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

Welcoming EnrichLA to Jefferson Elementary!

By Andrea Trujillo November 7, 2018

The Jefferson school garden got a makeover this summer by the magic of EnrichLA.  Over 10 new redwood planter boxes were installed along with a drip irrigation system, shade sail and chalkboard for the teaching space! I am so excited to be their new Garden Ranger, teaching garden classes once a week and maintaining all…

Working the compost at Bryson Elementary

By Christine Lai November 7, 2018

This month at Bryson, I’ve been emptying out the tumbler composter, so that kids can see decomposition at work as well as actively work the compost. Students have been turning the pile with a pitchfork to introduce oxygen to the pile and feeding the pile “Browns” and “greens.” After an initial watering, the compost has…

Drawing our Garden at Utah!

By Rocio Prado November 6, 2018

I had been looking for a way to introduce hands-on creativity during garden class. This week, at Utah St. Elementary, my lesson included teaching producers and consumers. Two of my classes consisted of ETK students or pre-preschoolers. We discussed what effect the sun has on plants, where plants draw their energy from, what eats plants…

Growing in the City…

By Marina Frugone November 5, 2018

Between Westlake (McArthur Park) and Downtown LA you’ll find Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, a high school made up of several ‘sub’ schools. One of them, the Academic Leadership Community or simply ALC. The after school garden group meets every Tuesday from 1:30-3PM in a small but oh so mighty garden overlooking downtown. From day one,…

Curious Yorkdale Bean Sprouts

By Lisa Friedman York November 5, 2018

First Graders are kinda like little bean seedlings, sprouting creativity and eager to learn, reaching for warm autumn sun, putting their roots deep into the soil, their embryo coat burst with curiosity of gardening germinating rainbow colors in pages of their garden journals.  Utilizing their 5 senses, they listen to hummingbirds, two finger touch fuzzy…

PASSIONate about Gardening @ Kester!

By Andrea Trujillo November 5, 2018

  It’s a pleasure to be back in the garden with Kester Elementary after a long summer away!  So many treasures were awaiting us to explore, like a hiding watermelon, banana peppers, and a giant zucchini! A review of the Garden Rules, like respect for all living things, 2-finger touch, walking feet, asking before picking…

Tasty Inquisition at KIPP Comienza

By Denise Villalobos November 4, 2018

Our friends at KIPP Comienza had the opportunity to use all of their senses in the garden this month; to learn about and respect all critters that call the garden their home; and how the world around us affects the plants we grow. Students have been bringing their science journals to the garden space this…

Van Ness: Friend or Foe? Beautiful but deadly to our tomatoes…

By PJ Johnson November 4, 2018

Looking for friends or foes in the garden today.  We came across hiding in the beautiful green foliage of the our tomatoes a hungry hungry caterpillar. Actually the tomato Hornworm camouflaged itself in the green foliage on the tomato leaves. Once the students found the ones the size of a thumb they searched and found…

Dominguez High

By Yancy Comins November 3, 2018

Fried Green Tomatoes anyone?? Today we had to lay our tomato “tree” to rest… Upon learning the difference between determinate and interdeterminate  plants, we got a chance to see the growth of a 4 month old interdeterminate tomato which was taking over the whole garden plot with it’s bushy and lush green leaves and unripe…

When Alta Loma Gives You Lemons…..

By Judi McKee November 2, 2018

  Summer took its toll on the Alta Loma garden.  Vines died off, weeds piled up, and gargantuan rosemary bushes ate the sprinkler heads (thus the dead vines….).  But the courtyard garden in the middle of the school was still inviting, especially after we gathered some wood tables and a discarded chalkboard under a friendly…

Experiments and Presentations at Gardner

By Seema Sundaresh November 2, 2018

Students at Gardner put in great work in their experiments, observations, and presentations this month! The 5th graders made presentations on their  nature boards with a map of the garden and fun facts about the animals and plants found in the garden. The 4th graders observed, learned, and made presentations on plants they were unfamiliar…

TIOH Starting Fresh

By Seema Sundaresh November 2, 2018

TIOH 1st grade students kicked off their garden classes learning how many plants are seasonal and we saw firsthand, that plants will die without water. We removed all plants that were dead or out of season and harvested some onions that were ready to come out to make room for new fall/winter plants. The 5th…

Fibonacci and the Sunflower

By Yancy Comins November 2, 2018

We’ve allowed our sunflowers to “cure” on the stalk, giving the appearance that there is no life left whatsoever. . A great giant sunflower head’s secrets are revealed once the dried petals and organic matter is peeled back and brushed away.. Lo and behold, a sequence of seeds which contain life to a new generation…

Van Ness: Bean-side (we got jokes) and Anatomy of a Seed

By PJ Johnson November 2, 2018

We harvested seeds [Bush beans] from our very own Van Ness garden that we allowed to go to seed. Learning about the anatomy of the seed, we talked about how a seed starts off with all that it needs in the seed itself to start out life: a seed coat, food storage and embryo or…

Eat The Rainbow

By Zuri Blandon November 2, 2018

Fruits and vegetables come in a variety of colors. Eating as many colorful fruits and veggies is a challenge for students and adults. Colorful fruits and vegetables help prevent health issues and make the immune system stronger. Students learned that vegetables and fruits are classified into 5 colors: blue/ Purple, green, red,  yellow/orange, white/brown. The color protects fruits…

Hamlin Charter Academy loves vegetables!

