On a beautiful spring day, garden mentors Emmanuelle Chriqui, Amy Smart, and Carter Oosterhouse dropped in for a visit to the Cochran Middle School Garden.
The garden was built in late 2011 and is sponsored by EMA and Tiffany & Co. and supported by the LA Conservation Corps. The garden was recently harvested so Amy, Carter, Emmanuelle and the student gardeners spent the afternoon replanting some herbs and inspecting the plants (like watermelon and tomatoes) that should start to bloom in the next few months.
Toyota of Hollywood is a proud sponsor of Helen Bernstein’s beautiful garden. EMA Young Hollywood Board Member and garden mentor, Rachelle Lefevre (“Twilight’s Victoria) and EMA President Debbie Levin helped out with some planting last month. Check it out!
EMA Young Hollywood Board Member and School Garden Mentor, Malin Akerman was so inspired by the school gardens she’s visited that she decided to plant a vegetable garden at home. With the help of garden expert, Kathy Kellogg Johnson and a quick visit to Sunset Nursery, the two got right down to planting. Check out the video below!
The UTA sponsored garden at University High School has only been around for one year but is already in full bloom and growing rapidly. The garden is completely student-run and supervised by the very impassioned and knowledgeable, Kerri Eich.
EMA Young Hollywood Board Member and garden mentor, Emily VanCamp got a tour of the lush garden, learned about the different ways the garden is used as an interactive learning device, and even picked up some tips for her home garden.
Check out the video below to hear what Emily has to say about why school gardens are essential for so many reasons. Continue reading →
Young Hollywood Board Chair and garden mentor, Amy Smart, visited the beautiful garden at Carthay Center Elementary School on Thursday. The garden was in full bloom with fruit trees, a giant mulberry bush, carrots, herbs, grapes, lettuce, artichokes, fava beans, tropical fruit trees including papayas and bananas, and much much more.
The garden has been around since 2006 and has made a big impact on the way students learn about their natural surroundings. In fact, the hands-on experience of working in a garden has helped improve the school’s overall science scores by nearly 60% in a single year!
Over the last year, the LA Conservation Corps has partnered with EMA to build eight school gardens in the greater Los Angeles area as part of EMA’s School Garden Program. The latest garden was built in January in downtown LA at Metropolitan High School, the largest alternative high school in the district. Ten raised garden beds were installed to function as an outdoor laboratory for the school’s new horticulture class.
The LA Corps is a 25 year-old nonprofit that provides job skills training, paid work experience and educational opportunities for under-served youth, ages 14 – 24 years old. Corps members in the Young Adult program are working towards their high school diploma while gaining marketable skills and providing valuable service to the community. In addition to building gardens, the corps members plant trees, remove graffiti, clean-up trash and debris from the community and the Los Angeles River, build hiking trails, remove invasive vegetation to restore habitats and mitigate fires, rescue sea life in Redondo Beach, and install water efficient landscaping and rainwater catchment systems. Continue reading →