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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Here Comes The Sun! 🌞 — Garden Kitchen Lab at McCarren, Sunset, St. John’s and Red Hook Media Labs

Thank you very much for your ongoing support and for making Garden Kitchen Lab possible! Thank you, Liane Newton, for your support this year, and the beautiful, and super-useful food-scales!

#BeatriceToscano #DianaBaker #GardenKitchenLabVolunteers #AndrewMaslowski #MaureenMedina #MelanieLewis #RosaMaruffo #DianneBlifeld #Katie’sKrops #LianeNewton #USAGDEV #YouAreAllGems #LoveYourCommunity


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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! 🙂

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


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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 Recreation Center had NYRP designing and building our new garden: Planters, trellises, and a compost bin. This is our final project for the Global Partner’s Junior project, which our Garden Kitchen Lab students are also a part of.

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