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We're thrilled to announce that GSF's City Seedlings Summer Camp is back for another year, and you're officially invited to join the party!


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Want to take your Los Angeles school garden to the next level?

Apply now to our 3- day Garden Educator Training!  Our training will be hosted at your school site and will be completely tailored to your school’s needs. This custom training program will be facilitated by GSF in partnership with the Whole Kids Foundation. We'd love to share what we’ve learned in 11+ years of school garden education as we've inspired countless little chefs and gardeners across Los Angeles. Our workshops will include topics such as: garden maintenance and development, curriculum and lesson planning, child management in the outdoor classroom, volunteer and community outreach, and the sharing of valuable resources we gathered through years of our years of teaching and community engagement.

 

Has your school received a Whole Kids Foundation grant recently?  Even better!  Haven’t received a Whole Kids Foundation grant?  That’s okay too!  Email us and we’ll let you know how we can work together to bring our vital Garden Education Program to your school.


Email growingschools@gardenschoolfoundation.org to request an application!  Apply today; spaces are limited.  


Read more to see our three day workshop outlined below.  We look forward to hearing from you!
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As Ms. Gomez’s first grade students walk into the GSF classroom at Grand View Elementary School, they are immediately greeted by the sweet scent of fresh-cut limes and cilantro. It is the last cooking class of the day, and the students eagerly take their seats as Ms. Kathryn, the garden coordinator, describes the recipe they will make: pico de gallo.  

Outside the windows, students can see the school’s newest garden, a lush courtyard filled with raised beds of leafy greens and herbs. In this class, as in many of our lessons, the students will harvest these ingredients from the school garden.

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Morning is one of the most pleasurable times of day to spend in the garden.  In the morning, the garden is quiet, flooded with sun, damp with dew, and the heat of the day has yet to rise. On one such sunny morning, I meet with Yenny, an intern at GSF, to ask her a few questions about her experience working in the 24th Street Elementary Garden. 

As we talk, Yenny waters a row of carrots, weeds a bed of basil, and prepares a patch of dirt for a new crop of onions. The sun rises above us as she works the pitch fork. The soil yields. Yenny picks sun gold tomatoes. They are her favorite vegetable. “I love how sweet they are,” she says, “especially when they’re warm from the sun.” Earlier in the summer, Yenny helped plant these tomatoes. “One of the most inspiring things about gardening,” she says, “is that you’re creating all the time.” She feels satisfied whenever she sees the plants that she has nurtured prosper. “Even when it seems as if the world isn’t flourishing, the garden always is.”

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Join our movement at:

https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/plant-a-seed-grow-a-future

Have you ever stopped to look at seeds close up?  They can be incredibly tiny or remarkably fuzzy, plump or curved.  They hold everything they need to grow, all we have to do is give water and step back in awe at its perseverance.   

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The Garden School Foundation planted its first seed back in 2006 and now 10 years later we are still harvesting joy, laughter, hugs, lessons, and plenty of strawberries along the way.  Now it is your turn, your opportunity to help us plant the seeds for the next 10 years to come!  

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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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