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!

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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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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 a wonderful 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 for their own nutrition.


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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.

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Please like the GROW Brooklyn Festival on Facebook!

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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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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 a great 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 on what to harvest and how to prepare a quinoa salad, as well as the nutritional value of all the vegetables we included today. A brief lesson on mapping the location of Peru and Bolivia and learning who grows quinoa was also included.

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