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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“Food Lab” at Garden Kitchen Lab

Garden Kitchen Lab will be developing new projects called “Media With A Purpose”; which aims at leveraging technology to learn about sustainability, and other cultures through food and cooking.

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

#MediaWithAPurpose #Food Lab #FabiolaCaceres #ChadChenali #BelindaMcKeever

 


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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!

#BeatriceToscano #DianaBaker #GardenKitchenLabVolunteers #AndrewMaslowski #MaureenMedina #MelanieLewis #RosaMaruffo #DianneBlifeld #Katie’sKrops #LianeNewton #USAGDEV #YouAreAllGems #LoveYourCommunity


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Hello Spring! — Garden Kitchen Lab at Sunset, McCarren, Red Hook & St. John’s Media Labs

Special thanks to NYC Parks Five Borough and the Sustainability Division for assembling and delivering all our compost bins in record time!!! Beautiful work! 🙂

A huge thank you to all the beautiful people who are making this program possible!!! My total gratitude to all the NYC Parks Media Education Coordinators Beatrice Toscano at Sunset Recreation Center and Diana Baker at the McCarren Play Center. To Andrew Maslowski, who tends our gardens at all four locations, helped us build and assemble trellises, and assists teaching. To Maureen Medina and Keith Smith, who water the gardens at St. John’s and Red Hook every single day! To Maureen McNellis who helped open the Red Hook garden and kickoff the season, and to Dianne Bliffeld for leading the class at Red Hook.

Thank you #Katie’sKrops for continuing giving us your support since 2014 for buying all the organic seeds and seedlings for all our gardens. Thank you to #LianeNewton #USAGDEV for buying four scales to weight our produce, and purchasing the garden stakes to tie our tomatoes at St. John’s.

#BeatriceToscano, #DianaBaker, #AndrewMaslowski, #MaureenMedina, #MelanieLewis, #KeithSmith, #RosaMaruffo, #DianneBliffeld, #Maureen McNellis


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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 contribute to the communities and NYC Parks, stay tuned!

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