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A GARDEN IN EVERY SCHOOL

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

San Pedro

By team | April 9, 2011

San Pedro Elementary School Garden The San Pedro Elementary School Garden is a proposed garden by EnrichLA. According to the Principal, most students live in apartments and therefore have minimal or no access to gardents.  The map below shows the lack of parks near the school. The following are demographics for San Pedro Elementary School:…

West Vernon Elementary

By team | April 9, 2011

West Vernon Elementary School Garden West Vernon Elementary School is the site of a newly proposed garden by EnrichLA! The images below show the school location, and a proposed layout of the garden. Demographics: -1050 students (preK-5) -92% Latino, 8% Black -98% economically disadvantaged -100% subsidized lunches West Vernon Elementary School 4312 S. Grand Ave.…

Trinity

By team | April 9, 2011

Trinity Elementary School We are working with Trinity Elementary School to get a garden on their campus! Here are some demographics for Trinity Elementary School: 690 students (1-5) 95.8% Latino, 4.1% Black, 0.1% White 97% economically disadvantaged We look forward to working with Trinity students and community members to make this garden great! Trinity Elementary…

Photos from 4/6/2011

By team | April 8, 2011

What a great day! We made a ton of Sauted Kale and a huge salad with purple carrots, purple cauliflower, so much other yummy goodness. Ms. Holtzinger’s class received their reusable trays and finished their signs. Also, CBS news came and did a story about the garden. What an exciting week! Photos from 4/6/2011, posted […]

Micheltorena Garden in Silver Lake- Wednesday Edition 1

By team | April 7, 2011

All big smiles the kids started pouring, class after class, into the garden for fun outdoor learning and playing. Of course everybody wanted to water, but they also were very interested in learning about tree roots and soil erosion with Charlie, soil composition with Erik, tomato planting with Susan, and seed planting with Alex. The…

Farm King on CBS news!

By team | April 6, 2011

Farm King on CBS news! – Click on the photo below to see the video!

Farm King in GOOD Magazine

By team | April 5, 2011

Click here to check out the great article in GOOD Magazine about Farm King students saying NO to Styrofoam in LAUSD cafeteria.  

Saturday- A beautiful day for gardening!

By team | April 2, 2011

There are many reasons why school gardens are beneficial.  Not only do they encourage a sense of community and healthy socialization, but students can learn a lot by growing their own foods! School gardens provide a nutritional benefit for students, by creating a fun and active learning experience.  Children get hands on experience growing their…

3/29/11 Raising the Styrofoam Tower

By team | March 30, 2011

Students raised the Styrofoam tower representing LESS trays then are used in 1 day on campus. We also made a coconut veggie curry, salad, planted seedlings and more!

3/29/11 Raising the Styrofoam Tower, posted with vodpod

farmkingpics

By team | March 23, 2011

Huge garden day! We made amazing wraps that were delicious. We harvested salad to feed 50 people at the Friends In Deed food pantry in Pasadena. We continued our giant Styrofoam tower and we prepped new beds for tomatoes.To read more, please visit Carr…

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