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

Cute Colorful Caterpillars @ Sullivan

By Hope Cox April 4, 2018

I’m so proud of my little preschoolers at Sullivan! They are getting so good at being gentle with the plants and bugs in the garden. Week to week we practice slow walking feet, one finger touch and calm bodies. So when it came to sharing one of my favorite garden friends with them today, it…

Spring at Berendo

By Matt Heidrich April 4, 2018

Spring is here and the garden is looking great. Colorful nasturtiums are beautiful and edible. The purple tree collards are getting ready to take off. We have green and red lettuce that we snack on every week. The students love working in the garden and eating the yummy veggies.

Finally Some Rain! at Foster

By Hope Cox April 4, 2018

Rain!! Finally, finally, Los Angeles has entered, even if briefly, the rainy season. What a relief! With just a little bit of precipitation, the landscape changes quickly from brown to saturated greens. The flowers on the sides of the road begin to bloom. And the air is so fresh! Water really gives life to our…

Van Ness Students Learn About the Garden Through Touch, Smell, & Taste

By PJ Johnson April 4, 2018

Worked with the Visually Impaired students who were all so eager to learn about herbs and the parts of the plants.  They held and felt pine cones that I bought in.  I also picked from their garden basil sage which they got to smell and taste.  They also felt the roots of a onion from…

Bruschetta at Kingsley

By Justine Tyler April 1, 2018

Bruschetta is an antipasto (starter dish) from Italy consisting of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. The wonderful kids and I at Kingsley Elementary made this classic dish today. Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil Recipe Prep time: 15 minutesCook time: 20 minutesYield: Makes 24 small slices, serves 6-10 as an…

How Do Seeds Grow? at Weemes

By Eleanor Goodrich March 31, 2018

We have grown a lot of seeds at Weemes Elementary this past year and it’s always exciting to see the new plants pop out of the ground a few weeks later. But after awhile, we couldn’t help but wonder, “what’s going on underground before our little seedlings appear?” So this past week, each class took…

Plant Anatomy at Weemes

By Eleanor Goodrich March 31, 2018

Elementary students across Los Angeles have to memorize the various parts of a plant each year. At Weemes, instead of learning from pictures in books, we get to study living plants while outside in our garden! After reviewing each part and it’s role, we played a scavenger hunt type game and everyone found examples of…

Fruit, flowers, and rain at ALC

By Matt Heidrich March 31, 2018

The rain is bringing out beautiful colors at ALC. The poppies are blooming and the red and green lettuce looks great. The banana tree is soaking in the extra water. Today we planted asparagus and strawberry crowns.

Feasting on Flowers at Bryson Elementary

By Christine Lai March 31, 2018

One of the greatest shocks in gardening class to students is that broccoli–the “tree” part of the vegetable, anyways–is a flower. “Whaaaat?!” “It’s a flower that just hasn’t bloomed yet.” There’s a pause. Then sometimes before tasting the broccoli from the garden, someone asks worriedly, “Will it bloom in my stomach?” Rest assured that it…

Cultivating New Skills at Weemes

By Eleanor Goodrich March 30, 2018

As a child it can be hard to feel like you can contribute to the world. We often tell children they aren’t big enough or they don’t know enough. Students with special needs are especially limited in how they can contribute. One benefit of the school garden is that it gives young people a chance…

Everyone Has a Part to Play at Stevenson

By Andrea Trujillo March 30, 2018

As spring starts to get closer, it is time to prepare a new area in the school garden for crop rows!  This part of the garden was left empty after an overgrown fig tree was removed last summer.  So, I had sprinkled some cover crop of rye and peas a couple months ago, just to…

Rain, flowers, and favas at Los Feliz

By Matt Heidrich March 30, 2018

The rain has made the garden very happy. Today we explored the garden and saw lots of beautiful things. The fava beans are booming, arugula is flowering, and the purple tree collards are as beautiful as ever.

Searching for Seeds at Sixth Ave

By Eleanor Goodrich March 30, 2018

“Where do seeds come from?” This is the question of one student a few weeks ago that we set out to answer. We started by talking about seeds we know about, for example, apple seeds come from apples, watermelon seeds come from watermelons. Based on our past experiences we were able to conclude that a…

Collecting Seeds at 42nd Street

By Christine Lai March 29, 2018

One of my favorite questions that students ask is, “Why are their dead flowers in the garden?” Ahh, to the untrained eye, they are dead flowers; but to seed collectors, these “dead flowers” hold a wealth of specimens inside. They know that the whole purpose of flowers–why they smell so alluring and look so striking–is to attract…

A plant is what?!

