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Riverside Garden loves that sun!

By Alexys Romo November 30, 2018

At Riverside Dr. Charter we are starting with the basics in each class. The first rotation began the year in an almost empty garden-which was great! we planted LOADS of beans to help bring nitrogen to our soil, sugar snap peas, and flowers. With the weather still being quite warm, we were not ready to…

Sherlock Gardner Detectives

By Seema Sundaresh November 30, 2018

This month at Gardner Elementary, we talked about the importance of composting and reducing our waste in the world and built a compost pile when they can easily be taken to create new things, new life. We learned about what native plants means and talked about the benefits and deficits of growing non-native plants in…

Harvesting Embryos at Arroyo Seco

By Seema Sundaresh November 30, 2018

There was an abundance of fruit and now there’s an abundance of seeds to harvest at Arroyo Seco! Seeds can travel in multitudes of ways and we’re pretty certain that some birds or squirrels will be eating and defecating some of these seeds to start a garden in another place. But we were able to…

Castelar Elementary School Garden

By enrichla November 29, 2018

Mayberry Magicians Learn The Hidden Part Of A Plant

By Nicole Hernandez November 28, 2018

Our Mayberry students took this week to learn the parts of a plant, both the visible and invisible parts. Students put on their observation hats and with their notebooks into the garden to find the six basic parts of a plant. For our younger students, we used our bodies to demonstrate how a plant grows…

Calvert Kids Have A Watershed Moment!

By Nicole Hernandez November 28, 2018

What is a watershed? Easy, if you are standing on the ground right now, just look down. You’re standing, and everyone is standing, in a watershed. A watershed is the area of land where all of the water that falls in it and drains off of it goes to a common outlet. Watersheds can be…

Calvert Students Go Indoors

By Nicole Hernandez November 28, 2018

Calvert Elementary is located in Woodland Hills and this put their school close enough to the recent fires that we took our garden class indoors. I decided to test the savvy fifth grader’s research and presentation skills. I assigned groups different insects and animals and I allowed them to decide what they wanted to learn…

Become a member and get rewards

By Justine Tyler November 27, 2018

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. for the remainder of 2018, if you become a FLOWER member at $100 we…

Lexington Avenue Primary Center garden a photo journey

By Justine Tyler November 27, 2018

Spotting a Tertiary Consumer at San Pedro Elementary!

By Rocio Prado November 27, 2018

I find it interesting that I can plan a lesson thoroughly, have an extensive list of Plan Bs in case things don’t go according to plan, and yet, I am still consistently surprised. This past week, I was teaching the Food Chain. Many of the older grades had already learned about the food chain, but…

Tell me why I should donate to become a member of EnrichLA? The School garden NON PROFIT.

By enrichla November 26, 2018

There are many non profits out there. They all sound great. Why ENRICHLA? We are down to earth, no nonsense and hard working. We are irreverent and we are ambitious. We are like no other non-profit. Nobody here makes more than a school district custodian. ($38,000) Everybody gets their hands dirty. We are efficient. We…

Compost Relay at 6th Avenue Elementary 🙂

By Ami Kim November 23, 2018

Before the holiday, one of our 4th grade classes learned about the ingredients to make great compost. We went over the 5 key ingredients desired for great compost: greens, browns, decomposers, air and water. After this, the students were split into 4 teams and had the task of gathering all the elements to make our…

Flower Collage Day at Weemes Elementary

By Ami Kim November 23, 2018

Before the holiday, our kindergarten class at Weemes did a very special lesson about parts of a flower. We went over the four parts of a flower including the roots, stem, leaves and flower. After this, each student received their own flower. We slowly and delicately took our flowers apart as a class and each…

Getting organized at Taking the Reins

By Marina Frugone November 21, 2018

“How do we know when to harvest?”  aaaah…. a hunch? a feel? it smells right? fruit’s the right size? Why don’t we make a harvest calendar! Pulling out the trusty UC Master Gardener Handbook and looking up the approximate harvest time for each of our plants. The girls are attentive!    Also, though it is…

A world beneath our feet… ALC students dig it up

By Marina Frugone November 21, 2018

“Eeeeeewwwwwwwwww!” said ALC student. “What did I do?” said squirmy worm exposed to the sunlight. “Worms are amazing. Here, grab one and I’ll tell you about what they do” said Garden Ranger. “Their poop is really good for the plants and they create air pockets for roots. Worms are legit.” said other ALC student. ”…

Garden Direct Learning from Parts of a Plant to Pollination and Photosynthesis

By Flo Razowsky November 21, 2018

Starting with the roots, we learn about Parts of a Plant from the ground up. Using our Garden Scientist skills, we first sketch and label our parts, including function. Then, we put our creative skills to the test and make our plants, with their four main parts, out of pipe cleaners.     Once we…

