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Luke, I am your Fava – Dominguez High

By Yancy Comins May 22, 2018

Dominguez High has been a real great growing place. The soil full of nutrients and since we have spent time nuturing the fruit trees, they’ve began to show signs of love to us. Today was all about harvest and mulching with nitrogen rich fava plants…. WE had teams of fava harvesters, teams of cutters and…

Aspire Digs Into the World of the Roly-Poly!

By Alex Aleshire May 22, 2018

Most kids know a lot about roly-poly’s; they’re cute, they roll up when they get scared and they don’t bite.  I wanted the kids to “dig a little deeper” into the world of a roly-poly, but first I gave the kids a little information about these bugs starting with their true name; pill bugs! So…

Our Scholarly Best

By Flo Razowsky May 22, 2018

Working hard in our Magnolia Avenue Elementary garden, using our scientific and artistic skills.

Holy Moly! Roly Polys at Woodlawn!

By Alex Aleshire May 21, 2018

Most of us have held a Roly-poly before…that gentle little garden creature that rolls up into a ball when disturbed or scared. It’s an easy creature to like; they don’t bite, they tickle your hand when they crawl on you and they can protect themselves! Today in the garden, Kinder and 1st grade learned more…

Worms!

By Jessica Brown May 21, 2018

  I’ve never quite understood the fear that follows worms. From my experience, about 1 in every 100 kids fears worms but maybe 1 in 20 adults is scared of them. Why is that?  Somewhere along the way people are taught to hate them.  I believe it’s because they don’t understand them! Not only are…

Garden Party!

By Flo Razowsky May 21, 2018

Taking time to welcome family and staff guests to the garden and to teach them what we know. Plus, snacking. Yum!   Also, making sure our garden has good signage in as many languages as we speak at Melrose Avenue Elementary.

Sharing is Caring

By Hillary Williams May 21, 2018

This week at St. Patrick’s the kids learned a lot about the precarious state that bees are in!  With 1/3 of our crops dependant on bees for pollination, we can’t afford to lose any more bees to flowerless landscapes, pesticides, or crop “food deserts”.   Bees depend on pollen for protein and nectar for carbohydrates…

ReDuce! ReUse! ReCycle!

By Flo Razowsky May 21, 2018

Using reusable containers to replant our Spider Plant babies. Then we use the fence to make it a vertical garden. Afterward we need to make sure to check the moisture of the dirt everyday and water when necessary so our baby plant roots can grow strong.   Plus, the general beauty and abundance of our…

Lemony Mint Water Recipe at Sullivan

By Hope Cox May 14, 2018

With the warmer weather lately, our herbs at Sullivan are flourishing! I brought a lemon today to teach the kids how to make flavored water, a healthier alternative to sodas and juices. They helped me to collect mint leaves off the stems that I had them pass around. And while they were doing so, I…

A Snail’s Trails at Aspire

By Alex Aleshire May 14, 2018

I brought a little bit of the garden into the classroom on this rainy day. Fortunately, the rain and cloudy weather made it easy to find snails and slugs in the garden. In the classroom, I told the kindergarteners  that I brought with me a garden creature for them to observe.  We talked about the…

Growing Fruit at Woodlawn

By Alex Aleshire May 14, 2018

  The Woodlawn garden is in full production mode!  We have been harvesting lots of lettuce, Swiss chard, and collard greens in the past few weeks.  Just recently, the warmer temperatures have given our fruit-bearing plants the boost they needed!  Kindergarten and 1st grade searched the garden for fruit that was ready to harvest. We…

Earth Day Celebration

By Zuri Blandon May 13, 2018

Earth Day is a worldwide event in support and protection of the environment. In the Kipp Garden, students are learning that is possible to coexist with nature despite living in urban busy cities.  It requires ingenuity and care and appreciation of the natural world. As for now, keeping the edible garden alive and thriving is a great start to…

Seed & Seedlings

By Zuri Blandon May 13, 2018

Students are busy making warm season seedlings, harvesting cool season seeds, and learning about seeds.  It is amazing how a tree, flower, fruit, or vegetable grows from a seed. Seeds are life, waiting for its chance to be born, flourish, and provide more seeds at the end of its life cycle. Tiny or as big…

Seeds.

By Zuri Blandon May 13, 2018

Students are busy making warm season seedlings, harvesting cool season seeds, and learning about seeds.  It is amazing how a tree, flower, fruit, or vegetable grows from a seed. Seeds are life, waiting for its chance to be born, flourish, and provide more seeds at the end of its life cycle. Tiny or as big…

Earth Day 2018

By Zuri Blandon May 13, 2018

Earth Day is a worldwide event in support and protection of the environment. In the garden, students are learning that is possible to coexist with nature despite living in urban busy cities.  It requires ingenuity and care and appreciation of the natural world. As for now, keeping the edible garden alive and thriving is a great start to honor…

Cheese, beets, and poppies at ERES

By Matt Heidrich May 12, 2018

Today was a fun day at ERES. We made mozzarella cheese with fresh garden thyme as a flavoring. It was delicious. We also harvested a massive golden beet and ate it raw! We also observed some beautiful poppy flowers while we were outside. Such a fun day of food and flowers in the garden!

