So you've built (or are planning) a new school garden and ribbon cutting! Then, what?
Too often we see efforts to run an edible school garden falter because there isn't a single group or person responsible. This frugal non- profit is dedicated to just that. We take care of that with one of our talented Garden Rangers!
Our Garden Ranger program ensures that students benefit from the presence of edible school gardens and that the garden is taken care of throughout the year. A trained garden ranger is consistently on site every week to care for the garden and to deliver our straightforward and cheerful curriculum. We supply all of the materials, seedlings, amendments, teaching supplies and take care of repairs.
The affordable ranger program allows students to spend valuable time outdoors, enjoying and learning from the garden.
Our ever-expanding K-12 interdisciplinary curriculum engages and challenges students to learn in a unique outdoor classroom- the garden! Our Garden Rangers show the students how they can control the success of the space through their own efforts.
Garden Ranger Duties include:
- Teaching weekly classes in the garden on topics including environmental sustainability, nutrition, and STEM
- Maintaining the campus garden weekly (including holidays) to ensure healthy soil, safe and edible plants, and pest control
- Turning compost and encouraging schools to collect organic food waste
- Designing and appropriating lessons for various grades
- Supplementing Enrich LA curriculum to engage students in active, dynamic learning methods
- class materials within low program cost
- Repair drip irrigation and manage irrigation schedule
- Blogging class lessons and activities weekly
- Coordinating with Principals and teachers to organize garden beautification projects
- Leading interns and volunteers to develop related teaching skills
Enrich LA has a very unique approach to garden education. In our experience, even a little bit of exposure to garden education can make a big impact. For this reason, we aim to reach as many students as possible.Thanks to generous aid from our donors and a frugal no-nonsense approach, we are excited to offer the Garden Ranger Program to schools at an extremely low cost.
Schools are asked to contribute towards the cost as follows:
Title 1 Public School - $5,775
Non Title 1 Public School - $7,600
Non Public School - $10,440
The Ranger program encourages parent, teacher, student and community involvement. Our rangers also blog about their work every week so parents can see what the school garden is up to and get involved! In addition, we have developed a volunteer-based Parent Ranger position to further engage parents into the school garden!
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.
110 GARDENS +
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!
THE GARDEN RANGERS
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.
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.
We are like no other non-profit. Nobody makes more than a school district custodian. Everybody gets their hands dirty. We are efficient. We are as frugal as a farmer. We have six company vehicles. 4 trailers. A car to haul them and a small tractor. We are different.
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.