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!

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


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

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

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.

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 gardens, and funding the stakes project at St. John’s.

#BeatriceToscano, #DianaBaker, #AndrewMaslowski, #MaureenMedina, #MelanieLewis, #KeithSmith, #RosaMaruffo, #DianneBliffeld, #Maureen McNellis


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Earth Day at Red Hook

Organized by the Red Hook Recreation Center, the Earth Day celebrations were a wonderful opportunity for NYC Parks Media Education and Garden Kitchen Lab to meet-and-greet with other like minded organizations. Thank you #GrowGotham (Gotham Greens) for donating 1,200 basil and lettuce seedlings giveaways. It was a fantastic way to start the growing season, and the children absolutely loved it!!! Thank you Isiah Forde, Ali Khan and Deborah Grant for the invite!


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~ Garden Kitchen Lab Sunset Park

Digging in the dirt, planting, harvesting and cooking activities. A new wonderful opportunity for children to learn how to go from garden-to-table was offered by NYC Parks Public Programs in collaboration with Katie’s Krops and Allergic to Salad. This class teaches children how to start and sustain food producing gardens; harvest, cook healthy meals, and understand how science and cooking are closely related than it meets the eye. Media Education Coordinator Beatrice Toscano and Chef Soni Strandell joined forces to bring this free of cost farm-to-table experience to children 8 to 13 years old.

Garden Kitchen Lab is offered at the Sunset Park Recreation Center. For more information contact Beatrice Toscano at beatrice.toscano@parks.nyc.gov


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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.