Sprouts for the Sprouts at Mid-City’s Prescott

By Marina Frugone November 20, 2018

The 1st and 2nd graders of Mid-City’s Prescott School of Enriched Sciences (the sprouts, the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are the seedlings…) watched these radish babies grow from seed to seedling and last week we discovered why root vegetables sometimes grow hugging each other…like these carrots… Once roots start to grow and grow under…

Stewardship at Taking the Reins

By Marina Frugone November 20, 2018

Every Sunday I teach at Taking the Reins, a non-profit dedicated to building their four core concepts: responsibility, confidence, teamwork and leadership to teen girls in LA. Last Sunday, our main lesson was on garden troubleshooting and land stewardship where we made a list of things to do when you walk into the garden: watch…

Composting is Recycling at Alta Loma Elementary

By Judi McKee November 20, 2018

November brought a lot of garden clean up and debris to be composted.  We also got some good food and paper scraps from a parent volunteer.  So, with all of our plastic buckets filled up, we started adding them to our composting tumbler a/k/a “the soil factory”.  The kids learned about ratio by determining how…

Composting is Recycling at Alta Loma Elementary

By Judi McKee November 20, 2018

November brought a lot of garden clean up and debris to be composted.  We also got some good food and paper scraps from a parent volunteer.  So, with all of our plastic buckets filled up, we started adding them to the “soil factory”, a/k/a our composting tumbler.  The kids learned about ratio by determining how…

Parts of a Plant, Pollination & Photosynthesis

By Flo Razowsky November 20, 2018

Starting with the roots, we learn about Parts of a Plant from the ground up. Using our Garden Scientist skills, we first sketch and label our parts, including function. Then, we put our creative skills to the test and make our plants, with their four main parts, out of pipe cleaners.     Once we…

Coffee With the Garden Ranger at Carson Gore Academy

By Judi McKee November 19, 2018

One of the favorite parts of the day at Carson Gore Academy is adding coffee grounds to the compost pile!  The deli across the street provides us a week’s worth of their used grounds, so there’s plenty to spread around.    We’re still working on why brown coffee grounds are considered a “green” when we…

Marigolds, maravillas, at Jones PC

By Christine Lai November 19, 2018

With Dia de los Muertos having just passed and the release of the movie Coco last year, most kids recognize marigolds–or maravillas in Spanish. (I quote the movie Coco, telling kids, “you know those yellow flowers, ‘I give you my blessing.’ Those flowers.”) They’re the focus of more than one gardening lesson. For one, marigolds…

From Parts of a Plant to Our Very Own Water Cycle

By Flo Razowsky November 19, 2018

Starting with the roots, we learn about Parts of a Plant from the ground up. Using our Garden Scientist skills, we first sketch and label our parts, including function. Then, we put our creative skills to the test and make our plants, with their four main parts, out of pipe cleaners.     Once we…

A Watershed Moment for Mayberry Magicians

By Nicole Hernandez November 15, 2018

Do you know what a watershed is?  This lesson put the water and food cycle into a larger context, and together, each class added to a lifesize drawing of a watershed. Definition: An area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to difference rivers, basins, or seas.   We all started with a handout…

Friends Hard at Work

By Hillary Williams November 15, 2018

This week at St. Patrick’s School, the littles came out to learn all about the hard working and sometimes pesty creatures in the garden.  We discussed the reason insects flock to gardens by using our three P’s, predators, pollinators and pests.   The kids played an aphid and ladybug game of tag and helped me…

Hands in the soil

By Angeles McClure November 12, 2018

Hello again! Sherman Oaks is getting green, and red… yes red, because radishes are here! We just made our first harvest! To start, we based our experiment on questions like: “What the soil is made of?” “What grows in soil?” and “Who needs it in order to live?.”  We started to work in different samples…

Garden Artist in Action!

By Angeles McClure November 12, 2018

Hello everyone! This month we did tons of fun things! We started with some cool lessons about how a flower grows. We went through each part: roots, stem, leaves, and flower. Maybe after, we’ll go through a fruit. We also built our own colorful flower with some recycled paper and pom poms! And just not…

Talking about Worms at Frank Del Olmo Elementary

By Jessica Brown November 10, 2018

We’ve had a wonderful few weeks at Frank Del Olmo Elem. I’ve received a new rotation of students who were just as jazzed to be in the garden as the last rotation. After a few classes of clearing out summer beds and planting winter veggies, today we dug deep into the science of decomposition. Specifically,…

Exploration at Valley View

By Hillary Williams November 8, 2018

This week at Valley View Elementary the kids took advantage of the cool and crisp weather out in the garden.   The first graders used their five senses to describe plants in their journals.  They are wonderful little writers…my favorite descriptive word was “rumbly” to describe the texture of a leaf.  Kinders learned about the…

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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