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.


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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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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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