Garden Kitchen Lab

The Garden Kitchen Lab is a backyard-to-table STEAM educational program for underserved communities. Our mission is to give youth access to healthy and locally grown food through starting and sustaining food-producing gardens. This hands-on multi-disciplinary program puts the power in the hands of community children, so they understand the link between food production and the environment, and take ownership of their health.

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Peaches & Strawberries Tofu Salad

For our last spring class students prepared a peach strawberry baby arugula salad with tofu. The slightly bitter taste of the baby arugula mixed with the sweetness of the peaches and strawberries make this salad a hot summer plate for children. To season it we used salt to taste and olive oil. As usual, the children loved chopping their fruits and veggies, meet my little chopping machines!

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Quinoa Salad by Illari

Illari, a seven-year-old from Peru, shows students how to prepare a quinoa salad 🙂 First step boil water, once the water is boiling add the quinoa. For two cups of quinoa use four cups of water and add salt to taste. Chop one sweet red pepper and two handfuls of celery into tiny pieces. Once the quinoa boiled use a strainer to discard the water and pour it to a large bowl to cool it down. Add the pepper and the celery. Use a blender to dissolve the pulp of two passion fruits and use a strainer to keep only the pulp. Add it to the quinoa mix. Add salt and olive oil to taste. Mix one avocado with olive oil and salt and use it to garnish. This recipe serves ten people. Through this activity, the children learned quinoa grows in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Colombia and that it needs high altitudes to grow. With the aid of a world map, the children located these countries and understood how quinoa is harvested. They also tasted passion fruit for the first time. It was beautiful to see how the kids were inspired by another child to prepare something new and how receptive they were too to new flavors.

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Garden Kitchen Lab Visits East New York Farm

Students visited the East New York Farm to learn more about planting, watering, weeding techniques, how to compost and beekeeping. The purpose of the visit was for the children to imagine what their garden could become one day.

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