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Fleming Middle School

The Fleming Middle School garden opened in Spring 2016. It has over ten raised beds.

Fleming Middle School

By enrichla / June 12, 2017
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Interesting finds and Fiber – Fleming Middle

By Yancy Comins / June 1, 2017

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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Trimming at Fleming

By Yancy Comins / May 17, 2017

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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Building a Good Composting System

By Alex Aleshire / May 12, 2017

After talking about microorganisms that function in anaerobic conditions, I wanted to teach the kids how we could build a composting system that, when given the right conditions, would thrive!  The ingredients that get placed into a composting system are just as important as knowing about the decomposing organisms that live, reproduce and flourish in…

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Fermentation, It’s What Chocolate is all about!

By Alex Aleshire / May 11, 2017

The kids at Fleming are all about discovering how food works in our world, and what better way to open up some discussion than to to talk about Chocolate!  What I really wanted to emphasis was what gives chocolate it’s great flavor.  Most kids didn’t realize how big a role “fermentation” has in giving cocoa…

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Compost Awareness Week – Fleming Middle

By Yancy Comins / May 10, 2017

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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Spreading the Word at Fleming!

By Alex Aleshire / April 10, 2017

Now that the students have learned to compost, I thought, “Hey! They can teach others about composting!”  So today the kids began a poster project where they will “spread the word” to other students and faculty about how to properly add ingredients to the composting bin. In class, we did a quick review on composting…

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Lunch in the Garden – Fleming

By Yancy Comins / March 23, 2017

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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New Succulent Garden – Fleming

By Yancy Comins / March 23, 2017

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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It’s a veggie perspective – Fleming middle

By Yancy Comins / February 28, 2017

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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Working on world veggies – Fleming Middle

By Yancy Comins / February 19, 2017

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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The growth – Fleming middle

By Yancy Comins / February 10, 2017

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

By Yancy Comins / February 2, 2017

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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Here comes the Veggies – Fleming middle

By Yancy Comins / January 28, 2017

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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Compost Day at Fleming middle

By Yancy Comins / January 21, 2017

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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Heaps of rain – Healthy Veggies – Fleming middle

By Yancy Comins / January 21, 2017

Coming back to my 6th grade kids and our garden crops after winter break was great. We had kale chard beets peas and so much more… We will be making some good green smoothies and salads very soon!

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GIFT GIVING AND FRUIT/VEGGIE JUICE – FLEMING

By Yancy Comins / December 29, 2016

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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Shed your skin young grasshopper – Fleming Middle

By Yancy Comins / December 8, 2016

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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Findings at Fleming – Fleming Middle

By Yancy Comins / November 30, 2016

Today at Fleming was and always has been, awesome! We finished off our Herb presentations and got to take some time outside fertilizing observing and finding. Oh yes, we also had several taste tests where the students were to taste a veggie and give their take on its flavor profile experience. I think the students…

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Herbs and a side salad! – Fleming Middle

By Yancy Comins / November 29, 2016

So… Mission: “Herb poster project” is accomplished. And I must say that I am proud! My students really went in and dig a great job on their posters. Presentation day was today and I almost shed a garden tear as these kids spoke profound and proud about their herb! Meanwhile, while group presentations were taking…

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One man’s trash is another schools compost! – Fleming Middle

By Yancy Comins / November 10, 2016

We have been talking about juicing for a few weeks now at Fleming Middle school. And this week, it finally happened! This class was fun and a tasty one as well. After learning about fertilizer and smelling some good organic fish guts, this week we blessed the classroom with a much sweeter aromatic; Fruits and…

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Stinking it up at Fleming Middle

By Yancy Comins / November 7, 2016

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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Plant Life – Fleming Middle

By Yancy Comins / October 31, 2016

Herb project in full action here. Eggplants are thriving in this weird Cali weather Some holiday pumpkin fun!

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Work- work – work work – work – work 

By Yancy Comins / October 23, 2016

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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If mom forgot to pack your lunch….

By Yancy Comins / October 13, 2016

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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Plant Life 

By Yancy Comins / October 13, 2016

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

By Yancy Comins / September 28, 2016

​​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!

By Yancy Comins / September 25, 2016

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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Plants & Humans

By Yancy Comins / September 14, 2016

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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Fleming is Buzzing 

By Yancy Comins / September 9, 2016

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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Harvesting Veggies at Fleming MS

By Temo Helenes / May 16, 2016

This week we learned what fruits or veggies are in season right now and why its important to wait until they are ripe before picking them. We harvested lots of beautiful veggies like the japanese cucumbers, tomatoes,red lettuce and kale. We made a bountiful salad complemented with some strawberries, sunflower seeds, almond shavings and a…

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Alexys visits Fleming Middle School!

By Alexys Thomas / May 9, 2016

  At Fleming Middle School, I ran into Garden Ranger Temo working alongside the horticulture students, cleaning up beds and adding mulch in the garden after their lesson. I visited this garden before anything was planted, and it was WONDERFUL to see how well it is doing.  

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Edible plant parts @ Fleming MS

By Temo Helenes / May 9, 2016

  Today the kids learned about the different edible parts of a plant:  the fruits, roots, flowers, stem, leaves & seeds. They identified what parts of the veggies growing in our garden are edible. We found some awesome garden dwellers and identified them as friends or foes. Then the kids chopped & composted some old…

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Fleming Garden is Open!

By Temo Helenes / May 9, 2016

  Enrich LA started a new garden partnership with Fleming MS in Lomita, CA.  The raised beds were put in and planted with the hard work of Ms.Nguyen’s horticultural class. The kids have learned their garden chores and are excited to plant the seedlings they started. Tomatoes and cucumbers are the biggest, kale and chives…

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