Invest in Los Angeles Schoolchildren

There are many ways you can make a difference. We get that. We ask you to invest in what we are trying to do! Help kids eat healthy. Help kids appreciate and respect our planet. Help us partner with public schools.

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Landscape Architecture and Succession Planning at Micheltorena

By Alex Arciniega | October 6, 2019

Welcome October! While everyone is excited that the weather is cooling down, we’re planning ahead to take advantage of this wonderful weather that will give us our beautiful fall and winter vegetables. Last week we separated the teams into zones, so the kids could gravitate towards their preferences. This helps me in a couple of…

Using the Scientific Method to Recalibrate Compost

By Alex Arciniega | October 6, 2019

Over the last year the kids have been able to compost a lot of their lunch waste, about an average of 15 lbs. a week. Miss Araceli and Mr. Victor have been able to fully support the lunch line to glean any potential non-waste.   The part that I oversee is the compost. The kids…

Primary Academy Inhales

By Hillary Williams | October 5, 2019

Over at Primary Academy the native and herbal plants are going crazy.  We have native blue salvia, sticky monkey flower, curry, rosemary, lavender, pineapple mint, peppermint, basil, oregano and more!  The kids loved playing the “Guess Which Aromatic Plant am I?” game in which I cut up and hid leaves of different plants in a…

Nothing Beats a Beet at Ramona Elementary

By Alex Aleshire | October 3, 2019

I can’t believe Summer is over! Lots of changes happening in the garden.  It’s nice to leave some of the evidence so the kids can visualize the life cycles.  Harvesting beets is a good sign the weather is changing. The 4th graders were all for trying something new and interesting so we dug in and…

Valley View is a Balance

By Hillary Williams | October 3, 2019

Over at Valley View elementary, lives a well balanced and thriving garden space in which the students love connecting with organisms of all kinds. We returned from our summer break to a space full of color and wonder. The kids and I discussed how important every plant, creature and microorganism in the garden is. We…

Frank Del Olmo Elementary’s Sky High Garden

By Amanda Howell | October 2, 2019

The students at Frank Del Olmo Elementary were super excited to get back into this garden! Over the summer their corn and sunflower friends reached new heights, and the mint has taken on a life of it’s own. The kids helped weed and trim, and we put on a little play acting out the different…

Bryson Elementary Welcomes a New Garden!

By Amanda Howell | October 2, 2019

The 4th graders at Bryson Elementary are super excited to be the first classes to get their hands dirty and start planting in this brand new garden! Each class took over to plant a pizza bed (tomatoes, basil, spinach), a salad bed (cucumbers, carrots, radishes, lettuce) and an herb bed (oregano, sage, thyme, rosemary). They…

St. Patrick’s Sense of Wonder

By Hillary Williams | October 2, 2019

The last few weeks at St. Patrick’s have been a full dive back into the garden.  The younger grades have been exploring all the new changes in the garden through their senses; touching, smelling, feeling and  eating their way right on through!   And boy is there a lot to eat!   They’ve harvested watermelons,…

Welcoming Angeles Mesa to the garden

By Harriet Shaham | October 1, 2019

Angeles Mesa students were excited to enter the garden once more.  Some brave souls reached out to handle the milkweed beetles, and the beetles almost look like painted fingernails! Many of the Special Education students were unaccustomed to eating fresh fruit, and once they were encouraged, they were ‘sold’ on the sweet, juicy watermelon.

42nd Street Elementary students anticipating a taste

By Harriet Shaham | October 1, 2019

After discussing the Friends and Foes in the garden, the students enjoyed a taste of a leafy green (a favorite of many munching bugs) and a fruit (that must be pollinated by bugs).

