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Algebra,Botany and the Kids
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Section 62.169 (b) of the Los Angeles Municipal Code no permit required for edible Native Plants LA Parkways
Section 62.169 (b) of the Los Angeles Municipal Code no permit required for edible Native Plants LA Parkways


Lupine/lupin Native plant for good soil health-Some have used this tea in order to maintain good health. The most people have used it alongside medication and radiation treatment for cancer.
Lupine/lupin Native plant for good soil health-Some have used this tea in order to maintain good health. The most people have used it alongside medication and radiation treatment for cancer.


mosquitos are repelled by many native plants candula marigold is ony one
mosquitos are repelled by many native plants candula marigold is ony one



edible native flowers botany kids and math Los Angles California objectives and Goals
edible native flowers botany kids and math Los Angles California objectives and Goals


"There is something visually calming having street plants that are native  (low maintenance) and edible"
"There is something visually calming having street plants that are native (low maintenance) and edible"

   home school artisan clubs #BlackLivesMatter

Native plants are plants indigenous to a given area in geologic time. This includes plants that have developed, occur naturally, or existed for many years in an area (trees, flowers, grasses, and other plants).

Benefits of Native Plants

Native vegetation evolved to live with the local climate, soil types, and animals. This long process brings us several gardening advantages.

Save Water: Once established, many native plants need minimal irrigation beyond normal rainfall. Low Maintenance: Low maintenance landscaping methods are a natural fit with native plants that are already adapted to the local environment. Look forward to using less water, little to no fertilizer, little to no pesticides, less pruning, and less of your time. Pesticide Freedom: Native plants have developed their own defenses against many pests and diseases. Since most pesticides kill indiscriminately, beneficial insects become secondary targets in the fight against pests. Reducing or eliminating pesticide use lets natural pest control take over and keeps garden toxins out of our creeks and watersheds. Wildlife Viewing: Native plants, birds, butterflies, beneficial insects, and interesting critters are “made for each other.” Research shows that native wildlife prefers native plants. Support Local Ecology: As development replaces natural habitats, planting gardens, parks, and roadsides with California natives can provide a “bridge” to nearby remaining wildlands.

Beautiful natural landscapes in California, including the scenic National Parks here, display authentic California flora. Your life can too.

Algebra Works Civil rights issues: RE: food anxiety and being free to be outside.PROBLEM: Urban Kids need ALGEBRA BY THIRD GRADE As Bob Moses, founder of the Algebra Project points out, algebra is the new civil righst issue of 2016 and beyond. I see as the leading cause of the high-highschool and college drop out rates. The pressure of trying to pass Algebra somehow transforms or metabolizes into Prisoner's working for free on jobs they weren't allowed to come to in the free market for a livable wage. (Notably, If you can't feed your family you may resort to methods not sanctioned by the State in order  to do so). SOLUTION:

Urban edible Native Plant Program with Algebra works
Urban edible Native Plant Program with Algebra works

ALGEBRA OUR WAY TODAY: Use of the project as a bridge interface to poverty and food stability and the essentials of algebraic thinking, this project bridges logical thinking, math lessons and solving and implementing real life endeavors. For example, conflict resolution and innate creativity implementations and  we can think our way through the stepping-stones called tests. One objective is to inspire students who have trouble visualizing textbook examples using interactive models to demonstrate basic mathematical principles? At the same time kids problem solve using individual skills and group participation in the urban garden made available by the city of Los Angeles on residential streets as an exercise in working together for the common good. The bases for community development and cooperation is in the hearts of the children.Residential Parkway Landscaping -The garden-provides a plethora of opportunities to practice basic mathematical functions such as calculations, comparisons, and measurements using hands-on activities. In the garden, you can then translate collected data into a wide variety of charts, graphs, and reports. Unlike textbook examples that may not relate to students' experiences, math becomes both practical and relevant when students implement concepts they have learned in the classroom in a real-life garden setting. This is especially true when they see how applying math, such as calculating how many seeds to plant in a pot or determining the amount or the composition of soil to use, affects the growth of their plants and the ability to wok together for a common goal: beautiful food. Result: Baby does algebra! Baby can eat a healthy tasty fulfilling diet. Algebra is Art! Art is architecture. Architecture is a lifetime skill learned by participating in Residential Parkway Landscaping Native Plant Program (RPLNPP) in the city of Los Angeles."I have written extensively on this site : about edible flowers, both cultivated and wild. Here 103 previous separate entries about wild flowers are in one spot.

Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges
In Colonial America, Slaves were not allowed to grow their own food, assemble in groups, or to earn their own money.

As of today there is hope. LA City Councilman Bernard Parks and Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti have approved the planting of CA native plant species that are low maintenance and drought tolerant on residential parkways. Residential parkways are exempt from the General Permit Requirements The rule change is the culmination of years of advocacy by community groups. They have been pushing the city to make it easier for residents -- especially in poorer, crowded neighborhoods -- to grow their own food. The city council began working on rule change nearly two years ago. The term “parkway” is defined as the area of the street between the back of curb and the sidewalk that is typically planted or landscaped. In accordance with Section 62.169 (b) of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, “No permit is required by the owner of property fronting the parkway portion of the street in an area zoned for residential use in order for the owner to remove existing shrubs and plants...and replace the shrubs and plants with landscaping, including edible plant materials....”. Our challenge is to convince the mayor and the president that we can edify the city. First, We want to convince the mayor with a video rendition to pay the value of the city youth $15 per hour to cover the whole city with edible native plants at residential parkways, if we can. We need your support. If we can convince you, we have a better chance to convince the congress, as well.

Which brings us to why we came to kickstarter and why are we looking to raise $2,500? Well, to do college you will first need to communicate your ideas algebraically. In order to do anything you will need to eat. We want to complete and distribute a professional film so that we can share with others how our community can meet the above thresholds. We want to share this experience, knowledge and edification with all of you. Funding for the video is the purpose of this Kick Starter. The video will depict strategies that meet the implementation of the goal: show reduction overall food anxiety and being able to freely be outside. More /permanent funding for overall implementation i.e. pay $15 per hour forward to student(s)/labor force to improve CA water problems via introduction native plants that clean water soil and air with overall measurable improvement in the environment that feed people and create knowledge, skills and ability for jobs outside this community . Slaves were not allowed to grow their own food, assemble in groups, or to earn their own money. Considering that a curbside is an underutilized strip of land between the sidewalk and the street, the regulations were a point of contention in lower-income neighborhoods, which often lack green space and access to fresh, healthy foods.
However, urban farmers have reason to cheer. The L.A. City Council has voted to allow Angelinos to plant fruits and vegetables in their parkways - that strip of city-owned land between the sidewalk and the street - without a permit. Fruit trees, however, will still require a permit.
Until now, planting anything other than grass or certain shrubs on that strip required a $400 permit, and homeowners were often fined for not complying. But the ordinance approved Wednesday says people can replace shrubs or grass with edible plants like fruits and vegetables, as long as they follow the city’s guidelines for landscaping parkways.
LA City Council approves curbside planting of fruits and vegetables L.A. New City Ordinance: 183474, Sec .62.169. (b): In accordance with Section 62.169 (b) of the Los Angeles
Municipal Code, “No permit is required by the owner of property fronting the parkway portion of the street in an area zoned for residential use in order for the owner to remove existing shrubs and plants and replace the shrubs and plants with landscaping, including edible plant materials..."owners or occupants of residentially zoned properties may install shrub and ground cover plant materials within parkways fronting their properties without the need to obtain a permit, while still being held responsible for maintenance.

Help inner city youth produce a video that illustrates
1. how edible wild flowers Sure beat mowing more lawn;
2. Set a positive example to the world as to how to take care of each other, as neighbors;
3. Display working knowledge of math expressions (the language of algebra),develop conceptual understandings, utilizing specific skills, and problem solving, that is to think algebraically and to use math to communicate big ideas. Math will become more understandable when you see the specific applications!. For the individual seeking a life work, there are innumerable opportunities in the field of botany:
botany: the scientific study of plants, including their physiology, structure, genetics, ecology, distribution, classification, and economic importance.
the plant life of a particular region, habitat, or geological period.
"the botany of North America"

SYSTEMS ECOLOGY, uses mathematical models to demonstrate concepts like nutrient cycling. Use mathematical modeling and analysis to study the various aspects of the dynamics of plant populations and their seed banks.

