Micheltorena students, parents, teachers and neighbors, partner EnrichLA, with donations from the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, Councilmember Eric Garcetti and others, are proud to host a school / community garden that replaced the parking lot located on the corner of Micheltorena Street and Sunset Boulevard in November, 2010.
We are having a great time in the garden with parents, teachers, kids and neighbors. Think you’d like to get your hands dirty with us? Watch the action unfold here! Enrich LA, a non-profit focused on educational and environmental enrichment via school gardens, provides our Wednesday in the Garden curriculum to the school; read about the classes here. Lisa Rau, a student at the USC film school, made this great video recently about gardens and community featuring the Micheltorena Garden. And read this article about the garden in the LA Times blog here. Micheltorena School Garden is also on Facebook!
Activities in the garden include in-school classes that teach gardening and ecology basics, illustrating science and math concepts taught in the classroom. The garden is entirely organic, and houses a solar panel to run the drip irrigation system, composting and worm composting systems, a rainwater collection system, stone fruit and citrus fruit orchards, and a picnic area.
To contact us to volunteer (or any other queries), please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 2012: Silver Lake Farms will be hosting a gardening workshop at the garden on Saturday, January 21 at 10am.
November 15, 2011: our one year anniversary!! On this day, the asphalt was pulled up off the parking lot to make room for our beautiful garden. It has been a marvelous year.
October 29, 2011: Workshops in the garden during the Great Pumpkin Festival: beekeeping with Kirkobeeo of Backwards Beekeepers, off-the-grid solar workshop with Leonardo Chalupowicz and Aaron Murphy of the Echo Park Time Bank, native plant gardening with Theodore Payne Nursery, and composting with Charles Herman-Wurmfeld.
Spring 2011: We are happy to now have Lisa Fontanesi of Kidding Around the Kitchen (KATK) and her “hands on” cooking lessons at Micheltorena to complement our garden and nutrition curriculum! Lisa is currently working as a consultant for Jaime Oliver’s Food Revolution TV show, and her cooking program has been recognized by Michelle Obama’s Chef’s Move to Schools / Let’s Move programs which target childhood obesity. KATK classes are full of interesting recipes, nutritional facts, and quick kid-friendly tips. Classes use local and farmers’ market produce when ever possible and if available, use fruits and vegetables grown in the school’s garden. KATK classes cover a variety of ethnic foods and traditions, nutrition information, food history and fun facts, as well as kitchen safety.
On Saturday, April 2, 2011 the Hollywood Beautification Team and the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, in conjunction with LADWP and the Sanitation Bureau’s Watershed Protection Division, will host a rainwater collection workshop and rain barrel giveaway at the Micheltorena Garden. WORKSHOPS & DISTRIBUTIONS will happen at: 9am; 9:30am; 10am; 10:30am, first-come, first-served.
On January 15, Treepeople came to our school to plant trees and teach students about basic tree care. We had over 100 volunteers on campus from Treepeople, the school and the community, digging and mulching and sweating on that beautiful Saturday morning. Micheltorena now has an orchard of citrus and stone fruit trees on campus that will nourish the students as well as the community, thanks to the generous donations of Treepeople and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. What the heck are we going to do with all of this fruit?! Plans include starting a school CSA, fruit stand, and juicing station.
On December 12, 2010 with the help of dozens of Micheltorena students, parents, community members, and a generous donation of citrus trees from the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, a fruit tree orchard was planted in two locations on campus. The first group is located along the fence facing Sunset Boulevard and Micheltorena Street in our new corner garden, the second is located in the front lawn of the school on Micheltorena Street. The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation is accepting applications for next years planting program! If interested, please fill out the form and email it to them: www.ftpf.org/application.doc
The Micheltorena Elementary School garden will be shared with the Silver Lake community and will provide numerous opportunities for teaching and education, as well as plenty of food and flowers for both students and community members. Ongoing garden projects include a garden of drought-tolerant and native plants, a rose garden, and a reading garden on the patio outside the new school library. Planned education activities in the garden include participation in the Harvest of the Month and Farm to School programs, permaculture classes, cooking classes, canning and preserving classes, and composting classes taught by local experts.
Click here to read our original garden proposal.
Friends of the Micheltorena Garden
LAUSD has been very supportive of our project and generous with their guidance on construction and logistics. The Los Angeles-based non-profit organization Tree People is helping us design and plant a fruit tree orchard on campus, scheduled for January of 2011. Multitudes of community members have offered their volunteer manpower.
Scott Kennedy, a member of Friends of Micheltorena, produced and directed the Academy Award nominated documentary ’The Garden,” a movie about the South Central Community Garden, the largest of its kind in the U.S., and its complicated struggle for survival. Please read more about this movie here. It is a powerful story about our city you will not soon forget.