Garden Stories Workshop: Fall 2019- Spring 2020

In partnership with the New York City Council’s Cultural Immigrant Initiative (Many thanks NYC Councilmember Carlina Rivera) and Citizen’s Committee of New York City.

Art Loisiada Foundation &  Campos Community Garden produce Garden Stories Workshops for Childrens Workshop School and A Dia De Los Muertos event in Campos Community Garden. There are four workshops in the garden in each fall and spring semester, culminating in a  pizza class or harvest feast. Because of COVID-19  Pause, we had to videotape the spring module as schools and community gardens were closed.

The  Fall workshops were taught by Adrian Van Der Nes, Gary Meyers, Carolyn Ratcliffe & Gladys Feliciano. The spring gardening workshops were taught by master gardener, Christopher Batenhorst and Gladys Feliciano. The first focusing on soil, compost and insects while the 2nd workshop focused on planting vegetable seeds and seedlings in the garden for this spring.

Then a traditional Native American 3 Sisters Garden with a focus on planting Lenape Corn, squash and beans which will be harvested in the fall by the incoming 3rd grade class.

The 3rd workshop was on harvesting  which was turned into a community Food Safety program with the vegetables donated to Trinity LES Lutheran Soup Kitchen.

The first 2 gardening workshops were followed by an environmentally themed art class taught by Gladys Felciano where the children created an art work using plant materials harvested from the garden and in the spring video the children are shown how to create a mandala using plant based materials easily found in their kitchens at home.

Dia De Los Muertos is an annual Mexican holiday event where neighbors build an altar decorated with marigolds and Aztec symbols  to commemorate loved ones by bringing images, writing poems/letters and leaving offerings.

A film classic, “Coco” which explores the underlying cultural significance behind the event was shown the next evening.It is a  3 day event and is culminated with a performance by Aztec Dancers who perform ritual Dance ceremonies to bless the land as harvest for the coming year. Traditional Mexican fare is served.

Garden Stories: Leadership Workshops

Helping your life story bloom

Garden Stories: Leadership Workshops provides interactive programs for children designed to:

  • Heighten the children’s curiosity about gardening and nature
  • Promote healthier life styles by learning more about food sources
  • Increase children’s self-confidence and ability to collaborate with others
  • Strengthen ties between the children’s organization, parents, community garden and other partners involved in our program 

Garden Stories: Leadership Workshops works collaboratively under the ALF program umbrella.

Garden Story Books 2019

At the end of the spring semester we created book from our drawings to show anyone and everyone and especially our parents everything that we learned. Both Scott and Nicole’s classes created a book. Please download and look at all of our accomplishments this spring.

Who We Are

ALF and Garden Stories partnered in 2017 to launch a series of interdisciplinary workshops for the Children’s Workshop School and the Campos Community garden.

  • Carolyn Ratcliffe, Artistic Director, Art Loisaida Foundation
  • Holly O’Grady, Founding Director, Garden Stories: Leadership Workshops

Bios for Carolyn and Holly can be found here


  • Christopher Batenhorst, Garden workshops
  • Gladys Feliciano, Art workshops
  • Linda Gelman, Storytelling workshop
  • GianLuca Giovanetti, Healthy cooking workshops
  • Carolyn Zezima, Garden and cooking workshops 
  • Dan Rothchild – Bee keeping/Soils
  • Carolyn Ratcliffe
  • Children’s Workshop School
  • Dorothy Cantwell
  • Gary Mortson


  • Melania 
  • Robert
  • Sarah 

For further information on Garden Stories: Leadership Workshops contact

We Grew Our Own Pizza!

We didn’t just create the pizza, we grew the veggies!

Gnocco’s staff showed the children how to create a pizza. We then all created pizzas together using herbs and vegetables we grew at Campos community Garden: oregeno, basil, thyme, marjoram and tomatoes.

Claudio and Rossella shows us how to make the pizza dough.

The dough is super elastic. Rosella stretched and stretched a little ball of dough to make a big pie. The dough was squishy when I poked at it.

The pizzas sure tasted super good. The children documented the process by drawing and writing in their notebooks.

You can see some of our drawing in the book we published at the end of the year: