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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Here Comes The Sun! ūüĆě ‚ÄĒ 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!

#BeatriceToscano #DianaBaker #GardenKitchenLabVolunteers #GardenKitchenLabVolunteerAndrewMaslowski #GardenKitchenLabVolunteerMaureenMedina #GardenKitchenLabVolunteerMelanieLewis #GardenKitchenLabVolunteerRosaMaruffo #GardenKitchenLabVolunteerDianneBlifeld #GardenKitchenLabVolunteerMaureenMcNellis #Katie’sKrops #nycbeekeeping.org #USAGDEV #YouAreAllGems #LoveYourCommunity


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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! ūüôā

#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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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 & NYC Parks Urban Rangers

The St. John’s and Sunset Park Recreation children visited Salt Marsh this spring. The Salt Marsh Nature Center serves several vital roles in our communities, leading in wild life education, environmental studies and recreational activities. Garden Kitchen Lab partnered with the Urban Parks Rangers in teaching our children how to forage local wild edible plants and prepare a medicinal plant based oil in situ. Rangers Judith Velosky coordinated the location of the local wild plants at Salt Marsh, and Ranger Andrew Brownjohn taught the children the medicinal properties of several plants and how to forage Juniper seeds, Bay leaves, Rose petals, Mugwort and so many more plants. His knowledge and experience not only of the Salt Marsh location but of plants in general was very impressive. The children were in awe to know all the plants they had seen, but not pay attention to before had a medicinal value. This was the first time Garden Kitchen Lab tested this lesson and it went so well we will be bringing the children to foraging again!