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A GARDEN IN EVERY SCHOOL

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

The parts to picnic tables for King Middle On Saturday

By team | May 12, 2015

Planting at John Marshall High School

By enrichla | May 11, 2015

      Tomatoes, squash, basil, and rosemary has all been planted at the new John Marshall High School school garden. The students of Ms. Hills’ class helped us plant in the raised beds. Both us and the school are excited to see the garden grow!

New enrichla picnic table design is stronger

By team | May 9, 2015

Saving Seeds @ Foster

By team | May 7, 2015

Today at Foster we talked about the cycle of a plant; starting from seed, sprouting, aging and then producing it’s own seeds, which will fall and start the cycle all over again. The kids learned how to harvest seeds from three different plants: broccoli, radish and lettuce. Two of those seeds are in a pod…

Who Eats My Garbage??!- Montemalaga

By team | May 7, 2015

My pet worms paid the students at Montemalaga Elementary school a visit last week. I received many questions and surprised remarks such as, “These worms live with you??!!”, “What do you feed them?”, and “How many do you have??”, to which I responded, “Probably several hundred!” With squeals of glee and a few from squeamishness…

Pest Control, the Natural Way

By team | May 6, 2015

Many of the crops at Vine Street Elementary and Wilton Place have been devastated by pests recently. We’ve got beans that are completely covered with aphids and cucumber seedlings that were chewed down to the stem by grasshoppers. There are whiteflies colonies in the mint and thyme.  To combat these unwelcome animals, I’ve mixed up a…

Seedling Separating at Whaley Middle

By team | May 6, 2015

The Whaley Middle Garden is coming along. Today we learned how to separate seedlings and replant them. What’s the point, you ask? Well, plants are kind of like people: they don’t like to be claustrophobic. Plant roots really need space to spread out. If they’re sharing space with other roots then they’ll fight for nutrients…

Summer Seeds are Growing So Fast!!!

By team | May 6, 2015

On April 11, volunteers at Wilshire Park helped plant hundreds of seeds for summer plants like squash, watermelon, sunflower, basil, and peas. Look how amazing they look less than a month later!    The plastic bottles help protect baby seedling by keeping the soil moist and warm and preventing predators like grasshoppers. We’re going to…

Propagating Plants at Sixth Ave

By team | May 5, 2015

It’s that time of year when last season’s crops die and next season’s crops begin ripening. Today I taught my older students about the Self-Propagation of Plants. Those are big words for elementary kids but basically it means that right before a plant dies, it creates seeds so that it can reproduce itself. That process happens…

Marshall Environmental starts a new vegetable garden

By team | May 4, 2015

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