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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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…

Vine St Sustainable Students

By Seema Sundaresh | April 19, 2019

In March, Vine St students created serious solutions to reducing waste. Recycling, reducing, and reusing doesn’t only mean using the blue bins in our backyard (which we absolutely should). We can also donate clothes, shoes, toys, and lots of other things. We can take plastic water bottles and make them into planters. We can buy…

Gardner’s Plant Experiment

By Seema Sundaresh | April 17, 2019

In March, Gardner scientists took Masaru Emoto’s water crystal experiment and started a plant experiment. They had six different studies running at once. The experiments as follows: Plants that receive positive words Plants that receive negative words Plants that is in the sun but gets no water Plants that receive water but no sunlight Plants that are…

Arroyo Seco’s Worms Are Cool!

By Seema Sundaresh | April 17, 2019

Who thinks are gross? Not us! Worms have five hearts, are blind, and have no noses but who else makes the best compost with little fuss? In March, Arroyo Seco learned about worms, what they like to eat, and about vermicompost. It’s easy to build a vermicompost. You can buy a plastic bin, makes hole…

OLPH Garden is Thriving!

By Soinia Burgueno | April 17, 2019

The garden at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Downey is doing great! There is a variety of seedlings growing and students continue to help with composting.  

Flowers, Flowers, everywhere!

By Marina Frugone | April 16, 2019

Spring is (definitely) here! Well, “spring”– it was quite hot in DTLA for the last few weeks. Our class with Academy Leadership Community (ALC)  at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex is in the early afternoon so we can feel that heat! Of course, these kind of things are always a good opportunity for learning and teaching–…

Mid City Prescott – April 9th and 17th: More planting, prepping, pruning + GRUBS!

By David Ames | April 15, 2019

Hola! Spring break 2019 is here for LAUSD, and at MCP we are excited and ready for all the crops to start thriving within the next few weeks. This week decided to spent two days at the (coolest) school farm since won’t access to it next week. Efforts were dedicated to ensure the correct operation…

New Tumblers at Carson Gore Academy

By Judi McKee | April 14, 2019

Carson Gore Academy hasn’t had a tumbler up until now, but we’ve still been going over the fundamentals of composting.  The kids were eager to get started and our new green pails have been employed to help keep things separated.  Banana peels and apple cores from breakfast are being brought to the garden by the…

Composting at home = Beautiful Gardens at home

By Justine Tyler | April 14, 2019

The more we compost, the more “texture” get in our edible garden at home. https://web.extension.illinois.edu/homecompost/benefits.cfm “Incorporating compost into soil dramatically improves soil structure. Soil structure refers to how inorganic particles (sand, silt, clay) combine with decayed organic particles (compost, humus). Soil with good structure has a crumbly texture, drains well, retains some moisture, and is…

Making Art with Flower Parts at Bushnell Way Elementary

By Rocio Prado | April 14, 2019

This past week at Bushnell Way, I wanted to take advantage of the blooms that have been occurring since Spring started. The students have all noticed trends like the butterfly migration, and we just did a lesson on bees, so I thought it would be a perfect tie-in. With the younger students, I asked them…

Fearless Kale Eaters

By Alicia Papanek | April 12, 2019

  This Los Angeles version of spring is upon us, preemptively sending lettuces to bolt, premature marigolds to flower, and beans to pack-it-in. We’ve sadly had to watch (and taste) our super sweet snap peas go from juicy candy to cellulose-y seed bombs, but behold!—our leafy greens—rainbow chard, lacinato kale, and purple kale have become…

Here Comes the Sun, Valley View!

By Hillary Williams | April 11, 2019

Longer days mean that here in Los Angeles we have officially switched over from one planting season to the next.  For my veteran students there is no question as to what changes are taking place out in the garden!  They know that flowering plants mean it’s time to take note and start saving those seeds.…

St. Patrick’s Welcomes the 3 Ps! (Kind Of)

By Hillary Williams | April 11, 2019

We loooooove exploring creatures in our garden and when the kindergarteners come out the first thing the want to look for are….bugs!!!   So naturally, our inclination is to properly explain the delicate ecosystem that is existing in our very own school garden.  The three Ps are easy to break down!  Pests, pollinators and predators…

Primary Parts!

