The Edible School Garden at Mt. Washington Elementary School exists because of passionate school community engagement and hard work.
We have a variety of garden spaces on campus, the two main spaces are the lower garden (main yard) and upper garden (beside and behind kindergarten classes.) In previous years, each classroom had a designated garden bed that was maintained and nurtured by the students, the parent garden volunteers and the teachers. This school-year (2016-2017) the classes will work together to grow one shared garden. New this year, we have partnered with EnrichLA. Their Garden Ranger, Ryley Schlachter, supported by teachers and parent volunteers, will provide classroom instruction and garden club on Fridays assuring every student has the chance to learn in the garden.
Each classroom will have six weeks of garden instruction by EnrichLA.
These classes are a great time to volunteer in the classroom. EnrichLA will also run a weekly garden club during lunch on Fridays and parent volunteers can also assist during this time. Enrich LA will utilize the lower garden in the main yard.
Each class still needs a parent garden representative.
The garden reps form the garden committee along with other interested school staff or community members. The garden committee supports the garden in many ways including maintenance, classroom support, fundraising, events, etc. The garden rep acts as the liaison between the garden committee and their classroom. The garden committee has three general meetings a year, brings gardening activities to the classroom and creates volunteer teams to address the needs of the school garden. First meeting is Friday, September 16th at 8:15 AM in the lower garden.
Finally, please sign-up for a produce box through Farm Fresh to You.
Fresh produce will be delivered right to your house. Go to the website: farmfreshtoyou.com and use the promo code: fomws to help sustain the school garden (10% goes directly to the garden.) Another popular way to support the garden is to bring your recyclable bottles and cans to school every Monday. Our dedicated Green Team collects and returns them and all proceeds go to the garden.
If you have a talent, a passion, a project idea or just a curiosity for gardening, please e-mail or call Jessica Judd, email@example.com or 323-547-2359. All skill levels are welcome! Looking forward to a great year!
Your Parent Garden Rangers,
Jessica and Greg
Organic gardening with the children at Mt. Washington Elementary School
Since its inception in 2009, the Edible School Garden at Mt. Washington Elementary School has become integral to the core academic mission of the school. The garden helps bring alive every subject from reading and writing to science and art, not to mention the practice of healthy eating habits. It creates a level of hands-on education in which children themselves do the work in the vegetable beds as it awakens their senses and opens their minds both to core academic subjects and to the world around them.
Each class at Mt. Washington Elementary School can have their own planter box where the children learn about gardening. With parent volunteers help, they are involved in the entire process from seed planting to harvesting, when they get to enjoy the fruits or in most classes the vegetables of their labor with a salad party.
CLICK HERE for Enrich LA rotation dates for your child's class and upcoming events.
Go to our blog at mwschoolgarden.wordpress.com to learn more about the activities we do with the children at school and how you can help! There are many resources for garden reps here.
Join as a volunteer! Contact your child's teacher or email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below.
Join our Garden Rep forum: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/mwesgardencommunity.
Visit our garden blog: mwschoolgarden.wordpress.com
A special thank you to:
- Orchard Supply Hardware in South Pasadena for donating seeds!
- Home Depot in Glassell Park for donating gardening materials & soil!
JOIN THE EDIBLE GARDEN AT OUR SCHOOL!
Ms. Lowery's Fifth Grade students did a soil investigation this week. They worked to answer the question, "How do I know when my compost is ready to be used?" Students used large screens to sift the contents of their compost bin, harvesting rich, dark, earthy smelling compost that they will add to their garden beds here at school. Students also used magnifying lenses to observe the numerous decomposers they discovered during the process.