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.

Food Lab, A New Garden Kitchen Lab Project

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Food Lab aims at using technology as a vehicle to learn about sustainability; and other cultures through food and hands-on cooking. This food-media workshop explores how we communicate through food and cooking; children make their cooking show, and teens learn how to produce and edit a TV show! Youth with no knowledge of cooking or TV production is leaving after just one day, with a wealth of new knowledge and skills.

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“Food Lab” at Garden Kitchen Lab

Garden Kitchen Lab will be developing new projects called “Media With A Purpose”; which aims at leveraging technology to learn about sustainability, and other cultures through food and cooking.

Thank you Media Education 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 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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~ 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 in Red Hook

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. Board of Education instructor Shevon Gant and Chef 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 Red Hook Recreation Center. For more information contact Fabiola Cáceres at fabiola.caceres@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.