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.

Garden Kitchen Lab & NYC Parks Urban Rangers

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The St. John’s and Sunset Park Recreation children visited Salt Marsh this spring. The Salt Marsh Nature Center serves several vital roles in our communities, leading in wild life education, environmental studies and recreational activities. Garden Kitchen Lab partnered with the Urban Parks Rangers in teaching our children how to forage local wild edible plants and prepare a medicinal plant based oil in situ. Rangers Judith Velosky coordinated the location of the local wild plants at Salt Marsh, and Ranger Andrew Brownjohn taught the children the medicinal properties of several plants and how to forage Juniper seeds, Bay leaves, Rose petals, Mugwort and so many more plants. His knowledge and experience not only of the Salt Marsh location but of plants in general was very impressive. The children were in awe to know all the plants they had seen, but not pay attention to before had a medicinal value. This was the first time Garden Kitchen Lab tested this lesson and it went so well we will be bringing the children to foraging again!


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