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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~ GROW Brooklyn Festival 2017

The Friends of Garden Kitchen Lab were honored to host the second “GROW Brooklyn Festival” on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at the St. John’s Recreation Center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. We were delighted to receive 19 different local organizations who offered engaging interactive activities for the community. This year’s theme was Diversity Through Food. A fun-filled urban agriculture festival to encourage everyone to embrace the garden-to-kitchen movement promoting cultural diversity through cuisine. From taking seeds, seedlings and learning how to compost; to learn how to make a Venezuelan plantain bread and an Afghani veggie spring roll and tasting; to learn how to make an affordable vertical garden; or learn how to recognize local wild edibles, the community responded positively.

Approximately 300 visitors – children, families and seniors from the vicinity and from other areas in Brooklyn attended the event. Our goal was to create a fun, immersive and inspiring experience like we did last year, that empowers visitors to adopt healthy habits, try their hand at growing and eating their own food, and understand other cultures through food.

For more information on this event, please visit us on Facebook to learn more about that day and future events.

             

 


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Spring 2015: Our new garden at St. John’s!

We started our growing season this April First with the help of the New York Restoration Project. The NYRP focuses on building and restoring vacant lots, public parks, schools, sidewalks and waterfronts in communities of need. The St. John’s Center located in Crown Heights had the privilege to have the NYRP designing and building our new garden: Planters, trellises and a compost bin to turn St. John’s into a sustainable center, this last our final project for the Global Partner’s Junior program which our Garden Kitchen Lab students are also a part of.

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