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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“Food Lab” at Garden Kitchen Lab

Garden Kitchen Lab is developing a new series of projects called “Media With A Purpose”; which aims at using technology as a vehicle to learn about sustainability and other cultures through food and cooking.

Thank you Media Coordinators Chad Chenali and Belinda McKeever for collaborating with me on this project!

#MediaWithAPurpose #Food Lab #FabiolaCaceres #ChadChenali #BelindaMcKeever

 


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Garden Kitchen Lab – St. John’s on BRIC TV

We are very proud Garden Kitchen lab was featured on BRIC TV’s Brooklyn Stories. This local initiative is now offered at Red Hook Recreation Center, Sunset Park Recreation Center and McCarren Playground Recreation Center. This is just the beginning of what Garden Kitchen Lab has to offer to the communities and NYC Parks, stay tuned!

Special thank to St. John’s Recreation Center Management, especially to Andrea Williams who runs a super tight ship with the after school-drop-in program at St. John’s. Her dedication and passion to the well being of these children is inspiring.


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June And Harvesting Already!

The kids have been working in the garden almost every afternoon. They have learned how to plant, how to use the tools properly, how to measure and distribute the plant area correctly, so when plants grow are not so close to each other. They really like to use the weed grabbers and have been cleaning out the area from weeds quite well.

We yield 10 pounds of vegetables already! The kids harvested lettuce, parsley and chives. With some of the produce we made a quinoa salad for twenty five kids. The children washed the veggies, chopped the chives, red pepper and the parsley. We mixed everything with organic quinoa, avocado and strawberry vinaigrette. The children loved it and everyone had seconds! An additional lesson about where does the quinoa grain comes from and who grows it was also part of the class.

The kids completed their journals writing about their experiences planting, composting and cooking. Grabbing food scraps and shredding them before adding them to the compost and looking for red worms were some of their favorite activities.

We continued planting for an early fall harvest: Radicchio, mesclun lettuce, pole beans, red bell peppers and butternut squash. Herbs and flowers: anise hyssop, lemon balm, royal blue veronica, milkweed, lambada, cosmos, flanders poppy, portulaca and honeysuckle to attract bees and butterflies.

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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 a two handfuls of celery into very small 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 aide 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 where inspired by another child to prepare something new and how receptive they were to new tastes.

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