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Valley View Digests

By Hillary Williams February 26, 2019

I looooove teaching the kindergarteners about the six parts of the plant so so much.  I love it because the best part of the lesson (other than learning what an amazing job all those parts have) is getting to eat those parts as we go along!   From flowers like purple broccoli to seeds like…

St. Patrick’s Connects

By Hillary Williams February 26, 2019

The middle school kids at St. Patrick’s have spent a LOT of time in the garden at this point.   They’ve also learned a lot.  But after coming back out for a second session this year, I asked them to connect with the plants that they planted a couple months earlier.   They really went…

Digging the Garden at Sullivan

By Alex Aleshire February 26, 2019

The garden at the Sullivan preschool has been flourishing  especially after this great rain we had. The soil is moist and rich and perfect for digging! It’s not often enough that kids get to dig in beautiful,  dark soil, where they might encounter creatures of the earth like worms, grubs, beetles etc.  Getting a little…

Cooking – Dominguez High

By Yancy Comins February 26, 2019

What’s Cooking!? Well in the classroom of Mr. Perez’ Nutrition and education period, we are cooking with what the garden gives us! Shredded pollo spiced with peoppers and tomatoes and a salsa freshly made with onions tomatoes, lemon & limes and herbs from our garden! When I tell you that the smell is incredible, I…

Corn, Poppies, Broccoli

By Jessica Brown February 25, 2019

The garden at Frank Del Olmo has seemed to reach its winter climax. The past month has been filled with opportunities to snack on beets, sugar snap peas, broccoli, radishes and celery. When I arrived for the first time in late September we did a total overhaul of the summer plantings and now we are…

Winter & Shelter

By Zuri Blandon February 25, 2019

A wet slippery winter is here and students came to find a  messy garden.  The cold months of December, January and February are for gardeners to care and do maintenance in the garden. These long and cold months are great for making seedlings, prune herbs and fruit trees,  amend and test soils, harvest cool veggies, herbs…

Leaf Identification at Lassen

By Melanie Golder February 25, 2019

It was a beautiful warm day to be in the garden. Our first classes for 4th and 5th Grades began with a review of the rules and a search of the garden for two different textures of leaves. We found curly kale, fuzzy sage, smooth Aloe Vera, colorful Swiss chard. We even have tomatoes in…

Maintenance in Winter

By Zuri Blandon February 25, 2019

A wet slippery winter is here and students came to find a  messy garden.  The cold months of December, January and February are for gardeners to care and do maintenance in the garden. These long and cold months are great for making seedlings, prune herbs and fruit trees,  amend and test soils, harvest cool veggies, herbs…

Winter Salads & Other Wonders at T.S. King Middle School

By Andrea Richards February 22, 2019

Returning to the garden after the winter break offered some beautiful surprises, like the purple cauliflower we doted on for months! It was ready to harvest, as well as some beautiful varieties of radishes and turnips. We also needed to harvest some of our winter greens–lettuces, chards, and kales. So we made a big salad…

A Seedling Start at Aspire Gateway

By Alex Aleshire February 18, 2019

Happy New Plants

By Yancy Comins February 17, 2019

   

Winter Harvest

By Zuri Blandon February 14, 2019

A wet slippery winter is here and students came to find a  messy garden.  The cold months of December, January and February are for gardeners to care and do maintenance in the garden. These long and cold months are great for making seedlings, prune herbs and fruit trees,  amend and test soils, harvest cool veggies, herbs…

Noteworthy Seed Disection at Ramona

By Alex Aleshire February 10, 2019

Teaching about seed development is one of my favorite topics. It’s full of “Wow” moments. Like when I  hand them a dry lima bean, and ask them to peel off the seed coat.  Or when I show them a  jar with 30 dry lima beans, then the equivalent amount that I have soaked overnight in…

Friends and Foes – Insects at Micheltorena

By Alex Arciniega February 8, 2019

If you know me, you know I love working the soil. When I first started gardening, I was so naive about what makes a successful garden. I thought, “oh it must be the seeds!” As time goes on, I realize so much of the wonder of a productive garden comes from the soil. And so…

New System for School Food Waste Composting at Micheltorena

By Alex Arciniega February 8, 2019

We rolled out our first day of food collecting during lunch time at Micheltorena. Equipped with a bucket and a compost sign. I set it up at the lunch area. I had lunch with the kids and wanted to see what they were eating and what they were throwing away.   The kids who have…

Beans are good for your Heart

By Lisa Friedman York February 6, 2019

A rainy day soundtrack of thunder and lightning did not hinder Yorkdale Elementary Tk, 4th & 5th graders from learning all about the parts of a seed. We began our class seated in a circle upon the floor in a large muti purpose room with focused students entranced in an exercise we dubbed, Parts of…

