Venice’s beloved Learning Garden is at risk of being shut down forever!
Read below on what the Learning Garden is and why it is important. And if you agree, sign the petition to save it.
Petition started by Libby Oren.
For the past 18 years, our non-profit organization, The Learning Garden, has operated at Venice High School and partnered with The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to support and enhance student and community programs through the garden.
Due to complications with a massive construction project on the garden site, LAUSD is debating whether to remove The Learning Garden, or to work together with our organization to restore the site, and to make the garden a more vibrant learning environment for the school and community.
All of the garden’s buildings such as the shade-house, greenhouse, tool shed, and main office have been closed down due to safety concerns that the district should have taken care of decades ago. Many plants have been trapped in this process.
Our organization has:
- Turned A Trash Heap Into A Garden-
Transformed an acre of Venice High School that was once weeds and trash into a beautiful garden – with hands-on classes in soil regeneration, permaculture techniques, and foundation gardening skills – all through the work of our extensive volunteer network.
- Brought Organic Agriculture to Venice High-
Expanded and enhanced the organic horticulture program at Venice High School, including partnerships with the Culinary Arts and Sustainable Agriculture Academy, and collaborated with Venice High to bring organic agriculture to the students.
- Founded a Leading Medicinal Garden-
Developed one of the top Traditional Chinese Medicine Gardens in the country, with educational programs linked to YoSan University and Emperor’s College.
- Nurtured Student Initiatives-
Hosted the Seed to Sale Program, where students grew herbs and vegetables and sold them at the Mar Vista Farmers Market monthly.
- Housed the Seed Library of Los Angeles-
Housed and supported the foundation of the Seed Library of Los Angeles and its workshops.
- Grown Food for Needy Citizens-
Grew thousands of pounds of food for donations to food banks and shelters.
- Created a Resilient Community-
Brought people together through weekly potlucks and events at the garden, including our famous Fourth of July Ice Cream Social, Monarch Butterfly Day, fall harvest Pesto Day, Day of the Dead ceremony, Thanksgiving in the Garden, and our Winter Solstice celebration.
- Galvanized Support from Institutions and Organizations-
Brought hundreds of thousands of dollars into the garden for programs and improvements through the generous support of over 40 institutions, organizations, and individuals. Partnered with such organizations, schools and businesses such as: UCLA, Pepperdine, YoSan University, Emperor’s College, Patagonia, UC Master Gardener Program, VHS Alumni, PTSA and Booster Clubs, Transition Los Angeles, Transition Mar Vista Venice, Durfee Foundation, City of Los Angeles, LA Compost, NourishLA , Feed the People, Agape Church, Santa Monica College, and many many more.
Please show your support for The Learning Garden by signing the petition and, if possible, add your personal story about how the garden has touched you.
We, the undersigned, urge LAUSD to preserve The Learning Garden at Venice High School, restore our structures safely, and support our regrowth on site so that we can bring back these important programs for the students and community.
See why other supporters are signing, why this petition is important to them.
Our family love the learning garden, where 3 kids have grown up to connect with nature, inspired me to become a master gardener and supported our local elementary schools with knowledge and supplies! – Wenchia Parker
For more info on the The Venice Learning Garden:
- Website: thelearninggarden.org
- Facebook: facebook.com/VHlearninggarden
- Instagram: instagram.com/venicelearninggarden