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Garden School Foundation: Connecting Kids With Nature

by Hso Hkam | Thursday, February 16, 2017

Garden School Foundation’s motto since its inception has been to “beet the asphalt” by creating a peaceful sanctuary for children and by teaching them, in the words of Executive Director Kathryn Kocarnik, that “learning what growing a seed can do is one of the most powerful forms of education you can have.” In 2003, 24th Street Elementary School in South L.A. learned that their school was going to have its enormous asphalt playground repaved. The park-starved community and school -- which is 84 percent Latino and 13 percent African-American -- advocated for the space to be turned into something green and beautiful for the children. Over the following years, the garden grew and flourished as the community, parents, and teachers worked together to create an acre-plus garden that includes an orchard with 55 fruit trees, 16 vegetable production beds, a shaded teaching area, and a "Latino Heritage" Garden. This Lush Garden at a South L.A. School Helps Kids Learn About Veggies — and Eat Them, Too

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