By Sarah Shutman March 29, 2018

When teaching about gardening, it is impossible to engage students if they don’t know what part of a plant I am talking about! For this lesson, I covered the parts of a plant. I discussed the roots, stem, leaves, fruit and flowers. I brought in a dug up mallow plant (to show roots, stem, leaves),…

Happy bugs at ERES

By Matt Heidrich March 29, 2018

Today was a fun day despite the rain. The students made fun bug art. We also did a cool indoor science lesson on pH. Out in the garden, a caterpillar and grasshopper were enjoying the wet weather.

Battle of the Food Groups!

By Andrea Trujillo March 29, 2018

What makes a fruit and what makes a vegetable?  No matter what age, this still confuses many.  First, I wanted to give these middle school students a shot at dividing these groups themselves.  So, with some flashcards of different fruits and veggies they decided which belonged in the Fruit category and which belonged in the…

Fungi and flowers at ERHS

By Matt Heidrich March 28, 2018

The rain has brought out some beautiful fungi in the garden. With the arrival of spring, the brassicae and onions are flowering. These are a favorite of our local pollinators. We are excited to get our summer plants in the ground.

Turning Over New Leaves

By Andrea Trujillo March 28, 2018

The garden is getting greener and greener these days so it was a perfect time to teach the kids about the important work of the LEAVES!  As they grow, they are absorbing sun, water, air and nutrients to create food for the rest of the plant.  The magic of photosynthesis takes place in the leaves…

Dancing for Pollen at Sixth Ave

By Eleanor Goodrich March 28, 2018

Since the worms and bugs have been such a hit in the garden at 6th Ave, we spent this week talking about honey bees. We learned that honey bees use nectar from flowers to make honey and while they are busy gathering nectar, they help the flowers by spreading pollen. The students then got an…

Flowers & Honey

By Andrea Trujillo March 28, 2018

We got to talking about flowers today!  With the help of some lilies, whose reproductive parts are very obvious to see, the kids were able to locate the pistil and stamen, along with the fun of touching pollen! It was easy to understand how this messy, powdery dust sticks onto the bees because it ended…

Beets are rad(ish)!

By Sarah Shutman March 27, 2018

Beets are rad(ish)! This year, Valentine’s Day was full of nostalgic excitement, as I remembered my days of elementary school, full of sugary candy and a “holiday”. This was my first year teaching on Valentines Day, and I wanted to share something special with the students of 2nd  Street Elementary. I decided to do a…

Red Wrigglers Get A Start at Woodlawn

By Alex Aleshire March 27, 2018

I left the best for last for this rotation at Wodlawn…WORMS! But not just any worm…red wrigglers, the amazing composting worms.  We learned all about these creatures, and why they are used for recycling kitchen scraps….red wiggler worms can eat about half of their weight in food every day! WOW! We got a chance to…

Prepping Soil at 42nd Street

By Christine Lai March 27, 2018

In their latest gardening classes, students at 42nd Street Elementary amended the soil in preparation for summer crops. As they learned, broccoli and cauliflower are cool-weather “heavy feeders” that take a lot of nutrients out of the soil. Before planting warm-weather “heavy feeders” like peppers and tomatoes, the soil has to be amended to replenish…

In with Spring, Out with Winter

By Jessica Brown March 27, 2018

Seasonal change is upon us!  Tuesday is the official first day of Spring- but the transition has been in effect for weeks! Warm showers and frost-free nights have let to springtime blooms and sprouts.  At the same time our winter plants are on the way out.  We know this because the lettuce, chards and cabbages…

That makes a plant?!

By Sarah Shutman March 22, 2018

For this lesson, I planned to cover plant reproduction via parts of a flower. This was the first lesson that required thinking on my toes and adapting my plan (something that I am quickly learning). I drew out a picture and went over the descriptions. The pre-K and 2nd graders were  lost and distracted. They…

Aromatics at Hollywood Schoolhouse

By Flo Razowsky March 19, 2018

From edibles to aromatics, our garden is a treasure trove. After learning about the beneficial aspects of aromatic plants, we made our own satchels full of lavender, rosemary, sage, jasmine and more.

Colors and flowers in the Los Feliz Garden

By Matt Heidrich March 19, 2018

As spring arrives, our winter veggies are going to seed. This is a great learning and tasting opportunity! Arugula flowers are spicy and delicious. The favas are flowering too. Purple tree collards are very beautiful.

Growing our Multi-Lingual Garden

By Flo Razowsky March 19, 2018

Our Cheremoya garden is full of amazing artists and many languages. We’ve begun a sign project to share our joy and knowledge and to highlight all of the languages spoken on our campus including Russian, English, Spanish, Armenian and more.  

VBGC members learn about Greens

By Cindy Soto March 18, 2018

We have definitely made plenty of salads in the last few weeks because we have an abundance of greens, but today we made it for a specific reason. Before making the salads, I had VBGC members use their journals to make a list of all the types of greens that we usually eat, while they…

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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