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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Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are

NYC Parks Media Education partnered with NYC Beekeeping to develop a new series of projects called “Media With A Purpose”. In an effort to join ‘sustainability’ and ‘media’; and how technology and agriculture can and should work hand in hand. This film was created by teen students of Red Hook and Sunset Media Labs in record time! Thank you CTE Summer Scholars for interns Mayumi Gurung, Emily Lee, Jacquline Salas, Aziza Alvarenga and Mario Lowe, they were all incredibly talented apprentices who filmed and edited this documentary in three days!!! Thank you Media Coordinator Beatrice Toscano for your rigorous student’s training, you rock! 💪 Thank you NYC Parks Five Borough for allowing us to film on your green roof and for all of your amazing resources; thank you NYC Parks Media Education for all your ongoing support, and thank you Liane Newton for being an inspiration and role model to our students! 🐝

#MediaWithAPurpose #LianeNewton #MaxLerner #FabiolaCaceres #BeatriceToscano #NYCParksFiveBorough #nycbeekeeping.org #USAGDEV #bees #beekeeping


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~ GROW Brooklyn Festival 2017

The Friends of Garden Kitchen Lab were honored to host the second “GROW Brooklyn Festival” on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at the St. John’s Recreation Center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. We were delighted to receive 19 different local organizations who offered engaging interactive activities for the community. This year’s theme was Diversity Through Food. A fun-filled urban agriculture festival to encourage everyone to embrace the garden-to-kitchen movement promoting cultural diversity through cuisine. From taking seeds, seedlings and learning how to compost; to learn how to make a Venezuelan plantain bread and an Afghani veggie spring roll and tasting; to learn how to make an affordable vertical garden; or learn how to recognize local wild edibles, the community responded positively.

Approximately 300 visitors – children, families and seniors from the vicinity and from other areas in Brooklyn attended the event. Our goal was to create a fun, immersive and inspiring experience like we did last year, that empowers visitors to adopt healthy habits, try their hand at growing and eating their own food, and understand other cultures through food.

For more information on this event, please visit us on Facebook to learn more about that day and future events.

             

 


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Cucumber Lemon Agave Ice Cubes

The children had so much fun preparing this recipe! And it was so simple to make. We used 3/4 liter of water, 20 lemons, 1 1/4 large cucumber, 8 spoons of agave and 9 ice trays. First, the children took the lemon seeds off and squeezed the juice in a plate; the lemon juice was then placed in the water container adding the spoons of agave. We shaved the cucumbers with graders and added the julienned cucumber on each of the cubes and placed the trays in the freezer for three hours. The kids loved the taste of these cucumber ice cubes and did not missed sugar flavor at all. We are also growing cucumbers in the garden so we will be making more recipes with this vegetable throughout the summer! Below some pictures of this experience and adding compost to our onion plant.

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