The Edible Schoolyard Project trains educators to create powerful and sustainable edible education programs in their schools and communities. Learn and experience first-hand the core principles and practical tools for bringing academic subjects to life in the kitchen, garden, and lunchroom.
This summer, we are offering two trainings for teachers, administrators, food service professionals, and advocates on site at the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley in California.
The application deadline for both programs is March 13, 2016. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by email on or before March 25, 2016.
Bring your school or district's team of farm to school stakeholders to the Edible Schoolyard Intensive to strengthen your holistic approach to long-term program success. The three-day training will focus on relationships between food service staff members, school and district leadership, and classroom, garden and kitchen educators. Participants will learn strategies for integrating innovative food procurement and hands-on experiential learning that teaches children how to grow, cook, understand, and value food in their daily lives.
The Edible Schoolyard Intensive is designed for programs that participate in the USDA’s child nutrition programs (i.e. the National School Lunch Program, Summer Food Service Program, National School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Programs, or Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program). We welcome participating programs from across the United States with a demonstrated commitment to an integrated approach to edible education.
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 diversity of our training programs will be given preference during the review process.
"This was transformative information. I will be a better teacher for my 6th-grade science students by incorporating gardens into my curriculum."
"I've had the good fortune to attend several conferences and trainings in this field and on this subject matter, and the Edible Schoolyard Academy has far surpassed all others in its professionalism, resources, materials, design, presentations, and information. It was so helpful! Thank you very much."
"This has been the most amazing workshop I have ever attended. I am so inspired and leave with my head spinning with ideas and contacts. Thank you!"
"Overall, I feel like the four days I spent at the Edible Schoolyard Academy have saved me years of learning lessons the hard way and reinventing the wheel. Next steps for development became so clear after the Academy in areas that I had felt previously overwhelmed by."
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