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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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…

More work on the charter garden

By EnrichLA Team | July 18, 2011

Just one more Saturday at the Micheltorena Garden

By EnrichLA Team | July 17, 2011

This Saturday we had a lot of new people coming to the garden. I taught a class, Urban Beekeeping  101,  on all I learned from being a member of Backwards Beekeepers. A few folk from the Echo Park Time Bank showed up to it, and stayed for a garden produce salad from the bounty the…

EnrichLA Joins The Echo Park Time Bank

By EnrichLA Team | July 17, 2011

EnrichLA has recently become a member of the “Echo Park Time Bank” and we are very excited about the opportunity to be a part of such a great group! From The Echo Park Time Bank website: “The Echo Park Time Bank is a collective whose purpose is to facilitate the cooperative exchange of goods and…

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | July 17, 2011

Carmegeddon Weekend This weekend, July 16 & 17th is called “Carmegeddon” in the Los Angeles area, because one of the largest freeways will be closed for 2 days. The 405 freeway is used by millions of people daily. It just goes to show how dependent people are of their cars. They are freaking out! So,…

My first school garden at Neighborhood Nursery School

By EnrichLA Team | July 16, 2011

In 2006, I, and a bunch of other parents built this garden and garden play house for the Neighborhood Nursery School in Silver Lake. I had grey long hair back then. Happy times. Tomas O’Grady             Justine O’Grady    

EnrichLA + KIIS FM

By EnrichLA Team | July 16, 2011

EnrichLA founder Tomas O’Grady was recently invited by 102.7 KIIS FM here in Los Angeles to talk about EnrichLA on the air! Tomas met with popular DJ “Boy Toy” Jesse Lozano to discuss the benefits of school gardens, and to share with listeners what EnrichLA is doing for schools around the city.  Tomas had his…

Introducing myself: I’m teacher Michael Martinez (and why I joined EnrichLA)

By EnrichLA Team | July 15, 2011

My name is Michael. I love people. I love my city. I grew up in a middle class suburb of Los Angeles with no connection to the land and no idea of how the food system operated. I didn’t question the source of my meals and the only knowledge of fruits and vegetables I had…

please volunteer for Sustain LA this weekend!

By EnrichLA Team | July 12, 2011

– Volunteers Needed – What can you do to help “GREEN” the environment?  All it takes is 4 hours! Take part in an eco-movement to help educate the public on BETTER FOOD habits and ZERO WASTE! Los Angeles is hosting its first Eat Real Festival Saturday, July 16 – Sunday, July 17.  We need enthusiastic volunteers who will…

Great Day at Los Feliz Charter School for The Arts!

By EnrichLA Team | July 11, 2011

This past Saturday, July 9th, volunteers gathered to build the new garden at Los Feliz Charter School for The Arts.  Even though it was hot out, volunteers worked hard to get this garden ready for the students. Garden preparation included filling the raised beds with a 50/50 compost and dirt mixture, removing plants and weeds,…

Lfcsa garden picket fence

By EnrichLA Team | July 11, 2011

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | July 10, 2011

Backwards Beekeepers Backwards Bees is a group of organic, treatment-free beekeepers in Los Angeles, with branches now forming in other cities. They’re “Backwards” because they rely on observation and natural practices to keep our bees thriving rather than pesticides, chemicals, or treatments of any kind. They’re continually growing as more and more people discover the…

Charter school garden takes shape

By EnrichLA Team | July 9, 2011

Community Gardens

By EnrichLA Team | July 9, 2011

If you have ever spent time in New York City, you may have noticed something like this: While I have not spent much time wandering around Los Angeles (I hate to admit), I will say that I have never seen something like this here. So whats the big deal about community gardens?  What does “community…

Building a garden at Los Feliz charter!