Cheremoya Expert Gardeners

By Seema Sundaresh | September 30, 2019

Cheremoya 5th graders are expert gardeners. They know so much about plants and helpful bugs that we decided we needed to learn more about how to be plant guardians. We started the school year out by starting a plant journal. We recorded what plants we’re planting for the fall, their planting requirements, how long it…

Making Compost at Melrose

By Seema Sundaresh | September 30, 2019

Melrose third graders started off the school year by building a worm compost bin. We learned that compost is important because it reduces food waste; it’s good for the environment; and a wonderful food source for our plant friends. And worms are great and fast at creating compost that we can use in our garden…

Multnomah Elementary’s Compost Challenge

By Olivia McCallum | September 30, 2019

Multnomah Elementary’s 4th Graders  Weigh In On Composting   Back at School and… …the 4th graders at Mulnomah Elementary School are holding their very own composting challenge! Each week, the students collect and save their GREEN food scraps which go into their classroom compost buckets. They bring them back to class and we weigh and chart…

West Vernon Elementary’s Garden Undergoes Renovations

By Olivia McCallum | September 30, 2019

WELCOME TO WEST VERNON’S NEW ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION CENTER   West Vernon Elementary’s garden underwent major renovations this summer to establish itself as EnrichLA’s new Environmental Action Center. These improvements utilize the entire garden space area  by adding more citrus trees, raised garden beds for edible vegetables and herbs, focusing more on whole campus composting, improving…

Van Ness: Watering compost to make good fertilizer

By PJ Johnson | September 30, 2019

We lasagna layered the compost bin with nitrogen (veggies and fruit scraps), carbon (cardboard), air and water. Come on microbes and good bacteria lets make great fertilizer.

Holy Family

By PJ Johnson | September 30, 2019

The students are back and they are watering and prepping the soil at Holy Family’s Outer Garden

Head, Thorax, Abdomen!

By Sarah Heder | September 23, 2019

The Kinders at Atwater Elementary learned all about ants! We read a story called “Hey, Little Ant” by Phillip and Hannah Hoose. It led to a great discussion about whether they would squish an ant if they came across it while going about their day. We made a rule that the garden is the ant’s…

Parts of a Lima Bean

By Sarah Heder | September 23, 2019

The students loved learning about the parts of a seed — the seed coat, food storage, and the embryo. A seed is a baby plant waiting to be “born”. Every student found the embryo in their lima bean seed. After dissecting the lima bean seed, the students “planted” a new lima bean seed in a…

Tomatoes and Squash For Everyone!

By Sarah Heder | September 23, 2019

Summer has come to an end at Garvanza Elementary. We are working as a team and prepping the beds for our cool season crops. The students are planting bush beans in the garden bed. After growing tomatoes which are heavy feeders of the soil, we wanted to plant something that would help add nitrogen back…

Collecting the Rainbow

By Luke Loggins | September 23, 2019

This week at Rio Vista Elementary the kindergartner’s got to explore the garden while focusing on their sense of sight! We began the lesson by reviewing all 5 of our physical senses, which we had learned about last week. We moved on to talking specifically about our sense of sight, noting all the things we…

The Circle of Life in the Garden

By Luke Loggins | September 23, 2019

This week at Selma Ave Elementary we invited in the fall season by planting carrot, radish, and lettuce seeds. An important concept for kids to grasp as seasons come and go is that in nature there is no beginning or end; life is cyclical through the return to the soil. We explained this concept by…

Healthy Soils, Healthy Students

By Luke Loggins | September 23, 2019

This week at Toluca Lake Elementary, the fourth and fifth graders explored the garden soil, it’s various textures, and soil nutrients. The lecture began by asking questions to get the kids thinking about soils in a new way, such as “do you think our soil is alive?” and “how can the health of our soil…

Completing the Plant Cycle at Carson Gore Acadamy

By Judi McKee | September 22, 2019

The students at Carson Gore Academy wasted no time in getting seeds started for the garden.  They harvested the dried beans leftover from the summer crop, and removed the seeds from the pods.  There was confusion about the difference between a seed and a bean…..it’s tricky to explain to a 1st grader that all beans…

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…

Plant Anatomy and Field Research @ Micheltorena

By Alex Arciniega | September 19, 2019

Plant anatomy is slowly turning into my favorite lesson to teach and to learn from. Not only is this a great introduction to how our earth feeds us, but it’s also great in understanding why pollinators are so important. Hint, hint! without pollinators we would struggle to feed ourselves – either directly or indirectly. We…

Apple Anatomy @ Micheltorena School Garden

By Alex Arciniega | September 19, 2019

Last week, the kids worked on plant anatomy and discussed plant reproduction. It can be hard to conceptualize multiple types of plant reproduction but sometimes we need to ground our lessons in something tangible. This week, we’re working on apple anatomy. It’s great to break down the parts of an apple and look at the…

Welcome Back Micheltorena!

