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»

How to Repurpose Avocado Shells for Seed Planting (Micheltorena Garden Project)

By EnrichLA Team August 8, 2011

Avocado Shells

LOS ANGELES — When in California, eat avocados! As a result of my California avocado binge, I’m left with a heap of empty avocado shells. Instead of sending them to the compost, I decided to take them last Saturday to the Micheltorena Elementary School garden for a fun garden project. Avocado Shell Seed Trays By planting seeds in avocado shells instead of plastic trays, the seedlings can be transplanted directly… Read more»

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team August 7, 2011

10 Lead-Free Reusable Shopping Bags Reusable shopping bags are affordable and a small step in helping keep the planet clean. There are several types to choose from such as organic cotton, canvas, recycled plastic, non-woven-polypropylene, and more… In the US, tests show that some non-woven-polypropylene bags made in China, contain high levels of lead. Most…

More from Roosevelt Garden!

By EnrichLA Team August 5, 2011

Yet another yummy product of the new “riders garden” at Roosevelt High School!  We are so glad to see the progress being made.  Dont forget, if youd like to be a part of a transformation like the one that happened at Roosevelt, we will be having a garden build at Main Street Elementary next Saturday,…

Celebrating our volunteers

By EnrichLA Team August 5, 2011

Braking bread at co-founder Tomas O’grady beautiful sustainable home.

Planning A School Garden?

By EnrichLA Team August 4, 2011

A school garden can be an invaluable resource in many areas of education; learning to grow food, getting back in touch with nature, and beautifying school grounds are only a few of the benefits of an on campus garden.  It can involve and excite the entire school, including students, teachers, administrators, staff and neighbors.  …

Roosevelt Garden- “Fruits of Your Labor”

By EnrichLA Team August 2, 2011

Roosevelt Senior High School principal Maura Crossin sent this photo to us: Thanks for the update, Maura!  We look forward to many photos and updates from you in the future! We are so lucky to have been part of what is now the “Riders Garden!”

Brother blog URBAN FOOD AMERICA writes about Micheltorena and EnrichLA

By EnrichLA Team August 1, 2011

Here is an excerpt, for the full article visit Urban Food America. “Before Micheltorena Elementary School built its community garden, the majority of the schoolgrounds was a vast, empty parking lot adjacent to the noisy West Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Thanks to a few committed neighborhood volunteers, this public school is now…

Micheltorena School & Community Garden: Reforming Education from the Ground Up

By EnrichLA Team August 1, 2011

Micheltorena School Garden

LOS ANGELES — Before Micheltorena Elementary School built its community garden, the majority of the schoolgrounds was a vast, empty parking lot adjacent to the noisy West Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Thanks to a few committed neighborhood volunteers, this public school is now the prideful home of a beautiful and productive community garden. The Micheltorena garden is a real-world testing… Read more»


By EnrichLA Team July 31, 2011

This Saturday at the Micheltorena Garden, lead by neighbor and volunteer Jason Jones, we pickled some of the garden veggies. About 10 volunteers  brought jars and got together for the experiment, part of exploring different ways of using the garden bounty.  It started about noon after a couple of hours of tending the garden =…

Posts from Eco Enthusiast!

By EnrichLA Team July 31, 2011

Natural Carpets and Rugs Materials used in commercial carpet or rugs can cause health and environmental concerns. According to the EPA, chemicals in carpet can be a potential risk to reduce indoor air quality because of the emissions and VOC’s from the adhesives used in carpeting. The most common adhesive is Polypropylene which can cause…

…Dont Have Access To A Community Garden?

By EnrichLA Team July 31, 2011

We have mentioned before the benefits that gardening has on school campuses, as well as in communities.  Establishing a sense of trust and togetherness, as well as promoting environmental awareness and nutritional education, are essential qualities that these gardens help to instill. I realize that MANY people do not have access to community or school…

EnrichLA on KIIS FM…Listen here!

By EnrichLA Team July 29, 2011

Tomas O’Grady, an EnrichLA founder, was recently asked by KIIS FM to interview with their DJ Jesse “Boy Toy” Lozano on what EnrichLA is doing around Los Angeles!  The segment is called “community council,” and during this segment Jesse Lozano interviews people who are doing positive, interesting things around the city.  Tomas and Jesse talked…

EnrichLA partners with FOX

By EnrichLA Team July 29, 2011

EnrichLA was invited to have a booth at the “Fox Gives” event.  Founder Tomas O’Grady and a student volunteer helped inform 300+ Fox employees about the progress EnrichLA is making around the city.  Employees were encouraged to sign up for our mailing list and become involved in the many volunteer events we have coming up.…


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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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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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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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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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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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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