The mission of the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley is to teach essential life skills and support academic learning through hands-on classes in a one acre organic garden and kitchen classroom. The Edible Schoolyard curriculum is fully integrated into the school day at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School and teaches students how their choices about food affect their health, the environment and their communities.
This model program for edible education is fully funded by the Edible Schoolyard Project. At ESYB, students participate in all aspects of growing, harvesting, and preparing nutritious, seasonal produce during the academic day and in after school classes. Students’ hands-on experience in the kitchen and garden fosters a deeper appreciation of how the natural world sustains us and promotes the environmental and social well-being of our school community.
Lessons and activities in the garden and kitchen classroom are a collaboration between the staff and teachers of the Edible Schoolyard and King Middle School.
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