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Garden Kitchen Labs

girl in the garden

Learn how to start your own backyard-to-table garden, document the planning, progress and growth of your garden and enjoy the harvest!

A Seasonal Experience

The Garden Kitchen Lab is a hands-on seasonal program that runs from spring to fall. Children can learn how to start and sustain a food producing garden; reap a harvest while picking up new cooking techniques, and learn the science behind cooking. Through a garden kitchen lab, you can bring the freshness of gardens and artisanal foods to the table.

Join the Garden Kitchen

Our garden kitchen labs are perfect for kids aged 8 to 13. Currently, garden kitchen lab programs are available at recreation centers across Brooklyn.

Schedule

Our garden kitchen labs operate during three seasons each year.

  • Spring Renewal: April to June
  • Summer Harvest: July to August
  • Fall Reflection: October to December

How to Register

Registration takes place on a rolling basis, starting two weeks before the beginning of each session. Please visit our Garden Kitchen Lab Registration form to register today.

Seasonal Programs

Spring Renewal

Summer Harvest

Fall Reflection

  • Create African masks, celebrate growth and transformation, and learn about the life cycles of composting.
  • Travel to Peru through your palate and on your plate! Immerse yourself in the Inca culture and learn about the origins of quinoa.
  • Enjoy eating organic food and learn about salads, jams and other delicious recipes.
  • Photograph or record using media technology the ripening crops!
  • Follow along with detailed instructions on how to prep and cook seasonal foods.
  • Learn how to harvest seeds for the next growing season and dry herbs for the winter time
  • Mix together a takeaway sugar scrub!
  • Reflect on how far you grow your entrepreneurial skills and work on a garden budget of your own!
  • Share your discoveries with the world as the science of cooking becomes alive!

 

glasses boy with fresh mint/herbs kids search for recipes in media lab
fruit powered game kids with fresh tomatoes

 

Contact Us

Fore more information about the program, please email us media.ed@parks.nyc.gov or call (212) 360-2791.

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