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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“I smelled peppermint leaves and tomatoes, it was fun”

“In gardening class we made pesto sauce, beet-banana smoothie, steamed broccoli, quinoa salad, radish avocado toast and tabouleh. We collect vegetables from the garden, then we went upstairs to cut the vegetables like radish and cucumbers. I liked the beet banana smoothie because to me, it tasted like a strawberry smoothie. I loved the quinoa salad! The first bite I took already made me want more. The pesto pasta tasted good because it tasted like regular pasta except it had green pesto sauce.”

“I like to eat and make pesto sauce because you can cut vegetables, see how it grows, then we go to the kitchen and then Ms.Fabiola blends it with oil, salt, put it with the pasta. Next we make beet-banana smoothie. We cut the beets and peel the banana, Ms. Fabiola blended the beet and it was so good!!!”

“I learned about different type of foods and smells of plants like chocolate mint and more. We also used the plants from the garden, for example basil. And we also ate the food that we made.”

“I liked how when we found food in the garden we got to eat and we got to prepare tasty cuisine and we got to eat it. And in the garden there were a lot of bees in their habitat feeding off of flowers and caterpillars biting the leaves.”

“I learned about making pesto sauce and growing tomatoes. Then we was tasted peppermint. We tasted an onion plant. We tasted chocolate mint. We tasted basil.”

 “I love the pesto sauce and the beets smoothie!!!”

“I liked when we cut the plants and cooked, then we got to eat it them. Then we wrote about what we made in the garden and the kitchen.”

“I learned that we can make new different food to eat. We pick plants from the garden and cook in the kitchen. We loved the cooking.”

“I learned how to work together like with other people.”

“What I liked is the gardening class is the beet banana shake and the chocolate mint, and I like being in charge of the kitchen.”

 


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Tabouleh.

You pay attention to what the garden is giving that day or week and you plan ahead. The Garden Kitchen Lab teaches how to grow and how to eat healthy, but it also exposes children to new flavors, smells, it educates the kids palates and encourages them to explore through their senses.

Tabouleh or tabouli is a refreshing, delicious and easy to make salad, and these community children loved being able to prepare it from scratch!

As always, all the cups to eat are made of paper and utensils of bamboo. Everything that the Garden Kitchen Lab uses and discards is 100% compostable.

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