The mission of the Edible Schoolyard Project is to build and share an edible education curriculum for kindergarten through high school. Our vision is for gardens and kitchens to become interactive classrooms for academic subjects, and for every student to have a free, nutritious, organic lunch. If this program is integrated into schools, the curriculum could transform the health and values of every child in America.
The Edible Schoolyard Project focuses on three strategic areas:
Building an Educational Model:
At the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley we have designed an “edible education” curriculum for middle school students – tied to state and common core standards – that empowers students with the knowledge and values to make food choices that are healthy for them, their communities, and the environment. This edible education supports students’ academic achievement by bringing to life subjects such as science, math, and social studies. Students also learn a sense of curiosity and dignity; the ability to work as a team to complete a job well; respect for oneself and others; an appreciation for diversity; and how the ritual of eating together at the table connects families and communities.
Mapping and Engaging the Movement:
Our website, edibleschoolyard.org, serves as a resource for edible education programs around the world — not just in public schools, but in all institutions caring for the health and welfare of children. Edibleschoolyard.org hosts an online network for educators, parents, and advocates to share edible education lesson plans and best practices, and to support the creation, growth, and enrichment of edible education programs. Additionally, the site visually maps the movement for edible education as it gathers momentum around the world.
Alice Waters’s and the Edible Schoolyard Project’s powerful message is leveraged as a voice for global change. By teaching the essential values of stewardship, nourishment, and communication in school, the Edible Schoolyard Project addresses many of the issues facing our children, including the health crisis, hunger, and environmental sustainability.