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. Learn and experience first-hand the core principles and practical tools for bringing academic subjects to life in the kitchen, garden, and lunchroom.

Each June, we invite teachers, administrators, and advocates from around the world to spend five days behind the scenes at the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley. Whether you are a new or seasoned practitioner, the Academy will strengthen your program and build your leadership in the field.     

See photos from the 2014 Edible Schoolyard Academy.                                                                              


WHEN: Sunday, June 21 - Thursday, June 25, 2015

WHERE: The Edible Schoolyard Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

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

APPLICATIONS: Applications for the 2015 Academy are now closed. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by March 27, 2015

PROGRAM SUMMARY: 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. 



"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."


Academy applications are now closed. Completed applications are due by March 8, 2015 and applicants will be notified of their acceptance by March 27, 2015. 

If you have any questions, please email us at For more information about the Academy, please see our FAQ page.