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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

 

Follow our Progress

Check out the Garden Kitchen Lab Blog and stay up to date on activities at our Garden Kitchen Lab program locations.

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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