For example: 2nd Grade

Coneflower Farm (Part 1)
Wanda has a coneflower farm. In each row she has 12 coneflower plants there are 4 rows. How many coneflower plants does she have
in all?
Coneflower Plant Farm (Part 2)
Wanda wants to double the size of her coneflower farm each year. How many plants will she have in all after
1 year, after 2 years, after 3 years? then Record your strategies on an array
1 year
2 years
3 years

Mathematics has enabled farming to be more economically efficient and has increased productivity. Farmers use mathematics as a system of organization to effectively utilize their time and manage their money. Farmers use numbers everyday for a variety of tasks, from measuring and weighing, to land marking. I intend to explore some of the ways math is used in farming.

Math on the Farm

Botany, like all science, uses math to find correlations to predict and clarify future results. The basic use of math is statistical; mutation rates, quantitative genetics, modeling, dendrochronology, etc.
The more creative parts with math are the Fibonacci numbers in the growth spirals, the fractals in the leaves, and the multiples of 3 found in petals in monocots.
Gardens offer dynamic, beautiful settings in which to integrate every discipline, including science, math, reading, environmental studies, nutrition, and health. Incorporating agriculture into the classroom helps students understand how humans interact with the environment and how food is grown. Further, agriculture and school gardening promotes awareness of healthy eating, helps students’ master science concepts, and exposes students to agricultural job opportunities. By designing, cultivating, and harvesting school gardens, students experience deeper understanding of natural systems and become better stewards of the earth.
Lance Omeje, Teacher Yokomi Elementary School Fresno, CA

“My students will never remember the chapter in the math textbook on double-digit division, but they will always remember the year they grew carrots and used their division skills to figure out how many carrots each student in fourth and fifth grade got to take home.
Jesse David Johnson Tulare County EducatorCalifornia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom conference attendee

The garden is a tool to provide real-life experiences in reading and math, and an opportunity for teachers to extend learning beyond the classroom. In addition, the garden is a vehicle to help ‘harder-to-reach’ students
form a positive connection with our school. Participating in our garden
program has boosted their self- esteem and academic performance.
Lawrence Quismondo Samuel Kennedy Elementary School
Sacramento, CA

From: California School Garden Network

inner city youth along with the city can curb water usage and boost curb appeal by replacing grass/curb-side with an edible garden of California native plants, wildflowers; succulents and cacti; permeable pathways; or mulch.

• Students demonstrated improved math skills. The benefits of the program are both immediate and long term, as the students use their new knowledge to help them succeed during the school year.

Gardens for Learning: Linking Gardens to School Curriculum
The garden provides a plethora of opportunities to practice basic mathematical activities such as calculations, comparisons, measurements, and varied representations of data (charts, graphs, etc.). Math becomes practical and relevant when students implement concepts they have learned in the classroom in a real-life garden setting. Designing and planting a garden takes mathematical problem solving and practice. The hands-on applications presented by gardening activities can help to motivate students often confused by abstract textbook questions and examples. Here are a few math activity ideas:
Youth will
• Measure the growth rates of plants and display results on different types
of graphs. Make predictions regarding future growth. Use standard and
nonstandard units of measurement.
• Host a bean race. Plant a number of beans at the base of a trellis and track their growth on a chart. Determine the rate of growth and award the fastest plant a blue ribbon.• Using information from seed catalogs, predict dates of germination and maturity.• Plan backward from a desired harvest date to determine when each crop should be planted.• Measure your garden parameters and calculate the area. Use graph paper to make a map to scale of your garden.• Calculate amounts of fertilizer to use per quart and per liter of water.
Chart temperatures of the air and soil in your garden in Fahrenheit and centigrade.
• Determine the weight and volume of soil mix when wet and dry. Determine the volume of soil in a rectangular window box.
• Investigate vegetable prices in a supermarket. Track the amount of produce harvested in your garden and use the market prices to determine the value of your harvest.
• Count the number of seeds planted and the number of seeds that sprout and calculate the germination rate.
• Measure the height of a group of plants and determine the mean, median,
and mode.
• Calculate serving sizes of different fruits and vegetables using common
cooking supplies.
• Make a recipe that uses fruits and vegetables from the garden and requires various measuring techniques

