Learning Garden Planting Day at Elizabeth Learning Center a Huge Success

Posted 06/04/2015 | By HealthCorps

On Thursday, April 16th, a Learning Garden was planted at Elizabeth Learning Center (ELC) in Los Angeles, CA. This was generously donated to ELC through an organization called The Kitchen Community.

Lara Smith, the coordinator at ELC shared the following:

“The planting started at 8 am and lasted through noon. The younger students from grades two through eight came out to help move potting soil, plant, water and learn about what was growing in the garden. The high school students provided background music, and were working on a mural near the garden site.

The garden will be growing the following vegetables and herbs for its first harvest: A “Three Sisters” Vegetable Planter with beans, corn, and squash; a Salsa Planter with tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeños, and onions.  Finally, an Herb Garden Planter with basil, rosemary and a few other herbs!

In addition to the students, members of HealthCorps, the parent center, and the administration came out to support the grand opening and try some healthy snacks!  HealthCorps provided some yummy snacks that incorporated vegetables that will eventually be growing in the garden.  Participants got to taste a few salsa varieties, and different kinds of healthy chips made from various vegetables including blue corn and sweet potatoes! It was a great “new tasting experience” for the students.

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Overall, it was a wonderful day and such a positive and interactive space for the ELC campus.”

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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