By Hillary Williams | April 11, 2019

At Primary Academy we enjoyed all the six parts of the plants and learned how to spell them as well!  You have to be creative in the garden.  It is easy to think of your favorite edible treat in the garden, but is it easy to identify what part of the plant it belongs to?…

Transitioning Seasons and Identifying Insects at Micheltorena Elementary School

By Alex Arciniega | April 11, 2019

Micheltorena’s garden has gone through a lot of changes in two months. We had a full-on winter garden, where we grew herbs, celery, carrots and lettuce. Then we had so much water that some of our seeds didn’t sprout, it was a challenging time because we couldn’t get the seeds to germinate due to the…

Toluca Lake Soil Identification and Analysis

By Alex Arciniega | April 11, 2019

I recently started working at Toluca Lake and I have to say, aside from the kids and staff being so wonderful they really are inquisitive. I’ve been challenging the kids with some lessons that I initially thought were out of their scope and boy, did they prove me wrong in the best ways! We wanted…

Micheltorena Composting and Striving Towards Less Waste – BUCKETS AT A TIME

By Alex Arciniega | April 11, 2019

During the beginning of this year, we had some pretty big goals. The first to increase our composting and second to start recycling at the lunch line. I think for a minute everyone agreed we were all crazy for attempting to change the automated culture of disposing our food. Composting in theory is wonderful, but…

Glenfeliz Elementary School garden is leading the enrichla compost race and setting an example for us all.

By Justine Tyler | April 11, 2019

Glenfeliz Elementary School under the leadership of Principal Karen Sulahian and Tahereh Sheerazie, Garden Ranger and a dedicated faculty not only started a composting program but asked enrichla to expand the composting facilities to make room for more. This school and it’s students are an example to us all. More than 50 percent of garbage in…

A Taste of Garden

By Melanie Golder | April 11, 2019

This week for our final kindergarten classes we talked about the different parts of plants and then had tastings of various parts of plants that we eat. We ate carrot roots, celery stems, broccoli flowers, and spinach and Swiss chard leaves. Most of us liked carrots, celery and the leafy greens, but broccoli seems to…

Mapping the Garden

By Melanie Golder | April 11, 2019

This week the 5th Grade at Hamlin Charter finished their maps of their garden beds. This not only teaches them mapping skills but they also have to identify what vegetables are already growing in their bed. Then both 5th Grade and the PALS classes used seed starting pellets to plant a variety of seeds, including…

3 Ways to Start a Garden

By Melanie Golder | April 11, 2019

At Lassen Elementary the 2nd Grade learned three ways to plant a garden—1) Planting seeds directly in the ground, 2) Buying seedlings at the store, and 3) Planting seeds in seed pellets and then transplanting the seedlings we grew ourselves into our garden beds. We planted cantaloupe and hot pepper seeds in individual seed pellets.…

Kinders Explore Soil – Aspire Gateway

By Alex Aleshire | April 8, 2019

Kindergarten students need plenty of time for garden exploration.  With simple instructions to touch different areas of garden soil gently, they began to make observations. Look at these kiddos! There must be something super interesting under the picnic benches! The  students discovered the soil is different in the pathways. “It’s really hard” they said. We…

A Plant’s Function at Aspire Firestone

By Alex Aleshire | April 6, 2019

What better way to learn about the parts of a plant and their function, then to actually handle a living  baby plant!  Aspire students did just that! Later we had a taste of their favorite garden food, kale with a splash of Tajín!

Salud! Cheers to our Health

By Jessica Brown | April 5, 2019

Cheers to a wonderfully wet winter! Last week in the Frank Del Olmo garden we celebrated the end of a fantastic six week session. Flowers are blooming all around, and the root veggies are splendid and plump. I hosted a spring time tea party for my students, as a w    ay to show our appreciation for…

Mid City Prescott – A LARGER THAN GARDEN , SMALLER THAN FARM 2 (3/26 – 4/2 2019)

By David Ames | April 5, 2019

WE ARE TRYING A LARGER SCALE PLANTING AT THIS SITE Tomas And over to David!   And off we go at Mid City Prescott Middle School! After a few days of planning, designing and creating the new gardening rows, we have now planted what will be our first crops of the season. The school has…