By Alex Arciniega | September 6, 2019

Welcome back Micheltorena! It’s great to connect with the kids, teachers and parents for another year. I’m pumped to talk about plant life cycle. Last year, we started so many seedlings, some made it and some didn’t – but since our classes are 6 weeks, some kids weren’t able to see how successful their crops…

Cherry Picking in the Jefferson Garden!

By Andrea Trujillo | August 26, 2019

It was so great to be back in Jefferson’s school garden with the students. We found some great surprises during our walk-through, and discussed all the ways the garden changed over summer. The garden was waiting with an amazing Welcome Back to School surprise!! These Catalina cherries are from the CA Native area of our…

Mid City Prescott – Week 13

By David Ames | June 24, 2019

Hi Gardeners! Another week has gone by, and right before the official start of the summer we’ve had our 2nd harvest since we started with the farm.  Our zucchini plants keep on thriving, it takes these shoots about 3 – 4 weeks to get to that size/weight. (12 – 18 inches long and around 4…

Mid City Prescott – Week 12

By David Ames | June 14, 2019

BIG NEWS! (at least for us). Really excited for our latest additions to our farm! The EnrichLA team paid us a visit, bringing a welcoming storage box to the entrance of the garden. They also brought lots of hay to cover our paths, we’ve had to mow too often since it got sunnier and with…

Lasting Good byes

By Jessica Brown | June 4, 2019

The time has come to wrap up the school year at Frank Del Olmo, which means we get to harvest, plant and celebrate! We dug up the rest of our carrots, and found some great shapes that had been hiding underground. We also took advantage of the abundant flowers to make some flower presses. During a…

Seed Harvesting at 3rd Street Elementary

By Ami Kim | June 3, 2019

As we wrap up a spring season and move into the summer months, there are many plants that had wonderful seeds to harvest . At 3rd Street Elementary , we discovered this month about how seeds disperse and the importance of building an heirloom collection. We then harvested dried sugar snap pea & arugula seeds…

Wiggly and Ziggly: Worm friends at Mid City

By Ami Kim | June 3, 2019

Our 2nd graders had a blast this month learning all about worms! We learned about their bodies, what they eat and how they contribute to the soil. We then observed a few worms up close and personal (with a couple students naming their new friends “Wiggly & Ziggly”). We then went into the garden and…

Painting Party at Weemes Elementary

By Ami Kim | June 3, 2019

It has been a great year at Weemes Elementary and to cap off an awesome gardening year, some parent volunteers and staff helped to repaint our wooden fence lining the edible garden. We chose a bright grass green and on our last day of class students during class and lunch came and painted inspirational artwork…

MCP Weeks 10 & 11 – 1st harvest!

By David Ames | June 3, 2019

Hey gardeners, Greetings from Mid City Prescott Middle School! Felt like starting the post with a landscape shot of our garden around 5PM, the senior trees are thriving and providing more shade than wished for, specially with weather being overcast and humid these past weeks. It will be quite helpful in a few weeks when…

Audubon M.S meets EnrichLA!

By David Ames | June 3, 2019

Hello folks, This is a happier post than usual, because is always amazing news when new schools come aboard with a gardening project for their campuses. One of our latest additions is Audubon Middle School, where we have adapted an area right next to a building for 6 raised beds. We have 3 citrus trees:…

West Vernon Elementary bug detectives

By Olivia McCallum | June 3, 2019

Detectives on the Case Students at West Vernon remove their garden gloves and put on their detective hats this week. The case? We’re looking for bugs, and the only way to find them are the clues they leave behind. Are these bugs friends or foes? How can we tell the difference? What do each of…

“What’s the Soil Story?” at 6th Avenue

By Ami Kim | June 2, 2019

May was a great month at 6th Avenue! Our 5th graders got down and dirty to learn about Soil Conversation. We learned about about ways to conserve our soil including rotating certain crops, adding soil amendments and planting natives. We then did soil tests of our garden bed soil to see if we have a…

Kale is King at Queen Anne Elementary

By Judi McKee | May 29, 2019

No words could be more delightful to a Garden Ranger than “I love kale!”  Most of the kids found out it was worth a try and now they can’t get enough of it!  Since we can’t meet the demand with our current supplies, more kale will have to be planted next year.  Especially the purple…

Angeles: All classes back for a week!

