Our First History Kitchen-Garden at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum

The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum garden is our first and only garden in Manhattan. At this gem garden, Fabiola Cáceres tested what other gardens will grow in 2022; different varieties of butternut squash, like Tahitian Melon Squash, Orange Butternut Squash, Charentais Melon, which she grew for flavor and its yielding results. Fabiola also planted Glass Gem…

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Our Largest Site —the Hunts Point Bronx Garden

This gorgeous garden was built by New York Restoration Project, a great organization building community gardens and supporting the community steward parks and gardens, promoting food sovereignty, and countering environmental and social injustice throughout the five boroughs for 25 years. NYRP built our first garden in St. John’s, Brooklyn, in 2015, and they continue to be…

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Our One & Only, the St. John’s Garden!

Photography @benhinder Our St. John’s garden is very special to us; it was our first, and we were able to develop the curriculum with the after-school children and with the local community support. Another critical component to our success was the support of the St. John’s Recreation Center staff. Earlier in the spring of 2021, NYC…

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McCarren, Our Little Secret Garden

We had a new garden built in the early spring of 2021, courtesy of NYC Parks GreenThumb. Our seedlings are part of a grant and our long relationship with Katie’s Krops, a wonderful organization that has helped us since our inception in 2014. We are grateful to both organizations and Diana Baker, the Media Education Senior Coordinator…

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Garden Kitchen Lab – St. John’s on BRIC TV

We are very proud Garden Kitchen Lab was featured on BRIC TV’s Brooklyn Stories. This local initiative is now offered at Red Hook Recreation Center, Sunset Park Recreation Center and McCarren Playground Recreation Center. This is just the beginning of what Garden Kitchen Lab has to contribute to the communities and NYC Parks, stay tuned!…

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Beet Bop A Lula

The children harvested their own beets and used them to make a banana-blueberry-beet smoothie. This has been a popular recipe for a few years now, and we will be introducing other flavor smoothies in the future! Dianne Bliffeld, a new Board of Education volunteer, did an excellent job leading this class.    

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Broccoli Bonanza at Garden Kitchen Lab-St. John’s!

We had almost 30 pounds of harvested broccoli this year! The children learned how to collect and prepare steamed broccoli during this class. Here are a very proud group of children on that day.                          

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Garden Kitchen Lab & NYC Parks Urban Rangers

The St. John’s and Sunset Park Recreation children visited Salt Marsh this spring. The Salt Marsh Nature Center serves several vital roles in our communities, leading to wildlife education, environmental studies, and recreational activities. Garden Kitchen Lab partnered with the Urban Parks Rangers in teaching our children how to forage local wild edible plants and…

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Garden Kitchen Lab 2017 Brooklyn Expansion!

Garden Kitchen Lab is proud to announce its Brooklyn expansion to three additional sites! Red Hook Recreation Center, Sunset Park Recreation Center and McCarren Playground Center. This expansion was made possible NYC Parks: Emily Chase, Commissioner for Urban Parks Service and Public Programs; Kendra Van Horn, Director of Programming and Strategic Planning for Recreation; Ed…

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