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A GARDEN IN EVERY SCHOOL

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

Back to School & Beating the Heat!

By Andrea Trujillo | September 13, 2017

It was so great to be back at Stevenson Elementary this week as school is getting back into action.  Being their new garden ranger isn’t the only change that has happened over the summer. Their garden space went through a lot of construction, in which, they gained some new space, but removed a dividing fence…

Back to School Seed Study at Kester!

By Andrea Trujillo | September 13, 2017

I am so happy to be teaching at Kester Elementary this year and back in my hood of the valley!  I love the idea of starting off the school year with a study on seeds because it relates so much to the beginning of the kids’ school year.  I explained to them how they are…

First day of garden class at Los Feliz Elementary!

By Matt Heidrich | September 12, 2017

Today was the first day of garden class at Los Feliz Elementary. What a fun day! We saw squash, curry, sweet potatoes and more! We planted carrots, beets, and beans. Lots of roly polys in the garden today!

First day of gardening at ERHS!

By Matt Heidrich | September 12, 2017

Last week we had our first day of garden lessons at ERHS. We learned about seeds, and the lesson was to save seeds from the garden and plant them. Beautiful zinnias and tomatoes!

First day of gardening at Berendo Middle!

By Matt Heidrich | September 11, 2017

Today was the first day of gardening at Berendo Middle. The lesson was on seeds and seed saving. We explored the garden and planted carrot seeds

Back in Business at Toluca Lake Elem.

By Jessica Brown | September 11, 2017

We’re back in business in the Toluca Lake garden!   After a long summer it feels great to back with the kids and the plants.   Luckily the students remembered who I am, and mostly remembered all our garden agreements. After a quick reminder we jumped right into our lesson for the day- plant families…

First day of garden class at ERES!

By Matt Heidrich | September 11, 2017

Last week was the first day of garden class at ERES. We learned about seeds and seed saving. We took a smelling tour of the garden. Many beautiful flowers blooming right now!

Harvest Party at CWC

By Cindy Soto | July 1, 2017

A couple of weeks back we had our last garden class of the year at CWC. We reviewed what we had learned in the past 8 weeks, planted seeds, and had a harvest party while making edible bouquets with the harvest! -Ranger Cindy  

End of the year at Delevan

By Cindy Soto | July 1, 2017

Our last garden class of the year was a couple of weeks ago at Delevan. Many Students were sad that they wouldn’t be coming to the garden until next year, but we ended with planting more seeds in the ground and with a nice yummy salad and cucumbers with tajin! I also planted another California…

Signs of Summer at The Accelerated School!

By Daphne Lughes | July 1, 2017

The Accelerated School garden is blooming with sunflowers! The flowers brought some beautiful color to the garden and the students were thrilled by their size. We also spotted the first signs of summer crops on some cherry tomato plants. This was an exciting treat as there were enough for each student to pick their own!…

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