Posts by Yancy Comins

Fruit by the foot – Dominguez high

We’ve been getting some great harvests at our garden here at Dominguez! And today was no different! We’ve been on a mission to revive the fruit orchard and on my 3rd year teaching the students here, we are seeing the fruits of our labor. Pun intended, lol. We’ve shovel, fertilized, aerated, watered, pruned and loved…

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Teamwork makes the Garden work – South Gate Middle

Hard work and dedication From bell to bell. With the garden treated for invasive weed growth over the summer, I told the my students that we would be building our garden from the soil UP, and it wouldn’t be as easy as picking daisies. They smirked and smiled and accepted the challenge! Learning to grow…

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Dirty Hands | Happy Plants – Whaley middle

I told the kids, “We’ve got to know the garden like the back of our hands.” And there’s no better way to achieve this than putting those hands in the soil! And so we did. But before that, we harvested our drying sunflowers so that we could try them raw and hopefully roast them with…

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Dominguez High

Fried Green Tomatoes anyone?? Today we had to lay our tomato “tree” to rest… Upon learning the difference between determinate and interdeterminate  plants, we got a chance to see the growth of a 4 month old interdeterminate tomato which was taking over the whole garden plot with it’s bushy and lush green leaves and unripe…

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Fibonacci and the Sunflower

We’ve allowed our sunflowers to “cure” on the stalk, giving the appearance that there is no life left whatsoever. . A great giant sunflower head’s secrets are revealed once the dried petals and organic matter is peeled back and brushed away.. Lo and behold, a sequence of seeds which contain life to a new generation…

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Everything must go – South Gate Middle

Well, not everything, but, a lot of the garden’s last year crops, were pulled up, sorted out, cleaned of, bagged and distributed to teachers and classmates alike.. OH THE JOY in seeing and hearing kids go veggies for veggies!   We had a fantastic 2nd semester for the students at South Gate middle school and…

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Last Days – Dominguez

Testing testing.. 1, 2..   As the school year graciously comes to close, the students get an extra boost of happy-anxiousness. The students also get a extra boost of testing. Lol.. It’s Finals week here at Dominguez and while most students are testing, there are a few of us working in the garden to get…

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Borage burstin

Borage bursting, Bees buzzin’ lemon sorrel swirling. Are giant sunflower almost coming to a beautiful sun shining state And our greens are growing giant-like and great

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Sprouting Spring – Dominguez High

Flowers of the stone fruit burst open, alive and healthy. Seeds from our seed-sewing session are showing their purpose. We pull up the last of the great winter and prepare for all things warm. . Summer is upon us!         els

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The Cardboard Rescue – South Gate Middle

Way too much “trash” goes into our landfills that can be redirected into things more resourceful for our planet Today the plan switched a tad bit when I pulled up to the dumpsters of South Gate. Outside and in the bins were nothing but cardboard boxes, tons of boxes. And so we worked on our…

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Planting season – Whaley Middle

Today we stared in amazement at this giant sunflower that the kids and I went nutty over!.  It’s like it just appeared out of nowhere even though we’d been waiting for it to bloom open and dazzle us. While we retried our attempt at successfully planting tomatoes that don’t get eaten, the kids posed by…

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Seeds – Dominguez High

Recently we watched a documentary about seeds… Seeds: The  Untold Story Today. we cook with legumes seeds and more from the garden This “Bean Salad” we made was just greatly delicious. After learning how powerful seeds are I thought we should find out how to use some very simple and available hardy meals that takes…

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What’s Cooking – South Gate Middle

“YES, Veggie tacos!” is what I reply to the kids of my class as they ask what’s on the agenda for the day.. Today we harvested  Rainbow Chard, Collard Greens, Cilantro, tomatoes and a variety of kale… And made delicious veggie tacos… As the aroma of the cooking greens spread, mouths started to water and…

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Luke, I am your Fava – Dominguez High

Dominguez High has been a real great growing place. The soil full of nutrients and since we have spent time nuturing the fruit trees, they’ve began to show signs of love to us. Today was all about harvest and mulching with nitrogen rich fava plants…. WE had teams of fava harvesters, teams of cutters and…

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Hands in the soil – Dominguez high

Plenty of helping hands doing some spring cleaning at Dominguez, before we harvest and prepare a quick in-class snack! We are doing well, keeping our stone fruit trees happy while they spring back up. We love seeing the volunteer fennel pop up by the compost bin. It’s magic when chamomile pops up after 3 months…

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Nastyurtiums? – Whaley

They said, “No way!! You can’t eat that flower Mr. Y” And I said CHOMP! Edible flowers are very nutrient dense and are a great value, combining beauty and edibility. Nasturtiums weren’t as much of a hit as our former taste test edible: Lemon Sorrel. But some of the kids really dug the spice and…

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Spring Approaching – South Gate Middle

Spring is approaching!! You can smell it in the air and see it in the garden.. Plenty of bugs doing all that bugs do, in preparation for one of the busiest garden seasons! And we have some spring cleaning to do!   Weeds need to be pulled, veggies need to be harvested and herbs need…

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Lemon Sorrel Crazy! – Whaley middle

Took me a while to get these kids to savor the flavors of the garden… BUT LET ME TELL YOU.. Now, there is a shortage of sorrel and we almost can’t keep up with the demand! When they say no food or drink in the classroom, the only exception is sorrel! Lol! Down below you…

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Chopped 2.0 – Dominguez High

