NEW YORK and SEATTLE, October 3, 2016 – Kitchen Garden Laboratory, the innovative nutrition and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education initiative, is participating today as an exhibitor at South by South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art, and Action in coordination with the American Film Institute (AFI), National Parks Foundation, President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities (PCAH), and South by Southwest®.
South by South Lawn, an event inspired by South by Southwest, brings together creators, innovators, and organizers who work day in and day out to improve the lives of their fellow Americans and people around the world. It is a call to arms for every American to roll up their sleeves and make a positive mark on our country — and a celebration of the great work that we have already accomplished together.
Kitchen Garden Laboratory (KGL), founded by former White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, uses the triad of food and cooking (Kitchen), planting and growing (Garden) and scientific experimentation (Laboratory) in its education programs to promote delicious, nutritious eating for better health outcomes, as well as foster food and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) literacy. Kitchen Garden Laboratory very uniquely uses cooking as a prism to help students understand science – and conversely, science as a way for kids to understand healthy eating and nutrition.
KGL, with partners Green Bronx Machine and Jose Andres, are presenting “SEED TO STOVE.” SXSL participants will cook at the White House, first picking their fresh ingredients from Tower Gardens and then preparing, cooking and eating a nutritious snack.
“Everyone at Kitchen Garden Laboratory is tremendously honored and thankful to the Obama’s to be included in this landmark event,” said Bill Yosses. “Our mission is to introduce and foster the role of the garden as a living laboratory for teaching children (and adults) basic science. As they grow and cook their own food, the children learn about soil science, botany, the role of bees and insects in pollination, agricultural science, nutrition, math, physics, soil science and chemistry.”
Yosses, who served under both the Bush and Obama Administrations, was instrumental in the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative to fight childhood obesity. His work with KGL was inspired by that project.
Find more information about South by South Lawn, visit http://WhiteHouse.gov/SXSL.
About Kitchen Garden Laboratory
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and with offices in New York City, Kitchen Garden Laboratory was founded in 2014 by former White House Executive Pastry Chef, William (“Bill”) Yosses. Today, it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education organization that utilizes the three prongs of cooking (Kitchen), planting and growing (Garden) and scientific experimentation (Laboratory) to promote food and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) literacy. Find more information at www.kitchengardenlaboratory.org.
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