The Garden Keeps On Giving

The summer camp students designed a series of collages and drawings of what they saw and experienced in the garden, they used traditional and digital media to create their pieces. The following are some the kid’s observations: “Today I am so excited because we actually got to make a quinoa salad. First, we were taught…

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July: Growing In So Many Ways

We ended the Spring Session with the afterschool students releasing Monarch butterflies and celebrating an early harvest. The students prepared a salad with strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, chives, Swiss chard, three types of basil, Italian oregano, spearmint, and chocolate mint. The children were introduced to shiitake mushrooms; which they had not eaten before. Here some of…

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April & May: Time to Plant & Reflect

During the last five weeks, the kids have been planting and seeing their seeds grow. We are growing carrots, beets, two different kinds of lettuces, cucumbers, Habanero peppers —these are part a seed exchange program with the Global Partner Junior group in Mexico City, bok choy, onions, eggplants, chives, strawberries, chocolate mint, parsley, lemon thyme,…

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Growing Season Begins!

This week the students began planting using small seed trays and covering the cells with potting mix making sure to fill them to the top. Then made 1/4 inch deep dimple in each cell and placed two to three seeds into each cell. By using this method if all seeds in one cell start to…

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Quinoa Salad by Illari

Illari, a seven-year-old from Peru, shows students how to prepare a quinoa salad 🙂 First step boil water, once the water is boiling add the quinoa. For two cups of quinoa use four cups of water and add salt to taste. Chop one sweet red pepper and two handfuls of celery into tiny pieces. Once…

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Garden Kitchen Lab Visits East New York Farm

Students visited the East New York Farm to learn more about planting, watering, weeding techniques, how to compost and beekeeping. The purpose of the visit was for the children to imagine what their garden could become one day.                     

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Katie’s Krops Grant

Serenity was awarded the Katies’s Krops grant, and the Garden Kitchen Lab will be able to start building the garden! The goal of this program is to teach children how to farm, appreciate, and eat what they grow, and give part of the harvest to people in need. It is this experience that little by…

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Strawberry Sensory Experience

I asked the children to observe a strawberry carefully and smell it before they taste it, taking small bites until finishing one strawberry slowly. I gave them crayons and asked them to draw and write how they felt about strawberries. Mama strawberry, baby strawberry, and strawberry ‘eggs’.   The outside of a strawberry and the…

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