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A GARDEN IN EVERY SCHOOL

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

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!    

Getting reacquainted with Montemalaga’s garden

By team | January 16, 2015

For our first official garden class at Montemalaga we jumped right into talking about the water cycle. It had just rained the weekend before and the student shared with me that they had enjoyed playing in the rain. Perfect! Did you know that we have the same water molecules on the Earth today as we did…

Potatoes at Vine!

By team | January 15, 2015

We had so much fun harvesting potatoes from the garden today!   Students had 30 seconds each to dig with their hands and find as many potatoes as they could.  (It’s harder than it looks.)   This is how the potatoes look when they come out of the ground.  Some were the size of the parent…

Beauty after the Rain at Lexington

By team | January 13, 2015

We’ve been so lucky to get some much needed rain throughout December and early January in Los Angeles! While the rain brings us joy, it also brings us lots of garden maintenance in the form of weeding, trimming, and tidying. Today as we gave our garden some clean-up love, we also took some time to admire…

Welcome Back to the Garden, Atwater Avenue Elementary!

By team | January 13, 2015

Garden classes are back in session at Atwater Avenue Elementary School! Garden Ranger Taylor had the chance to clean up and prune the garden during an assembly. Thankfully,  rainy weather has been very kind to this beautiful garden, and we look forward to more growth in the coming months. A few students were able to stop by…

Montemalaga Garden Build and Rejuvenation

By team | January 11, 2015

On Saturday, Enrich La and Montemalaga hosted a garden build from 9am-1pm. We had three main goals for the day which included fixing some broken irrigation in the upper garden, installing completely new drip line in the lower garden and bringing in new soil and compost to both gardens to amend the soil. Despite the…

Garden Fun before Winter break at Foster

By team | December 28, 2014

Many of the classes had a holiday schedule on their last day of school before break, interfering with our normal schedule, so Garden Intern Hope and I had an open garden day. The Foster students love to find their way into the garden to see what’s growing, find the insects that live there and taste…

Sprouting up in Avalon Gardens!

By team | December 27, 2014

Stover Seed Company gives us a Merry Christmas!

By team | December 24, 2014

  Merry Christmas! We are so thankful for the donations we receive for our school gardens. Stover seeds donated over 40lbs of seeds this past week and we are very excited to get them started for the new planting season. To learn more about Stover, click here. Project greenhouse, coming soon!

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