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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Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are

NYC Parks Media Education partnered with NYC Beekeeping to develop a new series of projects called “Media With A Purpose.” To join ‘sustainability’ and ‘media,’ and how technology and agriculture can and should work hand in hand. This film was created by teen students of Red Hook and Sunset Media Labs in record time! Thank you CTE Summer Scholars for interns Mayumi Gurung, Emily Lee, Jacquline Salas, Aziza Alvarenga, and Mario Lowe. They were all incredibly talented apprentices who filmed and edited this documentary in three days!!!

Thank you, Media Education Coordinator, Beatrice Toscano for your rigorous student’s training, you rock! ­čĺ¬

Thank you NYC Parks Five Boroughs for allowing us to film on the green roof, and for all of your fantastic resources. Thank you, NYC Parks Media Education, for all your ongoing support. Thank you, Liane Newton, for being an inspiration to our Red Hook and Sunset students through this project! ­čÉŁ

#MediaWithAPurpose #LianeNewton #MaxLerner #FabiolaCaceres #BeatriceToscano #NYCParksFiveBorough #nycbeekeeping.org #bees #beekeeping


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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