Our Garden Rangers deliver our interdisciplinary garden-based education program that allows students to learn in a wonderful outdoor classroom- the garden! Our program offers students six introductory lessons about their school garden. Our program schedule allows all students in K-12 to visit the garden throughout the year. Students learn about the rules in the garden and develop their own, fun garden names. They also explore the garden and help it grow by planting new seedlings. Students learn about the different soil types and which type is in their school garden. Students explore the beneficial and harmful insects that live in their school garden. Climate and Seasons: Students explore the Los Angeles’ ecosystem and the types of weather conditions that different plants prefer. Students learn about the anatomy of a plant and learn to identify which part of the plant we commonly eat. Students work together to harvest and prepare food from the garden. The students care for and maintain the garden. This is the ultimate lesson. They can control the space through their efforts. Our Rangers blog about their work every week. Here are the latest.

Swiss chard and adaptation

Swiss chard and adaptation

Today we learned about how plants and animals adapt to survive in their environment. We snacked on fresh garden carrots and we sauteed garden onions and swiss chard. The artichokes are blooming and we cant wait to see the flowers!

El Sereno Elementary reclaims goods for starting seeds.

El Sereno Elementary reclaims goods for starting seeds.

At El Sereno Elementary the students used containers that they received and discarded daily to create the perfect containers for starting seeds. One man’s trash is a seed’s new home. Teaching the students to reclaim materials and give them a second purpose helped them realize they have the tools they need to start their own…

Garden Riches at Cheremoya

Garden Riches at Cheremoya

Learning about edible this week we wrapped with garden snacks of Lettuce Roll Stuffed with Nasturtium and Borage Flowers. Learning about the different parts of edible plants, we harvested these Nasturtium seed pods. The pods will get pickled for future snacking. Everyone learns all the time! Even our garden ranger, who, along with all the…

These Days, It’s All About the Harvest | Hollywood Schoolhouse

These Days, It’s All About the Harvest | Hollywood Schoolhouse

In preparation for the biweekly farmer’s market at Hollywood Schoolhouse, these days it’s all about the harvest. With our garden doing so well after the wonderful rainy winter and all of the students’ hard work of learning through doing, our Hollywood Schoolhouse garden just keeps churning out the hits. Clockwise from top left: Peaches, Zucchini,…

Flower power at Atwater Ave Elementary

Flower power at Atwater Ave Elementary

Thanks to all the rain this winter in Los Angeles, the city is covered with beautiful blooms and scents. I decided that the flowers of our school garden and our city deserve a moment in the spotlight, so gardeners got a whole new appreciation of flowers in class this week! Students drew out different parts…

Leaves- Zoomed In

Leaves- Zoomed In

Today at Stevenson we dove deep into leaves and leaf anatomy.  Most students already knew that leaves give plants life- and us life too! Leaves play a vital role in supporting plant life.  In general, where ever you see a green leaf you will find chlorophyll, a pigment which is key in turning sunshine and…

Seed parts and weeding the garden at Delevan

Seed parts and weeding the garden at Delevan

On Thursday April 6th, we talked about seed anatomy! There are many parts of a seed, but we only talked about three of them. To start off, each student received a bean seed that had been soaked overnight. As we dissected the bean, we went over the parts: the seed coat, cotyledons and the embryo…

A new spring class begins at Atwater Ave

A new spring class begins at Atwater Ave

Last week was the first class for a brand new set of gardeners here at Atwater Ave! It was also the first time I’ve had a repeating section of gardeners from earlier in the year, so I was very excited to jump right in. I spoke with all of the new gardeners about the things…

Snails Under Observation at Foster!

Snails Under Observation at Foster!

I subbed for Hope at Foster Elementary this Wednesday and I thought I would bring in something fun, interesting and a bit slimy, that the kids could observe…snails! Although snails are not a gardener’s friend, I discovered they are still very interesting creatures. I read the kids some facts about snails before we brought them…

Direct Sowing at Whaley

Direct Sowing at Whaley

With the garden cleaned out and plenty of open spaces, I had the students “direct sow” some summer fruit seeds.  I explained to the kids why we sometimes opt for starting seeds in trays verses starting seeds inground (direct sowing).  Some seeds grow best when started indoors in controlled temperatures, so we grow them in…

Big Planting Day at Woodlawn!

Big Planting Day at Woodlawn!

Being that our beds at Woodlawn are still fairly new, we had a lot of things to do to prep it for new plants. First, we amended the soil, which builds the structure to accommodate root development; increases the amount of happy organisms; and gives life via nutrients to the plants which the kids will…

Three Sisters Garden at Variety Boys and Girls Club

Three Sisters Garden at Variety Boys and Girls Club

March 30th, 2017 Have you heard of the Three Sisters? I read The Legend of the Three Sisters to the club members today … a story that talked about one sister, the oldest, who stood tall, with a green dress and golden hair, a second sister, who could only crawl at first and needed help…

Global omelettes at Dominguez

Global omelettes at Dominguez

Today was an exciting cooking educational class for everyone at Dominguez. Following off of last week’s lesson about where food comes from, the first two classes made omelettes in the styled after different cultures/ regions. Students made French, Greek, Spanish, Southwest, and Hawaiian style omelettes. Because the room is equipped with stoves and cutlery, students…

Bryson Elementary: Plants Feed Me!

Bryson Elementary: Plants Feed Me!

This week at Bryson Elementary, we learned which parts of the plant we eat. Students had to identify which parts of broccoli, radishes, carrots and beets we eat. Some, of course, have more than one.   The terrific book Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell covers this topic. Although the text is for younger kids, the information…

Water and Corn at Variety Boys and Girls Club

Water and Corn at Variety Boys and Girls Club

March 23, 2017 Today we learned about different ways to water our plants. We reviewed how water is used in our garden via drip irrigation. Then we brainstormed how we might water our plants if we didn’t have such a useful irrigation system. Hand watering with a watering can? Relying on the rain? Then I…