By David Ames | May 27, 2019

Hola, After a big harvest at Angeles Mesa, we have started getting our beds ready for summer! On our last harvest our 2nd graders  helped out gathering up 15-20 lbs of red beets! And also lots of yellow chard, rosemary, strawberries and lettuces. The only two crops that will stay for the summer are our…

Mayberry Worm Magic

By Nicole Hernandez | May 22, 2019

We ended our cycle and year this week with a wonderful worm session! I had the fortune of bringing in large red worms this cycle and the it really surprised everyone! While the students were very engaged not many of the teachers and their aides wanted to get too close to the worms. Students and…

Calvert Clean Ups For The Summer!

By Nicole Hernandez | May 22, 2019

As the year draws to a close, our kindergarten Calvert’s chipped-in on the weeding, harvesting and cleaning! Together we discussed how to identify weeds, and why in fact we consider these plants weeds. I asked students to then identify weeds themselves and reminded them these are not our edible plants. Once we had that covered…

St. Patrick’s Prepares

By Hillary Williams | May 16, 2019

Last week at St. Patrick’s school the younger grades harvested and dried tons of mint leaves for making a Mother’s Day gift of mint tea!   The kids carefully crushed the dried mint into the tea bags and decorated their little packets beautifully.  The smell was intoxicating.   The middle schoolers had worked so hard…

MCP Week 8 – Encountering new challenges

By David Ames | May 15, 2019

Gardeners, here are the updates on Mid City Prescott Farm as we’ve had some cloudy days the past days. After giving a few more days to the seeds that were planted with the students before we filled up all beds with soil, I decided to finally plant some fresh stuff, and since the weather has…

Artists in the Yorkdale Elementary Garden

By Lisa Friedman York | May 15, 2019

For the first time ever at Yorkdale Elementary School, TK and Kindergarten classes experimented with watercolors to paint their favorite fruit or vegetable in the garden. This class was especially inspiring for children to express their creativity while creating gorgeous Still Life art pieces. Teachers were thrilled letting me know these paintings will go home…

Some Invited Friends at Carson Gore Academy

By Judi McKee | May 15, 2019

During our lesson on friends and foes, our assessment of the garden revealed a few aphids, a lot of ants and no ladybugs! (or earthworms, but that’s for another blog….)  Since too many ants will chase the ladybugs away, we needed to bring in some reinforcements.  So, the following week, the classes remedied the problem…

Week 7 – Reporting from MCP Farm

By David Ames | May 13, 2019

Hello gardeners, we’ll pick up where we left on last week’s post about our Pepper plants at the Mid City Prescott Farm. It’s been 6 weeks since we planted those seedlings and unfortunately they are not thriving as everything else is at the garden. If we could make one exception, it would be the red…

No Place Like a Garden!

By Melanie Golder | May 9, 2019

Hamlin Charter Elementary’s Garden has grown since we started last September! Here are before and after photos of the same section of the garden. We started out with a few marigold seedlings, and now we have cabbage, kale, turnips, radishes, peas, and potatoes. This week we saw an artichoke and tomatoes forming. We even have…

Clay, Silt, Sand, and Loam

By Melanie Golder | May 9, 2019

Soil texture is a difficult topic to get across to 1st Graders, so we focus on touching samples of each size of soil particles. Silt is soft, sand is rough, and clay is sticky. We make soil ribbons by squeezing the soil sample in the palm of our hand to find out which type of…

Tulsa 3rd Grade VS Aphids!

