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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Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | September 18, 2011

Park[ing] Day LA – 2011 CommunityWalk Map – Park[ing] Day LA – 2011   Friday, September 16, 2011, is the 5th annual celebration of Park[ing] Day LA and park-ticipants throughout the city will step up to the curb, put a quarter in the meter, and proceed to transform metered curbside parking into urban parks, just…

West Vernon…one week later!

By EnrichLA Team | September 17, 2011

Our West Vernon Elementary School garden build was last week, and we still cant shake the excitement of that wonderful day!  Seeing so many people come together for a positive change is refreshing.  Meeting new people, building new friendships, and spending time outdoors are wonderful aspects of these garden builds. Most importantly, we have a…

FarmKing on channel 7 news!

By EnrichLA Team | September 17, 2011

CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO VIEW THE VIDEO! The nonprofit group Enrich LA is helping to build vibrant learning gardens at some Los Angeles-area public schools. (KABC Photo) Enrich La was is featured today on ABC 7 Eyewitness News. LOS ANGELES (KABC) — School Gardens are sprouting up at some Los Angeles-area public schools. […]

It’s all about partnerships

By EnrichLA Team | September 16, 2011

EnrichLA has worked very closely with LAUSD, which  through the Office of Sustainability has helped the garden projects by providing support and expertise plus, depending on each project, money for either soil testing, and/or irrigation, soil, mulch, raised beds, etc. Different Principals have also pitched in with some $ from their budgets. In addition to…

Enrich LA on ABC 7 EYEWITNESS

By EnrichLA Team | September 15, 2011

Enrich La was is featured today on ABC 7 Eyewitness News. LOS ANGELES (KABC) — School Gardens are sprouting up at some Los Angeles-area public schools. The nonprofit group Enrich LA is helping build vibrant “learning gardens,” such as the one at Thomas Starr Middle School in Los Feliz. “Children today are not doing so…

Micheltorena Garden new shed doubles as rain catching demo

By EnrichLA Team | September 14, 2011

Today we installed a gutter and downspout into DWP provided trash can turned rain barrel. We’ll be able to use some rain water for the garden but most importantly, the whole neighborhood will be able to see how easy it is to implement and try it at home. Stay tuned for the upcoming triple threat…

A new edible garden for Franklin Avenue Elementary

By EnrichLA Team | September 14, 2011

Franklin Avenue Elementary School in Los Feliz will begin the process of installing a new edible garden and orchard. “We are delighted to have Tomas and EnrichLa help us with this.  It’s time.”  Tina Vukovic (Green Team at Franklin). We need your help. Take 10 seconds and click here to send a sentence of support to the Greater…

A new Shed for Micheltorena Garden

By EnrichLA Team | September 14, 2011

Community members came together in stellar fashion to build a garden shed for Micheltorena. We had school parent Peter Healy, Teacher Lisa Lewis’ husband Burnie Neal, Silver Lake neighbors Bill Mahoney, Sergio Scabuzzo and Allison Behrstock, and heading the effort Echo Park Time Bank Members Aaron Murphy and Troy Gilbert form Troy Construction a great…

NEW EDIBLE GARDEN at West Vernon Elementary

By EnrichLA Team | September 11, 2011

Thank you to ALL of our wonderful volunteers who helped us make such a beautiful, drastic change at West Vernon Elementary School yesterday, Saturday, September 10th, 2011! At one of our biggest garden builds yet, 100+ volunteers gathered to change a plot of dirt into an outdoor classroom.  People from all walks of life including…

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | September 11, 2011

I remember… Do you remember where you were on 9/11? I woke up and I was on call for work. I called in and my boss said “Planes in NY. No work, gotta go. Everyone is freaking out!” Then, she hung up. I had no idea what she was talking about until I turned on…

Update for West Vernon

By EnrichLA Team | September 10, 2011

We are taking a break for lunch, graciously provided by Meg Taylor of “large marge sustainables.”  Afterward we have a bit more work to do before the garden is completed!  Here are some photos of our beautiful volunteers who have helped us accomplish so much this morning.

