The Garden School Foundations’ 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 week-long 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.
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.
Workdays are that exciting time once a month when we get to come together as a community, get dirt under our fingernails, volunteer our time planting, weeding, or installing new garden artwork, learn something new (each workday has cooking or gardening workshop) and eat delicious food!
We have so many great pictures below we’ll let them speak for themselves! But first, we’d like to share a timelapse of all the excitement.
We’d like to give a special thanks to Clarkie Photography for the incredible photos below documenting our March workday.
We have also had some great cooking demonstrations and would like to give a shout out to L.A. Kitchen and all the other individuals who have made our mouths water and fed us after some great garden projects. And, as always, thanks to all our volunteers for all that you make possible! We are so grateful and always so humbled by all we accomplish.
Hope to see you at our next workday April 18th! If you have a group you'd like to bring to any of our workdays, please email Shelby Crowell, our Development and Volunteer Management Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org . (We want to make sure we have enough projects for everyone!)
Don't forget to click the 'read more' button to see more great photos of our March Workday!
Our garden at 24th Street Elementary School is loving all the attention it’s getting after the holiday break!
All of our sites have been busy with new interns, new volunteers, our January workday, and a new 24th Street Garden Coordinator, Abigail Orosz! Help us welcome Abigail to our GSF Community!
Abigail comes from an environmental education background and has educated students and adults alike on the natural world on Catalina Island and St Thomas, and in Alaska, French Polynesia, San Diego, and now we are happy to have her in Los Angeles! She loves gardening, spending time outside biking and hiking, and hula hooping. She is so excited to join the very talented team at the Garden School Foundation! Come by the 24th Street garden and say hi to her!
Abigail has been working with students at 24th Street Elementary for the past few weeks, and the students there as well as those at our other sites have been busy with different projects depending on their grade. Our kindergartners learned the different parts of the plant a dance, while first graders made bird feeders to nourish the birds during the drier winter months when there is less food available for them. Second graders were busy exploring typical characteristics of different seasons and even reported on what it means to be in the winter season in LA (and how that might be different than what our cold friends in the North are experiencing!). Third graders loved making seed packets and harvesting different seeds to take home and experiment with, while fourth graders tested the pH of different areas of soil and compared native versus non-native soil.
We are excited to start cooking classes for these next two weeks at 24th Street and to eat some of those delicious plants we’ve been seeing around the garden!
Here was a particularly beautiful morning scene at the 24th Street Elementary School garden.