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A GARDEN IN EVERY SCHOOL

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

For the Love of the garden – South Gate Middle

By Yancy Comins | May 23, 2017

If I told you that my sixth grade classes have more fun in the garden with me than they do on Snapchat on the weekends, would you believe me?? Well, I hope so.. We get down and dirty in the garden. With our HANDS IN THE SOIL, we make everything including hard work, seem easy.…

Started From The Garden Now We’re Here- Dominguez high

By Yancy Comins | May 23, 2017

Special treats cooked up by the students of Mr. Perez’ nutrition class today and I just HAD to step into the kitchen with them.. Well, technically the whole class is pretty much a kitchen, so that was easy… Today was a super cool day as we had our EnrichLA family school (Whaley Middle School’s) eighth…

Compost in a bag

By Cindy Soto | May 23, 2017

May 18, 2017 The Club Members learned about COMPOST on Thursday! The first group had learned about Worm composting in the past but not regular compost. So, it was a great lesson for both groups! First, we learned why composting is great. It’s great because instead of throwing away food waste, grass clippings, dried leaves…

Making Compost piles at Delevan Drive

By Cindy Soto | May 23, 2017

May 18, 2017 How can you return or recycle food waste back to the Earth?? By COMPOSTING! Instead of sending food waste, green waste (like freshly cut leafs for e.g.), and dead material to the landfill where it just sits, why not compost instead? Today, the students at Delevan learned about compost, the ingredients and…

Planting Summer Flowers at Kingsley

By Lindsay De May | May 23, 2017

It’s time to get ready for summer at Kingsley, as there are only 3 more garden classes left after this week. Students were really helpful and got their hands dirty today by helping me compost bananas from the cafeteria, pull some older winter crops, harvest corn and tomatoes, and transplant flowers. In between helping out…

Planting Perennial Strawberries at Woodlawn

By Alex Aleshire | May 23, 2017

It was an out with the “old” and in with the “new” day at Woodlawn!  I explained to the students that we would be removing the cool season vegetable plants that had bolted, (gone to seed) and replace them with perennial strawberry plants.  We discussed the differences between perennial plants and annual plants and looked…

pH and bed amendments

By Matt Heidrich | May 23, 2017

Yet another great day in the garden. We learned about pH and amended the beds with compost and fresh topsoil. We snacked on mint and radish pods. The potatoes are blooming and the ladybugs are devouring aphids. #enrichla

Fibonacci at Foster

By Hope Cox | May 23, 2017

Did you know swirls are all around you? Swirls, or spirals, are not just a shape but a pattern. And this pattern can be explained by the Fibonacci sequence, a series of numbers that, when drawn, create a spiral every time. During our class today, I introduced the Kinder through 3rd graders to the SPIRAL. We…

By Danny Yaffe | May 23, 2017

At Vine St Elementary the students harvested and ate the last few of the root crops in the garden. A lesson on crop rotation explained why we won’t plant the same things in the place where they were just grown. Avoiding nutrient depletion of the soil, keeping last years pests and diseases in the past,…

Companion planting at Clifford

By Cindy Soto | May 22, 2017

May 16, 2017 A day about plants that get along when planted together, companion planting! Companions don’t just get along but typically benefit each other in some way or another. The Three Sisters, corn, squash and beans, is a good example of companion planting. One of the many benefits we talked about was, how the…

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.

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2173 Cedarhurst Drive
Los Anegles, CA 90027

3423 387 3866

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