Los Feliz Ledger’s Erik Derr profiles EnrichLA

By EnrichLA Team | September 9, 2011

Here is an excerpt, for the whole article go to Los Feliz Ledger. “In the city’s neighborhoods where parks and other green spaces are at a premium, O’Grady said, people seem to understand that children surrounded by nothing but asphalt and concrete littered with trash start thinking, “I must be a loser.” But surround youth…

URBAN ECOSYSTEM AGRICULTURE – Session 1

By EnrichLA Team | September 6, 2011

I was fortunate to be accepted to the “Urban Ecosystem Agriculture-Educate the Educator”  intensive at the Hungtington Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, a class with a mission of furthering the creation and maintenance of urban farms. The 8 all day session seminar is headed by Darren Butler and Scott Kleinrock, who are at the forefront of…

Joining forces to make it happen

By EnrichLA Team | September 5, 2011

Removing asphalt and establishing a garden is an operation that requires a lot of elements and people coming together. So last week I met with Bill Piazza of LAUSD Environmental Health Office to survey the different projects and organize soil testing. Soil has to be tested for contaminants before a garden can be planted to…

Adding the finishing touches to Los Feliz Charter Jardin

By EnrichLA Team | September 5, 2011

BY TOMAS O’GRADY. We’re getting so close to finishing at Los Feliz charter garden.  On Saturday we installed a new trellis, finished the wood fence and added two new garden beds.  We also built a nice potting bench with a chalk board atop. We even hung the sign.

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | September 4, 2011

Greening your gatherings I’ve posted this before, but I feel it’s necessary to post again. I’ve been to a few celebrations this summer and they definitely have not been green. Since it is a 3 day weekend for a lot of people then, I know there will definitely be some gatherings. How do you celebrate…

WALKING THE WALK AT KING MIDDLE AND REDUCING OUR STYROFOAM USE

By EnrichLA Team | September 3, 2011

Styrofoam is non-biodegradable, petroleum derived, stays in the environment for thousands of years and releases toxic substances into the groundwater.  Styrofoam is expensive. Did you know that the cafeteria at King Middle School last year used on average 800 foam trays every day!  Thank you to the head of the cafeteria, Annemarie Ralph the ESM…

Bottled water solution

By EnrichLA Team | September 2, 2011

Karen Ulep worked with chalk it up, the Sacramento festival, and developed a hybrid tap water supply so as to eliminate bottled water at that event.  Look closely at this simple yet elegant design made with off the shelf parts.  Karen contacted me a few weeks ago but as you can see these folks did…

FARM KING

By EnrichLA Team | September 2, 2011

Everyone is very busy on the campus of King these days preparing for the new eco-magnet.  This is the first environmental studies magnet for a middle school in LAUSD and considering the kind of commitment we have seen over the last few weeks from staff and volunteers alike, I think it’s going to be one…

King Middle School is now at API 777 points. That is 149 points in 4 years. 800 here we come!

By EnrichLA Team | September 1, 2011

King Middle School is now at 777 points.  That is a 149 point increase over the last four years.  Thank you to everyone who has made this possible.  You thought king was not good enough?  Think again.  Last year we succeeded in establishing a new green magnet which will open next week.  King has become…

West Vernon Elementary

By EnrichLA Team | September 1, 2011

I was at the West Vernon Elementary School preparing for the big garden build day on September 10th and I noticed this beautiful mural.  I’m not a big fan of murals as I frankly find them too busy.  This one however with its message “together we make a difference” seems perfect for what we’re all…

Bringing the garden into the classroom!!

By EnrichLA Team | August 31, 2011

As gardens continue to bring life outside of the classroom, it is equally important that our students are also transformed within.  As I begin my second week of teaching 5thgrade here in Miami, I thought I would share some ideas as to how a simple classroom theme can encourage students to become “lifelong learners and…

EnrichLA- In The Running For GOOD L.A. Fund Grant

By EnrichLA Team | August 30, 2011

GOOD LA is hosting a challenge for the best initiative that is “moving LA forward,” and EnrichLA is in the running! EnrichLA is a DIFFERENT kind of non profit organization; we are all volunteer, have zero overhead, and we get things done.  The $2500 prize will help EnrichLA bring a garden into yet another inner…

Garden Building Day Video by David Martinez

By EnrichLA Team | August 29, 2011

Our friend and volunteer David Martinez is in Kenya right now starting a garden at an orphanage, but before he left he found the time to send us this quick 10 second video he shot at Main St Elementary garden building day. Main St. Elementary Garden Build Video

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | August 28, 2011

Help Kickstart an Edible Garden for Students I have volunteered with ENRICHLA through their involvement with Farm King at Thomas Starr King Middle School, and the garden build at Trinity Elementary. ENRICHLA is a great organization and they are making a difference in our community. They are fundraising on kickstarter to build an on-campus edible…

New Garden….Planning Alta Loma Elementary School!

