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-berries-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, and then Ms.Fabiola blends it with oil, salt, and we mixed it with the pasta.” Next, we make a beet-banana smoothie. We cut the beets and peel the banana, Ms. Fabiola blended the beet, and it was so good!!!”

“I learned about a 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, and we got to prepare tasty food, and we got to eat it. In the garden, there were bees in their habitat feeding off of flowers and caterpillars on the leaves.”

“I learned about making pesto sauce and growing tomatoes. Then we have 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 it when we cut the plants and cooked, then we got to eat 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 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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Presto Pesto!

Great class! Students harvested basil, took the leaves and flowers off the stems and helped add it to the blender. Mixed it with walnuts, olive oil and a bit of salt. Presto! The pesto sauce was mixed with organic pasta and cherry tomatoes also from the garden. In general, the kids love this program and what they make, but they inevitably like some recipes more than others. They loved the taste of basil! Raw and as pesto. The students received a copy of the recipe and a quiz to write about what they did in class.

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