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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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.
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!
Even though the season is taking a turn for the chilly, (read: harvests of pumpkins and fresh apples!) we’re already excited for our City Seedlings Summer Camp 2016; getting ready for another 2 weeks of whipping up delicious recipes from the garden, learning science through interactive garden-activities, and exploring the outdoors with active games and arts & crafts. Put these dates in your calendar now- it’ll be summer before you know it!
Week 1: June 20th-June 24th, 2016
Week 2: June 27th- July 1st, 2016
Enrollment begins on February 1st! For more info, or to schedule a site visit, contact Shelby at email@example.com.
GSF is passionate about the important work that we do at our school sites around Los Angeles, so it is particularly exciting when we can bring two of those sites together in one of our beautiful gardens! On December 3rd, we welcomed a group of kindergartners from 24th Street Elementary to our greenhouse at Widney Career and Transition Center, a school which provides vocational training and instructional programs for students with developmental disabilities ages 18 to 22. The greenhouse is home to our new Greenhouse Program, a collaboration between GSF and Widney, which teaches these students how to plant and care for seedlings.
We couldn't be more excited to invite you to the Garden School's 10th annual fundraiser and chef-curated dinner, Harvest Moon! Our Harvest Moon Celebration brings the community together in support of the Garden School Foundation's mission to provide garden-based education to children in underserved communities across Los Angeles. Our garden-inspired and chef-driven multi-course tapas style dinner is the focal point of this magical evening in the garden. In addition, we will provide enchanting garden activities, an engaging program, lively music, swag bags and a live auction, coming together in a magical evening of support, inspiration, and gratitude. We hope you'll be able to join us!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our development director, Robin Moler for details firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 722-7657.