By EnrichLA Team | August 27, 2011

This is a “before” photo of the planned garden site at Alta Loma Elementary School. We cant wait to get to work on this garden so that we can show you an “AFTER” photo! To be a part of a garden build, transforming an asphalt slab like this into a beautiful and educational edible garden,…

Micheltorena Garden thrives thanks to community involvement

By EnrichLA Team | August 25, 2011

It takes a village… point in case at the Micheltorena School and Community Garden.  All through the summer the garden stayed open on Wednesdays and Saturdays although the school was out on vacation.  More and more community members, attracted by the garden beauty and warmth, come in and contribute =  Pickling classes, garden maintenance, composting,…

ENRICH LA HAS BEEN DESIGNATED A PUBLIC CHARITY

By EnrichLA Team | August 24, 2011

Enrich La has been designated a public charity.

Kickstarter Campaign for John Adams Middle School Garden!

By EnrichLA Team | August 24, 2011

EnrichLA has just created a project on Kickstarter.com to raise money for the John Adams Middle School Garden build.  Here is a snippet of our project page, describing to visitors the importance of school gardens, and how the funds will be used if we are to receive them. CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR PAGE, WATCH…

Removing asphalt for a garden at John Adams Middle School

By EnrichLA Team | August 24, 2011

Today 1,800 sq.ft. of asphalt are being remove from John Adams Middle School to make room for an edible garden. This campus PE field is a city block of asphalt, so a small but significant victory for greening our campuses. EnrichLA teamed up with LAUSD’s Sustainable Yards and with TREE PEOPLE to achieve this goal.…

TS King Native plants thriving

By EnrichLA Team | August 24, 2011

We planted these native plants about a year ago at King Middle School .  We ignored them.  We watered them twice.  They are now thriving.  The new rule of gardening in Southern California ought to be “if it is not edible it should not need water”.  There is no getting around the fact that edible…

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | August 21, 2011

National Honey Bee Day is Aug. 20th August 20, 2011 is National Honey Bee Day, which is a day for honey bees and a program for the entire year. If you haven’t seen Vanishing of the Bees, then I highly recommend it. It is extremely educational and a must see! The National Honey Bee Day…

All about compost made simple

By EnrichLA Team | August 19, 2011

Enrichla’s friend Sergio Scabuzzo writes a simple how to compost. Here is an excerpt, for the whole story visit THE GREEN MAN PROJECT Compost piles should: Be vegan – no animal products of any kind Not contain any chemicals or pesticides Be as moist as a damp sponge Not be compacted, so air can get…

The Los Angeles Eco-Village: Restoring Community Through Permaculture

By EnrichLA Team | August 18, 2011

Los Angeles Eco-Village

LOS ANGELES — Many thanks to Lois Arkin for taking time Wednesday to give me a 45-minute personal tour of the Eco-Village. The L.A. Eco-Village is a permaculture-oriented intentional community and neighborhood comprising two blocks near Vermont Ave and Beverly Blvd in the Mid-Wilshire district. It is a home to 40 residents who live and work there, and a public space to neighbors who participate in its community… Read more»

Main Street Elementary Garden Build

By EnrichLA Team | August 17, 2011

Last Saturday, August 13th, volunteers gathered at Main Street Elementary School in South Central Los Angeles for a garden build.  Over 30 volunteers, young and old, worked together build a beautiful garden in a matter of hours.  Its true…..Working Together, Anything Is Possible! Some of the volunteers were parents of students that attend or will…

West Vernon Elementary School Garden Plans

By EnrichLA Team | August 17, 2011

This is our garden plan for the new garden at West Vernon Elementary School.  This is going to be a BEAUTIFUL edible garden and outdoor classroom!

West Vernon Elementary School Garden…Coming Soon

By EnrichLA Team | August 17, 2011

We look forward to making a positive change on this campus.  As you can see, the students are surrounded by concrete.  We cant wait to bring a beautiful edible garden to their campus!

