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.


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

Thank very much for your ongoing support and for making Garden Kitchen Lab possible!

#BeatriceToscano #DianaBaker #GardenKitchenLabVolunteers #GardenKitchenLabVolunteerAndrewMaslowski #GardenKitchenLabVolunteerMaureenMedina #GardenKitchenLabVolunteerMelanieLewis #GardenKitchenLabVolunteerRosaMaruffo #GardenKitchenLabVolunteerDianneBlifeld #GardenKitchenLabVolunteerMaureenMcNellis #Katie’sKrops #nycbeekeeping.org #USAGDEV #YouAreAllGems #LoveYourCommunity


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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”. In an effort 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 Coordinator Beatrice Toscano for your rigorous student’s training, you rock! ūü홬†Thank you NYC Parks Five Borough for¬†allowing us to film on your green roof¬†and for all of your amazing resources; thank you NYC Parks Media Education¬†for all your ongoing support, and thank you Liane Newton for being an inspiration and role model to our students!¬†ūüźĚ

#MediaWithAPurpose #LianeNewton #MaxLerner #FabiolaCaceres #BeatriceToscano #NYCParksFiveBorough #nycbeekeeping.org #USAGDEV #bees #beekeeping


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Earth Day at Red Hook

Organized by the Red Hook Recreation Center, the Earth Day celebrations were a wonderful opportunity for NYC Parks Media Education and Garden Kitchen Lab to meet-and-greet with other like minded organizations. Thank you #GrowGotham (Gotham Greens) for donating 1,200 basil and lettuce seedlings giveaways. It was a fantastic way to start the growing season, and the children absolutely loved it!!! Thank you Isiah Forde, Ali Khan and Deborah Grant for the invite!


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~ Garden Kitchen Lab Sunset Park

Digging in the dirt, planting, harvesting and cooking activities. A new wonderful opportunity for children to learn how to go from garden-to-table was offered by NYC Parks Public Programs in collaboration with Katie’s Krops and Allergic to Salad. This class teaches children how to start and sustain food producing gardens; harvest, cook healthy meals, and understand how science and cooking are closely related than it meets the eye. Media Education Coordinator Beatrice Toscano and Chef Soni Strandell joined forces to bring this free of cost farm-to-table experience to children 8 to 13 years old.

Garden Kitchen Lab is offered at the Sunset Park Recreation Center. For more information contact Beatrice Toscano at beatrice.toscano@parks.nyc.gov


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~ Garden Kitchen Lab Red Hook

Digging in the dirt, planting, harvesting and cooking activities. A new wonderful opportunity for children to learn how to go from garden-to-table was offered by NYC Parks Public Programs in collaboration with Katie’s Krops and Allergic to Salad. This class teaches children how to start and sustain food producing gardens; harvest, cook healthy meals, and understand how science and cooking are closely related than it meets the eye. Board of Education instructor Shevon Gant and Chef Christy Robb joined forces to bring this free of cost farm-to-table experience to children 8 to 13 years old.

The NYCParks Workforce Development unit provided us with trainees Tysha Dade and Keith Smith who assisted Garden Kitchen Lab throughout the growing season. This program specializes in training opportunities and career coaching with NYCParks.

Garden Kitchen Lab is offered at the Red Hook Recreation Center. For more information contact Fabiola Cáceres at fabiola.caceres@parks.nyc.gov


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~ Garden Kitchen Lab McCarren Play Center

Digging in the dirt, planting, harvesting and cooking activities. A new wonderful opportunity for children to learn how to go from garden-to-table was offered by NYC Parks Public Programs in collaboration with Katie’s Krops and Allergic to Salad. This class teaches children how to start and sustain food producing gardens; harvest, cook healthy meals, and understand how science and cooking are closely related than it meets the eye. Chefs Heather Meehan and Christy Robb joined forces to bring this free of cost farm-to-table experience to children 8 to 13 years old.

The NYCParks Workforce Development unit provided us with trainees Tysha Dade and Keith Smith who assisted Garden Kitchen Lab throughout the growing season. This program specializes in training opportunities and career coaching with NYCParks.

Garden Kitchen Lab is offered at the McCarren Play Center. For more information contact Fabiola Cáceres at fabiola.caceres@parks.nyc.gov


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New Garden Kitchen Lab Community

For our last summer class we partnered with Iyaho Social Services, a great organization which offers different services to people with disabilities. This lovely group of students enjoyed an afternoon of harvesting, cooking and preparing their own lunch. A couple of community children volunteered to assist during class, showing that they had learn what the Garden Kitchen Lab program is about. More than that, they were tolerant, compassionate and genuinely interested in helping out. Volunteer educator Andrew Maslowski, a Community & Environmental Sociologist lead the class. Everyone had a good time and we look forward to offer more classes to this new community.