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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
Six years ago Mr. Ortiz, the principal at Grand View Boulevard Elementary School, had a vision. He wanted to plant a vegetable garden for his students. As a native Angelino and veteran of the LASUD system, Mr. Ortiz understands the unique challenges students at his school face. For many children, the garden isn’t just a classroom; its also a sanctuary. As Mr. Ortiz notes, “The garden is a place where the children can feel good about the environment. They get to see the symbiotic relationship between our well-being and the environment’s well-being.
In times of unrest, it is often children who bring joy to our lives. Their insatiable curiosity and boundless sense of wonderment reminds us to live in the present. Children themselves, however, are often unaware of the power of their collective and individual voices. Here at Garden School Foundation, we empower children to trust and value their own voices.
For GSF to continue planting seeds and changing lives, we need your generous support. Please donate to our crowdfunding campaign: Grow a Future with Garden School Foundation.
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.