The Kitchen Community, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening community through food, and the Home Depot Foundation brought together dozens of volunteers to help the kids haul soil, plant garden beds and beautify the campus.
The Kitchen Community’s landscape architects helped administrators at the West LA campus apply for the $27,000 SEEDS grant from L.A. Unified and also designed the ADA-accessible Learning Garden. Thanks to funding from SEEDS, the District’s Facilities team prepared the surface by providing irrigation for easy watering, installing a decomposed granite walkway and concrete pad to make the space accessible to all students. The Kitchen Community provided raised garden beds and lots of seating for students, as well as curriculum and support for teachers so the garden can be used as an outdoor classroom.
This project is one of many in the district supported by the Sustainable Environment Enhancement Developments for Schools (SEEDS) project, the Los Angeles Unified School District Facilities Services Division curriculum-based greening program. The SEEDS program provides bond funds to help create or improve greening projects that address sustainability, community building, campus enhancement, students and community health and directly supports the District’s school curriculum.
“We are all so excited and thankful to be recipients of this beautiful new Learning Garden,” Richland Avenue Principal Gerard Granade said, “It will be the setting for unlimited, rich, hands-on learning experiences for our students.”