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Fruits of Our Labor

By Luke Loggins November 11, 2019

In annual gardens, transitioning from the warm to cold growing season means that we get to harvest and enjoy the literal fruits of our labor! This week at Toluca Lake Elementary, garden class revolved around harvesting ready fruit and pulling out old plants in order to make room for new season crops. Before the harvest,…

Seeds are Asleep

By Luke Loggins November 11, 2019

This week at Rio Vista Elementary we celebrated the new fall season by planting some new seeds! For younger students, we started class by discussing plant lifecycles and the 6 parts of a plant (root, stem, leaf, flower, fruit, seed). In this lesson students learned about how the seed is the first and last stem…

Worms!

By Luke Loggins November 11, 2019

This week at Selma Elementary we explored the amazing composting power of worms! The garden ranger brought their own personal worm bin from home and let the students explore with magnifying glasses. We began class by talking about if worms are friends or enemies to our garden. I asked the students what they thought worms…

Tulsa Paper Pumpkin Patch!

By Catherine Siefert November 9, 2019

For the last 3 weeks of this rotation, Tulsa 5th graders learned about warm/cool weather crops, parts of plants, and made a paper pumpkin patch! For the weather/climate/seasons lesson, we talked about warm and cool weather crops. We played a game where everyone got a flashcard with the name of a plant and whether it…

First Cycle is a wrap..

By Zuri Blandon October 15, 2019

5th Graders finished their garden class! During the last six weeks of gardening, Mr. Fergunson’s class learned to rotate a garden from a warm season to cool-season crops.  during this period students learned about seeds and how to save them for the next growing period.  Compost-green & brown, dos & donts make for a good…

Yellow Time for TK’s in the Garden

By Lisa Friedman York October 14, 2019

Easy breezy to simply “BE” in the garden with Mrs. Meza’s curious 4 year old TK class. These kiddos crave seed yoga then ask, “What is for snack?” Learning about “Yellow Time” also called, “Autumn” also named “Fall” Climates & Seasons were a big hit! They love to plant seeds and color leaf rubbings Mrs.…

Organic Matters at Queen Anne

By Judi McKee October 13, 2019

Before we started our compost lesson, the kids collected things in the garden area that would decompose.  Queen Anne’s garden is surrounded by concrete, but organic matter was everywhere once we started looking for it.   The “treasure hunt” was a lot of fun as they roamed around the trees, roses and garden beds in…

Oh Yeah! Compost Challenge at Aspire Gateway!

By Alex Aleshire October 9, 2019

Oh yeah! It’s on! The fifth graders were game to do a compost challenge to help kick off  school wide composting efforts! So this is how it went… Two 5th classes…one compost collection bucket each.  The empty buckets were first weighed on a digital scale.  Then each class had equal amounts of time to clean…

Seasonal Harvest At Aspire Firestone

By Alex Aleshire October 9, 2019

Today we explored the importance of eating local seasonal fruit and vegetables. I used exporting bananas as an example.  Bananas travel many miles to get to the US. From Costa Rica to California, a banana travels 1120 miles! We made a list of the seasonal fruits and vegetables that are growing now and are ready…

Strange Fruit is OKAY ~ Ramona

By Alex Aleshire October 9, 2019

While harvesting with the six graders at Ramona Elementary school, we found an unusual egg plant! I explained to the kids that fruit or vegetables that are miss shaped, strange,  have minor bruises or miss colored are not sold to markets because people won’t buy them.  This was quite an interesting topic! We discussed companies…

Woodlawn Life Lessons!

By Alex Aleshire October 9, 2019

With a multitude of fresh greens and fruit to choose from, the end of session salad was amazing! The students had a hand in every part; sowing seeds, transplanting, pest management, harvesting, chopping and preparing! These are true LIFE lessons!   

