Posts by Yancy Comins

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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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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