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A GARDEN IN EVERY SCHOOL

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

Vine Unicorns Know How to Compost

By team | March 19, 2015

Look at this beautiful pile of compost! Garden classes learned about compost and what goes in it. After lunch, they have been bringing banana peels and orange peels to the compost pile. Ranger Adina adds dead leaves and old plants. Soon, this will all decompose and turn into nutritious soil for the garden!

Updates from Wilshire Park

By team | March 19, 2015

Hey there! Wilshire Park garden is looking awesome right now. Check it out: Pink and white flowers blooming: Our lettuce is over three feet high! We are letting it bloom and flower for the bees. Look at our fava beans coming up! We harvested this beet just a bit too early:

Bugs and Flowers in Full Bloom at Carson-Gore

By team | March 19, 2015

A grand showing of colorful flowers is on display at Carson-Gore which has led to a flood of beneficial insects. The kids have enjoyed flowing lady bug larvae up and down the plants in chase of aphids.    And I have enjoyed finding different varieties of ladybugs all throughout the garden  

5 Senses with Sullivan PreK

By team | March 19, 2015

Today we reviewed the 5 Senses with the preschoolers at Sullivan. Ranger Hope brought different types of things from the garden for the kids to see, feel and smell: Fuzzy leaves, big leaves, small leaves, fragrant lavender and rosemary, broccoli seed pods, fluffy zinnia flowers, colorful beet greens and hairy carrot leaves. After looking at…

Water Cycle at 6th Ave

By team | March 19, 2015

What a great time to teach kids about the water cycle, right after it rains! Los Angeles was very blessed to have its desert climate watered after several weeks without rain. Miss Hope first asked the class what they already knew about the water cycle. So many students already knew the big words evaporation, condensation…

Spring Cleaning and Blooming at Lexington

By team | March 18, 2015

After the wonderful winter rains and recent rising temperatures, Lexington’s garden needed some spring cleaning love. We decided to hold a Saturday morning workday in the garden with Lexington’s community of teachers, parents, administrators, and students. We had an amazing turnout and got so much accomplished with all the extra helpful hands. Such an inspiring…

What does is mean to adapt? > Montemalaga finds out.

By team | March 18, 2015

  Today at Montemalaga Elementary School we talked about what it means to adapt. How do plants and animals change, evolve and adapt to their surrounding environment? The students had plenty of great examples! We got to go on a scavenger hunt around the garden areas to search for different plants or animals who have…

Wilton Place Presents: What Kind of Caterpillar!??!!??!

By team | March 18, 2015

Look at what the office staff found crawling around Wilton Place today! Apparently, about 20 of these little guys were crawling around by the office and library.  After consulting the internet experts, I think they could be Mourning Cloak Butterfly larvae, Nimphalis antiopa. They like to eat elm, willow, wild rose, and poplar leaves.  They can…

Learning the Parts of the Plant at West Vernon Elementary

By team | March 18, 2015

We learned about the different parts of the plant and what they do by learning a song! Then, after learning about them, we tasted them! The roots (carrot), the seed (chickpeas in the form of hummus), the stem (celery), the leaves (lettuce from the garden), the fruit (bell pepper), and the flower (broccoli from the…

Parts of the Plant with 6th Ave

By team | March 17, 2015

Did you know there are 6 different parts of a plant: Root, stem, leaves, flowers, fruit and seed? Miss Hope taught this lesson to groups of 1st and 3rd graders at 6th Avenue Elementary. Some carrots from the garden! Can you guess which part of the plant is the edible portion? If you guessed ROOTS,…

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