TIOH Student Get Down and DIRTy

By Seema Sundaresh February 5, 2019

This month, the 2nd graders met some of my super helpful worm friends. We learned about how different they are from any human we have come across. I mean, do you know of any human that has 5 hearts? Yes, I said FIVE hearts. We learned how helpful they are for our soil, and in…

Gardner Artists and Observers

By Seema Sundaresh February 5, 2019

Gardner Kinder students really delved into their artistic side as we discovered and learned about the different parts of plant. We put our writing and drawing skills to the test while putting our own personal touches to our creations. Watch out, Picasso! I see some new artists in town! The second graders delved deep into…

Rain Gain at Arroyo Seco

By Seema Sundaresh February 5, 2019

At Arroyo Seco, the rains brought in lots of growth! Our leafy greens grew many more beautiful green and two-toned leafs. Our cauliflower started to make their debut and even some rain-loving fungi (mushrooms) started growing – not to worry, they were promptly removed after observing how beautiful, creative, and interesting they were! I also…

A Moment of Zen Aromatherapy at Mt. Washington Elementary School

By Lisa Friedman York February 4, 2019

In January, while our brave teachers and students were striking in the pouring rain, we calmly cheered them on from inside our cozy classrooms with garden aromatherapy. Sitting in a circle on a blanket, we identified stuff that cause us to feel stress in our lives.  Children shared candid examples of their personal fear &…

Let’s Talk Dirt @ Micheltorena

By Alex Arciniega February 2, 2019

It’s so nice to be back in the garden after the long break, only this time I have younger classes and boy has it been an adventure! It’s nice to go from week 1 of “ewwwww” when we see insects to genuine curiosity as to why insects live where they do. We couldn’t have chosen…

Calvert 3rd Graders Strengthen Their Research Skills

By Nicole Hernandez February 2, 2019

Our 3rd Graders this week took to their field journals to make observations about leaf shape, size, vein and stem structures. This work built off of previous lessons on garden mapping and co-planting. We discussed how these structural and design differences lend to better absorbing light, moving around nutrients, and fitting next different plants in the…

Herbs Herbs Herbs and Spices with Mayberry 1st Graders

By Nicole Hernandez February 1, 2019

Mayberry 1st Graders got up-close with new smells, sights and textures this week. Along with their teacher, we discussed how to identify key differences between herbs and spices (think leaves/seeds vs bark/roots). Students tested their senses noting differences in smell and texture, and found not all were pleasant.  We had fun telling stories about tacos…

The Three Sisters and a Winter Salad.

By Nicole Hernandez February 1, 2019

Calvert’s kids this week learned about the ancient tradition of companion planting. The most well known system, The Three Sisters, was developed by Native Americans and to go over the pattern we drew diagrams with chalk on the asphalt. We talked about the importance of arranging crops so they complement one another based on their different requirements…

Thinning Carrots at The Accelerated School

By Judi McKee January 31, 2019

The kids were excited to be back after rainy weather and work stoppages  kept us out of the garden for awhile.  But the garden didn’t take any time off and we had lettuces, broccoli, strawberries and radishes growing and growing.  Also, loads of crazy carrot tops.  So we thinned them out and had little carrot…

‘Digester’ laziest way to feed soil!

By Tahereh Sheerazie January 31, 2019

January started with a bang! Lots of much wanted and needed rain absorbed by the cover cropped beds and mulched pathways. Plus an extension of the winter break with a teacher strike that brought everyone back to the garden with so much renewed enthusiasm that it made my new approach to teaching so much easier…

Delicious Snap Peas at El Sereno Elementary

By Sarah Heder January 31, 2019

We have a ton of snap peas growing in the garden. Every class got to pick off a few snap peas to try. They were very crunchy and sweet. A delicious snack! The 6th graders worked really well in small groups to create their nature boards to display in the garden. Topics that are covered…

Finding Friends and Foes at Atwater Elementary

By Sarah Heder January 31, 2019

We’ve been talking about different friends and foes we can find in the garden. It is always exciting when we actually see them when it’s time to explore! We found a cabbage worm (a foe) and a ladybug (a friend). We are enjoying lots of tasty snacks from our garden as well. Oranges from our…

Freshening Angeles Mesa Elementary

By David Ames January 31, 2019

We have been super excited and entertained during our first Unit at Angeles Mesa. Kids from Pre-K, K and 5th grade have enjoyed learning and interacting with plants and garden. EnrichLA resumed activities at Angeles Mesa in the middle of November, bumping into a few days-off due to Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and then the strike,…

Phase one completed of the new outdoor learning garden at Our lady Of Perpetual Help in Downey

By enrichla January 20, 2019

  On a beautiful saturday morning after a week of rain, together with parents teachers students and alumni, we created the new garden. Special thanks to Gerry and Karina Salazar dedicated parents at the school.      

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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