The Edible Schoolyard Project trains educators from all over the world to create powerful and sustainable edible education programs in their schools and communities. As a field-building organization, our goal is not to prescribe a one-size-fits-all strategy or methodology. We seek to support communities as they develop strong, sustainable programs that are rooted in standards of practice and justice. Come experience first-hand the core principles and practical tools for engaging students in academics, social and emotional learning, and justice in the kitchen, garden, and lunchroom. Participants will be supported to explore the particular cultural, climatic, human-resource, funding, policy, and infrastructure realities where they work.
Details for our 2017 summer trainings are posted below. Applications are now open. The deadline for all applications is March 5, 2017. Accepted participants will be notified the week of March 20, 2017.
The ESY Academy is designed to strengthen your program and build your leadership in the field. Over the course of five days, Academy participants will learn about curriculum integration and development, funding strategies, evaluation, volunteer management, class scheduling, rituals and routines of garden and kitchen classrooms, outreach strategies, and much more. All participants spend one day each on school gardens, cooking with kids, and organizational development. We examine edible education through the critical lenses of social justice, equity, and inclusion; participants should expect to engage in conversations about how race, gender, power, and privilege show up in classrooms, particularly around issues of food.
The Academy is best suited for programs (or practitioners) with 1-5 years of experience. We welcome programs from across the United States as well as international programs. We prioritize groups of three to five participants and organizations that have sent a team before and want to train new staff. We strive to create programming that is relevant to and adaptable to any practitioner or institution.
We strongly encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds, particularly from historically marginalized communities most impacted by the consequences of an unjust food system and underrepresented in the fields of education, health, and the environment. Teams who will contribute to the increased diversity of our training programs will be given preference during the review process.
Bring your school or district's team of farm to school stakeholders to the Edible Schoolyard Intensive to strengthen your holistic approach to edible education. Discover how to create and institutionalize programs that invest in student health, academic achievement, community wellbeing, and ecological sustainability by serving fresh, locally sourced school meals and experiential learning in the garden, kitchen, classroom, cafeteria, and/or farm. Our goal is to help schools and districts develop strong edible education programs rooted in shared values and standards of practice, responsive to the cultural, institutional, and funding realities of their own particular contexts.
The three-day training, presented in partnership with the Chef Ann Foundation, focuses on strategies for integrating innovative food procurement with hands-on experiential learning that teaches children how to grow, cook, understand, and value food in their daily lives. During the Intensive, individual participants will follow separate tracks: garden, kitchen, or school lunch; attending sessions specially tailored to their role, for the first two days of the training. Day three of the Intensive will be focused on collaboration and planning time for the whole team.
We welcome programs from across the United States with a demonstrated commitment to an integrated approach to edible education and justice. The Edible Schoolyard Intensive solely accepts teams consisting of three to five members. Team members might include educators, school food service staff, administrators, or supply chain and community partners. One member of the team attending the Intensive must represent your school or district's food service program. As part of the application, you will be asked to provide a letter of support from your school or district administration.
We strongly encourage applicants from a diversity of backgrounds, particularly from historically marginalized communities most impacted by the consequences of an unjust food system and underrepresented in the fields of education, health, and the environment. Teams who will contribute to the increased diversity of our training programs will be given preference during the review process.