Category: School Garden Project
Toyota Hollywood employees along with Helen Bernstein High School
students began their Winter planting today with Kale, Brussels sprouts,
beets, onions, carrots, turmeric and chives. The parent volunteers and
students also did an amazing job with “garden maintenance” by pulling
all those darn weeds and making it easier for us to plant today. Thank
you! Just look at the photos – the garden is so alive!
- Bunching Onions
- Cover Crops
- Leaf Lettuces
- Lawn seed
Toyota of Hollywood’s school garden at Helen Bernstein High School in Hollywood is in full bloom with fruits, vegetables, California native drought tolerant plants and beautiful rose bushes outlining the amazing garden space. Throughout the summer, teachers, students and Toyota Hollywood employees will maintain the garden and make plans for Fall planting.
One objective of the garden was to develop an activity guide to help teachers integrate nutrition education, specifically as it relates to fruit and vegetables, into their curriculum. School gardens provide opportunities for hands-on learning activities that are vital in nutrition education. Gardens can be used to teach children about the origin of fruit and vegetables and give them opportunities to practice preparing fruits and veggies, while living a healthy lifestyle.
More importantly, having this garden and the freedom to get their hands dirty has given the students new opportunities to gain confidence and learn life-long lessons as they grow along with their plants.
This May, EMA’s Young Hollywood Board member, actress Rachelle Lefevre, was on hand to plant, dig and chat with the kids.
It had been nearly a year since EMA Young Hollywood Board Member Rachelle Lefevre’s last visit to Helen Bernstein High School’s garden, and a lot had changed (and grown!) since then.
Rachelle toured the garden and got her hands dirty by digging in.
See more photos from the day on our Flickr Photostream.
The Toyota of Hollywood School Gardens Project continues to evolve! Please take a look at these recent pictures from the garden that Ms. Hairston from Helen Bernstein High School was kind enough to provide us.
We are excited see the garden in person next week at our event with EMA and Rachelle Lefevre from the Twilight movies!
Gardens are a wonderful way for everyone to connect. Toyota of Hollywood employees along with the Garden Club, Journalism Club and and parents of Helen Bernstein High School planted, weeded, watered the garden. We planted tomatoes, basil, zucchini,cilantro, onions and strawberries.
We also planted marigolds. Did you know this flower is not only pretty but an insect repellent?
Gardening is like food for the soul, Alisha Auringer who heads up LAcarGUY‘s Green Team took members of the group to see the garden’s progress since the initial planting mid-December. No one was sure what they would find after the extreme weather pattern of scorching hot days followed by cold days that the area has experineced recently. Luckily, there were a few rainy days thrown in there. Everyone couldn’t help but wonder if global warming was messing around with our garden.
Happy and relieved the team saw the radishes popped up and are looking delicious! The carrots, peas and peppers are slowly coming along.
The team delivered a rain barrel to assist with the watering, and did a rain dance to speed things along!
Toyota of Hollywood’s School Gardens Program is off to a great start! During the first week of the program, the LA Conservation Corps worked strenuously to remove the pre-existing shrubbery and brush and flatten out the garden area. Later in the week LA Conservation Corps built wooden garden beds and filled them with nutrient-rich soil to support a healthy garden.
Next week, the garden will really start to take shape when students at Helen Bernstein High School will start planting the first seedlings in the garden beds. We can’t wait to get the students involved in this wonderful program!
Toyota of Hollywood (an LAcarGUY dealership) is proud to announce our sponsorship of Environmental Media Association’s (EMA) School Garden Program at Helen Bernstein High School. This program is an innovative initiative between the EMA and the LAUSD to support gardens and greenery in urban schools across Los Angeles.
Community and environmental causes have always been a priority for LAcarGUY dealerships so we were excited to provide a hands-on educational opportunity through the Helen Bernstein school garden. This “living classroom” will enrich the learning experience for all students at Helen Bernstein and will help develop healthier food choices and eating patterns that can last a lifetime.
EMA launched an ongoing partnership with LAUSD to support gardens and greenery in urban schools across Los Angeles. The school garden will be a great opportunity for the children take their learning beyond the four walls, in a more dynamic environment. Math, science, nutrition, health, and fitness can all be taught through the use of these gardens. In addition to the garden itself, EMA will also provide a celebrity mentoring program for students with a member of their Young Hollywood Board that includes Amy Smart, Nicole Richie, Maroon 5 and Rosario Dawson!
We will continue to bring you updates and pictures of our newly adopted garden. If you’re involved in growing your own fruits and vegetables in your backyard, tell us your story and send in pictures. We would love to see them! We’ll continue to bring you updates and pictures of our newly adopted garden. If you’re involved in growing your own fruits and vegetables in your backyard, tell us your story and send in pictures. We would love to see them!