The mission of the Edible Schoolyard Project is to build and share a national edible education curriculum for pre-kindergarten through high school. We envision gardens and kitchens as interactive classrooms for all academic subjects, and a free, nutritious, organic lunch for every student. Integrating this curriculum into schools can transform the health and values of every child in America.
The Edible Schoolyard Network at edibleschoolyard.org supports the creation, growth, and enrichment of the edible education field. The website maps the movement and enables edible education practitioners and supporters to exchange ideas and best practices, and build an edible education curriculum for all schools.
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The goal of our edible education curriculum is to empower students with the knowledge and values to make food choices that are healthy for them, their communities, and the environment. The lessons are fully integrated into academic subjects and support content standards, Common Core State Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards. At the same time, they are designed to achieve a specific set of edible education learning goals (which we refer to as ESY standards) and life skills, such as communication, personal and community stewardship, flexibility, and perseverance.
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The Edible Schoolyard Academy trains leading 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. ESY Academy participants learn and experience first-hand the core principles and practical tools for bringing academic subjects to life in the kitchen, garden, and lunchroom. We are expanding our training programs and tailoring them for specific school-based groups, as well as healthcare, child-care, and youth development programs.
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The Edible Schoolyard at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California (ESY Berkeley) is our demonstration site and learning lab. For nearly 20 years, we’ve worked closely with the school’s teachers and administrators to build a leading model of edible education. Our program, fully integrated into the fabric of the school, brings academic subjects to life and cultivates in students an appetite for fresh, healthy food, as well as the confidence to prepare it at home.
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The Edible Education 101 course was created in conjunction with the 40th anniversary celebration of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café in Berkeley, California. Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard Project, launched the course in partnership with UC Berkeley to bring edible education to the university level. The course, a unique hybrid public lecture series and for-credit class, has been offered to undergraduate students and members of the general public for four semesters since 2011.
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Social Eats convenes and educates Bay Area young professionals on the complexities of the global food system and local food shed. Through curated events, panel discussions and our online community, Social Eats cultivates thought leaders and advocates of the sustainable food movement.
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