Cooking with these young adults gives me so much joy.   Today we harvested and went straight from garden to table, with recipes that were created on the spot, and prepared within an hour.   Our cauliflower, fava beans, kale, tomatoes and other garden grows were harvested and used to create brilliant, eye catching meals..…

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In the Garden – South Gate Middle

  South Gate Middle School on a rainy day. Never seems to keep the kids away. The garden is where we all want to be. The soil is where we want to play. But we had to postpone because the rain was just too much. So I went out and brought in a basket of…

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Changes – Dominguez High

Changes.. We are faced with everyday challenges In a world that can turn hot to cold in a matter of seconds We look to the simple nature of life to keep us happy Bright times are always here, we must seek them to find them. Today, we have found the beauty and love of our…

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Everything Green – Whaley Middle

Going Green is the New Way to Live! And at Whaley middle school, there are a lot of things going great and growing green. Huge Chard leaves, Nasturium petals and the beautiful lit flowers, Broccoli crowns and a variety of lettuce are just a few things the students and I picked at our last garden…

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Cleaning House – South Gate Middle

Our garden beds have honestly had some extreme weeds. Some roots extending down close to three feet deep. Today, we put on our face paint and went to weed war! Who won? Have a look below and take a guess! Cauliflower bites anyone? Abundance!

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Kale’d It!! – South Gate Middle

We ripped out, cutback, harvested and ate so much kale today. We definitely kale’d it right on the head! Bunches of kale harvested before we remove the plant for it is in its 2nd year of the vegetative state. Sizing up the Kale competition! Oh yeah, and there are also Gian Zucchini on the garden…

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A Seasonal Fusion – Dominguez High

At Dominguez High, the garden is filled with a mixture from late summer and early fall! Tomatoes to squash, to chard to broccoli. We’ve got it all. And today, was the perfect picture taking day as the rain clouds opened and closed and left a nice crisp garden to capture!! The chard is loving the…

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Bees and Butterflies – Whaley Middle

How I love to see the bees and butterflies and all the other pollinators at work! Here we harvested salad greens (Romaine, green lettuce and rainbow swiss chard). And while harvesting, the butterflies, and bees were doing the same! We like to think of them as the team leaders. Below we capture the pretty little…

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Dreams of a Secret Garden – Whaley Middle

Jackpot! As the bell rings and class ends in Mr. Davis’ room, we head down the stairs after the students and run into a library teacher that has a little surprise for us! A secret reading garden!! I promise it’s just as good as it sounds… Small private wooden reading nooks, school spirit on the…

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Keep a Cool Head – Dominguez High

…of lettuce!   Today was the perfect gardening temperature. High 70’s with some clouds in the sky to help shade the sun a bit. We here at Dominguez are excited about our first seedling appearance! Fava beans must’ve been hanging down in the soil waiting for that fall heat wave to pass and now they…

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And summer continues….. Dominguez High

…at least in the garden beds of Dominguez High school. Ironically, we’ve got more summer squash at this moment than we did in the summer! How awesome it is to live in a climate where you can enjoy tomatoes and squash in December! Ohh the harvest is so sweet… And a bit spicy when harvesting…

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BIG GREEN – South Gate Middle

This week was a great extension of summer’s lasting kiss. The heat of the sun has helped us harvest huge Green! While digging deep to get the roots of weeds to help clean up our garden, we had fun discovering some pretty nice size veggies. There was lots of work to do but the reward…

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On the Job – South Gate Middle

With a lot of work to do in the South Gate garden, I called upon my trustee classes that love to get their hands in the soil! We had two goals to hit this week: One – to get our new veggies in the soil. Two – to learn about flavor profiles and what our…

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Chopped Pt. 2 – Dominguez High

And so we meet again. In the kitchen of Mr. Perez… With ingredients still on the vine in the garden… Kind of ironic that the main ingredient of today’s battle in the kitchen would be Italian summer squash. But it is true, California’s winter season has been an extension of a long summer feel. The…

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Taste the Garden Rainbow – South Gate Middle

Oh yeah!! We’re on to our taste testing time! This is about enjoying the food you eat as well, as focusing on the flavors your mouth and smells your nose are experiencing. The flavor profiles of many different varieties of food, help give us a sense of how blessed we are to have abundance in…

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What’s buzzing – Whaley Middle

Swinging by Whaley Middle school to see what the buzz is about! Getting to know my new students and a new garden, we spent time chatting about things we had in common.  We discussed what foods we love and what foods aren’t so hot, also what insects we like and which ones bug us out. …

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The Brussel Sprout Tree – Dominguez High

Great conditions, growing medium and green-thumbs have totally helped our brussel sprouts from last year’s program become the brussels of the year! On year two of its biannual life cycle, these brussels bear even more than the first year. Though they may need their first outer leaves removed, these rich buttery prize possessions are welcomed…

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Chopped!! – Dominguez High

Spinach, lemon, garlic, a whole coconut, mixed berries, onion…. These were just some of the ingredients that two teams had to work with and create a highly nutritious and delicious meal from scratch! This week, we had spinach as our veggie of the week! We learned the benefits and nutritional facts of spinach, then took…

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Science and Gardens at South Gate Middle

Truth is, the garden is a reflection of science and today we discovered we are all scientists too! Tasting, comparing and contrasting foods from our South Gate Middle School garden was supremely awesome! Now we know that rosemary and a good tomato, is a pizza lover’s dream because the taste compliment each other so well.…

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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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