What’s in it for the customer?
Through the city's Landscape Incentive Program, the Department of Water and Power is offering homeowners $2 per square foot of grass removed
A more productive front yard also means you'll help save the bees and other pollinators by providing them with a local food source; in turn, they'll provide you with a bounty of food in the garden.
Some plants — such as artichokes, rhubarb, lemongrass, and rosemary — are not only perennial, they also make attractive landscaping plants that cover a wide area. If you plan to live on your property for the long term, citrus trees, berry shrubs, tropical fruits (like bananas and avocados), and perennial herbs (like bay and mint) are worthy investments with delicious returns year after year. If you prefer more of a cottage garden look, you can interplant edible flowers (borage, nasturtiums, violets) and herbs (basil, parsley, cilantro) among your flower bulbs. With proper mulching, your edible garden will generally only need an inch of water each week.
(ZIKA, Malaria Good NEWS)
Lemon Grass – Cymbopogon citrates – containing citronella, a natural oil that repels mosquitoes.
Home cooks love rosemary as much as insects hate it.)
Create a natural barrier with plants and repel pesky mosquitoes and other bugs. Potted specimens of Citronella geraniums, Citronella grass, Lemon grass, Rosemary, Marigolds, Lavender, Basil, Mint, or Society Garlic are very effective when placed around the porch or patio. Cedar trees also create a large insect repellent barrier when planted in the yard!
Not only will the youth prosper, the customer community will save money , you'll also save water. According to LADWP, an estimated 40% of water use is outdoors, with most of that used to irrigate lawns.
1.Pretty, indeed, and smart too. “Planted parkways have become, quite literally, curb appeal."
2. Increase property value.
After one of the driest winters on record in Southern California, that means less water to go around but more water needed to keep your landscaping lush. Instead of giving more water to that thirsty lawn, get rid of it completely — and even get paid to do it.
We want to produce a video to convince the city to put our young people to work and at the same time earning the taxpayer money in the run.
No matter the location, low maintenance and proper scale are crucial.
"It's important to keep the sidewalk clear and retain the sense of open neighborliness peculiar to this area," "Plant selection is often a matter of self-defense," says Van Nuys designer Meshekoff. "People will pick flowers and whole plants, even pebbles."
To bring flowers -- and butterflies -- closer to eye level, Meshekoff built a berm and filled the pocket garden with brilliant colors: purple butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii), orange desert honeysuckle (Anisacanthus thurberi), deep amethyst autumn sage (Salvia greggii), bronzy Phormium 'Jack Sprat,' plus daylilies and grasses.yellow and red-orange cultivars of tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica), specifically for monarch butterflies. Lavin has noticed the monarchs prefer the red-orange milkweed, and for camouflage, they spin their gossamer chrysalises on the shimmering silver foliage of Artemisia 'Powis Castle.'
Native poppies and globe gilias are starting to fade in the strips corner lots, but the show isn't over. pocket garden includes deer grass (Muhlenbergia rigens), beargrass (Nolina parryi), aromatic sages, baby oak trees and a soft carpet of yarrow. hummingbird and butterfly magnets -- lots of pink and coral clarkias and penstemons with lavender pink Verbena lilacina 'De La Mina.' is very pretty. Get Rid of Your Lawn in Los Angeles County

Here are a few attractive alternatives to grass:

1. Marigold, Calendula
used to treat conjunctivitis, blepharitis, eczema, gastritis, minor burns including sunburns, warts, and minor injuries such as sprains and wounds. It has also been used to treat cramps, coughs, and snake bites. Calendula has a high content of flavonoids, chemicals that act as anti-oxidants in the body. Anti-oxidants are thought to protect body cells from damage caused by a chemical process called oxidation. Oxidation produces oxygen free radicals, natural chemicals that may suppress immune function. Calendula has been considered beneficial in reducing inflammation and promoting wound healing. It has been used to treat a variety of skin diseases and has been seen effective in treatment of skin ulcerations, eczema, juvenile acne and dry phthiriasis. Improvement has been seen in as little as 3-4 days of treatment according to the Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie. ( ;

2. Cloudberry rubus chamaeorus The ripe fruits are golden-yellow, soft and juicy, and are rich in vitamin C. When eaten fresh, cloudberries have a distinctive tart taste. When over-ripe, they have a creamy texture somewhat like yogurt and a sweetened flavor. Some of the most important health benefits of cloudberry include its ability to protect against cardiovascular disease, detoxify the body, strengthening the immune system, preventing certain cancers, slows the signs of aging, stimulates circulation, prevents diabetes, and improves digestion. ;

3. Nasturtium Flowers leaves are still used to treat bladder and kidney ailments, for colds, coughs, flu, sore throats and bronchitis. Throughout the years, the leaves and flowers have been used as a cure for scurvy and blood disorders. Ancient South Americans used the nasturtium as a hair- growth supplement. It has now been scientifically proven that the juice from the flowers and buds stimulates the tiny capillaries of the scalp.;

