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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Farm King Welcomes John Adams Middle School!

By EnrichLA Team | May 5, 2011

It was another great day at garden this past Tuesday! Farm King greeted the visiting parents and volunteers from John Adams Middle School with a beautiful lunch prepared and served by Enrich LA volunteers (as well as a couple VoluntEARS from Disney!) Us Enrich LA’ers know how to eat, so we made sure that the…

Farm King Blog- The Latest News From FarmKing!

By EnrichLA Team | May 5, 2011

Blog Prompt: Please explain the different ways that your class is working to make Thomas Starr King More Green Please Explain the different projects that we have going on including: – The different ways that we are raising money and what it is for – The garden – The fruit trees – The Bring Your…

Glass Beach

By EnrichLA Team | May 5, 2011

A few years ago I visited the Glass Beach in Ft. Bragg, California. It is a very surreal place because you know that it’s trash, and it’s now a beautiful beach. You will mostly see green, brown, and white glass with some rare pieces of blue glass, which supposedly came from buoys in Japan. Along […]

Hanging Terrariums

By EnrichLA Team | May 4, 2011

Recently, I attended a few green fairs and I bought one of these hanging glass terrarium orbs. I’ve been seeing them everywhere and I was curious about them. They can be pretty pricey at some home décor stores. I did some research and I discovered that you can buy these glass orbs from CB2 for […]

Blog Prompt: Please explain the different ways that your class is working to make Thomas Starr King More Green

By EnrichLA Team | May 3, 2011

Please Explain the different projects that we have going on including: – The different ways that we are raising money and what it is for – The garden – The fruit trees – The Bring Your Own directory Please explain: 1) How are these initiatives changing the school and the students? 2) How has being […]

All the Asphalt removed at Roosevelt high-school for new garden

By EnrichLA Team | May 3, 2011

West Vernon Public school garden garners support from principal

By EnrichLA Team | May 3, 2011

Recycled Juice Pouches

By EnrichLA Team | May 3, 2011

I’ve seen & own similar juice pouch products, although I really love how creative Laura Locke is with her LL Design products. Laura & her son started collecting juice pouches from the kids at his school during lunch. They wanted to make placemats as gifts for family and friends and it soon turned into a […]

Go Green at the Post Office

By EnrichLA Team | May 2, 2011

The US Post Office is offering “Go Green” products in their store. They also have some eco-friendly boxes available. Express Mail and Priority Mail packaging have been awarded Cradle to Cradle(SM) Certification for their environmental attributes. Check out their site for more details: USPS Go Green Store

Friends of the LA River Clean Up Day

By EnrichLA Team | April 30, 2011

The Great Los Angeles River Clean Up and Day of Service with FOLAR (Friends of the Los Angeles River)

EnrichLA + Friends of LA River Cleanup

By EnrichLA Team | April 30, 2011

Did you know that 38 BILLION plastic water bottles end up in U.S. landfills each year?  Today EnrichLA gathered with volunteers at the Friends of Los Angeles River Cleanup to help remove trash and debris from the LA River.  Together, volunteers removed over 100 bags of trash, along with old street signs, shopping carts, and…

Kids Love Worms!

By EnrichLA Team | April 30, 2011

Today Ms. Markarian’s kindergartners showed off their garden book, full of drawings of their favorite things in the garden, including the worms in the vermicompost bin.  Students of all grade levels have learned to love playing with the worms: the first step towards appreciation of the vital role worms and other decomposers play in the…

Replacing 20,000 sq.ft. of asphalt with gardens!

By EnrichLA Team | April 29, 2011

With the support of LAUSD facilities, principals and teachers, parents and community members Enrich LA is moving ahead with the goal of replacing asphalt with gardens in school campuses. Our present and upcoming garden projects in LAUSD campuses total 31,500 sq.ft. including 20,000 sq.ft. of concrete removal! We believe in replacing asphalt with green spaces…

Happy Arbor Day!

By EnrichLA Team | April 29, 2011

Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, it’s celebrated on the last Friday in April. So, go plant a tree! http://www.arborday.org/arborday/

Farm King Blog

By EnrichLA Team | April 28, 2011

What could LA do with the money it would save from no Styrofoam trays in cafeteria Each Styrofoam tray costs 5 cents each. At Thomas Starr King, the cafeteria uses 1400 per day. There are 180 school days per year. Calculate how much money Thomas Starr King pays per year to buy Styrofoam trays. According…

bamboo to go utensils

By EnrichLA Team | April 28, 2011

These bamboo to go utensils are great to toss in your bag and take everywhere. Using reusable utensils help you reduce your ecological footprint.  Enjoy eating with natural utensils made of bamboo, a highly durable and sustainable resource that can be grown and harvested sustainably.  Disposable plastic cutlery feeds the landfill and is harmful to […]

Construction has begun on Roosevelt High Garden

By EnrichLA Team | April 27, 2011

Enrich LA is proud to announce ground breaking ( literally) Concrete and asphalt being removed! We are building this garden on Sunday May 22, as part of eth Harvey Milk Day of Service Volunteer here http://enrichla.org/?page_id=14 Tomas O’ Grady 323 387 3866

