“Plants to Plate” at Queens Botanical Garden
In collaboration with Queens Museum and with support from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Queens Botanical Garden Education staff were thrilled to offer onsite, outdoor, free farm nutrition workshops this summer, located at Queens Botanical Garden one-acre Farm.
The “Plants to Plate” program began on August 19, 2020 and concluded on September 25, 2020. In total, 80 Corona, Queens and Familias Unidas-affiliated families participated, with half attending workshops in English and the other half in Spanish. Familias Unidas is a group of families, located in the heart of Corona, Queens, united in the search for better education, health, and resources for their children and families. It was founded by community activist Gianina Enriquez in 2017, who also works as the community organizer for Queens Museum since 2020.
Led by Queens Botanical Garden educators, participants toured the Farm, harvested herbs, and made recipes using local ingredients, all while developing a solid understanding of the health benefits of nutritional eating. At the end of each session, each family went home with a “MyPlate” placemat, various cooking supplies, materials to create a windowsill herb garden, and passes to return to the Garden, to encourage outdoor nature exploration.
Despite dealing with the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19, this program was an exciting opportunity to allow community members to spend time together and learn in-person, while maintaining proper health safety and social distancing.
After the conclusion of onsite workshops, Queens Botanical Garden also digitally distributed virtual, pre-recorded versions of “Plants to Plate” in both Spanish and English. The two-part series is available to view at the links below. Watch Part 1 for a tour of the Farm and in Part 2, learn how to pickle and make sun tea.
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We thank New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for fiscal sponsorship of these programs.
Photos: Isabel Bedoya, Annie Lissandrello