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A GARDEN IN EVERY SCHOOL

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

The Soil Mystery at Weemes!

By Eleanor Goodrich | November 13, 2017

Students at Weemes Elementary had a mystery to solve when they came to garden class today- what happens to the wood chips as they lay on the garden paths? After taking detailed observations, the students reported that the wood chips were breaking into smaller and smaller pieces until they looked just like soil! After seeing decomposition…

Autumn Fun at Dahlia Heights

By Alexandra Carbone | November 13, 2017

With the weather finally definitely turning from summer to fall, we are working to pull out any remaining heat-loving plants and put in cool-season plants that, fingers crossed, won’t need to fear triple-digit heat. Today we cleared out many summer veggies, including a pumpkin! We talked about monoculture vs polyculture, and next time will plant…

New Shapes at Sullivan

By Hope Cox | November 12, 2017

Today my preschoolers at Sullivan learned a familiar, yet new, shape to them; a spiral. This shape is much like a circle in the sense that it’s round; but the curves never touch — they expand and get bigger and bigger forever. I read the kids a book titled Swirl by Swirl that illustrates where…

Swirl by Swirl at Arroyo Seco

By Alexis Takahashi | November 12, 2017

There’s too much fun in garden class to have a case of the Mondays at Arroyo Seco! Today with the kindergarten class we learned about all the spirals that we see in nature, and how spirals are nature’s way of packing in things nice and tight, or grasping onto things with a strong grip. We…

Helping Literature Come to Life at Hollenbeck

By Eleanor Goodrich | November 12, 2017

6th graders at Hollenbeck Middle School have been studying narrative forms of writing this semester so we started garden class with an excerpt from “The Secret Garden”. We discussed how the main character, Mary, finds a dead looking garden that she desperately wants to bring to life. In the book, Mary discovers that the garden…

Water, Water Everywhere at Utah Street

By Claire Heddles | November 11, 2017

Today marks the last day of our young special education classes. Luckily our garden buddies from Mendez High School will keep visiting and helping us out on Fridays. Last week we learned about water in the garden. Almost all plants need water to survive, but some less than others. We looked at our succulent plants…

YOKA students use their 5 senses in the garden!

By Cindy Soto | November 11, 2017

Towards the end of October, YOKA students put their 5 senses to work by really exploring the garden, remembering the taste of the salad from the week before, and drawing them in their journals. The following week, all students learned about seed anatomy. As we “dissected” a lima bean, I explained each part of the…

A Food Chain Scavenger Hunt at Mt Washington

By Alexis Takahashi | November 11, 2017

A big reason to get into gardening? The food! Nothing is better than watching a little seed make its journey from a baby plant in the dirt to a yummy meal on your plate. Today we learned about food chains, and how all of life is interconnected through food! We learned about producers, primary consumers,…

Insects and squash at Los Feliz Elementary

By Matt Heidrich | November 11, 2017

At Los Feliz Elementary, we had a lesson on insects and their role in the garden. What do they eat? What eats them? What is their role? Students were able to explore these questions by inspecting the insects they find in their own garden. We also made cool new signs for many of our plants.…

Rose hips at ERHS

By Matt Heidrich | November 10, 2017

We enjoyed the refreshing weather at Eagle Rock High School while we were in the garden today. We learned about propagation by cuttings. We also learned about rose hips, which are high in Vitamin C!  

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