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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Beet Smoothies for Everyone!

The garden tells us ‘what’s cooking’. Literally. This week beets were what the garden was giving and it only made sense to prepare something sweet and cold for this hot summer weather. Kids learned how to make beet-banana-smoothies. Easy and a great energy booster!

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Winter Garden Kitchen Lab

Biologist and Natural Science educator Monica Franchy visits St. John’s and offers a one-day digital and culinary class.
Ms Franchy shows the children showed videos about how almonds grow from the perspective of a bee, the origins and nutritional benefits of the almonds, etc. and taught the kids how to make almond milk from scratch and prepare a blueberry smoothy.

The After school children filled a Q&A afterwards, so we could assess how much they did absorb from the lesson. This was a pop-up class and pilot for future Garden Kitchen Lab curriculum-building where we would like to have kids record what they learn into visual digital diaries.

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Mango Strawberry Mint Smoothie

This week we started getting tropical and made a mango strawberry smoothie. The ingredients: Organic mango chunks, fresh organic strawberries , fresh organic basil, almond milk and a scoop of goat yogurt. Kids liked it so much, they asked me to make it again!

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Strawberry, Blueberry Coconut Smoothie

The children asked for smoothies and smoothies they’ve got! Strawberries, blueberries, almond milk and honey smoothies.

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We watched a video about how honey is made. The queen bee lays 2,000 eggs per day creating the work force necessary to make honey. One hive of bees can yield up to 7 pounds of honey, that is more than what the bees need to feed themselves; it is that surplus what we end up eating.