Main St. Elementary Before and After

By EnrichLA Team | August 15, 2011

After removing weeds, tilling the ground, and adding super rich compost to the existing soil, we were ready to plant sage, lavender, citrus plans, grapes, and bougainvilleas!  This is a before and after of the garden space.  Stay tuned for more photos of our beautiful new garden at Main Street Elementary School!

San Pedro Elementary School Garden On Its Way!

By EnrichLA Team | August 15, 2011

Here are some plans for the new garden and beautification project at San Pedro Elementary School!

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | August 14, 2011

Kellygreen Home I’ve been a fan of Kellygreen Home for a few years now. They are one of the few eco-friendly storefronts around. They are located in Silverlake and moving to a new location soon TBD. They also have an online store for those who aren’t in the area. Kellygreen Home sells items for the…

Bienvenidos al Jardin/Welcome to the Garden

By EnrichLA Team | August 13, 2011

When we begin to believe that there is greater joy in working with and for others, rather than just for ourselves, then our society will truly become a place of celebration. -Jean Vanier Another amazing community work day! Locals and friends from other LA hoods came together with EnrichLA to bring back to life and…

Change happening at main street elementary….NOW!

By EnrichLA Team | August 13, 2011

    Here are a few photos from the garden build going on right now at main street elementary school in south central los angeles.  Stop by if youd like to help, or consider joining us for our next garden build!  See our volunteer page for opportunities.

We’re all working together young and old so that everything is possible.

By EnrichLA Team | August 12, 2011

“A group of schoolchildren from main street elementary helped me load the supplies for the garden build at that school” Tomas.  .   Here is a partial list as to the items that are going into the garden at main street elementary.  Texas sage, a lemon tree, an orange tree, basil, parsley, a pear tree,…

Preparing for Main Street Garden

By EnrichLA Team | August 12, 2011

  Tomas has been making multiple trips to main street elementary preparing for the great Garden build on Saturday, August 13. See the basil on the right hand side and see some miniature olive bush’s on the left.  On the lower left is English lavender. “I also managed to get my hands on an actual…

Whole Foods Whole Kids Foundation + EnrichLA School Gardens

By EnrichLA Team | August 11, 2011

EnrichLA will have the opportunity to join the Whole Kids Foundation in fighting the childhood obesity epidemic by improving nutrition and wellness for students. Starting August 17th you may notice around your local Whole Foods Market the opportunity to donate to the Whole Kids Garden Grant Project.  This project is aimed at supporting organizations around…

Trinity garden update

By EnrichLA Team | August 11, 2011

A couple of days ago I visited Trinity Garden for a meeting with Principal Marta Jevenois. Despite budget and personnel cuts, Marta continues to be strongly committed to the garden. She  has organized a group of parents and their kids who have been watering and caring for the native plant border during the summer recess.…

LAWeekly visits Micheltorena Garden and blogs about it and EnrichLA

By EnrichLA Team | August 9, 2011

LAWeekly’s  Kathy A. MacDonald visited the garden and blogged about us. Here is an excerpt, for the whole article visit LAWeekly’s Blog. “Chalk one up to green. Overlooking traffic-heavy Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Silver Lake, community activists have transformed a former school parking lot into vegetable, herb and flower filled garden at L.A.U.S.D’s…

Fruit Jam 2011 with Fallen Fruit and Machine Project

By EnrichLA Team | August 9, 2011

Figs Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — I first heard about Fruit Jam 2011 from the Permaculture Los Angeles Facebook page and decided to attend last Sunday because I liked the premise: a community gathering to make jam from public fruit. Fruit Jam is an annual event organized by Fallen Fruit, a group that works to locate fruit trees in public spaces and compile public fruit maps. The organizers asked participants to bring fruit picked from… Read more»

Moshe’s Methods: One L.A. Gardener’s Approach to Sustainable Food Productione

By EnrichLA Team | August 8, 2011

Moshe Los Angeles Garden

LOS ANGELES — After the Micheltorena community garden workday last Saturday, I had the good fortune of receiving an exclusive tour of Moshe’s home garden. Moshe is a volunteer at Micheltorena who has an unmistakeable passion for growing food, and years of experience and knowledge on sustainable gardening, from his former home in Israel and from seven years living and gardening in Costa Rica. In past volunteer… Read more»

How to Repurpose Avocado Shells for Seed Planting (Micheltorena Garden Project)

