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A GARDEN IN EVERY SCHOOL

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

Composting at Montemalaga!

By team | February 2, 2015

Today at Montemalaga we learned about composting!! Organic matter is anything made in nature or from nature such as leaves, bark, grass and dead plants – even kitchen scraps like banana peels and apple cores! Over time, organic matter decomposes into dirt. While we could buy our own dirt, it’s cheaper and more nutritious to…

Exploring Parts of the Plant at Delevan Elementary

By team | February 2, 2015

It’s the new year and there’s a new ranger in town!  It’s my third week here at Delevan and  after getting introduced to the garden last week, the students at Delevan Elementary were ready to step it up a notch and learn about parts of the plant as well as plant their own seedlings.  The…

Grasshopper Alert at Wilton Place!

By team | February 2, 2015

Grasshopper spotted at Wilton Place Elementary. Brown and tan with some black spots. Seen in the kale plants. If you see it again, please catch it!

New Semester at Lexington

By team | January 31, 2015

We have introduced a brand new group of Kindergarten students to the garden at Lexington Ave. Primary Center! Our first day of class was filled with coloring some beautiful plant illustrations, tasting some fresh lettuce from the garden, and exploring different herbs will all of our five senses.   Check out this lovely artist coloring her…

Peas and spinach at Hollenbeck Middle School

By team | January 30, 2015

With the help of a few rainstorms, peas and spinach have begun sprouting out of the soil this week at Hollenbeck Middle School. Inspired by the recent changes in weather patterns, the students learned about the seasons and the weather. Seasons are influenced by long-term climatic conditions, whereas weather changes day to day. To help…

Wilton Place Presents: Name that Bug!

By team | January 30, 2015

Who can identify this brownish bug hanging out on the tomato vines?  Wilton Place students found these guys a few months ago, and we thought we had them pegged as Assassin Bugs.  Now I’m not so sure… Could they be Squash Bugs?  Or Western Conifer Stink Bugs?

Garden Love at Luther Burbank

By team | January 30, 2015

After my first week at Luther Burbank Middle School in Highland Park, I realized how beautiful the garden is and what an amazing space the students and staff have here.   A lot of love has been put into this space and a lot more love is headed its way!  As soon as I started the…

Getting Our Greens at Kester

By team | January 30, 2015

The critics raved, “Two thumbs up!” For many of the students it was their first time eating avocados and spinach and although some may have been weary, there were smiles all around in the end.  Spinach isn’t the only leafy green growing at Kester, the kale has doubled in size!   Steamed, sautéed, baked? What’s…

What a difference two hours and eighty students makes at Vine!

By team | January 30, 2015

MAJOR props to 4th and 5th graders who helped create this beautiful compost and mulch pile for the garden at Vine Street Elementary.  It took two hours, but we eventually went from this: to this:     and moved these: (which was a totally group effort):       along with scooping and pouring:   and…

Seed Saving at Utah Street Elementary

By team | January 29, 2015

Before we say farewell to some of our plants in the garden that have flowered and gone to seed, we learned how to identify and collect their seeds. The students at Utah Street Elementary were amazingly skilled at this practice, which is called seed saving. So proud of them! Seed saving takes a lot of focus…

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