By Catherine Siefert | May 9, 2019

This rotation, the 3rd graders at Tulsa had their first exposure to the garden! We also had some unexpected guests show up for class… Because this was the students first time in the garden space, we started off with the basics. Week 1 we learned all about soil- what it’s made of, what it’s good for,…

Pruining and weeding on these first weeks of flowering

By David Ames | May 6, 2019

Hello Hello! Mid City Prescott’s school farm is thriving! Our latest gardening action has consisted on lots and lots of weeding around our row beds, grass is doing just as well as our crops. I think rather sooner than later, we will get some mulch to lay around most of our rows. Before and after…

Soil at El Sereno Elementary

By Sarah Heder | May 6, 2019

The Pre-K students loved roaming the garden and searching for good bugs and bad bugs. I gave them pictures of different items in the garden, like a “flower” or a “green leaf” or a “ladybug” and they had to search the garden for that item. They were so excited when they found it. They loved…

Creating Healthy Dinners at Atwater Elementary

By Sarah Heder | May 6, 2019

The 3rd graders had a lesson on what a balanced plate should look like at every meal. We talked about the 5 food groups: fruits and vegetables, grains, proteins, calcium items, and fats and sugars. I passed out pictures of different food items to the class and the students had to figure out which food…

Ladybug 🐞 Life Cycle At Ramona

By Alex Aleshire | May 5, 2019

First grade is all about lifecycles, and the garden has a great example of every facet in the ladybug lifecycle! After learning about the different phases in the lifecycle, we went out to find evidence in the garden. We also harvested a bunch of fresh lettuce and chard tasting as we went.  

Ladybugs to the Rescue!

By Seema Sundaresh | May 4, 2019

There were a ton of aphids swarming around the kale, broccoli, and tomatoes at Arroyo Seco. So we thought what can we do to get rid of them? We tried to spray neem oil on the them. It worked on the plants that didn’t have too many aphids. Then we thought, “let’s get some ladybugs!”…

Harvest Time at Vine

By Seema Sundaresh | May 4, 2019

Changing of the seasons also means harvest time! Vine students got to harvest a bunch of root veggies and leafy greens. The carrots we harvested were the sweetest we have ever tasted! The potatoes we delicious too. We had roasted potatoes with kale and onions spiced up with salt, garlic powder, crushed red peppers, and…

Spring Means New Beginnings at T.S. King Middle School

By Andrea Richards | May 2, 2019

  Thanks to a generous grant from the LA Kings and Enrich LA, the King garden just had a massive makeover! Enrich LA staff, volunteers from the LA Kings, and students from the school worked together to add new beds, a new irrigation system, a sink and new teaching area, plus paint and redo the…

A Time to Recharge at Valley View

By Hillary Williams | May 2, 2019

Our second to last garden session ended this week with a lesson on cover crops and a feast.  The second and third graders learned that soil needs recharging just like people do!   By planting cover crops, (buckwheat in this case) we not only add nutrients back into our garden soil, but we also attract…

New Garden at Queen Anne Elementary

By Judi McKee | May 1, 2019

Six new raised beds and and a few citrus trees transformed the cement quad at Queen Anne Elementary into a productive garden space.   The kids examined the irrigation system and determined where the plants need to be placed in order to get regular water.  Then they dug out a small piece of native, hardened…

Soil Types + Veggie Tacos at 3rd Street Elementary

By Ami Kim | April 30, 2019

Soil Types + Veggie Tacos at 3rd Street: This month at 3rd Street, we did some digging in our beds exploring The Soil Types. We learned about the different types of soil including sand, silt and clay and then went into the garden with magnifying classes and looked up close at soil samples to determine…

Garden Jeopardy at Weemes Elementary

By Ami Kim | April 30, 2019

Garden Jeopardy at Weemes: This month at the end of our 2nd grade class, we combined all our lessons for a review game of Garden Jeopardy. Students were competing for the prize of honorable mammoth sunflower seeds 🙂 Our four categories included: Fruits & Veggies, General Garden Knowledge, Worms and Soil. Some example questions for…

Red cabbage month: April

By Angeles McClure | April 29, 2019

Sherman Oaks report: Red cabbage was the main ingredient. They grew up explendit. Aroung 10 cabbages we tasted. Beets were at the second choice, 8 beets. with and amazing color: Chioggia (Bassano) Beet. Sweet, stripped patterns. Also the leaves were tasty.                               …

A garden for everyone.