By EnrichLA Team | July 9, 2011

    Parents, kids and volunteers are here at Los Feliz charter school working diligently on the new garden.  Raised beds have been filled with a 50/50 compost and dirt mixture, and fruit trees are being planted as we speak!  Stay tuned for photos of the finished product….or come by and get dirty, we can…

Enrich LA joins the Echo Park Time Bank

By EnrichLA Team | July 8, 2011

We are very happy to be part of the Echo Park Time Bank, a collective whose purpose is to facilitate the cooperative exchange of goods and services among its members. It is a pay it forward system that connects unmet needs with untapped resources. For every hour you help another member, you earn a Time…

Charter school garden

By EnrichLA Team | July 6, 2011

Our star volunteer Sherrell picks up plants for this Saturday’s Garden Build at Los Feliz Charter for the Arts where she is a parent. Join her on July 9th – 9:00am to 1:00pm. Los Feliz Charter School For The Arts 2709 Media Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90065 RSVP by clickingHERE. See you there!

Happy Independence Day

By EnrichLA Team | July 4, 2011

What a better way to celebrate Independence Day than to muse on the many ways in which edible school and community gardens bring us closer to Independence: From store bought fruits and vegetables tainted with pesticides… From supporting industries hat dump tons of pesticides into our soil and watersheds… From foreign oil dependency; no need…

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | July 3, 2011

LA Bans Plastic Bags today, July 1st! “Less paper, no plastic.” Think of it as the new mantra for Los Angeles County’s checkout lines. Starting July 1, stores in the county’s unincorporated area will help curb a longstanding environmental problem by charging a dime each for paper bags and halting the distribution of single-use plastic…

EnrichLA nominated for “Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports” award

By EnrichLA Team | July 2, 2011

We are very happy for this nomination in recognition of our mission of bringing edible gardens to schools, mostly because  it will mean additional attention on the issues gardens address, plus the cash award will go a long way towards providing more gardens to communities in need. Want to help us get there? Please follow…

Garden Build July 9th- DONT MISS OUT

By EnrichLA Team | July 1, 2011

We are keeping up the momentum after two successful garden builds, at Roosevelt Senior High School in Boyle Heights and Trinity Elementary School in Southeast Los Angeles. Our volunteers are invaluable when it comes to these events.  The man power, enthusiasm, and dedication of these volunteers help us to turn rock hard dirt into a…

The garden salad that took a year to make

By EnrichLA Team | June 30, 2011

It started with a dream, perseverance, attracting like minded folk, designing, raising funds, making a reality the replacing of asphalt by a garden, building, planting, watering, weeding, mulching, composting, loving, meeting more new friends, making music, enjoying the hard work, learning, discovering… and tonight the community got together and created the first salad with veggies…

A mural grows at Micheltorena Elementary

By EnrichLA Team | June 28, 2011

Inspired by the success of the garden, parents have been getting together for the last couple of weeks to continue the school beautification. Designed by comics artist -and parent- Jordan Crane, the mural in progress at the kindergarten yard is looking awesome! Stay tuned for the final result…

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | June 26, 2011

Zero-Waste Moving When I move, I usually re-use cardboard boxes from other people and then give my boxes to someone else to use. The cycle can only go a few rounds before the boxes are worn and unusable. I always hope the last person will recycle them, but you never know. I’ve heard about these…

Enrich LA + Gilt City Volunteer Day

By EnrichLA Team | June 26, 2011

The Enrich LA / Gilt City volunteer day on Sat 6/25 was a big success. Gilt raised $2000 for Micheltorena and the food by Chego was excellent. Lisa Novick from Theodore Payne Foundation  was at hand to teach the volunteers the benefits of native plant gardens (minimal water needs and food for native birds and insects)…

Organic Picnics For New Eco Magnet To Be Supplied by Whole Foods!

By EnrichLA Team | June 25, 2011

Whole Foods has made a name for itself by offering the highest quality, natural and organic products to its customers.  Their core values support healthy eating, community giving, and sustainability.  That is why it is so great to announce that Whole Foods has partnered with the new Environmental Magnet on the Thomas Starr King Middle…

Enrich-LA has been awarded $5,000 by The South Central Neighborhood Council to build an edible garden at John Adams Middle School.

