Posts by Yancy Comins

Last Day at Dominguez high – Dominguez high

Last days….. We set it up in the former week to know what we will be executing. . So the seniors were gone and that was sad. I didn’t get to say my good-byes and good-lucks.. But the show must go on… Today we are ripping out the old to get ready for summer plants.…

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Garden Love – Dominguez High

So, Dominguez high school’s seniors are feeling the senioritis, I hurt my leg and the weather, well, Im not going to blame anything on the weather haha. But, on this gloomy day, we visited the garden to assess what was needed to be done on our next and last visit (sad face)..  We took our…

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Bean Salad and Big Beets – South Gate Middle

Yeeup! My homemade recipe of Bean salad was made by the students of South Gate Middle School and devoured by the students and teachers of South Gate Middle School. Today, we made avocado believers out of those who swore they didn’t like these wonderful treats.. The bean salad proved them wrong and happy. Lol haha..…

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Interesting finds and Fiber – Fleming Middle

So, this is our second to last class together here at Fleming, and we all have that bittersweet taste in our mouths about school’s end. . Well, I had an idea to replace that bittersweet with something savory! Haha.. From my own homecooked recipe book (that’s yet to manifest), the students helped me prepare my…

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Juice Juice Juice – South Gate Middle

When you want to enhance your carbon to nitrogen ratio in your school compost bins and you want to do it quick fast, what do you do?? JUICE ! And that’s exactly what the kids and I did this wonderful day at in South Gate.. Yup, citrus greens and ginger were on the menu to…

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Circle of Life – Fleming Middle

Circle of Life. As summer creeps up and the garden adapts to the warmer climate, things don’t always look so rosy.. But oh, there is so much life to behold under the leaves, in the soil and within the weeds… Yup, weeds, an inevitable invader for Fleming Middle School, have arrived in successive fashion.  Nevertheless,…

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For the Love of the garden – South Gate Middle

If I told you that my sixth grade classes have more fun in the garden with me than they do on Snapchat on the weekends, would you believe me?? Well, I hope so.. We get down and dirty in the garden. With our HANDS IN THE SOIL, we make everything including hard work, seem easy.…

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Started From The Garden Now We’re Here- Dominguez high

Special treats cooked up by the students of Mr. Perez’ nutrition class today and I just HAD to step into the kitchen with them.. Well, technically the whole class is pretty much a kitchen, so that was easy… Today was a super cool day as we had our EnrichLA family school (Whaley Middle School’s) eighth…

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Trimming at Fleming

What’s more awesome than a team of kids working together to create the perfect soil! Here at Fleming Middle School, these students are inspired to grow good food. . Lunch time is the time to tend to the garden and today we trimmed back our plants who needed a little cutback. We love flowers but…

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Green Garden – Dominguez high

Such a vibracious seen in the Dominguez High school garden, as the green leaves and flowers near their life cycle and develop seeds for the next generation of plants. Salad lettuce is to be picked, Russian kale is to be cooked herbs are to be dried and seeds are to be collected.  Oh and the…

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SOUTH GATE LOVE! – South Gate middle

We love South Gate Middle school. From the garden to the teachers to the best kids in the school – the ones who hang out in the garden with us and make it a party every Thursday! My welcome back experience was amazing as the students were excited to greet me and my awsome intern,…

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Compost Awareness Week – Fleming Middle

Compost Awareness Week is making its way back with me to Fleming Middle school. Today me and the students got caught up after my short stint away and then we got right to the soil. In honor of compost awareness week we went outside to analyze our compost bin at its current state. We did…

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Lunch in the Garden – Fleming

If you follow Fleming’s posts here at EnrichLA, you are getting more familiar with these students and how much they cherish their garden space. So much that they go grab lunch and run way back to the garden just to eat in the zen of it all. I will admit that these school lunches need…

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The coolest kids on campus – South Gate middle

Of course every kid is cool in their own special unique way…… BUUUUUT, it’s hard to compete with kids who make a book called the book of bookness – and inside it is their project on veggies! This is so cool! This is such a great idea, they have researched facts about the veggies and…

