OUR RANGER PROGRAM SCHOOLS

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

All the Little Helpers

By Hillary Williams May 1, 2018

Today in the garden at Primary Academy we were surrounded by tons of helpful creatures.  The second graders learned a lot about worms by getting up close and personal!  These little invertabraes not only create delicious compost but they also dig tunnels throughout the soil letting air and water reach even the deepest roots.  …

Chop Chop Salad at Woodlawn

By Alex Aleshire May 1, 2018

Using a knife is a hard tool to master, especially when your 6 years old!  The kids at Woodlawn got lots of practice today by helping to chop up a yummy salad! To begin we discuss harvesting and what would happen if we harvested a fruit or vegetable that was not ready to pick.  Then…

Woodlawn Kids Start Seeds

By Alex Aleshire May 1, 2018

The kindergarten and 1st grade students at Woodlawn have shown great attention to the garden. They have helped with many garden taskes including leaf clean up, pill bug relocation and composting.  So I knew they could handle the care needed to start seeds and keep them moist and warm. During discussion time, we talked about…

Sowing Oats and Observing Life

By Hillary Williams April 30, 2018

Today at Dayton Heights my two SLD classes brought out the seeds we had germinated in the classroom.   We learned what it takes for a seed to shed its coat and begin the next chapter of its life cycle.   After taking notes the kids went out into the garden and planted their seedlings.…

The Bee Dance at Aspire

By Alex Aleshire April 30, 2018

When kids get a little spooked about bees in the garden, I think it’s important to give them some information on what exactly a bee does. I thought for this lesson I would bring in my bee suit (yep… bee suit!) and show the kids how important it is not to run, yell and wave hands…

Angeles Mesa has a new garden!

By enrichla April 29, 2018

“How Do Flowers Make Seeds?” at 6th Ave

By Eleanor Goodrich April 27, 2018

Last week, we learned that plants use their flowers to make seeds, but now our students are curious, “how does a flower make a seed?” To answer that question we went straight to the flower and started investigating. Every student got a nasturtium flower which they dissected until they could see yellow pollen on their…

Seed Saving at Los Feliz

By Matt Heidrich April 27, 2018

Today we learned about seed saving. This is how we harvest seeds for next years harvest. We saved seeds from favas and arugula. Then we planted corn and squash that we saved from last years garden. We also snacked on mint and lettuce.

Life Cycles at Weemes

By Eleanor Goodrich April 27, 2018

Everything has to eat. Students at Weemes took time to examine exactly what that statement means as we talked about food chains and students explored the place some of our garden creatures occupy on the food chain. Roly-polies eat our tomatoes and strawberries, but birds eat roly-polies and then insects eat the bird after it…

Fun with Directions at Weemes

By Eleanor Goodrich April 26, 2018

In class today we talked about all the ways instructions can be useful. Students brainstormed lots of different new skills they would like to learn how to do. Everything from skateboarding tricks, growing different plants and doing handstands. We discussed how you can find written instructions to help learn how to do almost anything! Then…

ERHS Salad!

By Matt Heidrich April 26, 2018

Today we harvested lots of delicious veggies, including beets, onions, kale and lettuce. We snacked on some of the food in class. Some of it, the students took home. Others put fresh lettuce on their lunch sandwiches! It was a great chance to learn about integrating garden grown and store bought food.

Plant Uses at 6th Ave

By Eleanor Goodrich April 26, 2018

Students at 6th Ave took time to reflect on all the ways we use plants this week. We discussed how most of our food, housing, clothes and medicine come from plants. The conversation about plants helped us to visualize world systems and our interdependence on plant life and ecosystems.  Then, we explored the garden to…

Battle of the Bugs at Stevenson!

By Andrea Trujillo April 25, 2018

All my students love when they hear that today is all about BUGS! Let’s talk about what bugs are beneficial to the garden and what bugs are pests.  They were sad to learn that their beloved roly polies were not so great for our plants and surprised that those scary bees are SUPER beneficial to…

Never Judge A Peanut by It’s Shell at Hollenbeck

By Eleanor Goodrich April 25, 2018

In our creative writing class this week, we talked about how people often judge each other and other things by outside appearances. To illustrate this, students described the outward appearance of a peanut and contrasted that with the taste of the peanut inside. After we all munched on our peanuts, we discussed how useless it…

Spring Colors at ALC

By Matt Heidrich April 25, 2018

As spring arrives, the colors of the garden are shining. Bright swiss chard, sage flowers, and purple mustard look beautiful. We planted corn, squash, and tomatoes today.

Good Bugs vs. Bad Bugs @ Kester!