By EnrichLA Team | June 24, 2011

www.enrichla.org 6/24/2011- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Tomas O’Grady Tel:  (323) 387-3866 Email:  tomasogradyenrichla@gmail.com   Enrich-LA has been awarded $5,000 by The South Central Neighborhood Council to build an edible garden at John Adams Middle School.   ENRICHLA, a Los Angeles based Non-profit organization, based in Los Feliz, led by Tomas O’Grady (recent candidate for city…

South Central Neighborhood Council awards $5000 for new garden at John Adams Middle School

By EnrichLA Team | June 22, 2011

Thank you SCNC, your contribution will make the upcoming garden a reality sooner! Great news for John Adams MS. Great news for South Central. Check out existing plot, the upcoming design, and stay tuned for volunteer build day!    

Plastic Bag Infographic

By EnrichLA Team | June 21, 2011

Below is a stunning infographic, courtesy of Reuse This Bag, which spotlights worldwide trends on plastic bag bans and usage. The first ban on single-use plastic bags began in Ireland in 2003. Since then, countries like China, Australia, and Somalia have followed suit. Until the United States puts a ban on these urban tumbleweeds, make…

“Garden, Grub and Give Back”

By EnrichLA Team | June 20, 2011

This Saturday, June 25th, Micheltorena garden will be participating in a “Gilt City” event.  Attendees will be experiencing a day of giving back to the community, great music, and good eats provided by the Pop-up Chego test-kitchen. Chego is the latest endeavor from chef Roy Choi, the brilliant man who brought you Kogi BBQ and…

Garbage to Garden…It’s Compost Time!

By EnrichLA Team | June 20, 2011

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

Another succesful garden build!

By EnrichLA Team | June 20, 2011

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

Working Together Anything Is Possible = Trinity Garden in South LA

By EnrichLA Team | June 19, 2011

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

Plastic is Not Fantastic

By EnrichLA Team | June 19, 2011

Colby, Justin, Steven, Marisol propose alternatives to plastic and other eco-friendly tips.    

Volunteer at Farm King

By EnrichLA Team | June 19, 2011

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

Littering Harms Sea Animals

By EnrichLA Team | June 19, 2011

Erin, Jocelyn, and Sarah illustrate how littering affects marine life, and what we can do to help. 

Just completed. New garden at trinity elementary

By EnrichLA Team | June 19, 2011

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team | June 19, 2011

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

Green fair at king middle

By EnrichLA Team | June 17, 2011

Mrs Ralph’s class preparing for green fair at king

Fresh, seasonal, organic veggies make a great salad @ Micheltorena garden

By EnrichLA Team | June 17, 2011

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

Bye-bye Bottled Water!

By EnrichLA Team | June 16, 2011

Marketers of bottled water have certainly done their jobs well. Bottled water claims to be fresher, cleaner, healthier, heck, even smarter. And consumers eat (or drink, rather) it all up. When the truth is, bottled water is just as safe and healthy as tap water. In general, municipal water in developed countries is well-regulated. In…

Reuse Materials to Reduce Waste

By EnrichLA Team | June 16, 2011

Ervin, Victoria, Estefania, Larry, and Javier encourage you to REUSE materials to REDUCE waste. 

More Bees and a Well-Deserved Meal

By EnrichLA Team | June 16, 2011

      Today at Micheltorena, Leonardo continued the bee demonstration with the observation hive so that every class had a chance to learn about the nature of bees and the art of beekeeping. Leonardo talked about the structure of honeycomb (hexagonal cells), about the different types of bees that make up a colony (worker,…

WHOLE FOODS TO SUPPLY ORGANIC FOOD FOR KING ECO MAGNET PICNICS NEXT YEAR

By EnrichLA Team | June 15, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6/15/2111 Enrich LA ( aka farm feliz) + Whole Foods are proud to announce a sponsorship partnership with Thomas Starr King Environmental Studies Magnet to provide for the 2011-2012, organic food for quarterly picnics for the students. “This is a green magnet. Four times a year, we will have a big picnic…

Say No to Styrofoam

By EnrichLA Team | June 15, 2011

Mariska, Hannah, John, and Miguel take action to reduce styrofoam at their school. 