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Greens and Things – Dominguez high

Harvesting our greens mix which consists of mustard greens mix, arugala mix, red leaf lettuce and even some spinach.   The garden is booming this time of year, still a bit cold but the plants are already coming out of their hiding spots to show the beauty of their unique flowers. Here we have nasturtiums…

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Sunny South Gate – South Gate middle

These amazing kids at South Gate middle school. So, this week was all about awareness and observations. Observations about what’s going on around them about what’s going on in the garden and how they feel that all is connected.. We took a big chunk of time finding beneficials and pests, spirals of life and of…

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New Succulent Garden – Fleming

Its pretty cool when you come to teach a school who has already been learning by the hands-on approach, in the garden. When I first got to Fleming, the kids were just starting their small cuttings of different plant material. Over the weeks I watched these kids tend to the cuttings in the classroom. And…

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Spring is Among us – Dominguez high

sSpring is on the horizon and the plants oblige! The students didn’t mind the rain but they love the sunny vibes. The bees are on the broccoli. Except the one that stalked me. Spring is well on the way. Shew fly. Don’t bother me. I’m waiting patient for the buzz of my friend the Bee.…

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Good food for birthdays – South Gate Middle

You know its lunch time at South Gate middle school when the kids run out to the blacktop and basketball coruts and a group of kids make their way to the garden benches, where we eat, chat, work and cook. Today, we made sure to made lunch for a couple birthdays for the garden crew.…

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It’s a veggie perspective – Fleming middle

Fleming is getting to know their vegetables and fruit from all around the world. I wanted to give the kids a reason to research think and use structured creative expression by ways of telling their story from a vegetable or fruit’s perspective. And so the World Veggie Project popped up and we went for it!…

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I’m Hungry – Dominguez high

Out in the garden there is lots to eat, And a lot more growing. Inside the classroom, we are learning the how culture family and society affects are perspective on food. This is going beyond food for calories. This is speaking to growing habits of appreciation of our natural foods and all the splendor food…

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Working on world veggies – Fleming Middle

We are working on a world veggie project at Fleming. All the students are writing about their fruit veggie and grain and are telling its story.. It’s so cool to see these kids use creativity, critical thinking and art as an expression to completing this project.. Soon we will have our world veggie map on…

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Bunny’s love Carrots

So during lunch in the garden at South Gate middle school, the kids got a hold of the carrots and then go a hold of my phone to where the bunny filter became most inevitable! Check it out!   We also got our hands diry and into some organic horse manure.. The dried balls of…

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Carrot Power – South Gate middle

Peace to the carrots and my alumni garden students! These girls and boys surprise me every week in the garden with their smiles and energy, ready to work, explore and EAT! They love to eat, haha.. And so, the old students are showing my new students the way of garden life, as we pull carrots,…

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The growth – Fleming middle

With all this good California rain we have been getting lately, our plants have been growing up so fast.. We are so proud of them haha.. So this week at Fleming, I find that all of our new plants needed transplanting (into bigger pots). Since transplanting helps with giving our plants healthy starts, the kids…

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Pick it Wash it Prep it Eat it – Fleming middle

Fleming middle school is popping!!!! Thats a good thing, haha.. Every lunch we are out in the garden keeping it looking pretty and keeping the veggies happy for picking!  Dinio kale, Purple kale, Bok choy, Bell pepper, Red leaf lettuce, Green onion, Parsely, cilantro, and more!!! When I say “You had to be there” you…

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Serve It Up – South Gate Middle

  There is so much love at South Gate Middle school. So much love for the garden, and for each other.. And all of that good green garden love was transferred into the hands of the students, our intern Miss Jess and I, as we picked from a variety of lettuce kale nasturtium cabbage green…

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Good Good Growth – Dominguez

Big things going on at Dominguez High School… We are talking HUGE Noire Cabbages, fava beans vines, a carrot and red radish forest and a wonderful herb garden, just to name a few. Our fruit trees are slowly being healed and our sunflowers are popping up everywhere. In just a few weeks this garden will…

