Garden Kitchen Lab

The Garden Kitchen Lab is a backyard-to-table educational program for underserved communities. Our mission is to give youth and their families 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 citizens, so they understand the link between food production, the environment and their health, and take ownership of their nutrition.

Starting the growing season ~ 2016!

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This year’s growing season started by adding two additional beds to the garden and showing kids how to start a raised bed form scratch. They laid plastic, poked holes for drainage and added layers of organic potting soil and compost for a good grow. Some of the compost added came from our own compost bin which we started last year. After school kids learned to plant from seeds, learned how to transplant seedlings and how to feed the garden a mix of organic vegetable food. After eight weeks students were able to see the progress, harvesting twelve lettuces, eight beets and ten broccolis! By the end of the spring they were quizzed to asses how much had the children absorbed from the lessons.

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