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.
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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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Our Pico de Gallo is a simple, delicious dish that we make every year with our 1st Grade classes. The recipe is always a crowd favorite. Have some fun in the kitchen this afternoon with your kids and try our fresh Pico de gallo for yourself.