celebrating fathers, celebrating sun!

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in families, news and happenings, raising children | 0 comments

If the moon is a mother, the sun, is a father. Firey with intent, passionate and interdependent (independent, in a connected to others sort of way), and incredibly generous and warming. Thank you Fathers everywhere, for your love and your leadership. Thank you for being wisely decisive and patient. Thank you for engaging your children and reading and playing and thinking and dreaming. Can we please celebrate Fathers all year-long?

Today is the summer solstice – the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, and the shortest day of the year in the southern hemisphere.

Celebrate the sun and the abundance of energy it offers to life. Celebrate fathers and all the goodness they bring to the world. It’s summer!

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underground cheese

Posted by on Jun 17, 2011 in Food & Farm program, Food for thought, summer camp | 1 comment

Most of us, when we think about where cheese comes from, immediately think of cows, not caves. It all starts with cows of course, and goats – and we praise them with thanks for their generosity.  But then quite often, there are caves involved.

Conde Nast Traveler named Murray’s Cheese Caves one of the 50 Coolest Places to see in the world, and our Food & Garden campers this summer will get to check them out!  We will learn about basic affinage practices and the elementary science behind what happens to cheeses as they age from the master cheese makers, and get to taste different cave-aged gems so we can appreciate the benefits of the aging process. YUM!

It’s great, when eating, to consider all that went into our food. It slows down the eating process, it enhances the pleasure and sets a tone for conversation. Appreciating food, while eating. It’s right up there with not talking with your mouth full and using a napkin at the table. Not manners for the sake of manners, but for the sake of enjoyment and health.


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tiny shiny and blue becomes luscious crunchy and fresh

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in Food & Farm program, gardens, seasonal food of the month, summer camp | 0 comments

Did you have any idea that cucumber seeds were shiny and turquoise? A most favorite fruit for many children, these beauties are worthy stars of a fantastical tale.

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summer is here – what will we do with the kids??

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in families, Food & Farm program, news and happenings, raising children, summer camp | 0 comments


Q: Summer is here – what will we do with the kids?!

A:  KidKlass Last Minute Summer Sign-Up Expo a.k.a.         CAMP PANIC!

KidKlass Brooklyn ( a newly launching resource site for Brooklyn parents) proudly announces its Last Minute Summer Sign-Up Expo a.k.a. Camp Panic!  Designed for busy parents who are yet to book their children’s summer activities, this free event matches parents with vendors offering summer programs and camps.  Parents can sign their kids up on the spot!

There will be a wonderful selection of camps across sports, the Arts, camps and classes catering to ages newborn and up. 
Butter Beans will be there, with carrot muffins and granola bars to share (sample camp snacks), and we will be doing a bruschetta making demo at 1pm! It will be quite a party with a 10-‘ x 10′ chess board with 3 foot pieces, music, yoga and dance demos, a skateboarding clinic, arts & crafts stations and face painting stations!
Check out the list of camps to choose from:

ArtsCetera, Barking Cat Studio, Bija Kids Yoga, Brooklyn Players, The Brooklyn Strategist, Butter Beans Kitchen, CoCreative Music, Dancewave, Ethnodanceology, World Martial Arts Center, HOMAGE Brooklyn, HomeRun Baseball Camp, International School of Brooklyn, Kensington Stables, New York Chess & Games, Lango Mandarin, Mathnasium, Muriel Guepin Gallery, Music Together Brooklyn Heights, Musica Para Mi, New York City Explorers, Piper Theatre, South Brooklyn Baseball League Cardinals
The Painted Cloud, Treacle Art Studio, Urban Martial Arts, Upper 90 Soccer + Sport, YMCA Dodge (Atlantic Ave)
The details:
June 18th from 12-3pm
International School of Brooklyn in Carroll Gardens.
This event is FREE for everyone, and camp discounts will be available and offered on the spot!
Cheers to great summer fun for all.

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Congratulations graduates + the joy of daily rituals and edible gardens

Posted by on Jun 12, 2011 in families, gardens, raising children | 0 comments

We wake and stretch our arms towards the sky, drink water and eat breakfast. We pack backpacks, sign permission slips, confirm playdates and check to see if the rain coats are needed before heading to school. One of the gifts that children bring into our lives – is structure. There is an order to the morning, that ensures we all make it out on time. There are rituals that we create consciously, and habits we maintain unconsciously. Children generally make it easier for us to make more of the conscious kind, and to improve the quality of the unconscious kind. A friend came over this weekend, and admired our small edible garden and asked if I remembered to water it enough. I took pause and realized that I don’t. But my almost two-year old – he remembers and asks about the plants every single morning. He reminds me. Families and communities – however broadly we define them – allow us to raise the bar on our efforts without the burden we would feel on our own. Congratulations to all the graduates this month. Thank you for your vision and your courage to do your best and be your best selves. Your full existence creates a brighter future. May all of us that pertain to your families and communities, support you with positive practices, habits and structures that will lighten the load on your efforts for the benefit of all.


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