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We’re already looking forward to Harvest Moon '15, the Garden School's annual benefit and garden-inspired dinner! Save the date for an afternoon of garden-festivities, a chef-curated locavore banquet, amazing music and more, coming right up on October 18th.

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The key to a great party is delicious food and our amazing restaurant partners made it an event to remember, exceeding the expectations of the most discerning foodies in attendance with a wide range of inspired and creative dishes.

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How can you tell it’s fall in sunny LA? Here at the Garden School, our bountiful harvests of figs, apples, pears and pomegranates tip us off that summer is coming to an end. And we're getting ready to welcome our little gardeners and cooks into the garden for another school year- and that means a full schedule of fun Community Garden Days, of course!

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Every year, GSF invites our friends, families and community into the garden for our Fiesta de la Huerta, an inspiring celebration and show of gratitude for all that we've accomplished throughout the year. Our students and their families enjoyed engaging & educational garden stations, field games, arts & crafts, delicious food, live music and a raffle to wrap it all up! We are truly thankful for all our sponsors and volunteers who made this wonderful and heartwarming afternoon possible!

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The Garden School Foundation's City Seedling Summer Camp uses our Seed-to-Table philosophies to encourage play, exploration and learning in our 2 acres of beautiful school gardens. During our two sessions in June, campers will be welcomed to our landmark 24th Street school garden for an exciting week of cooking, gardening and science activities, outdoor games and arts & crafts. Campers will leave our day camp with new cooking and gardening skills, new friends, an appreciation for nature and an understanding of where their food comes from.

 

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Stay tuned; we'll be announcing the 2016 dates soon!

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Exciting things are taking shape over at 24th Street Elementary! Not only do we now have a new and improved compost system as of our last workday (thank you volunteers!), but, we are happy to announce the introduction of GSF's Cafeteria- to- Compost program! 

Since March 17th, with only 5 days of composting lunch food waste, we have already composted over 125 pounds of food waste!!  Mind you, this is just the beginning as this is only the waste from two classes.  We will gradually be adding more and more classes until all of the lunch food waste from the whole school can be composted.  Pretty exciting stuff!!

We are thrilled about this development for two reasons: not only will our in-school composting program take GSF’s garden lessons full circle (healthy veggies growing-> nutritious food -> scraps composted -> nutrient rich soil -> healthy veggies growing), it will also decrease the school’s environmental footprint, divert tens of thousands of pounds of food waste from landfills, and make nutritious soil for our garden. Talk about bragging rights!

Still not sure what composting is?  Feel free to come by 24th Street and see our compost system in action for yourself! Or continue reading for great information on how to start up your own composting program.

 

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Please watch this fantastic video the wonderful folks at Andrew Jackson Elementary made to raise $5k for the Seed to Table program at their school!


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