Our Founding Programs
A Universal Idea
Every child in this world needs to have a relationship with the land... to know how to nourish themselves... and to know how to connect with the community around them.
— Alice Waters
Beginning with the founding of the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans in 2006, we imagined that the creation of new Edible Schoolyards within diverse schools and programs would demonstrate our conviction that the power of edible education is universal. Proving that the program is effective across a wide spectrum of cultures, climates, organizations, and funding models enables us to successfully campaign for a mandate for edible education for every child in America.
Our affiliation with six outstanding programs around the country illustrates this objective. These programs, titled the Founding Edible Schoolyards, represent some of the best in edible education around the country. Each program is a pioneer and innovator in a particular aspect of edible education, whether it be ingenious use of growing techniques in cold climates, revolutionary lunch service, or serving an at-risk community.
While our online network highlights programs and individuals worldwide, the Founding Edible Schoolyards are the backbone of our efforts and together expand Alice Waters’s vision for fostering hands-on learning, healthier food choices, and respect for one another and the land.