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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Here Comes The Sun! 🌞 — 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!

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

A huge thank you to all the wonderful people who is 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 all our amazing volunteers, who show every time and give us their full support: Andrew Maslowski, who tends gardens at all or four locations, performs soil tests, helped us build and assemble trellises at St. John’s and assists teaching at Red Hook. 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. I LOVE you all, you give this project meaning.

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

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

#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 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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GROW Brooklyn Festival featured on BRIC TV

Earlier this year the Friends of Garden Kitchen Lab and Oxfam America Action Corps decided they wanted to share the philosophy and activities of the Garden Kitchen Lab with the broader community, so we set about to create a summer festival. NYC ParksCitizens Committee for New York City and the Seniors Group of the St. John’s Recreation Center joined forces with like-minded organizations in a fun-filled urban farming, culinary and technology festival to encourage young and old alike to embrace the garden-kitchen-lab movement at our first annual GROW Brooklyn Festival.

The GROW Brooklyn Festival showcased organizations who came together to bring greater awareness to the importance of healthy and locally grown food, as well as activities that encouraged children to explore technology, sustainability and environmental issues.

We also had the support of our local community leaders Brooklyn Council Member Robert Cornegy and Laurie Cumbo.

And BRIC TV, an award wining Brooklyn cable TV station invited the Friends of Garden Kitchen Lab to their studios to learn more about our work with the community the Garden Kitchen Lab program.

#urbangarden #food #technology #community #FriendsOfGardenKitchenLab #GardenKitchenLab #ComputerResourceCenters #CitizensCommitteeForNewYorkCity #NeighborhoodGrant #OxfamActionCorps #OxfamAmerica #SenatorJesseHamilton #GreenThumb #GlobalPartnersJunior #MayorsOfficeForInternationalAffairs #MaKeyMaKey #MITLabs #KatiesKrops #NewYorkRestorationProject #ImaniGarden #SacredWarrior #FriendsofBrowerPark #YouthFarm #JustFood #WestSideCampaignAgainstHunger #CrownHeightsFarmShare #596Acres #GothamGreens #NortheastBrooklynHousingDevelopmentCorporation

Please like the GROW Brooklyn Festival on Facebook!

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Swale Food Forest & the Garden Kitchen Lab

This fall Swale and the Garden Kitchen Lab hosted a free public meal showcasing salads, herbal teas and roasted butternut and delicata squashes from Swale’s floating food forest and the Garden Kitchen Lab. The event took place at Pier 6 in Dumbo and we had hundreds of people enjoying an afternoon of foraging and interacting with a public food-forest-park setting where people harvested and ate their own food.

Swale is a collaborative floating food forest where people may visit, partake in the care taking process and learn about food sustainability. Created by artist Mary Mattingly, Swale functions as both an evolving sculpture and a tool by producing healthy food at the intersection of public art and utility. Visitors to Swale will see persimmon, bok choy, yucca, onion, tomatillos, herbs and other perennial fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants. Rainwater is collected from the rooftop of the Biome Arts Greenhouse Theater, a pavilion that serves as a performance space, activist meeting hall, and artist gallery aboard Swale.

Learn more about Swale on our Public Art page and see other Swale-based events here.

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Presto Pesto!

Great class! Students harvested basil, took the leaves and flowers off the stems and helped add it the blender. Mixed it with walnuts, olive oil and a bit of salt. Presto! Pesto sauce was mixed with organic pasta and cherry tomatoes also from the garden. In general the kids love this program and what they make, but it is inevitable they like some recipes more than others. They loved the taste of basil! Raw and as pesto. As usual children walk away with a copy of recipe and complete a quiz of what they did in each class.

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