Our Garden Rangers deliver our interdisciplinary garden-based education program that allows students to learn in a wonderful outdoor classroom- the garden! Our program offers students six introductory lessons about their school garden. Our program schedule allows all students in K-12 to visit the garden throughout the year. Students learn about the rules in the garden and develop their own, fun garden names. They also explore the garden and help it grow by planting new seedlings. Students learn about the different soil types and which type is in their school garden. Students explore the beneficial and harmful insects that live in their school garden. Climate and Seasons: Students explore the Los Angeles’ ecosystem and the types of weather conditions that different plants prefer. Students learn about the anatomy of a plant and learn to identify which part of the plant we commonly eat. Students work together to harvest and prepare food from the garden. The students care for and maintain the garden. This is the ultimate lesson. They can control the space through their efforts. Our Rangers blog about their work every week. Here are the latest.

Clipping, Amending and Clean-Up at Whaley

Clipping, Amending and Clean-Up at Whaley

We spent the day doing various garden tasks in the garden today as the kids really needed the break from a full day of testing. Together, we clipped back the borage and basil bushes, amended the soil and picked up trash, leaving the garden pristine! The kids nibbled on borage and chard as they worked….

A New Worm Bin at Variety Boys and Girls Club

A New Worm Bin at Variety Boys and Girls Club

March 2nd, 2017 This week we started a new worm home for our small and slimy friends. We talked about the key components of a good comfortable home: bedding, the right type and amount of food, moisture, and grit. I brought in a lot of cardboard products from my home and we talked again about…

Climates and Seasons at Variety Boys and Girls Club

Climates and Seasons at Variety Boys and Girls Club

March 9th, 2017 The garden is a buzz with new life and flowers signaling a change in our seasons! Today we learned ALL about different climates and how climate determines the growing seasons. We learned that Los Angeles has a Mediterranean climate, meaning it has cool wet winters, and hot dry summers. This means that…

Seed Parts!

Seed Parts!

Last Wednesday on April 5th, we talked about seed anatomy! There are many parts of a seed but we only talked about three parts to start with. To start the lesson with, each student received a bean seed soaked overnight. As we dissected the bean, we went over the parts, the seed coat, cotyledons and…

What’s in Our Compost? at Whaley

What’s in Our Compost? at Whaley

What’s in our compost? That’s what the kids at Whaley discovered when we uncovered the composting bin and exposed the contents…let just say, it was ALIVE!  We found dark, nutrient rich “humus”  towards the base of the bin.  It was literally moving, due to the various invertebrates living inside.  We spent some time observing these…

Quesadilla Cook Off at Roosevelt

Quesadilla Cook Off at Roosevelt

Today Roosevelt put their cooking skills to the test as we had a quesadilla cook off! Students were broken into 6 groups of about 5 students. The rules were simple, each team had to choose 3 ingredients from the garden and create a name for their quesadilla creation. The class had 20 minutes to cook…

Friends and Foes in the Garden | Variety Boys and Girls Club

Friends and Foes in the Garden | Variety Boys and Girls Club

All the club members that come into the garden know that we must Respect All Living Things. Today we learned why. Some bugs and insects may look scary but they all play a part in the whole garden system. Even the “foes” of the garden are needed since our insect friends eat them. The part…

How far did it travel? at Dominguez

How far did it travel? at Dominguez

This week was my first week subbing for Yancy at Dominguez and I decided to follow his conversation around food justice. I started the class with introductions and then had all students do a 5 minute meditation. I was blown away by how well the 9th grade biology class did. Right when meditation was over,…

Seed Anatomy!

Seed Anatomy!

On Tuesday April 4th, we learned a little bit of seed anatomy! We used a bean seed as an example, and dissected the parts as we went on. First the seed coat, the cotyledons, and then the embryo or as we called it, the “baby plant.” All the students had the chance to look at…

Maintenance at CWC

Maintenance at CWC

On Monday April 3rd, I was back to CWC for some maintenance. The kids may not have garden classes for the rest of the Spring, but I have to make sure the garden gets some love! Weeds were pulled out, kale pruned and harvested, celery and broccoli harvested, and the poppies were beautifully blooming!

First day at LFCSA!

First day at LFCSA!

Last Monday on April 3rd, was my first official day at LFCSA! I will be taking over Ranger Gamon for the rest of the school year. For Mondays class we talked about flowers!! I started off by reading a book called “The Reason for a Flower” by Ruth Heller. Then, went on to talk about…

Spreading the Word at Fleming!

Spreading the Word at Fleming!

Now that the students have learned to compost, I thought, “Hey! They can teach others about composting!”  So today the kids began a poster project where they will “spread the word” to other students and faculty about how to properly add ingredients to the composting bin. In class, we did a quick review on composting…

Racing to Compost at Kingsley

Racing to Compost at Kingsley

This week we did a compost relay to better understand the relationship between food waste and plant waste in compost. Before the activity, we discussed what compost is as well as what we can and can’t throw into the compost. This led into a brief conversation about different waste bins including regular “trash” and recycling….

California Native Seed Bombs

California Native Seed Bombs

We did another round of seed bomb making at Toluca Lake Elementary and, again, it was a huge hit with the kids and the teachers! The younger ones simply had fun learning to mix soil and water to make structures.  We can only hope that the pre-kinders remember that the seeds inside their mud balls…

Basil, lavender, swiss chard

Basil, lavender, swiss chard

Another great day on the rooftop! Today we learned about the 6 edible parts of the plant. We snacked on swiss chard. We had a lot of fun learning to plant summer veggies like tomato and squash.