Building School Gardens Since 2011
An organic regenerative garden in every Los Angeles schoolyard
In harmony with nature, taking care of the soil + plants + animals.
No pesticides, fungicides or herbicides.
Over 200 schoolyards.
We make green schoolyards happen in Los Angeles.
Executive Director Tomas O’Grady built a small vegetable garden at Thomas Starr King Middle School in 2010 with an accompanying educational garden program and quickly discovered how it benefited the lives of students, staff and the surrounding community.
Our greenspaces improve aesthetics, boost morale and promote healthy living.
We build and take care of edible gardens in Los Angeles schools.
We think that every child in every school in this city ought to experience the joy of growing, harvesting, preparing and eating simple whole foods.
We are in a hurry.
We have created 200 + in 9 years. We are barreling towards 400.
School gardens improve air quality, increase exposure to the natural world, encourage environmental stewardship, and positively impact health and eating habits of students and the surrounding community. These gardens act as catalysts to show students just how versatile, delicious, and FUN healthy food can be, developing positive attitudes toward healthy, fresh food and increasing consumption of these foods. The startling obesity statistics in Metro Los Angeles alone demonstrate a strong need for access to simple whole foods through gardening.
We create and we maintain.
We do not build and run. Our Garden Rangers maintain the garden space weekly and provide place-based learning opportunities for students, offering lesson plans with topics such as nutrition, healthy living, gardening, and environmental stewardship. These garden classes help students establish an immediate connection between the process of growing fruits and vegetables and consuming these foods in our outdoor kitchens. With these gardens, the classroom is given local focus, tangible results, and involvement in inquiry-based education.
For many students, our school gardens are their only access to green, outdoor spaces in their neighborhood. By improving the environmental quality of their surroundings, children are more likely to succeed. We have seen first-hand how access to edible gardens can bring joy and community involvement.
A working edible garden in every Los Angeles School.
down to earth, no nonsense and hard working. We are irreverent and ambitious.
Food justice and food insecure
are words you will rarely hear from us. We know the issues. We focus on solutions. No further study needed. We know how we can help.
Step 1. Get gardens into schools.
Step 2. Engage kids.
We are all about action.
The kids. We strive to deliver a great product; a lush vegetable garden.
People who volunteer, intern and give. People who care. We have minimal staff. Our garden rangers fan out to 40 schools weekly. We respect our people by treating their time as precious. If you volunteer, we want you to be exhausted. We feel that if you are going to give up your day to help us and others then the least that we can do is make it worth your while.
With over 200 gardens built and a weekly educational Garden Ranger Program at 100 of these schools, EnrichLA connects over 60,000 students a year to the source of their food.
EnrichLA reaches over 10x as many schools as the next largest organization in LA. In fact, EnrichLA has the largest garden education program in the US. In the last two years, EnrichLA has also become the fasting-expanding garden education program in the nation, and we have no intention of slowing down.