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King Middle School is now at API 777 points. That is 149 points in 4 years. 800 here we come!

By EnrichLA Team September 1, 2011

King Middle School is now at 777 points.  That is a 149 point increase over the last four years.  Thank you to everyone who has made this possible.  You thought king was not good enough?  Think again.  Last year we succeeded in establishing a new green magnet which will open next week.  King has become…

West Vernon Elementary

By EnrichLA Team September 1, 2011

I was at the West Vernon Elementary School preparing for the big garden build day on September 10th and I noticed this beautiful mural.  I’m not a big fan of murals as I frankly find them too busy.  This one however with its message “together we make a difference” seems perfect for what we’re all…

Bringing the garden into the classroom!!

By EnrichLA Team August 31, 2011

As gardens continue to bring life outside of the classroom, it is equally important that our students are also transformed within.  As I begin my second week of teaching 5thgrade here in Miami, I thought I would share some ideas as to how a simple classroom theme can encourage students to become “lifelong learners and…

EnrichLA- In The Running For GOOD L.A. Fund Grant

By EnrichLA Team August 30, 2011

GOOD LA is hosting a challenge for the best initiative that is “moving LA forward,” and EnrichLA is in the running! EnrichLA is a DIFFERENT kind of non profit organization; we are all volunteer, have zero overhead, and we get things done.  The $2500 prize will help EnrichLA bring a garden into yet another inner…

Garden Building Day Video by David Martinez

By EnrichLA Team August 29, 2011

Our friend and volunteer David Martinez is in Kenya right now starting a garden at an orphanage, but before he left he found the time to send us this quick 10 second video he shot at Main St Elementary garden building day. Main St. Elementary Garden Build Video

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team August 28, 2011

Help Kickstart an Edible Garden for Students I have volunteered with ENRICHLA through their involvement with Farm King at Thomas Starr King Middle School, and the garden build at Trinity Elementary. ENRICHLA is a great organization and they are making a difference in our community. They are fundraising on kickstarter to build an on-campus edible…

New Garden….Planning Alta Loma Elementary School!

By EnrichLA Team August 27, 2011

This is a “before” photo of the planned garden site at Alta Loma Elementary School. We cant wait to get to work on this garden so that we can show you an “AFTER” photo! To be a part of a garden build, transforming an asphalt slab like this into a beautiful and educational edible garden,…

Micheltorena Garden thrives thanks to community involvement

By EnrichLA Team August 25, 2011

It takes a village… point in case at the Micheltorena School and Community Garden.  All through the summer the garden stayed open on Wednesdays and Saturdays although the school was out on vacation.  More and more community members, attracted by the garden beauty and warmth, come in and contribute =  Pickling classes, garden maintenance, composting,…

ENRICH LA HAS BEEN DESIGNATED A PUBLIC CHARITY

By EnrichLA Team August 24, 2011

Enrich La has been designated a public charity.

Kickstarter Campaign for John Adams Middle School Garden!

By EnrichLA Team August 24, 2011

EnrichLA has just created a project on Kickstarter.com to raise money for the John Adams Middle School Garden build.  Here is a snippet of our project page, describing to visitors the importance of school gardens, and how the funds will be used if we are to receive them. CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR PAGE, WATCH…

Removing asphalt for a garden at John Adams Middle School

By EnrichLA Team August 24, 2011

Today 1,800 sq.ft. of asphalt are being remove from John Adams Middle School to make room for an edible garden. This campus PE field is a city block of asphalt, so a small but significant victory for greening our campuses. EnrichLA teamed up with LAUSD’s Sustainable Yards and with TREE PEOPLE to achieve this goal.…

TS King Native plants thriving

By EnrichLA Team August 24, 2011

We planted these native plants about a year ago at King Middle School .  We ignored them.  We watered them twice.  They are now thriving.  The new rule of gardening in Southern California ought to be “if it is not edible it should not need water”.  There is no getting around the fact that edible…

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team August 21, 2011

National Honey Bee Day is Aug. 20th August 20, 2011 is National Honey Bee Day, which is a day for honey bees and a program for the entire year. If you haven’t seen Vanishing of the Bees, then I highly recommend it. It is extremely educational and a must see! The National Honey Bee Day…

All about compost made simple

By EnrichLA Team August 19, 2011

Enrichla’s friend Sergio Scabuzzo writes a simple how to compost. Here is an excerpt, for the whole story visit THE GREEN MAN PROJECT Compost piles should: Be vegan – no animal products of any kind Not contain any chemicals or pesticides Be as moist as a damp sponge Not be compacted, so air can get…

The Los Angeles Eco-Village: Restoring Community Through Permaculture

By EnrichLA Team August 18, 2011

Los Angeles Eco-Village

LOS ANGELES — Many thanks to Lois Arkin for taking time Wednesday to give me a 45-minute personal tour of the Eco-Village. The L.A. Eco-Village is a permaculture-oriented intentional community and neighborhood comprising two blocks near Vermont Ave and Beverly Blvd in the Mid-Wilshire district. It is a home to 40 residents who live and work there, and a public space to neighbors who participate in its community… Read more»

Main Street Elementary Garden Build

By EnrichLA Team August 17, 2011

Last Saturday, August 13th, volunteers gathered at Main Street Elementary School in South Central Los Angeles for a garden build.  Over 30 volunteers, young and old, worked together build a beautiful garden in a matter of hours.  Its true…..Working Together, Anything Is Possible! Some of the volunteers were parents of students that attend or will…

West Vernon Elementary School Garden Plans

By EnrichLA Team August 17, 2011

This is our garden plan for the new garden at West Vernon Elementary School.  This is going to be a BEAUTIFUL edible garden and outdoor classroom!

