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Workday 3!

November 19 was our third workday of the school year. Both the sky and the forecast threatened rain, but we were determined to soldier on no matter what, and invited people to the garden rain or shine. But nature complied, as did our volunteer list. It never rained, but was cool enough that no one got too hot or miserable. We had at least 50 people there

We got huge amounts of work done. In the photo above, people are clearing our former melon and pumpkin patch of the final crops and the weeds that threatened to overrun that fertile soil. Once the weeds were gone, we planted cover crops of borrage and clover to stave of the grasses that want to take over, and replenish some of the nutrients our plants took out. The cover crops will grow there until we're ready to plant in the space again, at which time they'll be mixed directly into the soil and turned into compost right there on the spot. While the adults were using the big tools, the kids were working too.

They brought their little brothers and weeded...

 

...they dug holes, filled in holes, and looked for bugs... 

...and they planted peas.

We got an amazing amount of work done and our best turn out yet. It is so gratifying to see the pride the community -- students, parents, neighbors, everyone! -- takes in this garden that we love so much. At the end of the day, we were able to send families home with bags bursting with collard greens, chard, kale, mint and other herbs. All of which was grown in beds that were tended to at previous workdays. To everyone who came:Thank you so much for your help. To everyone else: see you next time, December 10th, 9 am!

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Harvest Moon

As I type this, I can hear the gentle chords of Neil Young's Harvest Moon playing in the background filling me up with fond memories of a night that just passed us by.  The Harvest Moon Celebration, Garden School Foundation's annual fundraiser, was this last Saturday.

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Work Day: January 30, 2010!



Happy New Year! GSF will be hosting the first monthly workday of 2010 on Saturday, 1/30 (9am -12pm) at the 24th Street School. Please mark your calendars. Bring your garden gear (garden gloves, some water, sunscreen, a shovel or pitchfork). We will continue our winter planting (including another 20 new fruit trees donated from Tree People!) in both the kitchen and California native gardens, build some infrastructure (benches, compost sifters, etc.), make new beds, and many other tasks.

The address is: 2055 West 24th Street, Los Angeles

From the I-10 Freeway: take the "Western Avenue" exit (3 miles west of downtown) and head south on Western. Take a right turn on 24th Street. The school and parking lot will be on the right-hand side on the east side of school. There will be plenty of street parking as well. Look for the banner reading "24th Street School Workday" and enter through those gates.

We look forward to seeing you then!

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Sustainable Gift/Bake Sale 2009

After a little break, GSF is back in the full swing of gardening with the kids! The garden welcomed our young farmers back from the winter break with tons of peas, snow peas, radishes, daikons, lettuce, wheat grass, and so much more! Would you believe the kids pulled the BIGGEST daikon ever from the ground and cooked it? It doesn't get any fresher than that!

Before we left, we had a sustainable gift/bake sale for the December workday event. Torrential downpour canceled the workday, but the gift/bake sale went on! Nat, Nancy, and Virginie manned 3 beautiful table filled with gorgeous baked goodies, locally made jams, rosemary/lavender salts, and other great holiday gifts. I brought my mother and she ended up purchasing a lot of gifts for our relatives. (FYI: lavender salt is great!)







Despite the typhoon going on around us, we still had a great success! We hope to do this again in the future.

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Upcoming December Work Day & Sustainable Holiday Gift Sale

UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to wet winter weather, GSF is canceling tomorrow's garden workday.  However, we are still hosting our sustainable holiday fair at the 24th Street School.  All proceeds will benefit the Garden School Foundation.  Our organic products include Frog Hollow Farm Jams, Eatwell Salts, San Marcos Farms, Avocado and Wild Sage Honeys, Intelligentsia Coffee, La Provence cupcakes, Adina Juices and an array of holiday cookies and fresh baked goods perfect for everyone's holiday entertaining or gift giving!

So although there's no work tomorrow, please come by and support GSF!



GSF will be hosting a Sustainable Holiday Gift Sale alongside our monthly workday this  Saturday, 12/12 (9-12) at the 24th Street Elementary School.

Our sale will be featuring amazing, sustainable organic products from Frog Hollow Farm Jams, Eatwell Salts, San Marcos Farms, Avocado and Wild Sage Honeys, Intelligentsia Coffee, La Provence cupcakes, Adina Juices and an array of holiday cookies and fresh baked goods perfect for everyone's holiday entertaining or gift giving!

So bring your shovel and work gloves, work up an appetite, and buy some delicious organic gifts on 12/12!

Thanks to everyone for coming out to our last workday.

Bring your garden gear (garden gloves, some water, sunscreen, a shovel or pitchfork).  We will be doing more winter planting, building some infrastructure, making new beds, and many other tasks.

Date: Saturday, 12/12/2009

Time: 9:00am- 12:00pm


The address is:  2055 West 24th Street, Los Angeles

Directions: From the I-10 Freeway:  take the "Western Avenue" exit (3 miles west of downtown) and head south on Western.  Take a right turn on 24th Street.  The school and parking lot will be on the right-hand side on the east side of school.  There will be plenty of street parking as well.  Look for the banner reading "24th Street School Workday" and enter through those gates.

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GSF Fundraiser: Eat and Drink for a Cause!

 

 

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Work Day: The Volunteer Experience

 

 

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November 2009: Work Day!

Thank you for everyone who came out to the 2nd work day of the year on Saturday! As usual, we got a lot of things done, including planting 15+ fruit trees! We now have plums, pear, and peach trees added to our fruit orchard. We also laid down some fresh hay, planted 6 more rosemary bushes around our Reading Circle, planted 6 new herb beds for the Herb Project, started a new compost pile, planted tons of new flower and veggie plugs, and started 2 new beds ready for planting! I'm always amazed by the power people can have when they get together to work towards a good cause! Thank you!

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October Work Day 2009

Last Saturday GSF was our first work day of the school year. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out! It was an amazing turn out and we had a lot of fun! The garden looks beautiful and as a community we were able to get so much done! With the help of the volunteers, we were able to start a meadow in the CA native edibles area, build a mountain of compost, dig up and resoil old plots, build new plots, paint new signs, plant new seeds, spread out tons of hay, and so much more. Great job community!

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First Garden Work Day of the School Year

 

 

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Featured

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!