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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Here Comes The Sun! ­čî× ÔÇö Garden Kitchen Lab at McCarren, Sunset, St. John’s and Red Hook Media Labs

Thank you very much for your ongoing support and for making Garden Kitchen Lab possible! Thank you, Liane Newton, for your support this year, and the beautiful, and super-useful food-scales!

#BeatriceToscano #DianaBaker #GardenKitchenLabVolunteers #AndrewMaslowski #MaureenMedina #MelanieLewis #RosaMaruffo #DianneBlifeld #Katie’sKrops #LianeNewton #USAGDEV #YouAreAllGems #LoveYourCommunity


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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! ­čÖé

A huge thank you to all the beautiful people who are 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 Andrew Maslowski, who tends our gardens at all four locations, helped us build and assemble trellises, and assists teaching. 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. Thank you to #LianeNewton #USAGDEV for buying four scales to weight our produce, and purchasing the garden stakes to tie our tomatoes at St. John’s.

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


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~ Garden Kitchen Lab at Sunset’s Media Lab

Digging in the dirt, planting, harvesting, and cooking activities. A new fantastic 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 at McCarren Play Center

Digging in the dirt, planting, harvesting, and cooking activities. A new fantastic 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. Chefs Heather Meehan and Christy Robb joined forces to bring this free of cost farm-to-table experience to children 8 to 13 years old.

The NYCParks Workforce Development unit provided us with trainees Tysha Dade and Keith Smith who assisted Garden Kitchen Lab throughout the growing season. This program specializes in training opportunities and career coaching with NYCParks.

Garden Kitchen Lab is offered at the McCarren Play Center. For more information contact Fabiola Cáceres at diana.baker@parks.nyc.gov


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A New Garden Kitchen Lab Community

For our last summer class, we partnered with Iyaho Social Services, a great organization that offers different services to people with disabilities. This lovely group of students enjoyed an afternoon of harvesting, cooking, and preparing their own lunch. A couple of community children volunteered to assist during class, showing that they had learned what the Garden Kitchen Lab program is about. More than that, they were tolerant, compassionate, and genuinely interested in helping out. Volunteer educator Andrew Maslowski, a Community & Environmental Sociologist lead the class. Everyone had a good time, and we look forward to offering more courses to this new community.

        


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Cucumber Avocado Chilled Soup

A perfect summer recipe, refreshing and comfortable for the children to make on their own. The children learn how to cook and bring the methods back home to teach their parents how to go from garden-to-table! This is was our last class with Dianne Bliffeld, our Board of Education teacher who so generously donated her time this summer.