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.

Garden-to-Table at MOFAD

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MOFAD’s Global Cultures, Global Cuisines program welcomed Garden Kitchen Lab-McCarren highlighting MOFAD’s show, Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant.

Museum Educator, Loren Silber organized a fun scavenger hunt for children to learn about Chinese food and culture. Chef, Camila Rinaldi, and Museum Educator Assistant Danqing Zhu gave us an introduction to Chinese ingredients, and cooking tools, showing us how to use the chopstick to dip and taste, and an introduction to Chinese recipes and demonstrations with the vegetables the children grew! We made vegetable-steamed and fried dumplings, and sugar-coated cherry-tomatoes, based on an original Chinese dessert called Sugar-Coated Haws.

Thank you very much, MOFAD team for assembling a fantastic workshop; thank you, Catherine Piccoli, for developing a beautiful exhibition; Colin Walker for overseeing this public program, and Diana Baker for coordinating everything on the ground for Garden Kitchen Lab. We hope we can repeat this; it was an enjoyable learning experience for us all.


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Our Summer Harvest!

Five gardens; four coordinators; one volunteer, and one-hundred and sixteen students. We did it!

Thank you very much, Katie’s Krops for funding all our five gardens for six years now! Thank you, Beatrice Toscano, Diana Baker, Dianne Bliffeld and Andrew Maslowski for running the program in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Garden Kitchen Lab can not wait for what we accomplish in the next growing season.

Food Lab, A New Garden Kitchen Lab Project

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Food Lab aims at using technology as a vehicle to learn about sustainability; and other cultures through food and hands-on cooking. This food-media workshop explores how we communicate through food and cooking; children make their cooking show, and teens learn how to produce and edit a TV show! Youth with no knowledge of cooking or TV production is leaving after just one day, with a wealth of new knowledge and skills.

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Garden Kitchen Lab in the Bronx!

Garden Kitchen Lab moves to its very first Public School, PS18 in the Bronx! This new garden is possible thanks to New York Common Pantry, DREAM Charter After School, Katie’s Krops, and Andrew Maslowski. Thank you, Andrew, for your dedication and commitment to this program.


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Here Comes The Sun! 🌞 — Garden Kitchen Lab at McCarren, Sunset, St. John’s and Red Hook Media Labs

Thank you very much for your ongoing support and for making Garden Kitchen Lab possible! Thank you, Liane Newton, for your support this year, and the beautiful, and super-useful food-scales!

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Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are

NYC Parks Media Education partnered with NYC Beekeeping to develop a new series of projects called “Media With A Purpose.” To join ‘sustainability’ and ‘media,’ and how technology and agriculture can and should work hand in hand. This film was created by teen students of Red Hook and Sunset Media Labs in record time! Thank you CTE Summer Scholars for interns Mayumi Gurung, Emily Lee, Jacquline Salas, Aziza Alvarenga, and Mario Lowe. They were all incredibly talented apprentices who filmed and edited this documentary in three days!!!

Thank you, Media Education Coordinator, Beatrice Toscano for your rigorous student’s training, you rock! 💪

Thank you NYC Parks Five Boroughs for allowing us to film on the green roof, and for all of your fantastic resources. Thank you, NYC Parks Media Education, for all your ongoing support. Thank you, Liane Newton, for being an inspiration to our Red Hook and Sunset students through this project! 🐝

#MediaWithAPurpose #LianeNewton #MaxLerner #FabiolaCaceres #BeatriceToscano #NYCParksFiveBorough #bees #beekeeping