The Great Los Angeles River Clean Up and Day of Service

By EnrichLA Team | April 27, 2011

Join Friends of the Los Angeles River this Saturday, April 30th, for the LA River’s Day of Service. There will be 14 different locations to choose from. Help clean up the river! http://folar.org/?page_id=5 Also, EnrichLA is also looking for volunteers to hand out stainless steel water bottles at 2 of the locations: http://enrichla.org/?p=684

What could LA do with the money it would save from no Styrofoam trays in cafeteria

By EnrichLA Team | April 26, 2011

Each Styrofoam tray costs 5 cents each. At Thomas Starr King, the cafeteria uses 1400 per day. There are 180 school days per year. Calculate how much money Thomas Starr King pays per year to buy Styrofoam trays. According to Wikipedia, “LAUSD cafeterias serve about 500,000 meals per day” – Please calculate how much LAUSD […]

Farm King Blog

By EnrichLA Team | April 26, 2011

Farm King needs your help at Wednesday & Sunday Farmer’s Markets + Silver Lake Jubilee Farm King needs volunteers to help man/women our booth at several upcoming events. To sign up to help, please click here. Thanks! The Farm King Team Digest powered by RSS Digest

recycled glass

By EnrichLA Team | April 26, 2011

By using 100% recycled glass products you are supporting recycling and reducing your impact on the environment. Recycled glassware uses about one-third less energy than glass made from raw materials. By using recycled glass you are reducing air pollution. Recycling also reduces the volume of waste in landfills. Glass is made from sand, soda ash, […]

Farm King needs your help at Wednesday & Sunday Farmer’s Markets + Silver Lake Jubilee

By EnrichLA Team | April 26, 2011

Farm King needs volunteers to help man/women our booth at several upcoming events. To sign up to help, please click here.
Thanks!
The Farm King Team

GGPNC GREEN COMMITTEE – SATURDAY. Free stainless steel water bottles. Los Feliz

By EnrichLA Team | April 25, 2011

Filtered water booth at River Cleanup Los Feliz The Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council Green Committee along with volunteers from Enrich La will provide free filtered water and a stainless steel water bottle to anyone who does not have one at the two Los Feliz sites for the Friends of Los Angeles River 2011 Clean…

Farm King Blog

By EnrichLA Team | April 24, 2011

Using the Reusable Trays Please explain what it felt like the first time that you used your own reusable tray? Did you feel nervous? What did the people around you think? Photos from 4/6/2011 What a great day! We made a ton of Sauted Kale and a huge salad with purple carrots, purple cauliflower, so…

John Adams Middle School Garden…On The Way!

By EnrichLA Team | April 24, 2011

John Adams Middle School Garden John Adams Middle School, located near the University of Southern California, is in the planning stages of an on campus garden! We look forward to working with the eager students and volunteers to get this garden going. John Adams Middle School 151 W 30th St Los Angeles, Ca 90007  

DLANC’s unanimous YES to the San Pedro ES edible garden

By EnrichLA Team | April 23, 2011

Last night the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC), meeting at the beautiful historic Tower Theater at 8th and Broadway, unanimously voted to fund $5,000 for the edible garden project at San Pedro Elementary School. With this vote the DLANC reinforces it’s commitment to greening Downtown LA, an area of our city lacking in green…

Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council Approves $1500 for Los Feliz Charter!

By EnrichLA Team | April 16, 2011

Los Feliz Charter School For The Arts School Garden Los Feliz Charter School For The Arts school garden is currently in the planning phase, and the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council recently approved a $1,500 grant for the project!  It is a lengthy process, but these funds will greatly aid in the development and maintenance…

FARM KING VOLUNTEER DAY

By EnrichLA Team | April 15, 2011

Please consider joining us this Tuesday 4/19/2010, while the students are away on Spring Break to help make Farm King even greater. We are installing a small patio, building a garden shed and doing some garden maintenance. 10 am to 12.30 or 12.30 to 3pm. Enrich La will provide lunch at 12.30   Address 4201…

Harvey Milk Day of Service at Roosevelt Senior High School!

By EnrichLA Team | April 15, 2011

  The garden project at Roosevelt Senior High School, located at 456 South Mathews Street in Los Angeles, was recently approved…and now its time to get to work!  EnrichLA, in conjunction with the Partnership for LA Schools, is excited to participate in the 2011 Harvey Milk Day of Service by bringing volunteers together at Roosevelt High.…

Learning about composting at the Micheltorena Garden

By EnrichLA Team | April 11, 2011

Miss Peres Peña’s class has been a big fan of the garden since it’s inception. The kids love visiting the compost and worm bins, and Miss Peña used the opportunity to teach them about composting, organic matter, decomposition; the kids follow week by week the process of green and brown leaves, kitchen castoffs and coffee…

Using the Reusable Trays

By EnrichLA Team | April 11, 2011

Please explain what it felt like the first time that you used your own reusable tray? Did you feel nervous? What did the people around you think?

