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A GARDEN IN EVERY SCHOOL

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

Things are popping at Avalon Gardens

By team | January 22, 2015

New mulch, and new growth are happening at Avalon Gardens!

Planting Potatoes At T.S. King Middle School and Melrose Elementary

By team | January 21, 2015

  When these potatoes sprouted roots  we cut them into about eight pieces. We gave the pieces a few days to crust over; this helps them be impervious to disease once in the ground. We removed a lot of soil from the planters so that when the potato begins to show its leaves, we can…

Ramona BeeeeeesSsSs~~

By team | January 21, 2015

Ramona is full of some great gardeners and artist! We had fun creating art for our garden. While the little gardeners painted we talked about the great friends and foes of the garden. We focused on the importance of bees and how to be respectful when we see them in the garden. Many of us…

South Gate Middle School yummies!

By team | January 21, 2015

At South Gate Middle School, we are learning about the importance of eating healthy. The students had a great time harvesting and preparing their very own salad. It’s great to hear all the different ways they use and eat their veggies at home too! One great lesson we all learn when preparing a meal together…

Checking in on Bryson’s garden

By team | January 18, 2015

  It had been 3 weeks since I had seen the garden at Bryson, so we took a garden maintenance day to make sure everything was looking fresh and healthy. There were some weeds to take care of but for the most part the garden was flourishing and looking really great! Out to check on…

Fruit Tasting and Treasure Hunting at Cheremoya Avenue Elementary

By team | January 17, 2015

Garden classes are back in session at Cheremoya Avenue Elementary. This week, Cheremoya warmly welcomed a new garden ranger, Taylor! A review of the garden rules was followed by lots of exploring the beautiful garden. The student’s enthusiasm for their school garden is truly inspiring. The students played an exciting garden scavenger hunt game. They were impressively swift…

Cleaning up Calvert!

By team | January 17, 2015

After seeing all the seeds having sprouted over winter break students couldn’t wait to clear out garden boxes and lay down more seeds. Here are some of the great little additions to Calverts Garden…

Worms and Renovation at Kester!

By team | January 17, 2015

After the students learned all about a worms diet, everyone helped out to remove the worms and add the  worm castings to the gardens soil.  The kids were so happy to dig in and get their hands dirty, and the plants loved it too 🙂  

Bugs and Seeds at Foster

By team | January 17, 2015

  The kinders were so excited for gardening class. We learned a fun garden song and read some books about seeds and bugs. Then we got to explore the garden to see what we would find!  The lettuce had bolted and went to seed over the break so I used the opportunity to harvest seeds.…

A Tomato at Vine in January!?

By team | January 17, 2015

A tomato in January!? Say it isn’t so!  These Los Angeles winters are unbelievable!    

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

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