Litter From Garbage Trucks

By EnrichLA Team | June 15, 2011

Carl, David, Martin, and Jason define litter and offer suggestions on how garbage trucks can reduce litter.

Large Marge Sustainables will serve Lunch to the Trinity Volunteers

By EnrichLA Team | June 14, 2011

We are very excited because Large Marge Sustainables will be serving lunch to the volunteers at the Trinity School Garden Build this Saturday 6/18. Great food for great works! http://www.largemargesustainables.com To sign up for this event http://enrichla.org/volunteer/  

Scrubbing king for magnet introductions

By EnrichLA Team | June 14, 2011

Hard at work putting on our best face at king middle

Help us turn asphalt into a garden at Trinity Elementary

By EnrichLA Team | June 13, 2011

We did it at King Middle School, at Micheltorena Elementary and at Roosevelt High School… and now, coming up on Sat 6/18 from 9-1, help us do it again at TRINITY ELEMENTARY in South LA! Thank you LAUSD for removing the asphalt and making room for all together continue the transformation. WORKING TOGETHER ANYTHING IS…

Gardens- An Alternative To Sports?

By EnrichLA Team | June 11, 2011

Getting involved in school sports is an excellent way for children to socialize and get exercise during and after school.  According to the CDC, as many as 58% of LAUSD students are not physically active each day, so when a child is enthusiastic about a sport it makes physical fitness a lot easier.  But what about the…

Pinewood derby franklin

By EnrichLA Team | June 11, 2011

Green event at franklin today

By EnrichLA Team | June 11, 2011

We are being responsible today at the pinewood derby with garbage.

Working on the environmental fair at king middle

By EnrichLA Team | June 10, 2011

Students with teacher annemarie Ralph and Tomas O Grady work on the eco fair

Fish Eat Plastic, We Eat Fish

By EnrichLA Team | June 9, 2011

Miya, Lilly, Kylin, and Christine explain why plastic is NOT fantastic.

Trinity Elementary School VOLUNTEER DAY!

By EnrichLA Team | June 9, 2011

If you would like to be a part of this fantastic volunteer opportunity, visit our volunteer page or click here to sign up.  We cant wait to see you! On Saturday June 18th, from 9am to 2pm, volunteers will be gathering at Trinity Elementary School in Los Angeles for our second big GARDEN BUILD!  This is…

Bees visit Micheltorena

By EnrichLA Team | June 8, 2011

The Micheltorena Garden had today a visit by Kirk Anderson of Backwards Beekeepers, a Los Angeles Urban Beekeeping group dedicated to natural organic beekeeping. Kirk brought an observation hive and some beekeeping gear and equipment. The kids were fascinated about being able to observe the bees at work an get real close to them without danger…

Main St Elementary

By EnrichLA Team | June 8, 2011

Getting ready to transform this area of concrete and asphalt into a beautiful urban forest and reading garden.

Dive!

By EnrichLA Team | June 8, 2011

I recently attended an event called Waste Not Want Not: Food, the Earth and You. The event was hosted by the Los Angeles Eco-Village. If you haven’t heard of the Evo-Village, it’s a neighborhood in the Wilshire Center/ Koreatown area that is striving to become a demonstration of healthy, sustainable urban community (http://www.laecovillage.org/). The event…

MyPlate is a good thing, but we still subsidize obesity

By EnrichLA Team | June 7, 2011

First the good news The new icon and recommendations released last week by the USDA are a lot healthier and are a more helpful contribution to public well-being. MyPlate is a large circle representing a dinner dish, divided to show that fruits and vegetables should make up half the food consumed, with protein and grains sharing the…

Roosevelt high school garden is coming together

By EnrichLA Team | June 7, 2011

We now have a garden club. Includes teachers and students.

San pedro elementary. We will build a reading garden

By EnrichLA Team | June 7, 2011

Main street elementary edible garden coming soon

By EnrichLA Team | June 7, 2011

Action This will be a new garden soon