A Day of Explorations ~ Aspire Gateway

By Alex Aleshire October 9, 2019

We had a great 6 week rotation coming back from summer vacation! The students were so excited to be back in the garden!  The time flew by and on the last day, I decided to change things up a bit. I had the kids choose to do the things they enjoyed the most in the…

It’s All About the Herbs At Firestone

By Alex Aleshire October 9, 2019

The students at Firestone Academy learned what makes herbs one of my favorite plants to grow.  Not only do they add a punch of flavor to any dish, they can easily be grown in containers or on a balcony. Sometimes when talking to my students, I hear them say they don’t have a lot of…

Woodlawn TK Tool Time

By Alex Aleshire October 9, 2019

Kids need many experiences  using tools in the garden and starting early, can help reinforce these skill! Today the TK students helped loosen the soil with rakes, spades and trowels.  We talked about the different functions for each tool and how to use them properly. As they worked the soil, they discovered many things. Some…

Sherman Oaks Charter Beautification!

By Catherine Siefert October 8, 2019

This September, for the first 3 weeks, Sherman Oaks’ 5th, 4th, TK, and 2nd graders all helped out in the garden! Each class (excluding TK) had had garden class before, so we were able to dive deeper into the lessons! Yay! For the first week, 5th grade learned about permaculture, monoculture, and polyculture. They made…

Tulsa 5th Grade Gets Their Hands Dirty!

By Catherine Siefert October 8, 2019

This September, for the first 3 lessons, the 5th graders at Tulsa learned all about soil and food chains (producers and consumers). This was these students’ first exposure to the garden class so we were starting from ground zero- very exciting! For the first class we found bugs and veggies that had grown over the…

Reconstructing Plant Parts at Carson Gore

By Judi McKee October 6, 2019

What better way to learn the parts of a plant than to find them in the garden.  The kids used a diagram as  they searched through the garden and brought back samples to the table to deconstruct the different parts.  They used their senses of sight and touch to identify the plants and their various…

Dexterity and Patience – Learning about plants through exploration at Micheltorena

By Alex Arciniega October 6, 2019

When we grew started growing indigo it was to solve the overwatering issues we were having in one of the raised beds. What ended up happening was that the indigo began to thrive and it created a beautiful pollinator-friendly Over the past 2 weeks, we’ve been harvesting and trimming back the indigo. It was ready…

Landscape Architecture and Succession Planning at Micheltorena

By Alex Arciniega October 6, 2019

Welcome October! While everyone is excited that the weather is cooling down, we’re planning ahead to take advantage of this wonderful weather that will give us our beautiful fall and winter vegetables. Last week we separated the teams into zones, so the kids could gravitate towards their preferences. This helps me in a couple of…

Using the Scientific Method to Recalibrate Compost

By Alex Arciniega October 6, 2019

Over the last year the kids have been able to compost a lot of their lunch waste, about an average of 15 lbs. a week. Miss Araceli and Mr. Victor have been able to fully support the lunch line to glean any potential non-waste.   The part that I oversee is the compost. The kids…

Primary Academy Inhales

By Hillary Williams October 5, 2019

Over at Primary Academy the native and herbal plants are going crazy.  We have native blue salvia, sticky monkey flower, curry, rosemary, lavender, pineapple mint, peppermint, basil, oregano and more!  The kids loved playing the “Guess Which Aromatic Plant am I?” game in which I cut up and hid leaves of different plants in a…

Nothing Beats a Beet at Ramona Elementary

By Alex Aleshire October 3, 2019

I can’t believe Summer is over! Lots of changes happening in the garden.  It’s nice to leave some of the evidence so the kids can visualize the life cycles.  Harvesting beets is a good sign the weather is changing. The 4th graders were all for trying something new and interesting so we dug in and…

Valley View is a Balance

By Hillary Williams October 3, 2019

Over at Valley View elementary, lives a well balanced and thriving garden space in which the students love connecting with organisms of all kinds. We returned from our summer break to a space full of color and wonder. The kids and I discussed how important every plant, creature and microorganism in the garden is. We…

Frank Del Olmo Elementary’s Sky High Garden

By Amanda Howell October 2, 2019

The students at Frank Del Olmo Elementary were super excited to get back into this garden! Over the summer their corn and sunflower friends reached new heights, and the mint has taken on a life of it’s own. The kids helped weed and trim, and we put on a little play acting out the different…

Bryson Elementary Welcomes a New Garden!

