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!
One of our staple recipes is homemade pesto sauce. You can use basil, parsley, cilantro, kale or spinach, this summer we made a basil pesto sauce kindly donated by Gotham Greens, a worldwide pioneer in hydroponic agriculture using clean energy. #GothamGrows has been one our sponsors for some years now supplying greens and herbs seedlings to our gardens. Today’s basil was harvested by our community children at the St. John’s GardenKitchen Lab station with the guidance of Dianne Bliffeld, a new Board of Education instructor.
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.
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