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 University of California, 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.
The 2015 course is instruced by Garrison Sposito and co-hosted by Mark Bittman and Robert Haas.
CLAIRE KREMEN is Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at Berkeley. She is an ecologist and conservation biologist whose research focuses on understanding and characterizing the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services, then utilizing this information to develop conservation and sustainable management plans, considering both protected areas and the working lands matrix around them. Her current research focuses on exploring the ecological, social, and economic benefits, as well as the costs and barriers, to adoption of diversified farming systems, and on restoring pollination and pest control services in intensively-farmed landscapes using both predictive modeling and field studies. Her work reaches from theory to practice and includes hands-on conservation action such as, for example, the scientific design and establishment of a network of protected areas to preserve Madagascar's endemic flora and fauna. In 2007, she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for her contributions to ecology, agriculture, and biodiversity, and in 2013 she was elected to the California Academy of Sciences. She co-directs the Center for Diversified Farming Systems and the Berkeley Food Institute.