By Angeles McClure | April 29, 2019

Our garden is a open space to welcome everyone and everything. From the smallest creature on earth to humans. Every single thing on our garden is shared and appreciated by our eyes and for them. The insects. We explained and observed (very important one) our friends in the garden. We studying them very close. We…

Bloom Bloom Bloom!

By Angeles McClure | April 29, 2019

Spring is here and all our friends are coming back, On our lesson, we talked about how important is to respect and give some space to our little friends because they are helping so much this world, and the flowers need them. I hope you guess already of whom I am talking about. Our friends…

April seed, cabbage and adobe.

By Angeles McClure | April 29, 2019

Rio vista report: We started the month transplating the tomatoes, squash, watermelon and zucchini seedlings. Tomatoes are good companions plants(they like to grow next to each other) for the carrots, basil and peppers. Each of them with a separation of 12 inches. The choose of where to plant them was based on their “taste” of…

Mid City Prescott – Post Spring Break Maintenance

By David Ames | April 29, 2019

Hey gardeners, back to school after spring break! Impressed by how much all of our cucurbitaceae crops grew over the past 2 weeks. After figuring out the irrigation system at the beginning of the project, the plants have really settled and are growing healthy. Tomatoes and zucchinis have started to flower, the same for all…

Welcoming Kinder GARDENERS at West Vernon!

By Olivia McCallum | April 28, 2019

West Vernon’s tiniest hands helping in the garden West Vernon is welcoming TK and Kinder classes to the garden for their first time.  In this rotation we will review seasons and weather, bugs, trees and seeds and we can’t wait to get started! Our Day 1 was focused on exploring the garden, smelling all the…

Earth Week at Multnomah Elementary!

By Olivia McCallum | April 28, 2019

The 1st graders at Multnomah Elementary were fired up for Earth Week!   In addition to cleaning up trash around the school, the students decorated terracotta pots with Earth themed pictures. The students were encouraged to draw things they loved the most about the garden and of course, a picture of the Earth! We snacked on…

Angeles Mesa Elementary – Little rangers at garden

By David Ames | April 25, 2019

Spring is here and the 4th graders at Angeles Mesa Elementary have completed Unit 1, we are now engaging again with 3rd graders who have been at the garden when they were in 1st grade, however they wanted a refresher and so far with talked about soil and all garden guests and visitors (Friends &…

Hands On Learning

By Flo Razowsky | April 23, 2019

First planting seeds Then, observing Parts of a Plant Learning about Photosynthesis by investigating leaves and documenting growth Sweet Potato!

Friends, Foes and a Balanced Ecosystem

By Flo Razowsky | April 22, 2019

Doing an inventory of our garden friends. If we don’t have enough, we’ll need to plant things like native wild flowers to attract them.   Learning that a Lady Bug Pupa, or baby, looks completely different from mature Lady Bugs.   And, finding evidence through these “mummified aphids” that there are Aphidius Wasps in our…

Compost Relay + Parts of A Flower at 6th Avenue

By Ami Kim | April 20, 2019

With our new compost kit arriving at 6th Avenue, students have been curious about how to use it and what it does to help the garden. Last week we talked in depth about composting and went over the additions we must have (greens, browns, de-composers, water & air) to make a compost pile effective. We…

Imagery in the Garden + Seed Balls at Mid City Prescott

By Ami Kim | April 20, 2019

This month at Mid-City Prescott, we discussed the word “Imagery” and how we can describe imagery in the garden. Students walked around our beautiful garden and then wrote haikus or free-form poems to describe what they saw growing. Here are a few samples of some their poems 🙂   We also did the lesson “Native…

Pollination Station! and Plant Life Cycle

By Flo Razowsky | April 19, 2019

After we planted our native wildflower seeds and took care of the lavender, our garden has become a pollination station!     Letting our veggies make seeds helps us see and understand the life cycle of a plant. Plus, when our seeds fall to the ground, new plants grow! Lettuce, Celery, Kale and more for…

TIOH Getting Creative

By Seema Sundaresh | April 19, 2019

In March, TIOH students became competing chefs. We took spring/summer fruits and vegetables to create a dish. Each group of students wrote a recipe Top Chef style! They were given specific ingredients to choose from and they had to come up with a recipe, measurements and all, to feed 31 people. They, then, chose the…