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.

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 – 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.


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Beet Bop A Lula

The children harvested their own beets and used them to make a banana-blueberry-beet smoothie. This has been a popular recipe for a few years now, and we will be introducing other flavor smoothies in the future! Dianne Bliffeld, a new Board of Education volunteer, did an excellent job leading this class.

   

 


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Garden Kitchen Lab 2017 Brooklyn Expansion!

Garden Kitchen Lab is proud to announce its Brooklyn expansion to three additional sites! Red Hook Recreation Center, Sunset Park Recreation Center and McCarren Playground Center.

This expansion was made possible NYC Parks: Emily Chase, Commissioner for Urban Parks Service and Public Programs; Kendra Van Horn, Director of Programming and Strategic Planning for Recreation; Ed Feldman, Chief of Fiscal Management and Resources; Marty Maher, Brooklyn Borough Commissioner; Eileen Dalton, Brooklyn Borough Chief; Ana Maria Campos, Director of Computer Resource Centers; Marlaina Headley, Deputy Director Computer Resource Centers and Ezra Wolkenfeld, Computer Resource Centers Analyst. Thank you very much, everyone! We hope these food gardens initiative will raise the living standards of our local communities and help them take ownership of their own nutrition.


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Presto Pesto!

Great class! Students harvested basil, took the leaves and flowers off the stems and helped add it to the blender. Mixed it with walnuts, olive oil and a bit of salt. Presto! The 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 they inevitably like some recipes more than others. They loved the taste of basil! Raw and as pesto. The students received a copy of the recipe and a quiz to write about what they did in class.

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A Tradition: Peruvian Quinoa Salad

Today students learned how to prepare a quinoa salad. Quinoa, a grain g found in the high altitudes of Peru and Bolivia is an excellent source of fiber. Kids harvested cucumbers, tomatoes, chives and basil leaves, and flowers to add to the salad. After some chopping and shredding, they completed their quiz. What to harvest to prepare a quinoa salad and the nutritional value of all the vegetables. A brief lesson on mapping the location of Peru and Bolivia and learning who grows quinoa was also included.

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Beet Smoothies for Everyone!

The garden tells us, ‘what’s cooking.’ Literally. This week’s beets were giving, and it only made sense to prepare something sweet and cold for this hot summer weather. Kids learned how to make beet-banana-smoothies. Easy and a high energy booster!

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