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Community Spotlights

Intern Spotlight: Taylor Juleen

By Elizabeth Hall

When we think of nature, we often imagine quiet, peaceful scenes. We see trees shaking in the wind, a cluster of bright blooms, a bee, a butterfly or two. Here at GSF our gardens not only serve as crucial spaces of learning and discovery, they provide respite for students on busy school days. Much like … Continued

A Passion for Gardening: from Texas to LA

By Elizabeth Hall

Brie Wakeland has been a part of GSF since 2015, starting as a Seed-to-Table and Garden Intern in the Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016. She currently serves as Program Coordinator at Aldama and Grand View Elementary.  She is a native of Texas but has called California her home for the last nine years. … Continued

A Teacher’s Perspective: Interview with Ms. Gomez

By Elizabeth Hall

As Ms. Gomez’s first grade students walk into the GSF classroom at Grand View Elementary School, they are immediately greeted by the sweet scent of fresh-cut limes and cilantro. It is the last cooking class of the day, and the students eagerly take their seats as Ms. Kathryn, the garden coordinator, describes the recipe they … Continued

Intern Spotlight: Interview with Yenny Martin

By Elizabeth Hall

Morning is one of the most pleasurable times of day to spend in the garden.  In the morning, the garden is quiet, flooded with sun, damp with dew, and the heat of the day has yet to rise. On one such sunny morning, I meet with Yenny, an intern at GSF, to ask her a … Continued

A Principal’s Perspective: Mr. Ortiz

By Elizabeth Hall

Six years ago Mr. Ortiz, the principal at Grand View Boulevard Elementary School, had a vision. He wanted to plant a vegetable garden for his students. As a native Angelino and veteran of the LASUD system, Mr. Ortiz understands the unique challenges students at his school face. For many children, the garden isn’t just a … Continued