Worm Discovery at Aspire Gateway

By Alex Aleshire | April 5, 2019

Worms are fascinating creatures. The kids love to explore a functioning worm ecosystem because not only do they find evidence of worms  reproducing, they discover there are other creatures that share and benefit from the same environment. The kids love the book “Wiggling  Worms at Work”. It explains so much about the worms life cycle.…

Woodlawn Harvest Time

By Alex Aleshire | April 5, 2019

The end of the session is a great opportunity to learn how to harvest, prepare and enjoy great fruits and vegetables straight from the garden. Various kales, radishes and chives were harvest then cut into tiny pieces. We made an orange dressing that everyone loved and the students wrote down the recipe to share with…

All About Citrus at Sullivan

By Alex Aleshire | April 4, 2019

This beautiful garden is pack full of citrus trees that are producing wonderfully. So why not teach the kids about the world of citrus! First we discussed shape, color and texture. Then the students drew the different types of citrus fruit. Lastly, we tasted the different varieties. Some were sweet and others very sour…those tart…

Ask a Question Firestone Aspire

By Alex Aleshire | April 4, 2019

The first day of a new rotation are always so fun! This month it’s kindergarten’s turn in the garden and this group is full of questions! They explored the garden pointing and asking great questions along the way. “Are the orange ladybugs poisonous?” “Is that a tomato?” ”Why are the  roly-poly’s eating the strawberry!?” ”What…

Succession Planting at Ramona

By Alex Aleshire | April 3, 2019

Thinking ahead is important when taking care of a garden if you want to have a continuous harvest. Today we harvested lots of beautiful lettuce then scattered  some lettuce seeds to ensure we would have an ongoing supply The students were amazed that one seed holds all that is necessary to grow into a head…

Calvert Designs Their Garden

By Nicole Hernandez | April 1, 2019

Today’s lesson allowed students to become mapmakers! I asked to students to first create a mental map of their garden. Building maps encourages spatial thinking and allows one to comprehend space and place. In the case of our garden, our map extended into what we were growing and what goes on within soil. We discussed…

Mayberry Goes Outdoors Inside

By Nicole Hernandez | April 1, 2019

To their teachers delight, I brought in a bunch of red worms. Before allowing students to observe and handle the worms we reviewed the importance of worms in soil, their delicate anatomy, and the do’s and don’ts. To my surprise students were extremely interested in this lesson, and to have worms up close and personal.…

Calvert Kids Get BEEEEZY

By Nicole Hernandez | April 1, 2019

These kiddos were more than happy to get onto the floor and use their art skills to draw out the anatomy of a bee. Taking the bee piece by piece, we complicated the notion that bees were a belly with wings and a stinger. Instead kids got to thinking about their own bodies compare to…

Mayberry Magicians have Soiled Hands

By Nicole Hernandez | April 1, 2019

The goal with this class was for students to build a hands-on model of our soil profile to discuss soil quality.  After organizing ourselves into partners, we explored various locations where plants, trees, and weeds were growing. Not just within our garden beds but the area surrounding the garden area. Each teams decided upon five…

It Starts with a Seed -Woodlawn

By Alex Aleshire | April 1, 2019

It really does start with a seed!  All plants want to reproduce and the Woodlawn kindergarteners learned just that by going on a seed hunt! The students found evidence of how the big Jacaranda tree is dropping it’s seeds and trying to reproduce. Later we planted our own seeds. A few weeks later, we were…

Discovering a baby lady bug at El Sereno Elementary

By Sarah Heder | March 29, 2019

Look what we found in the garden! All the students recognize lady bugs. However, baby lady bugs don’t look anything like the adults. The kids wondered at first if it was a caterpillar. A lot of people mistake these baby ladybugs as pests. The kids were shocked to learn it’s a baby ladybug and they…

Kinders Become Bees in the Garden at Atwater

By Sarah Heder | March 29, 2019

The kindergartners learned all about the anatomy of a bee. We talked about the head, thorax, and abdomen (fancy word for stomach). We learned a bee has 5 eyes, 2 compound eyes and 3 simple eyes. And they have 6 legs and 2 anntenae. I wanted to teach the kids how the bees collect and…

The new innovation hub at El Sereno Middle School proposal

By Justine Tyler | March 28, 2019

Franklin Avenue Library Makeover

By Justine Tyler | March 28, 2019

The Renovated Library At Franklin Elementary THANKS To Tanya Ward Goodman . Her vision and leadership and persistence brought us to this day…There is nothing that this city can’t do.        

