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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Earth Day at Red Hook

Organized by the Red Hook Recreation Center, the Earth Day celebrations were an excellent opportunity for 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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Homemade Pesto Sauce

One of our staple recipes is homemade pesto sauce. We 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 of 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.

            


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~ GROW Brooklyn Festival 2017

The Friends of Garden Kitchen Lab was 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 that 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 planting seeds and learning how to compost; to learn how to make a Venezuelan plantain bread and an Afghani veggie spring roll taste. 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 immersive and inspiring experiences like we did last year. To empower 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.