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A GARDEN IN EVERY SCHOOL

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

New Season (?), New Crops

By team | October 12, 2011

  Getting down to business now. Students at King are preparing the garden for  the supposed upcoming California cold season. Though given current clear  skies and warm weather, who knows when the change will come. Warm weather crops can now be harvested–though the yanking may be tough–leaving the bare soil in need of some tilling. That’s where…

Garden Club Enhances Education!

By team | October 11, 2011

We are two weeks into our garden club and the students are thrilled to see their seeds grow! As the students learn the basic principles of gardening each meeting, they are also given the opportunity to bring what they learned from the garden back into the classroom. The club currently consists of around fifteen 5th…

Building a new garden at John Adams Middle School

By team | October 11, 2011

Our recipe for success : EnrichLA +  the support of the School Principal and CPM +LAUSD’s Facilities Services Division  and Sustainability Initiatives + Tree People + a beautiful Saturday in fall + over 100 volunteers + food and coffee by Large Marge Sustainables and Starbucks  =  a new garden is born! WATCH THE VIDEO On Youtube…

Roosevelt garden

By team | October 11, 2011

TOMAS O’GRADY We are currently planning our most far reaching project to date. An edible garden on a hill side and on a shoestring. A piece of cake. Join us on NOV 5th.http://enrichla.org/volunteer/  

Experimenting with the costs and benefits of eco-living

By team | October 11, 2011

This a well-written, and sometimes humorous, article that details the sustainability efforts of an eco-minded mother. Some costly, and some beneficial, the author discusses everything from solar panels to the Australian waterwall–an expensive take on rain barrels. She distinguishes the methods that worked on an economic and environmental level and considers gray water plumbing to…

John Adams Garden Build- Another Successful Event!

By team | October 10, 2011

A big thank you to everyone that helped us build this beautiful new garden at John Adams Middle School on Saturday, October 8th! Even though we were sweating, digging, shoveling, and working hard, everyone had a great time bonding over such a meaningful experience.  Volunteers gathered at 9:00am and were greeted with water, coffee and…

Full Circle

By team | October 9, 2011

Students engage in the circle of life! Here students are seen planting cool season veggies –from kale, to chard, to radish–transferring the potted seeds to the nursery, and transplanting the sprouting seedling into the earth. The final step, as done with goat cheese dip and the couscous, is literally eating the fruits (veggies) of their…

The Golden State’s Golden Rule–Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

By team | October 9, 2011

California has long led the nation toward a healthier environment, and Governor Jerry Brown adds to and continues our eco-legacy by signing legislation that will “establish the most ambitious recycling goal” in the history of the Golden State and in the nation. Composed of Assembly Bills 341 & 1149, the new legislation requires robust recycling…

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By team | October 9, 2011

Tour de Fat – Los Angeles – Sat 10/8 The Tour de Fat will be in 13 U.S. cities spreading the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle. Along with our exceptional ability to roust a city’s inner-cyclist, in 2011 they hope to drive their message even deeper by bringing you the…

Changes at John Adams!

By team | October 8, 2011

New sprinkler drip system at the garden! Kids are getting ready to paint the garden signs with flower, fruit and vegetable names. The ground has been leveled and we will soon be able to put our raised garden beds in! Thank you to everyone who has been involved in this project! We are making changes!

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