By Amanda Howell October 2, 2019

The 4th graders at Bryson Elementary are super excited to be the first classes to get their hands dirty and start planting in this brand new garden! Each class took over to plant a pizza bed (tomatoes, basil, spinach), a salad bed (cucumbers, carrots, radishes, lettuce) and an herb bed (oregano, sage, thyme, rosemary). They…

St. Patrick’s Sense of Wonder

By Hillary Williams October 2, 2019

The last few weeks at St. Patrick’s have been a full dive back into the garden.  The younger grades have been exploring all the new changes in the garden through their senses; touching, smelling, feeling and  eating their way right on through!   And boy is there a lot to eat!   They’ve harvested watermelons,…

Welcoming Angeles Mesa to the garden

By Harriet Shaham October 1, 2019

Angeles Mesa students were excited to enter the garden once more.  Some brave souls reached out to handle the milkweed beetles, and the beetles almost look like painted fingernails! Many of the Special Education students were unaccustomed to eating fresh fruit, and once they were encouraged, they were ‘sold’ on the sweet, juicy watermelon.

42nd Street Elementary students anticipating a taste

By Harriet Shaham October 1, 2019

After discussing the Friends and Foes in the garden, the students enjoyed a taste of a leafy green (a favorite of many munching bugs) and a fruit (that must be pollinated by bugs).

Cheremoya Expert Gardeners

By Seema Sundaresh September 30, 2019

Cheremoya 5th graders are expert gardeners. They know so much about plants and helpful bugs that we decided we needed to learn more about how to be plant guardians. We started the school year out by starting a plant journal. We recorded what plants we’re planting for the fall, their planting requirements, how long it…

Making Compost at Melrose

By Seema Sundaresh September 30, 2019

Melrose third graders started off the school year by building a worm compost bin. We learned that compost is important because it reduces food waste; it’s good for the environment; and a wonderful food source for our plant friends. And worms are great and fast at creating compost that we can use in our garden…

SCHOOL GARDENING?

In a world that is becoming ever more competitive, can we really afford to have our youngsters gardening?

A student plants a seed and then sees a ting seedling within days? That is an easy lesson in science. Contrast fresh heirloom tomatoes with a pinch of salt to fast food? Welcome to nutrition 101. We can’t afford to raise a generation that does not get whole foods and we hardly need more folks who do not feel connected and thus a responsibility to the earth. 

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110 GARDENS +

We are adding new sites monthly. We build fast and efficiently.

Our team with the help of volunteers is so efficient that we build start to finish in one day. Redwood boxes, controlled drip irrigation, picnic tables and super fertile soil. Our gardens work!  

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THE GARDEN RANGERS

Building a school garden without a sustainability and teaching plan is a waste. Our rangers take care.

 Our garden rangers are on site weekly caring for the edible garden and delivering our straightforward and cheerful curriculum. We amend the soil, fix the irrigation and engage the community.

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CURRICULUM

Straightforward and cheerful. Its easy to learn by doing

Our interdisciplinary curriculum provides youth opportunities to explore in an outdoor setting.  We teach K-12 students everything from cooking skills to environmental stewardship and history to social justice.  It is rooted in the principals of both place-based and experiential learning models.

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OUR VALUES

Down to earth, no nonsense and hard working. We are irreverent and we are ambitious.

We are like no other non-profit. Nobody makes more than a school district custodian. Everybody gets their hands dirty. We are efficient. We are as frugal as a farmer. We have six company vehicles. 4 trailers. A car to haul them and a small tractor. We are different.      

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There are many ways you can make a difference. We get that. We ask you to invest in what we are trying to do! Help kids eat healthy. Help kids appreciate and respect our planet. Help us partner with public schools.

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