4. Fireweed -Epilobium angustifolium syn. (Chamaenerion angustifolium)
Although fireweed has been used for therapeutic purposes, the greatest benefit offered by this plant to mankind is in the form of a food. fireweed is occasionally considered to be a weed, this herb has been used in the form of a medicinal herb since a long time. Fireweed is known to possess hypnotic, antispasmodic, tonic and even laxative attributes. In addition, the herb encloses agents that help in the contraction of tissues and also soothe the skin and make it softer when it is applied externally. In the past, the therapeutic uses of fireweed comprised taking the extracts of the herb orally, frequently in the form of a tea or infusion, to treat problems related to the prostate and bladder. It was also taken for treating problems, such as enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia as well as a variety of gastrointestinal problems, including diarrhea and dysentery. Since fireweed possesses astringent as well as demulcent properties, it is useful for treating colitis, mucous and also irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Fireweed has also been employed to prepare an ointment to comfort or ease skin disorders in children. In Germany and Austria, fireweed has been used to cure prostate problems since long. Traditionally this herb is also used for external application in the form of a comforting, cleansing as well as a curative agent to heal trivial burn injuries, ulcers, skin rashes and several other irritations and afflictions of the skin. -used as tea substitute

5. Fonio; the crop that holds the answer to the world’s food crisis!!
its medical properties have been proven to manage diabetes and obesity (;

6. enchinacea cone flower 9 Echinacea Benefits from Colds to Cancer ( ; day lilies contain the following: protein, phosphorous, calcium, sodium, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin and Niacin. It is said that day lilies have more Vitamin C and protein than asparagus, and is therefore also known as ‘poor man’s asparagus’. - See more at:;

7. Ammi flowers, Khella (Ammi visnaga), Khella high blood pressure, kidney stones and some others Visnagin, an active constituent found in Ammi visnaga, has been used as an herbal treatment for low blood pressure and blocked blood vessel contraction by inhibition of calcium influx into blood cells..;

8. crowberry 15 Amazing Health Benefits Of Crowberries empetrum;nigrum;

9. garlic chives flowers; the herbs bloom beautiful white flowers. The flowers look so good that they are used in floral bouquets. Medicinal Use :
• The herb is consumed to reduce stress and fatigue.
• It has been used in vogue since ancient days as an antidote to poisons that are injected in the body.
• Paste of the herb is used on wounds, and cuts. It heals them faster.
• The herb also stops bleeding.
• It is used in treatment of liver, kidney, and digestion problems.

10. Lupins, are thought to secrete acids into the soil that put phosphorus (P) into a more soluble, plant-usable form. Keeping phosphorus in an organic form is the most efficient way to keep it cycling in the soil. So the return of any plant or animal residue to the soil helps maintain P availability. Cover crops also help retain P in your fields by reducing erosion.

11. Alyssum flowers white sweet alyssum attracts the most beneficial insects. shades the soil, keeping it moist, which allows the soil to support the beneficial organisms that live in the soil.; Living mulch will also cut down on weeding.

12. Rocket eruca sativa Salad rocket is rich in vitamin C, an important and powerful antioxidant with benefits for body cells and skin health.. unique – it’s also a secret sexy food that’s a revered libido booster! ;

13. Native poppies the major health properties of this herb are sedative, analgesic and antispasmodic in action. ( ;

14. Yarrow flowers stopping bleeding, stopping pain, preventing infection - ;

15. Camellia sinensis, green tea improved brain function, fat loss, and a lower risk of cancer-

The Medicinal Uses of Our Land Benefits and preparation techniques for harvesting traditional medicinal plants in the Fort Good Hope region, Northwest Territories

Nicole @Little Blog on the Homestead says
December 17, 2014 at 9:32 pm
I love a yard I can eat � we live on a tiny suburban lot and so our front yard is our garden
Lisa says

January 3, 2016 at 4:51 pm
I am attempting to do a grass-free, edible landscape (as perennial & ornamental as possible in the front yard, veggies in the back).
I LOVE the alyssum, swiss chard & Echinacea combo. SO pretty. Have you other combinations you could share with me for the front (more ornamental edible) yard?

Vicki Green says
January 15, 2016 at 11:02 pm
I love beautiful edible landscapes. There is no reason not to choose edible plants since so many are attractive, too.

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