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A GARDEN IN EVERY SCHOOL

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

What is a garden day like at El Sereno Middle School?

By team | November 1, 2014

Putting Garden Interns to work, and kids excited about being in the garden. We eat, learn, play and feel! And for today’s tasting.. fresh parsley and chives, rolled in a peel of yellow summer squash! And that’s a wrap!

Parent Picnic at Cabrillo

By team | October 30, 2014

What a grand experience it is when parents come visit the garden, every last class I have invited parents to come snack, sing and ask questions about our beautiful gardens. Today we had a blast sharing natures candy (cantaloupe and cucumber) and used our basil from the very same garden we play in to make…

STEM lesson #2 – Fibonacci

By team | October 30, 2014

The week as Garden Ranger, Traci Demuth, was preparing for the second garden-STEM lesson, a giant spider spun a web outside her bedroom door on the patio. This spider was HUGE, and so was its web. Traci took a photo of this spider and shared her spider story and photo at the start of STEM…

Seed planting at Foster

By team | October 29, 2014

With the beautiful new raised beds now installed at Foster Elementary the next step is to put some plants in there! Ranger Lily and her new amazing intern Hope led the students through the rules and process of planting a seed. The students at Foster were excited to plant seeds and to watch the process…

The New Farm at Glenfeliz Elementary!

By team | October 29, 2014

A huge THANK YOU to all of those involved in making the Glenfeliz Farm happen! Last week, Tomas and crew (volunteers from Northland Village Church, Do Good Bus, and Bravo High School Kiwanis Club) worked for three days to get the garden site ready, build planter boxes, and finally plant some beautiful greenery at Glenfeliz Elementary…

Kinder Carrot Rehab at Melrose Elementary

By team | October 28, 2014

So Melrose Elementary asked me to help out with a planter that has been in their play area, the soil was not great. We watered it, and covered it with Garbage Bags from the schools supplies. We cut little holes in it, spaced out to put carrot seeds in. Then planted the seeds in the…

Assembling a Worm Bin with King Middle School

By team | October 28, 2014

Hey Friends! Last week, Mr. Page’s 6th graders got to assemble a worm bin and learn about vermicomposting with our folks at EnrichLA.

Vermicomposting at King Middle School

By team | October 28, 2014

Hey Friends! Vermicomposting is happening at King Middle School!    

STEM-Garden Lessons begin!

By team | October 27, 2014

Last week we finished our first pilot STEM-Garden lesson at both Gardner and Weemes Elementary Schools. Garden Ranger, Traci Demuth, and Assistant, Samantha Yu, guided children through hands-on investigations of STEM prop bags. The 5E instructional model lesson design (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate) was used as a structure to develop each lesson of the…

Visit from Gavina Coffee Company at West Vernon Elementary

By team | October 27, 2014

  Thank you so much Gavina Coffee for coming by and teaching us about coffee! We all worked together to plant a coffee tree that Gavina donated Our beautiful coffee tree is one year old and will fruit in just four years. We tried pomegranate seeds today, they were quite a hit. We explored 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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