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A GARDEN IN EVERY SCHOOL

EVERY CHILD OUGHT TO EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF GROWING & EATING SIMPLE WHOLE FOODS.

Oxidation and Tea at Ramona

By Hope Cox | November 15, 2017

Today’s Word of the Day was Oxidation. The simple explanation (for fourth graders) is that sometimes when things are exposed to the oxygen in the air, these things exhibit chemical and physical changes. Some examples are iron rusting when exposed to the oxygen that’s in water, apples browning when the white flesh is exposed to…

Hard Working Worms at Foster

By Hope Cox | November 15, 2017

Worms are busy creatures; they’re constantly working to decompose decaying organic matter. A worm decomposes things by eating it and digesting it into castings (the nerdy term for worm poop) that then incorporates into the soil. The type of decaying matter that worms like the most are soft fruits such as melons, apples, cucumbers and…

New Rotation at Delevan Drive

By Cindy Soto | November 15, 2017

For the new rotation at Delevan Drive starting in mid October, we started off by using our 5 senses while exploring the garden and seeing how it has changed since the last time they visited. With the 1st graders we practiced our two finger touch, while feeling, smelling and looking. All classes finished off with…

Vine St Elementary learns about seeds

By Danny Yaffe | November 14, 2017

Seeds where the theme of the day at Vone St Elementary. The students learned that a seed contains a baby root (radicle) and the first true leaves (cotyledon) of a plant. The cotyledon also serves as a source of energy and nutrients fro the starting plant. In the garden students examined the first true leaves…

El Sereno Elementary Learns About Leaves

By Danny Yaffe | November 14, 2017

At Wl Sereno Elementary the students learned about leaves and what makes them green. How the chlorophyll absorbs some color for photosynthesis and how green is reflected. Leaves are also a great ay to identify young plants as shape, texture, size, and veins will vary from species to species. Pomegranate seeds made a refreshingly tart…

Microbes Everywhere at Primary Academy!

By Hillary Williams | November 14, 2017

Where are microbes?  Everywhere!  It was easy for the students to realize just how important microbes are when you learn that they outnumber humnas by the billions.  Bacteria tiny as can be, unseen to the naked eye, but changing the world everyday…those are microbes.   We call them invisible transformers and they are amazing!  …

Little Ladies Visit 6th Ave

By Eleanor Goodrich | November 14, 2017

Last week we had a wonderful opportunity while studying the insect life in the garden; the students found larvae of both ladybugs and Japanese beetles! That prompted a full discussion about the life cycle of the different insects in the garden as students shared facts about the butterflies they are studying in class. At the…

Valley View has a lesson on seeds

By Danny Yaffe | November 13, 2017

At Valley View Elementary seeds were the topic of the day. Where they develop and what makes them similar was explained by having the students draw a simple diagram in their journals. Radicle (baby root) and cotyledons (first leaves) are present in every seed as that is what every plant needs to start life on…

Carson-Gore starts a new garden cycle

By Danny Yaffe | November 13, 2017

As a new set of students starts garden class at Carson-Gore the students made journals and took observations on inhabitants (plants and others). A food search discovered cabbage, eggplant, onions, and basil. Fortunately one of the garden residents was happier hidding in the cabbage than joining the class for their snack. – Ranger Dan

First Class at Van Ness

By team | November 13, 2017

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SCHOOL GARDENS CREATED

WEEKLY RANGER PROGRAM SCHOOLS

LOS ANGELES STUDENTS SERVED

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

We do not build and run. Our Garden Rangers maintain the garden space weekly and provide place-based learning opportunities for students, offering lesson plans with topics such as nutrition, healthy living, gardening, and environmental stewardship. These garden classes help students establish an immediate connection between the process of growing fruits and vegetables and consuming these foods in our outdoor kitchens. With these gardens, the classroom is given local focus, tangible results, and involvement in inquiry-based education.

For many students, our school gardens are their only access to green, outdoor spaces in their neighborhood.  By improving the environmental quality of their surroundings, children are more likely to succeed.  We have seen first-hand how access to edible gardens can bring joy and community involvement.

 

We have created 100 + in 4 years. We are barreling towards 200.

School gardens improve air quality, increase exposure to the natural world, encourage environmental stewardship, and positively impact health and eating habits of students and the surrounding community. These gardens act as catalysts to show students just how versatile, delicious, and FUN healthy food can be, developing positive attitudes toward healthy, fresh food and increasing consumption of these foods. The startling obesity statistics in Metro Los Angeles alone demonstrate a strong need for access to simple whole foods through gardening.

 

Our Values

Goal

A working edible garden in every Los Angeles School.

Culture

Down to earth, no nonsense and hard working. We are irreverent and ambitious.

Food justice and food insecure

are words you will rarely hear from us. We know the issues. We focus on solutions. No further study needed. We know how we can help.

Step 1. Get gardens into schools.

Step 2. Attract kids into these gardens.

We are all about action.

Our customers

are the kids. We strive to deliver a great product; a lush vegetable garden.

 

 

Schools

Get a garden in your school now

Companies

Build something lasting with us

Humans

It is easy to help out

There are many Non-Profits out there, but not all are very effective or frugal. Our people are people who volunteer, intern and give. People who care. We have minimal staff. Our garden rangers fan out to 68 schools weekly.  We respect our people by treating their time as precious. If you volunteer, we want you to be exhausted. We feel that if you are going to give up your day to help us and others then the least that we can do is make it worth your while.

EnrichLA builds and takes care of edible school gardens throughout Los Angeles.

After co-founder and Executive Director Tomas O'Grady recognized a need to connect students with the source of their food, EnrichLA was founded in August 2011 as a 501(c)(3) designated non-profit. By installing and managing a school garden at Thomas Starr King Middle School, Tomas discovered how its presence benefited the lives of students, staff and the surrounding community.  King Middle School is now one of 68 schools that demonstrate how school gardens can transform a community through increased student involvement and improved aesthetics, improving morale and promoting healthy living.  The immeasurable benefits at this school led Tomas to the motto: A Garden in Every School. Ultimately, we think that every child in every school in this city ought to experience the joy of growing, harvesting, preparing and eating simple whole foods.

enrichla
2173 Cedarhurst Drive
Los Anegles, CA 90027

3423 387 3866