West Vernon Elementary School Garden…Coming Soon

By EnrichLA Team August 17, 2011

We look forward to making a positive change on this campus.  As you can see, the students are surrounded by concrete.  We cant wait to bring a beautiful edible garden to their campus!

Main St. Elementary Before and After

By EnrichLA Team August 15, 2011

After removing weeds, tilling the ground, and adding super rich compost to the existing soil, we were ready to plant sage, lavender, citrus plans, grapes, and bougainvilleas!  This is a before and after of the garden space.  Stay tuned for more photos of our beautiful new garden at Main Street Elementary School!

San Pedro Elementary School Garden On Its Way!

By EnrichLA Team August 15, 2011

Here are some plans for the new garden and beautification project at San Pedro Elementary School!

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team August 14, 2011

Kellygreen Home I’ve been a fan of Kellygreen Home for a few years now. They are one of the few eco-friendly storefronts around. They are located in Silverlake and moving to a new location soon TBD. They also have an online store for those who aren’t in the area. Kellygreen Home sells items for the…

Bienvenidos al Jardin/Welcome to the Garden

By EnrichLA Team August 13, 2011

When we begin to believe that there is greater joy in working with and for others, rather than just for ourselves, then our society will truly become a place of celebration. -Jean Vanier Another amazing community work day! Locals and friends from other LA hoods came together with EnrichLA to bring back to life and…

Change happening at main street elementary….NOW!

By EnrichLA Team August 13, 2011

    Here are a few photos from the garden build going on right now at main street elementary school in south central los angeles.  Stop by if youd like to help, or consider joining us for our next garden build!  See our volunteer page for opportunities.

We’re all working together young and old so that everything is possible.

By EnrichLA Team August 12, 2011

“A group of schoolchildren from main street elementary helped me load the supplies for the garden build at that school” Tomas.  .   Here is a partial list as to the items that are going into the garden at main street elementary.  Texas sage, a lemon tree, an orange tree, basil, parsley, a pear tree,…

Preparing for Main Street Garden

By EnrichLA Team August 12, 2011

  Tomas has been making multiple trips to main street elementary preparing for the great Garden build on Saturday, August 13. See the basil on the right hand side and see some miniature olive bush’s on the left.  On the lower left is English lavender. “I also managed to get my hands on an actual…

Whole Foods Whole Kids Foundation + EnrichLA School Gardens

By EnrichLA Team August 11, 2011

EnrichLA will have the opportunity to join the Whole Kids Foundation in fighting the childhood obesity epidemic by improving nutrition and wellness for students. Starting August 17th you may notice around your local Whole Foods Market the opportunity to donate to the Whole Kids Garden Grant Project.  This project is aimed at supporting organizations around…

Trinity garden update

By EnrichLA Team August 11, 2011

A couple of days ago I visited Trinity Garden for a meeting with Principal Marta Jevenois. Despite budget and personnel cuts, Marta continues to be strongly committed to the garden. She  has organized a group of parents and their kids who have been watering and caring for the native plant border during the summer recess.…

LAWeekly visits Micheltorena Garden and blogs about it and EnrichLA

By EnrichLA Team August 9, 2011

LAWeekly’s  Kathy A. MacDonald visited the garden and blogged about us. Here is an excerpt, for the whole article visit LAWeekly’s Blog. “Chalk one up to green. Overlooking traffic-heavy Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Silver Lake, community activists have transformed a former school parking lot into vegetable, herb and flower filled garden at L.A.U.S.D’s…

Fruit Jam 2011 with Fallen Fruit and Machine Project

By EnrichLA Team August 9, 2011

Figs Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — I first heard about Fruit Jam 2011 from the Permaculture Los Angeles Facebook page and decided to attend last Sunday because I liked the premise: a community gathering to make jam from public fruit. Fruit Jam is an annual event organized by Fallen Fruit, a group that works to locate fruit trees in public spaces and compile public fruit maps. The organizers asked participants to bring fruit picked from… Read more»

Moshe’s Methods: One L.A. Gardener’s Approach to Sustainable Food Productione

By EnrichLA Team August 8, 2011

Moshe Los Angeles Garden

LOS ANGELES — After the Micheltorena community garden workday last Saturday, I had the good fortune of receiving an exclusive tour of Moshe’s home garden. Moshe is a volunteer at Micheltorena who has an unmistakeable passion for growing food, and years of experience and knowledge on sustainable gardening, from his former home in Israel and from seven years living and gardening in Costa Rica. In past volunteer… Read more»

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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SUPPORT US

We need your help. Invest in Los Angeles Schoolchildren

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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