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Here comes the Veggies – Fleming middle

Bringing new veggies to the garden and watching kids jump for joy is the coolest things I’ve seen. Today, I brought artichoke, kale, collards, snow peas, cabbage spinach and more. Inside the classroom we worked on a cool little project called My Life as a Veggie, in which we are mapping out the veggies on…

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Lovely Day at -South Gate Middle

Today was a good day! With a new class and a cool new intern named Miss Jess, we harvested the rest of the broccoli that had not flowered yet, stripped the leaves off and made broccoli bouquets. We also ripped, pulled and yanked the weeds and old plants out of the garden and planted new…

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Compost Day at Fleming middle

Compost Compost Compost. We are building our compost pile slowly but surely!  Weeding and pulling old spent plants are what we are doing on our lunch break here at Fleming… One young student who always offers to help out in the garden and learn (because she’s not in my class) picked a dandelion flower and…

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Where’s Bugs when you need them – Dominguez High

…Bugs Bunny that is…. Soo, we have been waiting on our radish and carrots to show that they are ready to pick and today was the day! Our White carrots, obviously are not as “normal” as your orange varieties, grew from seed and were a hit once I got them to get over the color…

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Broccoli Flowers – South Gate Middle

Well, the rain is much needed. And today most of my classes had inside lessons on the parts of plants, since this is our first week back from break with new kids. But as soon as we saw the rain let up, we jogged out to the garden to get a glimpse of what it…

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Rainy Days – Dominguez High

Some of us don’t like getting out in the rain and getting rained on, but our plant friends love it! Coming back from winter break to wonderful maturing crops! Our broccoli had already bloomed and started to seed, plenty of new nasturtium flowers and our cabbages are almost ready to be popped off~ Here is…

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GARDEN PARTY, HUGS AND HARVEST! – South Gate middle

Our last day together was bittersweet but TASTY, over at South Gate Middle school…. These kids are wonderful and hardworking. I’ll miss these guys and girls. Soooo… What we did was get our hands extremely dirty as we harvested everything that we could, weeded and prepared our garden beds for next years class!  And then!!!…

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GIFT GIVING AND FRUIT/VEGGIE JUICE – FLEMING

OHHH THE LOVE!!!! WOW!  As my kids showered me with gifts of creative cards, candy, flowers, those little handheld popper-thingies kids make, and more, I made juice from some fruits and garden greens including beets, swiss chard, bellpepper, lacinato and curly kale, just to name a few things!! This day was marvelous. Also, we wrote…

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Holiday Love – Dominguez High

As the last week in the school year at Dominguez High, I decided to put a hold on the lessons outside in the garden and focus on something just as important within the walls of the classroom.. We spent our time watching this Great video by the folks over at Appetite For Change. A cool…

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Shed your skin young grasshopper – Fleming Middle

Don’t bug out!!! This week at Fleming we are learning about beneficials and pests. Inside the classroom we made sure we understood the difference and talked about species but outside the classroom and into the garden is where the FUN begins! We spent time going on a scavenger hunt searching for insects!  What’d we find??…

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BUGGIN OUT

I enjoyed this day for the screams and the jumps that some of the kids couldn’t help but to yelp out! So to today was “Let’s talk about Bugs” Day. As we set outside in the sun soaking up the vitamin D, we spoke about beneficial bugs, pests and the differences between them. This garden…

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Sharing is Caring -Dominguez High

Last week at Dominguez High was all about sharing! As the veggies all share homes together in the soil, us humans shared our first limes off our lime tree, which tasted more like orange than lime (best lime I ever had). We shared nasturtiums.  We also shared freshly picked radish. And we even found out…

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The adventures of Broccoli – South Gate Middle

Our broccoli is arriving in style and with perfect timing! Today was literally Broccoli day as we chopped of the immature flower head and let the adventure begin!   See the brocc in the garden, see the brocc be a bouquet, see the brocc become best friends, see the brocc do homework, see the brocc…

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