A garden in your kitchen…How?!

Living in New York City does not always give much space for gardening. However, do not let that limit you. We can teach you how to skip a few items off of the grocery list! Our campers can show you how to make your own veggies and plants from kitchen scraps.

Our campers's kitchen scrap garden is coming along well.

Our campers’s kitchen scrap garden is coming along well.

I spot a few sprouts in our garden/Lolita Avila

I spot a few sprouts in our garden/Lolita Avila

Yes, you read it correctly, we said kitchen scraps. Normally, we throw away the crown of a pineapple because it is inedible. We may also  trash corn kernels and the base of celeries. Well, at The Children’s Garden we do not like to waste food.

The campers learned how to make their own kitchen scrap garden.

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While the pineapples and sweet potatoes may take a bit longer to grow, we are still looking forward to our sprouting corn, garlic, and celery.

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Pineapple plant

The kids had a lot of fun cutting pineapples, sorting soil, and planting. We will be using the remainders of the pineapple to make delicious smoothies. Also, the celery will be paired with peanut butter to make a healthy snack. Yummm ;-)

Pickling Carrots and Cucumbers

Most people have pickled cucumbers, but did you know you can also pickle carrots, string beans, tomatoes, and even eggs?! At the Children’s Garden, we use pickling as a way to preserve our harvest all year around. The campers had the chance to learn how to pickle carrots and cucumbers. Check out our photo gallery to see the kids hard at work!

The campers' pickled carrots and cucumbers/ Lolita Avila

The campers’ pickled carrots and cucumbers/ Lolita Avila

Hello Summer !

One of our campers raising his hand to participate/Lolita Avila

One of our campers raising his hand to participate/Lolita Avila

Today is the beginning of a beautiful summer with our campers. We have an eager and ambitious group who are excited to harvest and learn about the environment.

She was excited to discover a beet in our garden/Lolita Avila

She was excited to discover a beet in our garden/Lolita Avila

This program will introduce the children to fresh fruits and vegetables. Our campers will watch their crops grow and learn how to make delicious healthy snacks with them.

He is marking off items on his scavenger hunt list/ Lolita Avila

He is marking off items on his scavenger hunt list/ Lolita Avila

Today’s scavenger hunt allowed the kids to see different types of flowers, mushrooms, and animals. We have a lot in store for our campers but SHHHHHH…Do not tell them. We want to keep it a surprise :-)