Seeds & Spring Salad

By Zuri Blandon May 12, 2018

Students are busy making warm season seedlings, harvesting cool season seeds, and learning about seeds.  It is amazing how a tree, flower, fruit, or vegetable grows from a seed. Seeds are life, waiting for its chance to be born, flourish, and provide more seeds at the end of its life cycle. Tiny or as big…

Students pitch in to keep a healthy garden

By Danny Yaffe May 12, 2018

Staying on top of pests and creating the best living conditions for its inhabitants is how a garden stays healthy and productive. Through best practices, careful observations, and a little elbow grease; the students play a role in the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) that keeps their garden bountiful and chemical free. There were plenty of…

What’s a Seed Anyway?!?!

By Zuri Blandon May 12, 2018

Students are busy making warm season seedlings, harvesting cool season seeds, and learning about seeds.  It is amazing how a tree, flower, fruit, or vegetable grows from a seed. Seeds are life, waiting for its chance to be born, flourish, and provide more seeds at the end of its life cycle. Tiny or as big…

Life Surrounds Us

By Hillary Williams May 11, 2018

Last week at Mayberry the kids and I discussed the most abundant and teaming source of life and is literally present everywhere, micro organisms or microbes as I like to call them.   The kids learned how one teaspoon of soil can have as many as one billion microbes and their bodies have tons more…

Earth Day

By Zuri Blandon May 11, 2018

Earth Day is a worldwide event in support and protection of the environment. In the Wilton Garden, students are learning that is possible to coexist with nature despite living in urban busy cities.  It requires ingenuity and care and appreciation of the natural world. As for now, keeping the edible garden alive and thriving is a great start to…

Spring flowers at ERHS

By Matt Heidrich May 11, 2018

There are many colorful flowers blooming at ERHS. Cornflower is a brilliant blue and popular with the bees and butterflies. Blooming green and red lettuce plants have vibrant yellow flowers. We will let the lettuce self seed, so next year we will have volunteer lettuce plants. We planted lots of squash and corn today.

Binoculars, Eyespy and Planting Seeds

By Hope Cox May 10, 2018

Today’s class at Sullivan was full of lots of activities. The kids planted sunflower seeds, they ate garden broccoli for a snack and we played eye-spy with the kids’ DIY binoculars.    

A new session at El Sereno Elementary

By Danny Yaffe May 10, 2018

Understanding the garden rules and observing the shapes of leaves enthused the students to explore. Tomato on a carrot with lime and salt was an appreciated garden snack. – Ranger Dan

Earth Day

By Zuri Blandon May 10, 2018

Earth Day is a worldwide event in support and protection of the environment. In the garden, students are learning that is possible to coexist with nature despite living in urban busy cities.  It requires ingenuity and care and appreciation of the natural world. As for now, keeping the edible garden alive and thriving is a great start to honor…

Delicious Harvest at ALC

By Matt Heidrich May 10, 2018

Today we harvested some winter veggies at ALC. Among the veggies we picked were beets and celery. We left some beets in the ground to harvest the greens over the summer. We left some celery so it will self seed, saving us effort in the fall. We saw a big freaky spider too!

Earth Day 2018

By Zuri Blandon May 9, 2018

Earth Day is a worldwide event in support and protection of the environment. In the garden, students are learning that is possible to coexist with nature despite living in urban busy cities.  It requires ingenuity and care and appreciation of the natural world. As for now, keeping the edible garden alive and thriving is a great start to honor…

Calvert – Wormtopia

By Jeff Mailes May 9, 2018

Hello Garden Friends, This week was another fine week for the worms, we did the first part of the activity indoors due to dry and windy weather. Something that the worms despise due to their wet and wiggly nature. “If they dry, they die,” I told to the kids. So it was important to keep…

Spring at Berendo

By Matt Heidrich May 9, 2018

Spring has sprung at Berendo. Today we learned about overwintering, which is the practice of letting summer plants live over the winter. This allows for a very early harvest. We have eggplants fruiting already. The mums are blooming for the first time in months. Artichokes hang out beneath the soil until the weather is warm.…

Carson-Gore investigates leaves

By Danny Yaffe May 9, 2018

How leaves can differ was the lesson at Carson-Gore. Shape, boarder, arrangement, and attachment of leaves helps identify young plants and similarities in plant families. Bananas, rolled-oats, honey drizzel and fresh chocolate mint leaves. – Ranger Dan

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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