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ENGAGING LOS ANGELES STUDENTS TO CULTIVATE & APPRECIATE EATING SIMPLE WHOLE FOODS THROUGH HANDS-ON LESSONS.

Eating what we grew at Hamlin Charter

By Melanie Golder January 18, 2019

It’s harvest time! Neither the LAUSD teacher strike nor intermittent rain could stop us from having a tasting of vegetables planted by kindergartners last fall. Thanks, Kinders! We talked about what part of the plants we were eating. Radishes (roots), green onions (roots), lettuce (leaves), Swiss chard (leaves), broccoli (flowers), and green peas (seeds) were…

Honeybees are buzzing at Hamlin Charter’s garden!

By Melanie Golder January 17, 2019

We learned about honeybees and why they are so important in our garden. About 1/3 of our vegetables depend on them for pollination! We learned about the differences between the queen bee, the worker bees, and the drone bees. Each one looks slightly different and has a different job in the hive. The bees that…

“Turning” Trash into Compost at Alta Loma

By Judi McKee January 16, 2019

As our session came to a close in December, we checked our compost tumbler for the last time.  We’d been adding and turning since school started, and it was getting almost too heavy to turn.  Looked good, smelled good, felt good.  So each student filled up a small plant container with some of the new…

The Butterfly Effect at Alta Loma

By Judi McKee January 16, 2019

This rainy day craft was so much fun and good enough to eat.  And some tried!  Using different shapes of pasta to describe the lifecycle of a butterfly was a hit with our little gardeners and chefs.  Once they got past the sheer variety of noodles one can find at the grocery store, they got…

Talking Native Plants and Noshing on Veggies!

By Jessica Brown January 14, 2019

The winter solstice has come and gone once again. It’s still chilly, as winter should be, but the shadows are getting shorter and shorter all the time. The seeds that I first planted when I began caring for the garden 3 months ago are now ready to harvest! Celery, beets, radishes, broccoli and peas are…

Yellow Salsa & Yard Work @ Van Nuys Middle School

By Andrea Trujillo January 9, 2019

September is a great time for tidying up a garden.  Here in California, we are kind of in between seasons for planting, so you enjoy the last fruits of the summer and clean up the dead stuff.  The middle schoolers at Van Nuys are great at this hands-on work.  We pulled out dead green bean…

Drawing Seeds and Learning Names at Utah St. Elementary

By Rocio Prado January 8, 2019

This week I needed to finish up learning the students’ names  and we needed to learn about seeds. Because this lesson took place the literal day before LAUSD went on winter break there was a lot of excitement in the air. My first class of students came by dressed in their Christmas best. They were…

A Big Change with the Season at KIPP Comienza

By Denise Villalobos January 2, 2019

Change is constant in a garden, and at KIPP Comienza our final lesson of the year began with a new rotation. Our new groups were introduced to the garden space where they learned how it offers opportunities to use their senses as well as what makes up a food chain. Lessons were held in their…

Compost, Seeds and using our Language Skills

By Flo Razowsky December 28, 2018

First learning what is compost and the ingredients needed to make it We gather the materials on our list and mix them together in our piles and containers We also add some non-organic materials (plastic bags and tin foil) in order to determine if those items can also decompose As the weeks pass we will…

Watching the Web of Life at Aspire Gateway

By Alex Aleshire December 28, 2018

Today in the garden we went out to look for mini ecosystems. I explained to the students that an ecosystem consist of plants and animals (living organisms) interacting with the environment ( air, water, soil, weather). We talked about how an ecosystem can be influenced by many factors, living and non-living that can change the…

Compost, Seeds and Using our Tech Skills

By Flo Razowsky December 27, 2018

First learning what is compost and the ingredients needed to make it We gather the materials on our list and mix them together in our piles and containers We also add some non-organic materials (plastic bags and tin foil) in order to determine if those items can also decompose As the weeks pass we will…

All About Leaves at Sullivan

By Alex Aleshire December 27, 2018

The preschoolers at Sullivan have been learning about trees in the classroom. So to help support their learning, we did several hands on activities related to trees out in the garden. We observed various types of leaves growing from trees in our garden. Some are large, some small and some are green while others have…

Compost, Seeds and Art

By Flo Razowsky December 27, 2018

First learning what is compost and the ingredients needed to make it We gather the materials on our list and mix them together in our piles and containers We also add some non-organic materials (plastic bags and tin foil) in order to determine if those items can also decompose As the weeks pass we will…

Sustainability – Doing our Part

By enrichla December 22, 2018

At EnrichLA, our mission is to bring edible school gardens to all Los Angeles schools. As part of that mission, we want to teach students how to become responsible and empowered stewards of the environment. One of the greatest lessons students can learn is the incredible process of composting: how grass clippings and food scraps…

Compost, Seeds and Art

By Flo Razowsky December 21, 2018

First learning what is compost and the ingredients needed to make it We gather the materials on our list and mix them together in our piles and containers We also add some non-organic materials (plastic bags and tin foil) in order to determine if those items can also decompose As the weeks pass we will…

Roots Rule at Woodlawn

By Alex Aleshire December 21, 2018

Learning about roots can be fun especially when kindergarten gets to see first hand a carrot, pulled from their own garden!   We also saw beets, leeks and radishes growing in the garden. All were great examples of various types of roots! The carrots were the most exciting though and yummy too!

