DISCLAIMER: EnrichLA is a 501-C3 Non Profit. Text and images have not been supplied to the O’Grady campaign by the Non-Profit EnrichLA. Mention of EnrichLA and how proud Tomas is of it should be not be construed as an endorsement by EnrichLA. EnrichLA was established in 2011 after Co-Founder and Executive Director Tomas O’Grady installed and managed a school garden at his local middle school, Thomas Starr King Middle School. When he saw the immeasurable benefits the garden had on the school campus and the community as a whole, Tomas set out to build “A Garden in Every School.”
Tomas was inspired to create the non-profit with landscape architect and fellow environmentalist Leonardo Chalupowicz after witnessing firsthand the effect an edible garden had on the educational environment.The experience moved the duo to begin brainstorming ways they could expand the project to help other schools.
To-date, EnrichLA has built over 70 school gardens throughout Los Angeles, most located in underprivileged communities. These school gardens offer children access to an outdoor green space where they can learn, play, and grow in their neighborhoods.
These gardens cheer up campuses, encourage community involvement, act as outdoor classrooms, and promote environmental stewardship.