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Second Annual GROW Brooklyn Festival: Diversity through Food

Saturday, May 20, 2017

11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.

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For the second annual GROW Brooklyn Festival in Crown Heights, organizations in urban farming, culinary arts, and technology will come together for a fun-filled afternoon to bring greater awareness of Diversity Through Food. GROW Brooklyn Festival will celebrate New York City's multiculturalism by inviting organizations to showcase activities that highlight their own culture, with the aim to encourage visitors to embrace the garden-to-kitchen movement, and promote cultural diversity through cuisine. 

The Garden Row will teach attendees of all ages how to garden within their urban environment. Interactive demonstrations will include basil & lettuce seedlings give away and cultivation, red worm composting, retrofill water systems creation, beekeeping, honey tasting from the Five Boroughs, workshop on raising hens to lay eggs, pepper tasting from all over the world, and making of seed bombs.

The Culinary Row will showcase the beauty and taste of home-grown food by offering rich, diverse and yet still simple culinary demonstrations. This year’s offerings will include organic baby and toddler food, Middle Eastern recipes, and delicious flavors from Afghanistan and Venezuela as cooked by asylum seekers, as well as onsite enrollment for food stamps and information on maximizing food stamp benefits. 

The Technology Row will bring to life how technology and creativity can enhance our appreciation of good food and healthy living. Interactive educational and creative activities will feature sustainability video games with fruits and vegetables connecting to Makey Makey devices, textile decorating with natural plant dyes, a drawing contest and games with the teachers and students of the Computer Resource Center at St. John’s Recreation Center, and the Computer School. 

This event is free, and features live music performed by Pop and R&B singer Usen Isong. For more information, please visit GROW Brooklyn Festival's website.


St. John's Recreation Center in St. John's Park
1251 Prospect Place, Brooklyn, NY 11213
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