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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