The Hub at Marshall Highschool

By Justine Tyler | March 28, 2019

On April 10th 2015, enrichla created the Hub at Marshall school Comfortable seating, conference tables, computers with large screens. A place for students and staff alike to gather to collaborate.                    

ALTA LOMA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GARDEN GETS AN EXPANSION COURTESY OF BOSTON CONSULTING

By Justine Tyler | March 25, 2019

Seed Art and Veggie Tasting at 20th St. Elementary

By Rocio Prado | March 23, 2019

Due to the stormy nature of the weather, I asked my classes if I could teach indoors. I proceeded to visit each class in their respective rooms. My lesson plan for the week consisted of making seed art and, at Twentieth Street specifically, tasting bok choy! I started my lesson by letting them know that…

Hummingbirds feasting @ oregano flower

By David Ames | March 22, 2019

2nd rotation of the year started at Angeles Mesa Elementary. K, 1st and 3rd graders have been interacting with the garden and enjoying Unit 1. 3rd graders are so intrigued and curious about bugs, they liked the Friends & Foes lesson a lot! We recently harvested arugula, more radishes, chard; and have planted sweet snow…

Cilantro, Sage, Rosemary & Lavender at TAS

By Judi McKee | March 20, 2019

At this point in the late winter, we had more herbs and flowers than anything else.  So it was a good time for a lesson about aromatherapy and other uses for these kinds of plants.  The kids had to find three herbs or “smelly” plants by gently rubbing the leaves and finding plants with stronger…

Valentine’s Day Seed Art at Utah St. Elementary

By Rocio Prado | March 20, 2019

On February 14th, I worked at Utah St. Elementary. Due to the stormy weather, and kindergartener’s penchant for getting mud on their clothes, I decided to hold class indoors. As I walked in to their class, they all beamed as I told them I thought their class was beautiful. Many of the students insisted on…

Crawl Worm Crawl

By Zuri Blandon | March 19, 2019

Students understood how important earthworms are for agriculture. Without their work underneath us, food and life will be different and perhaps not exist. These wriggly, gooey and loath creatures tilt the soil as they make their way through burrows. Water and air get to the roots of the plants much easier through these burrows. Earthworms…

The edible garden at GARVANZA ELEMENTARY is ready

By Justine Tyler | March 18, 2019

Winter Harvest @ KIPP Empower

By Zuri Blandon | March 16, 2019

The garden is lush and full of beets, radishes, and leafy greens. Students are busy adding amendments, seeds, and harvesting yummy herbs, lettuces, onions,  beets, radishes, and leafy greens.      

“Earthworms on the Job”

By Zuri Blandon | March 15, 2019

Students understood how important earthworms are for agriculture. Without their work underneath us, food and life will be different and perhaps not exist. These wriggly, gooey and loath creatures tilt the soil as they make their way through burrows. Water and air get to the roots of the plants much easier through these burrows. Earthworms…

We made it rain!

By Melanie Golder | March 15, 2019

Today we started a new garden session with 2nd and 1st Grade at Lassen Elementary School.  It was a gorgeous day in the garden, and we were being pelted by flowers from our giant ash tree shading the picnic tables. We found out how to rub 2 fingers gently on the leaves of the plant…

Welcoming Third Graders at Toluca Lake

By Alex Arciniega | March 13, 2019

Our first week tends to be an introductory week, and although I like it because the prep work can be minimal, I decided to do a quick introduction and move right into soil – and get down to business. The kids really exceeding my expectations of what to expect of 3rd graders and the teachers…

Anyone can compost, anywhere.

By Tahereh Sheerazie | March 12, 2019

February was a rainy month, but between the welcome downpours and cloudy days we used the sunny interludes to build and maintain several composting piles and techniques, as part of 5th grades 8 week project based learning.  Closing the cycle of food waste, and turning presumed trash to black gold, compost feeds soil, improves its…