ESY Academy


The Edible Schoolyard Academy: Creating Garden and Kitchen Classrooms in Every Community

The Edible Schoolyard Academy trains educators to create powerful and sustainable edible education programs in their schools and communities. Each June, we invite teachers, administrators, and advocates from around the world to spend five days behind the scenes at the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley.

Learn and experience first-hand the core principles and practical tools for bringing academic subjects to life in the kitchen, garden, and lunchroom. Whether you are a new or seasoned practitioner, the Academy will strengthen your program and build your leadership in the field.


When: Sunday, June 22 - Thursday, June 26

Where: The Edible Schoolyard Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Cost: $650 (includes tuition, breakfast and lunch for four days, and one dinner)

Application Process: Applications to attend the 2014 Edible Schoolyard Academy are now closed. If applying as a group, please only submit one application for your program. Applicants will be notified by April 18, 2014. Registration and final payment are due May 30, 2014. 

Over the course of the Academy, participants will have an opportunity to learn about curriculum integration and development, funding strategies, volunteer management, class scheduling, rituals and routines of garden and kitchen classrooms, outreach strategies, and much more. Participants will leave the Academy with garden and kitchen lessons linked to academic standards, tools for developing programs in their own communities and strategies to strengthen existing programs, and an in-depth understanding of how the Edible Schoolyard operates on a daily basis. Finally, participants join a network of people all over the world who are engaged in bringing edible education programs to their communities. 

The 2014 Academy begins on Sunday June 22 at 2:00 pm with a welcome reception and program overview. The Academy runs daily from 7:45 am - 4:00 pm. Monday through Thursday, breakfast and lunch are provided. The Edible Schoolyard Project hosts one networking dinner on Tuesday, June 24 from 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm. 

This year, the Edible Schoolyard is partnering with UC Berkeley to provide 1.5 continuing education credits for interested Academy participants, at an additional cost of $225 to participants. Please indicate your interest during the application process. Paperwork will be available once applicants have been accepted. 


"This was transformative information. I will be a better teacher for my 6th grade science students by incorporating gardens into my curriculum."
"I've had the good fortune to attend several conferences and trainings in this field and on this subject matter, and the Edible Schoolyard Academy has far surpassed all others in its professionalism, resources, materials, design, presentations, and information. It was so helpful! Thank you very much."
"This has been the most amazing workshop I have ever attended. I am so inspired and leave with my head spinning with ideas and contacts. Thank you!"
"Overall, I feel like the four days I spent at the ESY Academy have saved me years of learning lessons the hard way and reinventing the wheel. Next steps for development became so clear after the Academy in areas that I had felt previously overwhelmed by."


Applications for the 2014 Academy are now closed! If you have any questions, please email us at For more information about the Academy, please see our FAQ page.