Posts by Yancy Comins

Vote!! – Dominguez High

That’s right! We took a break from garden talk/work and honed in on these kids futures. With some of my students already being 18 years of age, Iallowed this class to be all about a mock vote on 10 California propositions. This was eye-opening and the dialogue created when discussing diffferent Points of View wa…

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Stinking it up at Fleming Middle

On this particular day, we learned that fish emulsion has got a good kick of Nitrogen and small amounts of Potash and Phosphorus.. We also learned that fish emulsion smells like rotten chocolate milk! Haha.. But everyone wanted to hang around at lunch in the garden to help spray the fish emulsion and feed the…

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Nutrients and The stinky stuff -South Gate Middle

Today’s lesson was all about fertilizer.. We learned the difference between organic and synthetic. We learned the 3 basic Macro nutrients N-P-K and I even gave them a pop quiz to test their knowledge on what macro nutrient should be used in certain scenarios. And the best paprt of the class: Smelling those good ol…

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Herbalicious – Dominguez High

So if you’ve been following Dominguez for the past 2 weeks, you know that we’ve been working on our herb poster project and now its so close to completion for presenting! We’ve got Nutritional facts, biochemical makeups, medicinal properties, flavor profiles, history and origin and even a recipie or two! All this comes with taking…

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DIG IT – South Gate Middle

Digging weeds with hands and shovels. All to avoid those pesky troubles. 1 weed 2 weed 3 weed 4. Don’t stop now there’s a thousand more!  Herbs looking great. Broccoli and Mustards doing well!! -YC

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Work- work – work work – work – work 

Working in the garden with friends is always fun. We started with 3 and by the time LUNCH was over we had about 15+ students in the Fleming middle school garden. All wanting to work contribute and learn. And these were just passerby’s. Oh how contagious is the garden bug? Very.  * Disclaimer – There…

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I Scream. You Scream. 

We all scream for #Onions.  Just kidding. But what a marvelous day it was this past Thursday at South Gate Middle. The day was interrupted by a earthquake drill and so since we couldn’t have class, I invited students to come over to the garden where I’d be cooking during lunch! With some heat and…

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Project Herb at Dominguez

Do you know what plants can bring you flavor, food, aromatics and healing? Here’s a quick look at our group projects where we are learning about the herb before we plant it in our garden. Herbs have been used worldwide for thousands of years for medicinal and culinary reasons… …Stay tuned for more from the…

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New crops new Opps

When we planted our cool season Cole crops, we had an opportunity to dig up those summer plants that were stubborn and not ready to transition over to cool season. As we dug up we dug in, finding purple carroteW

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Herbs for Her

This week at South Gate Middle we are talking about herbs as we let our newly planted cole crops gain some root action in the garden.. We will be working on an herb project for the next couple week. These two young ladies caught me working in the garden and wanted to do something as…

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If mom forgot to pack your lunch….

Have no fear… We’ve got you.. Introducing the BKT; Basil-Kale-Tomato sandwich.. It’s way healthier, packs a mean nutritional punch and taste great. . These kids loved it and we even had dessert with Mrs. Nguyen  Strawberries! Take that for a lunch on the go! Well, more of a snack, but you get our drift.. What…

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Today Was a Good Day

Compton, California. A lot of things may come to my before you may think of “Engineers and Horticulture”. Well, Dominguez High School and EnrichLA are encouraging new thoughts. Today we planted veggies, seed spaced and sewed, discovered hidden carrots and my favorite part, built some awesome looking and effective trellis’s. (Is that the proper plural…

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Plant Life 

Plant life is the best life… This week at Fleming we did a lot of planting now that the weather is bearable. We’ve got white cauliflower, green onion. blue kale, rainbow chard, bok choy and more! Yeeeap . And we all can’t wait! Though, we have also got some pest pressure to watch for. This…

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It’s a Carrot thing.

