The 24th Street Garden Classroom is located at 24th Street Elementary School, in the West Adams neighborhood. Spanning nearly 1.5 acres, the Garden includes an orchard with more than fifty-five fruit trees, habitat gardens, Native California gardens, sixteen vegetable production beds, shaded teaching areas, and a garden shed. Operated by the Garden School Foundation, which provides education through garden-based learning in outdoor living classrooms, the 24th Street site is their flagship space, offering every class at the school two educational visits per month, one dedicated to gardening, and the other focusing on cooking (and eating!) the fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables harvested from this bountiful site.
The general public can visit the Garden during monthly Saturday workdays from 9am–noon at the 24th Street Elementary School, when all are invited to spend a morning outdoors helping to create and maintain the garden classrooms. Consult the Foundation website for the schedule.
And this summer, children from beyond the 24th Street Elementary School community will have the chance for an extended experience in the Garden during City Seedling Summer Camp. The camp will focus on seed-to-table philosophies to encourage play, exploration, and learning during two weeklong sessions in June. (June 15-19 and June 22-26). Campers will enjoy cooking, gardening, science activities, outdoor games, and arts and crafts; camp is for ages 6-13. Click here for details.