By Andrea Trujillo April 25, 2018

It is every kid’s favorite lesson in the garden: BUGS!!  So fun to surprise these kids with what bugs are beneficial to the garden and which bugs are pests.  Although roly-polies are a much-beloved favorite for this age, these invertebrates are not so great for the garden, and even though bees might scare them a…

Seed saving at Berendo

By Matt Heidrich April 24, 2018

Today we harvested and saved seeds. We got seeds from bitter melon, tatsoi cabbage, xmas limas, nasturtiums, and gold potatoes. The potatoes and beans are seeds themselves. We are looking forward to the summer!

Presenting Our Research on Food @ VNMS!

By Andrea Trujillo April 24, 2018

Its a rainy day at Van Nuys Middle School, but perfect timing for the middle schoolers’ presentations of their Food Projects!  Each group had been given a different crop: tomato, corn, peas, and watermelon. So proud of all they learned by researching BOOKS, instead of the internet. 🙂  They definitely taught me a thing or…

Carrots and a chrysalis at ERES

By Matt Heidrich April 24, 2018

Today was a great day in the garden. First of all, we found a chrysalis! This is the stage where a caterpillar turns in to a butterfly. We also saw a hole bee, which is a native pollinator. We had two different kinds of carrots as well, one small and round, one long and skinny.…

What’s in a Peanut? at Mid City Prescott

By Eleanor Goodrich April 24, 2018

George Washington Carver was intrigued with the homely peanut, and he managed to discover hundreds  of inventions. In our own garden, our classes discussed the misleading appearance of a peanut and how the dry, dirty shell houses a wonderful, tasty snack. After our discussion, students explored the garden brainstorming new uses for all the plants…

Nutritional talks at Bryson

By Christine Lai April 23, 2018

Meghan, a nutrition major at California State Los Angeles, recently joined our ranks as a volunteer. Meghan contributes greatly in our ongoing war with the Bermuda grass creeping through our boxes, but her greatest contribution is the nutrition talks she gives the students whenever they taste something from the garden. Her talks span from different…

Potatos at TS King

By Matt Heidrich April 23, 2018

Today we harvested potatoes at King. Potatoes grow underground and we use straw and leaves to hill them to get better growth. We dug them up, washed them, and cooked them in the microwave. They were delicious and creamy, even without toppings.

Let’s Talk Strawberries at Aspire!

By Alex Aleshire April 23, 2018

The long awaited strawberry season has arrived, giving Aspire students a sweet experience! We talked about all the prep work that was involved in producing these wonderful garden treats; early planting, removing early flowers to develop the roots and amending the soil. Removing pill bugs and sow bugs from the strawberry garden bed and putting…

Advanced Art at Luther Burbank

By Alexandra Carbone April 23, 2018

I was so excited to see these signs that the Advanced Art class is finishing up for the garden! Most still have to put the names of the birds on, since as you can see they’ve been putting careful work into depicting the birds markings and creating visually appealing signs. These are made out of…

What a Honeybee Knows at Weemes

By Eleanor Goodrich April 21, 2018

Since the students have been studying pollination at Weemes, we took the time this week to learn more about our special pollinator friends, the honeybees. We talked about the complex hive democracy that honeybees use and how they work together to find nectar and make honey. Since honey bees can’t talk, they communicate with a…

Making hummus at the Community Garden with VBGC!

By Cindy Soto April 21, 2018

On Tuesday March 6th, VBGC members made HUMMUS!! I brought along with me many ingredients, the canned garbanzo beans, tahini, spices, and of course a food processor. The members learned what ingredients and how much goes for a little small batch of hummus. Members enjoyed it so much, that they didn’t leave without writing down…

Hands in the soil – Dominguez high

By Yancy Comins April 21, 2018

Plenty of helping hands doing some spring cleaning at Dominguez, before we harvest and prepare a quick in-class snack! We are doing well, keeping our stone fruit trees happy while they spring back up. We love seeing the volunteer fennel pop up by the compost bin. It’s magic when chamomile pops up after 3 months…

Flower Dissections at Mid-City

By Eleanor Goodrich April 21, 2018

The students have been asking where seeds come from and how they are made, so this week we went investigating! I helped point our classes in the right direction, but telling them that flowers make seeds, but they had to figure out how that happened. Each student got a flower and we dissected it to…

St. Patrick’s Harvest And Housekeeping

By Hillary Williams April 20, 2018

St. Patrick’s School retuned this week after a Spring Break and had we had our work cut out for us.   There was much weeding to do and lots to harvest.  The upper grades worked hard weeding and harvesting peas from our three massive pea vines.  They beat the heat with cucumbers, tajin and hummus.…

Why are greens important at Clifford Elem.

By Cindy Soto April 20, 2018

On Tuesday March 6th, it was all about greens! First, we planted some seedlings that were green, celery and lettuce. Then together we made a nice green salad with greens from the garden, some sorrel and lettuce. Students also learned some of the nutrients that greens contain, like fiber and calcium! -Ranger Cindy

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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