From Underground to Playground to Plate. Today we pretty much destroyed to rebuild. Okay well, we didn’t really destroy but we did dig out a lot of weeds, pull out a lot of over-seasoned plants (to compost) and scavenge the ground for any edible roots we could find.  Did we find any? You bet your…

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Seed Saving turned to Seed Eating

When life gives you sunflowers you make sunflowerade. But we decided to make roasted chilé and lime sunflower seeds instead. This pic is completely filled with awesomeness. One old sunflower, a student’s hardworking hand and sunflower seeds! Sorry, the roasted sunflower seeds were gone before I could snap a pic. They were taaaasty! -YC

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Bye Summer. Hi Fall.

Demolition Team, Harvest Team, Engineering team – South Gate middle school was so booming today, I had to highlight the students twice. This time I’ll let the pictures do the talking 🌿: As the 6th and 8th grade clean up crew beautified and made space for the new plants, 8th grader engineering team built the…

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Save the Trees

From citrus to exotic fruits, Dominguez high has a mini orchard on the rise. With a little help from us humans, these trees will thrive and bring in a whole new ecosystem! We spent a period just working on stripping away pesky grass, creating berms and fertilizing our trees so that they may be given…

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A Healthy Harvest

This week at South Gate Middle school we spent our time learning the anatomical structure of a flowering plant.  The beauty in understanding how something works and then seeing nature prove your understanding correct (in various ways) is quite the exhilaration. We’ve built confidence in our classroom learnings and decided to take it to the…

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Roots. Stem. Leaves. Flowers. Fruits. Seed. 

​​The world goes round and round, and so does the cycle of life in the plant world.   Today at Fleming we learned about each part of a flowering plant and discussed how the relation is so close to human evolution.  We chatted about a variety of veggies and which part of the plant each…

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SING!

The Garden choir (pictured to the left) is in full affect at Fleming Middle school. We are singing to our new seeds we’ve started (for cool season) and a few friends. Serenading the seeds and our classmates for their birthday today! And I was acting maestro of the moment 😎 Haha. The fun you can…

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Compost Crash Course

South Gate middle school got a crash course lesson on composting and it will pay off big time when our new composting bins arrive next week!! These kids are sharp and completely ready for food recycling, chopping, turning, watering and so on. With the beautiful and big garden they have, we will need a lot…

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DeCOMPOSTing is an Art

One mans trash is another mans…. Compost.  On this day we covered the full compost process and then went to the garden and put what we learned to great use!  Nitrogen – Carbon – Air – Water – FBI  -YC

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Papers Pencils Books & Beets

Why not be so proud of your garden’s production that you pull a beet and display it right on your desk!?  As South Gate students continue to wow me with their energy, we get deeper into the soil (lessons) Today was all about soil textures and the composition of soil. We jogged to the garden…

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Plants & Humans

This week we displayed our new banner “The Edible Garden” and discussed/learned about the synonymity between humans and plants. What a shock to the students faces to find out they have way more in common to plants than they ever knew. It feels good to know that humans and plants have and will be everlasting…

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Beeting the Heat!

South Gate middle school. First day. Success! The wild garden in this school has got to be one of the coolest. It’s like walking in a jungle of edible foods and pretty wild flowers. The kids of South Gates middle school will be helping me maintain the edible forest (aka garden) while letting nature show…

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Fleming is Buzzing 

After we installed the drip irrigation earlier this summer, I returned back to Fleming middle school to the smiling faces of the kids and the buzzing sound of the bees! Fleming’s garden has got a lot of herbs and that’s not by mistake. Soon We will be learning all about  the pollinators, we’ll be seed…

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Let’s get Growing!

The first day at a new school means new faces, new garden friends, and new energy! Today was GREAT! Stepping into Mr. Perez classroom was like stepping into a kitchen, in fact, several kitchens! Being it the first class and having the honor of teaching kids in nutrional I & II as well as Restaurant…

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