By EnrichLA Team | August 8, 2011

Avocado Shells

LOS ANGELES — When in California, eat avocados! As a result of my California avocado binge, I’m left with a heap of empty avocado shells. Instead of sending them to the compost, I decided to take them last Saturday to the Micheltorena Elementary School garden for a fun garden project. Avocado Shell Seed Trays By planting seeds in avocado shells instead of plastic trays, the seedlings can be transplanted directly… Read more»

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | August 7, 2011

10 Lead-Free Reusable Shopping Bags Reusable shopping bags are affordable and a small step in helping keep the planet clean. There are several types to choose from such as organic cotton, canvas, recycled plastic, non-woven-polypropylene, and more… In the US, tests show that some non-woven-polypropylene bags made in China, contain high levels of lead. Most…

More from Roosevelt Garden!

By EnrichLA Team | August 5, 2011

Yet another yummy product of the new “riders garden” at Roosevelt High School!  We are so glad to see the progress being made.  Dont forget, if youd like to be a part of a transformation like the one that happened at Roosevelt, we will be having a garden build at Main Street Elementary next Saturday,…

Celebrating our volunteers

By EnrichLA Team | August 5, 2011

Braking bread at co-founder Tomas O’grady beautiful sustainable home.

Planning A School Garden?

By EnrichLA Team | August 4, 2011

A school garden can be an invaluable resource in many areas of education; learning to grow food, getting back in touch with nature, and beautifying school grounds are only a few of the benefits of an on campus garden.  It can involve and excite the entire school, including students, teachers, administrators, staff and neighbors.  …

Roosevelt Garden- “Fruits of Your Labor”

By EnrichLA Team | August 2, 2011

Roosevelt Senior High School principal Maura Crossin sent this photo to us: Thanks for the update, Maura!  We look forward to many photos and updates from you in the future! We are so lucky to have been part of what is now the “Riders Garden!”

Brother blog URBAN FOOD AMERICA writes about Micheltorena and EnrichLA

By EnrichLA Team | August 1, 2011

Here is an excerpt, for the full article visit Urban Food America. “Before Micheltorena Elementary School built its community garden, the majority of the schoolgrounds was a vast, empty parking lot adjacent to the noisy West Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Thanks to a few committed neighborhood volunteers, this public school is now…

Micheltorena School & Community Garden: Reforming Education from the Ground Up

By EnrichLA Team | August 1, 2011

Micheltorena School Garden

LOS ANGELES — Before Micheltorena Elementary School built its community garden, the majority of the schoolgrounds was a vast, empty parking lot adjacent to the noisy West Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Thanks to a few committed neighborhood volunteers, this public school is now the prideful home of a beautiful and productive community garden. The Micheltorena garden is a real-world testing… Read more»

Pickles!

By EnrichLA Team | July 31, 2011

This Saturday at the Micheltorena Garden, lead by neighbor and volunteer Jason Jones, we pickled some of the garden veggies. About 10 volunteers  brought jars and got together for the experiment, part of exploring different ways of using the garden bounty.  It started about noon after a couple of hours of tending the garden =…

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | July 31, 2011

Natural Carpets and Rugs Materials used in commercial carpet or rugs can cause health and environmental concerns. According to the EPA, chemicals in carpet can be a potential risk to reduce indoor air quality because of the emissions and VOC’s from the adhesives used in carpeting. The most common adhesive is Polypropylene which can cause…

…Dont Have Access To A Community Garden?

By EnrichLA Team | July 31, 2011

We have mentioned before the benefits that gardening has on school campuses, as well as in communities.  Establishing a sense of trust and togetherness, as well as promoting environmental awareness and nutritional education, are essential qualities that these gardens help to instill. I realize that MANY people do not have access to community or school…

EnrichLA on KIIS FM…Listen here!