By Melanie Golder November 2, 2018

October 16, 2018 was a big day at Hamlin Charter Academy.  The irrigation system in the new garden has been successfully fine-tuned, and our seeds are starting to germinate in numbers to be proud of.  It was thrilling to see the new seedlings emerge from the soil at last!  Previously only a few peas had…

Alumni visit

By Tahereh Sheerazie November 1, 2018

A visit from an ex first grader with her wonderful donation of flower and vegetable starts was a welcome surprise. Loretta Allison now a mother of a ten year old, grows vegetables and flowers in her home nursery and conducts easy to understand planting workshops at Artemesia Nursery in El Sereno. She teared up to…

What is Soil?

By Zuri Blandon November 1, 2018

The soil is alive.. and in it, there is a world of life and wonders waiting to be discovered. Students learned that soil is made up of minerals ( rock, sand, silt, clay) air, water, and organic matter. distinct horizontal layers ( Humus, topsoil, eluviation layer, subsoil, regolith layer, and bedrock) divide the soil into horizons and they range…

Learning Pest Control at Ramona

By Alex Aleshire November 1, 2018

Discovering which bugs are friends of the garden and which bugs can be destructive is best done through observation.  The students at Ramona got to do just that, they walked throughout the garden finding evidence of eaten leaves and fruit and the culprit pests behind it. They made a quick “T” chart to indicate friends…

S is for Seeds at Sullivan

By Alex Aleshire November 1, 2018

Teaching preschoolers about the garden is so much fun! During this lesson we learned about seeds, where they come from and how they grow. Most of the students knew seeds grow into plants, but they didn’t know where seeds come from. With the help of a giant sunflower, the children quickly remembered, “Seeds come from…

Aspire Gateway Discovers the Friends and Foes of the Garden

By Alex Aleshire November 1, 2018

Discovering all the different insects that call Aspire’s garden their home, is one of the most interesting activities.  That’s why during  today’s class, we looked into all the beneficial insects and the insect foes of the garden. Lady beetles and their larva are very active right now and coincidentally, so are the aphids!  We discovered…

Sullivan Gets to Know their Garden

By Alex Aleshire October 31, 2018

My first week at Sullivan Preschool was amazing! The children were excited and super curious about the garden and all the creatures and plants. I introduced them to Leo the Lion (my puppet “friend of the garden” assistant) who gets their attention in a flash!  We have been exploring the area while reinforcing the rules…

Eat The Rainbow

By Zuri Blandon October 31, 2018

Fruits and vegetables come in a variety of colors. Eating as many colorful fruits and veggies is a challenge for students and adults. Colorful fruits and vegetables help prevent health issues and make the immune system stronger. Students learned that vegetables and fruits are classified into 5 colors: blue/ Purple, green, red,  yellow/orange, white/brown. The color protects fruits…

Eat The Rainbow

By Zuri Blandon October 31, 2018

Fruits and vegetables come in a variety of colors. Eating as many colorful fruits and veggies is a challenge for students and adults. Colorful fruits and vegetables help prevent health issues and make the immune system stronger. Students learned that vegetables and fruits are classified into 5 colors: blue/ Purple, green, red,  yellow/orange, white/brown. The color protects fruits…

What is Soil?

By Zuri Blandon October 31, 2018

The soil is alive.. and in it, there is a world of life and wonders waiting to be discovered. Students learned that soil is made up of minerals (rock, sand, silt, clay) air, water, and organic matter. Distinct horizontal layers (Humus, topsoil, eluviation layer, subsoil, regolith layer, and bedrock) divide the soil into horizons and they range from rich…

Seedy and Shady Happenings at The Accelerated School

By Judi McKee October 30, 2018

Though the kids didn’t like losing the beautiful mammoth sunflowers, late summer brought droopy heads loaded with seeds to be harvested.  Their little fingers were perfect for this job.  After planting the seeds in the garden, they stuffed their pockets with more to plant in their own yards…..and we still had plenty to leave for…

Rockin’ the Haiku: In Mt. Washington, CA

By Lisa Friedman York October 30, 2018

Feeling and testing soil samples of sand, silt, clay and loam became a science experiment for Third graders at Mt. Washington Elementary School. The young scientists soon discovered these results: well drained planting beds receiving plenty of water with sun and shade allowed this garden soil to be a lovely loamy paradise growing healthy kale,…

Lassen Elementary Kindergartners Learn to Garden

By Melanie Golder October 30, 2018

The Garden Program at Lassen Elementary School started the 2018-2019 school year with three classes of kindergartners. They enthusiastically learned to hold their hands to make a safe cup so their seeds wouldn’t fall out or blow away.  Then each week we practiced using our “planting fingers” to determine the proper planting depth (one knuckle…

What is Soil?

By Zuri Blandon October 30, 2018

The soil is alive.. and in it, there is a world of life and wonders waiting to be discovered. Students learned that soil is made up of minerals  (rock, sand, silt, clay) air, water, and organic matter. Distinct horizontal layers (Humus, topsoil, eluviation layer, subsoil, regolith layer, and bedrock) divide the soil into horizons and they range from…

Aspire Firestone Asks “What’s Climate all About?”

By Alex Aleshire October 30, 2018

Knowing what grows best in your climate is crucial to growing a successful garden. Today the kids from Firestone learned what climate is, what climate we are living in, and how we have basically two growing seasons here in Southern California.  We read the information from several different seed packages to determine whether the seeds…

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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