I don’t think I’ve had a chance to share with you guys my new job that I started in January! Essentially, I’m a Garden Ranger for EnrichLA, a non-profit whose mission is to put gardens “in every school” in Los Angeles. My job–as well as the other Rangers–is to go to the schools assigned to me as a sort of “guest speaker” and teach kids classes about, but not limited to: How to Plant Seeds (and Seed Saving), Beneficial versus Harmful Bugs, Composting, Parts of a Plant, Cooking Classes (making salad or apple tasting) and Endangered Species (like the Monarch and Palos Verdes Blue Butterflies).
Having a recent love for urban farming and cultivating my own fruits and vegetables, I’ve been aching to teach young kids about the importance of being mindful about HOW food grows; what fruits/vegs LOOK like when they grow; what FRESH fruits and vegetables TASTE like; and the JOY of growing your own food.
I’ve been blessed to volunteer with this organization since October and then to be presented with a position at the beginning of the year! Here’s a little snippet of what I’ve been up to since the Fall…I hope you smile just as much as I do when I re-browse these photos! :-)