By EnrichLA Team | July 29, 2011

Tomas O’Grady, an EnrichLA founder, was recently asked by KIIS FM to interview with their DJ Jesse “Boy Toy” Lozano on what EnrichLA is doing around Los Angeles!  The segment is called “community council,” and during this segment Jesse Lozano interviews people who are doing positive, interesting things around the city.  Tomas and Jesse talked…

EnrichLA partners with FOX

By EnrichLA Team | July 29, 2011

EnrichLA was invited to have a booth at the “Fox Gives” event.  Founder Tomas O’Grady and a student volunteer helped inform 300+ Fox employees about the progress EnrichLA is making around the city.  Employees were encouraged to sign up for our mailing list and become involved in the many volunteer events we have coming up.…

Study: Combating Child Obesity With Gardening

By EnrichLA Team | July 27, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kansas – Researcher Candice Shoemaker thinks she might have an answer to the nation’s obesity epidemic in children: gardening. She hopes to show that gardening can promote a healthier lifestyle and combat childhood obesity in several ways. First, Shoemaker said, when children help to grow their own fruits and vegetables, they are more interested […]

USDA Announces Winner in First Lady’s Recipes for Healthy Kids Contest

By EnrichLA Team | July 27, 2011

USDA Announces Winner in First Lady’s Recipes for Healthy Kids Contest DALLAS, July 26, 2011 – USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Administrator Audrey Rowe yesterday announced the winner of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Recipes for Healthy Kids competition. The contest launched last year to challenge students, parents and other interested community members to create […]

Justifying School Gardens

By EnrichLA Team | July 25, 2011

Question: Why is the school raising money to pay for gardening equipment? What does this have to do with education? Answer: Inquiry is education. As we develop the school grounds into something that can be used by teachers, we are expanding inquiry opportunities. The classroom does not have to be defined by four walls. With […]

Ten Reasons Why School Gardens are an Excellent Idea

By EnrichLA Team | July 25, 2011

1. Magic happens when a child harvests a vegetable he or she has planted and nurtured. The child will want to eat it! It will increase interest and improve attitudes towards eating fruits and vegetables. 2. Students will learn where food really comes from – a carrot grows in the ground, a green bean on […]

Farm King puts its two cents in

By EnrichLA Team | July 25, 2011

Farm King puts its two cents in Posted on July 21, 2011 by 826lastaff Posted by Danny Hom, Programs & Social Media Manager Throughout the school year at Thomas Starr King Middle School, Ann Holtzinger’s 6th grade stduents have been working in Farm King, the school’s garden, as part of a science unit. After dissecting […]

Update Charter School Garden plans

By EnrichLA Team | July 25, 2011

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | July 24, 2011

Offset Your Carbon Footprint I bought a plane ticket for one of my relatives, and the travel website offered the option to offset my carbon footprint. I’ve heard of doing this, but I haven’t had the opportunity to do it before. When you offset your carbon footprint you help to reduce climate change and restore…

WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS- Be a Part of Main St. El. Garden Build

By EnrichLA Team | July 22, 2011

On Saturday, August 13th EnrichLA will be gathering volunteers, parents and students for yet another garden build!  We are very enthusiastic about starting Phase 1 of Main Street Elementary School gardens, turning a patch of dirt into an edible garden and outdoor classroom. Saturday August 13th from 9-2, 129 E 53rd St., LA CA, 90011…

Main Street Elementary Edible garden Sketch

By EnrichLA Team | July 22, 2011

We will build this new garden August 13th 2011  

EnrichLA Joins Like Minded Organizations

By EnrichLA Team | July 21, 2011

EnrichLA Joins Like Minded Organizations in the effort for healthier food in schools The edible teaching garden at the 24th Street Elementary School was the perfect setting. It was clear from the get go that all of the participants had one common goal = bringing nutritious and delicious  foods to the kids of LAUSD. EnrichLA…

Micheltorena receives gift from Jennie Cook

By EnrichLA Team | July 21, 2011

Micheltorena Garden received a set of bowls and knives plus a sharpener from Jennie Cook, the tireless crusader for better food in schools. Jennie is a great chef and caterer, and a big supporter of school edible  gardens. She sees the gardens as the portal to healthy eating habits and breaking with the vicious circle…

EnrichLA nominated for California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

By EnrichLA Team | July 21, 2011

Thank you to Dr. Rebecca Crane, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, with Kaiser Permanente Sunset for nominating us for this award which recognizes efforts to positively impact the physical activity, fitness and well-being of California’s children and youth. Award winners will be officially announced in September and information will be posted on the Counci’s website

Plastic Water Bottles- Whats The Big Deal?

By EnrichLA Team | July 19, 2011

EnrichLA seeks to bring nutrition and environmental awareness onto local school campuses.  But what would that mean without reevaluating the way we treat the environment ourselves? One issue that is very dear to us here at EnrichLA is the use of single-use plastic water bottles.  We have given away reusable bottles, donated by the Greater…