Learning about Seeds at San Pedro Elementary!

By Rocio Prado December 21, 2018

Because a few teachers requested it, I decided to teach the parts of a seed this week. I had emailed the teachers ahead of time asking them to have their students bring their journals to garden class. I then proceeded to draw the parts of a seed on my own whiteboard and asked that they…

Making Dirt + Parts of a Seed and Rain Day Sign Making

By Flo Razowsky December 20, 2018

First learning what is compost and the ingredients needed to make it We gather the materials on our list and mix them together in our piles and containers We also add some non-organic materials (plastic bags and tin foil) in order to determine if those items can also decompose As the weeks pass we will…

Studying Seeds at 20th St. Elementary

By Rocio Prado December 19, 2018

Last week at 20th St. Elementary was a bit hectic. Their schedule was altered a bit because of their Christmas performances, but we made due! I began the lessons by asking them questions to reference previous lessons: what vegetables and fruits are in season in the winter? what kinds of veggies and fruits do we…

Nothing Beets Organic Veggie Tasting at Utah St. Elementary!

By Rocio Prado December 19, 2018

Last week I started a new unit at Utah Street Elementary, but because one teacher was indisposed I finally got to meet them this week. The kindergarten class showed up enthusiastic and ready to learn this morning. I let them know I would 1. learn their names using the name game, 2. we would get…

Poems, Powered by Soil at Aspire Firestone

By Alex Aleshire December 18, 2018

This activity kept Firestone students engaged, moving and thinking! First, I placed 4 different soil samples and some supplies on 4 separate tables ( a paper bag, 6 pencils and about 26-30 small pieces of paper big enough to write one word). I then covered them with a towel. I explained they would be looking,…

Sorting Roots, Fruits and Veggie at Ramona

By Alex Aleshire December 18, 2018

I brought the garden to the kids on a raining day at Ramona.  We learned the differences between roots, fruits and vegetables then played a sorting game to test their knowledge. Some of the cards had fruit, roots or vegetables that they had never heard of. The kids had to use the information they learned…

Amazing Imagery at 6th Avenue

By Ami Kim December 17, 2018

As we wrap up the fall semester, we are seeing the first harvest from our early fall plantings. The students planted mini radishes and are now beginning to harvest 🙂 With our 1st graders, we did the a 5 senses lesson combined with learning about “imagery” in the garden. The students were asked to then…

Fall Art with Maple Leaves at Weemes

By Ami Kim December 17, 2018

It has been an amazing fall semester at Weemes Elementary! The students have been full of ideas about what we can do in the garden and how we can utilize the materials we find in every space of our edible oasis. Last week, we utilized an idea from one of our 5th graders and reused…

“Farm to Table” and WORMS at El Sereno Elementary

By Sarah Heder December 16, 2018

The 5th and 6th graders learned about the concept “farm to table”. This means getting their food from local sources, like a farmer’s market or a garden in their backyard. We had good discussions about food miles, freshness of food, shelf life, nutrition, and food waste. The students split up into groups and walked through…

Creating bird feeders and tortillas at Atwater Elementary

By Sarah Heder December 16, 2018

The 4th graders had a lesson called “Corn to Tortilla” and we had a blast making tortillas from scratch! We talked a lot about the Mayans and the significance of corn in their culture. It was pouring rain outside for the second week in a row, so we ended up in the library for our…

Plants aren’t the only ones who love to be sung to

By LaToya Granados December 15, 2018

  No I don’t sing to my students. But I do sing their praises! At Taking the Reins this month, the program director on site, Misty, and I met to talk about how we can best serve the girls in the gardening classes. There are students in my classes from different backgrounds, with different needs.…

Gardening is more than dealing with seeds

By LaToya Granados December 15, 2018

I love seeing girls feel safe enough to be themselves. Gardening classes at Taking the Reins have provided this beautiful space for girls from all different backgrounds to show up together, learn, be silly, and discover together. I like to give the girls room to exhibit leadership and creativity during classes. So this month we…

Journaling at Micheltorena

By Alex Arciniega December 15, 2018

A few months ago, I trained under master gardener extraordinaire, Alexys. She brought out a gardening journal that was given to her by a family member and I just fell in love. I’ve been documenting my personal garden on Insta, via texts, in journals, you name it! So, if we’re going to work with kids,…

Upper Classes Presentations @Micheltorena

By Alex Arciniega December 15, 2018

It’s time for winter break, and although the kids are probably so excited about the time off, it’s a bittersweet time for me as a garden ranger. Week 6 was our last session for this rotation and I couldn’t be more proud of my upper classes. Not only have these kids grown tremendously, but I…

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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