Nonprofit Plants a New Summer Camp in L.A.

Summer Camps Los Angeles City Seedlings

Proceeds from one-week City Seedlings summer camp sessions will benefit the Garden School Foundation and its work bringing gardens to area schools.

Kids can cook garden-inspired dishes and learn about composting and garden science at a new camp launching in L.A. this summer. The Garden School Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to creating interactive garden-based learning experiences for kids in underserved communities, is offering City Seedling summer camp Los Angeles at its 24th Street Elementary School garden.

The program is an expansion of GSF’s popular “Seed-to-Table” curriculum, according to Executive Director Cassie Martinez. “Our City Seedling summer camp provides a unique opportunity for L.A. parents to provide our Seed-to-Table experience for their children while supporting GSF’s Seed-to-Table programming in Title1 schools across L.A.” she says. “We are so excited for our summer camp, and feel it is a groundbreaking opportunity for our organization and for our surrounding community.”

The camp will pack the entire Seed-to-Table program into one fun-filled week, encouraging play, exploration and learning in two acres of school gardens in the historic West Adams part of the city. Weeklong sessions will be offered June 15-19 and 22-26.

The camp will include cooking, gardening and science activities, outdoor games and arts and crafts. Campers will assemble and enjoy fun recipes – including garden sushi, taco salad, ice cream and rainbow crackers – that incorporate fruits and vegetables from the garden. Activities are designed to help campers form friendships, and develop an appreciation for nature and an understanding of where their food comes from.

Cost is $350 per child, with lunch and snacks provided. All proceeds support the maintenance and expansion of GSF’s Seed-to-Table program at Title 1 schools across L.A. Since 2003, the organization has been turning asphalt into ecosystems, and currently serves more than 2,500 students at five elementary schools, working to create a healthy future generation that cares for their bodies and the Earth.

Learn more about the Garden School Foundation and register for camp by visiting www.gardenschoolfoundation.org/cityseedlings. You can also learn more by contacting Shelby Crowell at shelby@gardenschoolfoundation.org or 207-649-0998.

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