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Help us build an edible garden at John Adams Middle School in South Central Los Angeles!
Help us build an edible garden at John Adams Middle School in South Central Los Angeles!
52 backers pledged $2,695 to help bring this project to life.

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On October 8th, 2011 we are building an on-campus edible garden for the students at John Adams Middle School in South Central Los Angeles!  This garden will turn what was formerly an asphalt slab into a beautiful outdoor classroom, where students will learn nutrition, environmental awareness and science.  They will be able to learn about composting, water reclamation, life cycles, and the origin of the foods they eat, encouraging environmental stewardship and healthy, thoughtful eating habits.  In addition to the educational benefits of these gardens, they also enrich the aesthetic of the campus for children who are otherwise surrounded by concrete.  The garden experience provides a safe social setting for students to thrive; with gardens, the classroom is given local focus, tangible results, and involvement in inquiry-based education that can take place at each child’s own speed.

Below:  A photo of our little helper at the West Vernon Garden Build!

EnrichLA is a different kind of organization. We are all volunteer, we have zero overhead and we get things done. These funds will go directly toward building the new on campus edible garden at John Adams Middle School. We coordinate soil tests, asphalt removal, and purchase a 50/50 soil and compost mixture.  We design the on campus garden to suit the needs of staff and students, and purchase fruit, vegetable and native plants for harvesting.  We build raised beds for these plants and install fencing if needed.  On the garden build day, our volunteers come together to put all these pieces together so that by lunch time we have a beautiful and fertile environment prepared for these students to enjoy.

Garden projects bring science, math, and environmental concepts to life so children can see and understand what it is they are supposed to be learning.  Many children would have very little contact with the natural world without school garden and habitat exposure. This makes school garden projects even more important, and your help even more crucial!

Photos from our West Vernon Build:

This photo shows asphalt removal at John Adams Middle School!  

Dinner at Tomas O'Grady's "eco home" in Los Feliz

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    A SINCERE thank you from the EnrichLA team, all our volunteers, and the students that get to enjoy this wonderful garden!

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    Your name on a special "Donor" page of EnrichLA and in a featured post (which feeds to Facebook and Twitter) as an official donor to EnrichLA!

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    A ONE OF A KIND, hand-drawn note/picture from one of the students that has benefitted from an EnrichLA on campus garden! Also, your name on a special "Donor" page of EnrichLA and in a featured post (which feeds to Facebook and Twitter) as an official donor to EnrichLA!

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    Stainless steel reusable water bottle with "EnrichLA" logo on front! In addition to school gardens, we also promote the use of these reusable bottles, to avoid the billions of plastic water bottles that end up in landfills every year. The environment and EnrichLA will thank you! Also, your name on a special "Donor" page of EnrichLA and in a featured post (which feeds to Facebook and Twitter) as an official donor to EnrichLA!

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    A limited edition 8x10 high quality print of an image captured in one of our school gardens, with a signed thank you from our founders, Tomas O'Grady and Leonardo Chalupowicz. You will have a variety to choose from. Also, your name on a special "Donor" page of EnrichLA and in a featured post (which feeds to Facebook and Twitter) as an official donor to EnrichLA!

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    A one time delivery of handpicked herbs from one of our edible gardens! Depending on season and harvest, this could include mint, oregano, parsley, among others. You may also find a surprise fruit or vegetable if we have a good harvest! Also, your name on a special "Donor" page of EnrichLA and in a featured post (which feeds to Facebook and Twitter) as an official donor to EnrichLA!

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    COMPOST IN A BAG! A quart sized bag filled with super rich soil with micro organisms and worms that will kickstart your garden and help it thrive. Good soil is the basis for a productive and healthy garden. This compost is directly from one of our original school gardens at Micheltorena Elementary! Also, your name on a special "Donor" page of EnrichLA and in a featured post (which feeds to Facebook and Twitter) as an official donor to EnrichLA!

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    A jar of organic, locally grown (Silver Lake) honey from our co-founder Leonardo Chalupowicz's urban bee hive! Also, your name on a special "Donor" page of EnrichLA and in a featured post (which feeds to Facebook and Twitter) as an official donor to EnrichLA!

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    On Saturday, October 8th, after the John Adams Middle School Garden Build, you and a guest will be welcomed for dinner and drinks at founder Tomas O'Grady's "eco" house in Los Feliz, CA. You will be surrounded by good company in this beautiful outdoor setting with views of Griffith Park! Limited to Los Angeles residents; transportation not provided. Also, your name on a special "Donor" page of EnrichLA and in a featured post (which feeds to Facebook and Twitter) as an official donor to EnrichLA!

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    A limited edition one time print book of professional photos taken from the John Adams Middle School garden build! Your name will be listed on a special page of the book thanking you for your donation! Also, your name on a special "Donor" page of EnrichLA and in a featured post (which feeds to Facebook and Twitter) as an official donor to EnrichLA!

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    A visit from our co-founder, Leonardo Chalupowicz, where he will provide you with a 2 hour garden or home design consultation. Leonardo is an AIA, LEED AP certified architect who helps design our on-campus edible gardens. Limited to Los Angeles residents. Also, your name on a special "Donor" page of EnrichLA and in a featured post (which feeds to Facebook and Twitter) as an official donor to EnrichLA!

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