Garden Kitchen Lab

The Garden Kitchen Lab is a backyard-to-table educational program for underserved communities. Our mission is to give youth and their families 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 citizens, so they understand the link between food production, the environment and their health, and take ownership of their nutrition.


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Allergic To Salad

Intrigued y the name? Allergic To Salad trains children to become young chefs while eating healthy. Chef Sharolyne Ramirez offered a demo on how to do fruit-kebabs! Almost twenty children participated, had fun and learned how to be creative when making a fruit salad.

 


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Cucumber Avocado Chilled Soup

A perfect summer recipe, refreshing and easy for the children to make on their own. The children learn how to cook and bring the recipes back home to teach their parents how to go from garden-to-table! This is was our last class with Dianne Bliffeld, our Board of Eduction teacher who so generously donated her time this summer.


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Tabbouleh Salad, a Lesson on Inclusion

This salad is one of the children’s favorite and brings an opportunity to learn about different cultures through food. The students learn about Syria, Lebanon, Turkey among other countries where this salad comes from, all the vegetables and herbs come from our garden making this recipe a true garden-to-table recipe. Another wonderful experience with Dianne Bliffeld, our new Board of Education instructor.


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Homemade Pesto Sauce

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.

            


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Garden Kitchen Lab – St. John’s on BRIC TV

We are very proud Garden Kitchen lab was featured on BRIC TV’s Brooklyn Stories. This local initiative is now offered at Red Hook Recreation Center, Sunset Park Recreation Center and McCarren Playground Recreation Center. This is just the beginning of what Garden Kitchen Lab has to offer to the communities and NYC Parks, stay tuned!

Special thank to St. John’s Recreation Center Management, especially to Andrea Williams who runs a super tight ship with the after school-drop-in program at St. John’s. Her dedication and passion to the well being of these children is inspiring.


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Beet Bop A Lula

The children harvested their own beets and used them to make a banana-blueberry-beet smoothie. This has been a popular recipe for a few years now and we will be introducing other flavor smoothies in the future! Dianne Bliffeld, a new Board of Education volunteer did a wonderful job leading this class.

   

 


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Broccoli Bonanza at St. John’s Garden Kitchen Lab!

We had almost 30 pounds of harvested broccoli this year! The children learned how to harvest and prepare steamed broccoli during this class. Here our very proud group of children on that day.