The Edible Schoolyard Project
Activity: Transforming the health and values of children by promoting the integration of edible education into daily lessons in the humanities, math, science, arts, and culture.
Name of the Organization: The Edible Schoolyard Project
Geographical reach: Global
Number of beneficiaries: 1,000 students and their family members onsite. More than 10,000 educators and advocates around the world through Edible Schoolyard Network.
Project Representative: Ms Alice Waters
About the Project
Started in 1995 as a one-acre garden and kitchen classroom at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, in Berkeley, California, the Edible Schoolyard Project is a model public education program that instills the knowledge and values students need to build a humane and sustainable future. The program is internationally recognized for its efforts to integrate gardening, cooking, and sharing school lunch into the core academic curriculum.
For more than twenty years, ESYP has seen students’ minds and senses awaken and transformed through hands-on, experiential learning in garden and kitchen classrooms. The impact of this pedagogy is greatest when academic subject matter moves off the page or projected screen and is infused in the real work, experimentation, and physical discoveries that students make about soil, sun, seeds, and stalks.
When the organization was founded in 1995, the notion of incorporating lessons in kitchen and garden classrooms into a traditional academic curriculum was new, to say the least. Since that time, ESYP has led the creation and growth of the edible education movement throughout the United States. In the last several years, the organization has launched several new innovative initiatives that have enabled them to reach more children around the world.
With regards to future developments, the organization’s leadership and board of directors are implementing several new strategies focused on improving the capacity of the organization to increase grant funding and earned revenue.