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
ALICE WATERS, chef, author, food activist, and owner of Chez Panisse, has been a champion of local, sustainable agriculture for over four decades. She is the founder of The Edible Schoolyard Project, an innovative model for public education that integrates the growing and cooking of food into the core academic curriculum. The centerpiece of the mission is to promote a free, nutritious and sustainable school lunch for all students, K-12, and to bring children into a new relationship to food. Alice's vision for edible education began 20 years ago with The Edible Schoolyard at Berkeley's Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School, which today draws visitors from around the world. The online Edible Schoolyard Network (edibleschoolyard.org) gathers and shares lessons and best practices from school gardens, kitchens, and edible education programs worldwide. To date, there are more than 4,000 Edible Schoolyard Network member programs in 54 countries. Alice is also Vice President of Slow Food International, and is the author of fourteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers, The Art of Simple Food I & II, 40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering, and The Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea.
CRAIG MCNAMARA is President and owner of Sierra Orchards, a diversified farming operation producing primarily organic walnuts. By connecting people, policy, and agricultural best practices, Craig works to protect the land that feeds us, to promote social justice, and to support the next generation of farmers. In this latter activity, he is the founder of the Center for Land-Based Learning, an innovative program that helps high school students build greater social and human capital in their communities. Craig is President of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture and serves on both the University of California President's Advisory Commission and the UC Davis Dean's Advisory Council. He also serves as an Advisory Board member for the Agricultural Sustainability Institute and is active in the American Farmland Trust, Roots of Change, and the Public Policy Institute of California. He is the recipient of several awards, including California Agriculturalist of the Year (2014), the James Irving Leadership Award, the Leopold Conservation Award, the California Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, the UC Davis Award of Distinction and Outstanding Alumnus Award. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge of sustainable agriculture with the world around him. Together with his wife and three children, he lives in Winters, California.
ROBERT HASS is Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics at Berkeley. Poet, essayist, and translator, Professor Hass is a MacArthur Fellow and a recipient of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His recent books include The Apple Trees at Olema: Selected Poems and What Light Can Do: Selected Essays. Each fall since 2002 he has taught an introductory environmental studies course with Professor Sposito.