An edible education places the child at the center of their learning. Through holistic, inclusive, culturally-responsive pedagogy and practices, students develop skills, knowledge and behaviors that enrich their academic and non-academic lives, bolster their individual, community, and global identities, and cultivate meaningful engagement with their own health, the health of their communities, and the health of the environment. A child-centered theory and practice, edible education engages every context within a child’s learning, from the traditional classroom to the kitchen and garden classrooms, the lunchroom, as well as their home and broader communities.
At ESY Berkeley, we have piloted and tested lessons and best practices for over twenty years. Everything we do or think is posted online for the Edible Schoolyard Network community and shared in our ESY Trainings. We have designed our curriculum of 62 lessons for middle school students to meet the edible education learning goals outlined in the Edible Education Framework. The EE Framework illustrates the breadth and depth of edible education. The goal of the ESY curriculum is to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to make food choices that are healthy for them, their communities, and the environment.