Farm King

By EnrichLA Team | April 9, 2011

Thomas Starr King Middle School Garden Farm King is a garden in the middle of Thomas Starr King Middle School (4201 Fountain Avenue). Farm King and the adjacent green area improvements was made possible by a generous grant of $18,000 from the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council and the countless hours of volunteers. These gardens have…

Los Feliz Elementary

By EnrichLA Team | April 9, 2011

Los Feliz Elementary School Garden The Los Feliz Elementary School Garden is currently in the planning stages. We are looking forward to working with the students and community to make this garden great!   Los Feliz Elementary School 1740 North New Hampshire Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027  

Roosevelt Senior High School

By EnrichLA Team | April 9, 2011

Roosevelt High School Garden The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has recently approved a garden at Roosevelt High. The proposed garden will be located in the Academy of Medical and Health Sciences part of the campus. Roosevelt Senior High School 456 South Mathews Street Los Angeles, CA 90033  

San Pedro

By EnrichLA Team | April 9, 2011

San Pedro Elementary School Garden The San Pedro Elementary School Garden is a proposed garden by EnrichLA. According to the Principal, most students live in apartments and therefore have minimal or no access to gardents.  The map below shows the lack of parks near the school. The following are demographics for San Pedro Elementary School:…

West Vernon Elementary

By EnrichLA Team | April 9, 2011

West Vernon Elementary School Garden West Vernon Elementary School is the site of a newly proposed garden by EnrichLA! The images below show the school location, and a proposed layout of the garden. Demographics: -1050 students (preK-5) -92% Latino, 8% Black -98% economically disadvantaged -100% subsidized lunches West Vernon Elementary School 4312 S. Grand Ave.…

Trinity

By EnrichLA Team | April 9, 2011

Trinity Elementary School We are working with Trinity Elementary School to get a garden on their campus! Here are some demographics for Trinity Elementary School: 690 students (1-5) 95.8% Latino, 4.1% Black, 0.1% White 97% economically disadvantaged We look forward to working with Trinity students and community members to make this garden great! Trinity Elementary…

Photos from 4/6/2011

By EnrichLA Team | April 8, 2011

What a great day! We made a ton of Sauted Kale and a huge salad with purple carrots, purple cauliflower, so much other yummy goodness. Ms. Holtzinger’s class received their reusable trays and finished their signs. Also, CBS news came and did a story about the garden. What an exciting week! Photos from 4/6/2011, posted […]

Micheltorena Garden in Silver Lake- Wednesday Edition 1

By EnrichLA Team | April 7, 2011

All big smiles the kids started pouring, class after class, into the garden for fun outdoor learning and playing. Of course everybody wanted to water, but they also were very interested in learning about tree roots and soil erosion with Charlie, soil composition with Erik, tomato planting with Susan, and seed planting with Alex. The…

Farm King on CBS news!

By EnrichLA Team | April 6, 2011

Farm King on CBS news! – Click on the photo below to see the video!

Farm King in GOOD Magazine

By EnrichLA Team | April 5, 2011

Click here to check out the great article in GOOD Magazine about Farm King students saying NO to Styrofoam in LAUSD cafeteria.  

Saturday- A beautiful day for gardening!

By EnrichLA Team | April 2, 2011

There are many reasons why school gardens are beneficial.  Not only do they encourage a sense of community and healthy socialization, but students can learn a lot by growing their own foods! School gardens provide a nutritional benefit for students, by creating a fun and active learning experience.  Children get hands on experience growing their…

3/29/11 Raising the Styrofoam Tower

By EnrichLA Team | March 30, 2011

Students raised the Styrofoam tower representing LESS trays then are used in 1 day on campus. We also made a coconut veggie curry, salad, planted seedlings and more!

3/29/11 Raising the Styrofoam Tower, posted with vodpod

farmkingpics

By EnrichLA Team | March 23, 2011

Huge garden day! We made amazing wraps that were delicious. We harvested salad to feed 50 people at the Friends In Deed food pantry in Pasadena. We continued our giant Styrofoam tower and we prepped new beds for tomatoes.To read more, please visit Carr…

3/22/2011

By EnrichLA Team | March 23, 2011

Huge garden day! We made amazing wraps that were delicious. We harvested salad to feed 50 people at the Friends In Deed food pantry in Pasadena. We continued our giant Styrofoam tower and we prepped new beds for tomatoes.
To read more, please visit Car…

EnrichLA

By EnrichLA Team | March 22, 2011

We believe that all children and young adults, regardless of economic status, have the right to first class public education in a healthy and inspiring environment. To that effect, our purpose is to assist public schools to enrich the learning experience  (increase the amount of green spaces on campus) by building edible gardens and other…

Our School at Blair Grocery: Achieving the Impossible in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward

By EnrichLA Team | February 16, 2011

Compost at Our School at Blair Grocery

NEW ORLEANS — Last weekend, I visited Our School at Blair Grocery, an alternative, hands-on school and non-profit organization focused on teaching youth in the Lower Ninth Ward the principles of urban farming and sustainability. Our School at Blair Grocery is not just some agricultural magnet school. Rather, it is a place of hope and empowerment for youth in one of the nation’s most impoverished and crime-ridden… Read more»