Food Lab at Chelsea, — a new Garden Kitchen Lab Project

Garden Kitchen Lab will be developing new projects called “Media With A Purpose”; which aims at leveraging technology to learn about sustainability, and other cultures through food and cooking. Thank you Media Education Coordinators Chad Chenali and Belinda McKeever for collaborating with me on this project at Chelsea’s media lab! #MediaWithAPurpose #Food Lab #FabiolaCaceres #ChadChenali…

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Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are

NYC Parks Media Education partnered with NYC Beekeeping to develop a new series of projects called “Media With A Purpose.” To join ‘sustainability’ and ‘media,’ and how technology and agriculture can and should work hand in hand. This film was created by teen students of Red Hook and Sunset Media Labs in record time! Thank…

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~ GROW Brooklyn Festival 2017

The Friends of Garden Kitchen Lab was 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 that offered engaging, interactive activities for the community. This year’s theme was Diversity Through Food. A…

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GROW Brooklyn Festival featured on BRIC TV

Earlier this year, the Friends of Garden Kitchen Lab and Oxfam America Action Corps decided to share the philosophy and activities of the Garden Kitchen Lab program with the broader community. We set about to create a festival, in collaboration with NYC Parks, the Citizens Committee for New York City, and the Seniors Group of…

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Fruits, Veggies & STEAM

The kids learned to connect vegetables and fruits to Makey Makey devices and use them as touch-pads. Red and green apples became video game controllers and clickers to code with Scratch. Carrots, celery, and potatoes were used to play the piano and the drums. The children created their own connection to Earth by crafting aluminum…

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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…

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A Tradition: Peruvian Quinoa Salad

Today students learned how to prepare a quinoa salad. Quinoa, a grain g found in the high altitudes of Peru and Bolivia is an excellent source of fiber. Kids harvested cucumbers, tomatoes, chives and basil leaves, and flowers to add to the salad. After some chopping and shredding, they completed their quiz. What to harvest…

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Beet Smoothies for Everyone!

The garden tells us, ‘what’s cooking.’ Literally. This week’s beets were 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 high energy booster!     

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Beginning the Growing Season ~ 2016!

This year’s growing season started by adding two additional beds to the garden and showing kids how to start a raised bed form scratch. They laid plastic, poked holes for drainage, and added layers of organic potting soil and compost for proper growth. Some of the compost added came from our own compost bin which…

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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 showed videos about how almonds grow from the perspective of a bee, the origins and nutritional benefits of the almonds. Taught the kids how to make almond milk from scratch and prepare a blueberry smoothie.…

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