About Us
Celebrating 25 Years of Edible Education

Our Mission

The Edible Schoolyard Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the transformation of public education by using organic school gardens, kitchens, and cafeterias to teach both academic subjects and the values of nourishment, stewardship, and community.

Edible education provides hands-on experiences that connect students to food, nature, and each other; and it systematically addresses the crises of climate change, public health, and social inequality. At its heart is a dynamic and joyful learning experience for every child.

Our Story

Founded in 1995 by chef, author, and activist Alice Waters, the Edible Schoolyard Project began as an idea to transform the food experience at a public middle school in Berkeley, California. As the idea took shape, a coalition of educators, families, farmers, cooks, and artists joined the effort, working closely with students to create a flourishing garden and kitchen classroom.

Today, the Edible Schoolyard at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School serves as a demonstration site and innovation hub for the field of edible education. Our curriculum offers students experiential learning opportunities that deepen their relationship with food, facilitate learning the skills of cooking and gardening, build their capacity for critical examination of the food system, and develop their agency to affect change in their own lives and in their communities.


Our People

OUR FOUNDER: ALICE WATERS

Alice Waters is a chef, author, food activist, and the founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California.

She founded the Edible Schoolyard Project in 1995 — combining her perspectives as a trained Montessori teacher, fervent political activist, gifted chef, and champion of sustainable agriculture. 

Her vision is grounded in the following key principle: children deserve to be nurtured in body and mind, treated with dignity, and shown that they are valued.

THE EDIBLE SCHOOLYARD PROJECT STAFF 
LIESHA BARNETT
Chef Teacher
ESTHER COOK 
Head Chef Teacher
GRISELDA COONEY
ESY Program Coordinator & Chef Teacher
YAEL CYPERS
Alice Waters Institute Procurement Director
SOPHIA FOX
Garden Teacher
NICHOLAS LEE 
Program Director, Edible Schoolyard Stockton
TONYA JOWERS
Farm Specialist 
PATRICIA MILLER
Community Manager, Stockton
SEYEDEH MIRGHAVAMEDDIN
Garden Specialist
PATRICIA MOK
Family Nights Out Coordinator
AARON OJALVO
Senior Development Officer
TAÍS REIS
Chef Teacher
JENNIFER SHERMAN
Interim Executive Director
RUSSELL STERTEN 
Community Manager
KIRSTEN STROBEL
Director of Development and Communications
DYLAN THOMPSON
Farm Apprentice
JASON URIBE 
Garden Manager and Senior Garden Teacher
RAQUEL VIGIL
Senior Curriculum Manager
TAMIKA WHITENACK
Garden Teacher
THE EDIBLE SCHOOLYARD PROJECT AMBASSADORS 
MARK BUELL
JAKE GYLLENHAAL
RAJ PATEL
MICHAEL POLLAN
THE EDIBLE SCHOOLYARD PROJECT ADVISORY BOARD 
MICHAEL ABLEMAN
JOSÉ ANDRÉS
MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV
WENDELL BERRY
KELLY BROWNELL
PETER BUCKLEY
SUSIE TOMPKINS BUELL
NANCY RUTTER CLARK
TOM COLICCHIO
BILLY COLLINS
ELEANOR COPPOLA
TROY DUSTER
DELAINE EASTON
ADAM GOPNIK
SHELBY GANS
ANGELO GARRO
CAROLE SHORENSTEIN HAYS
SHERRY HIROTA
WES JACKSON
BOB KERREY
CHRISTINA KIM
JONATHAN KOZOL
FRANCES MOORE LAPPÉ
PHILLIP LOPATE
DAVID MAS MASUMOTO
FRANCES McDORMAND
BETTE MIDLER
DAPHNE MILLER
DAVIA NELSON
MARION NESTLE
NELL NEWMAN
JAMIE OLIVER
KYLE REDFORD
ROBERT REDFORD
RUTH REICHL
BOZ SCAGGS
ORVILLE SCHELL
ERIC SCHLOSSER
PETER SELLARS 
JULIE SIMPSON
ANNA DEAVERE SMITH
MERYL STREEP
MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS
CALVIN TRILLIN
ALICE WALKER
JACQUI WEST


Annual Reports & Financials

Our annual reports provide details of our program work and a full list of our supporters. Download our most recent annual reports in PDF format below, or contact us to request a hard copy. 

ANNUAL REPORTS 
  • 2019-2020 (PDF)
  • 2018-2019 (PDF)
  • 2017-2018 (PDF)
  • 2016-2017 (PDF
  • 2014-2016 (PDF
  • 2013-2014 (PDF
  • 2012-2013 (PDF
  • 2010-2012 (PDF
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS & 990 TAX FILINGS 
  • 2019-2020 Financial Statements (PDF) and 990 Tax Filing (PDF)
  • 2018-2019 Financial Statements (PDF) and 990 Tax Filing (PDF)
  • 2017-2018 Financial Statements (PDF) and 990 Tax Filing (PDF)
  • 2016-2017 Financial Statements (PDF) and 990 Tax Filing (PDF)
  • 2015-2016 Financial Statements (PDF) and 990 Tax Filing (PDF)
  • 2014-2015 Financial Statements (PDF) and 990 Tax Filing (PDF)
  • 2013-2014 Financial Statements (PDF) and 990 Tax Filing (PDF)
  • 2012-2013 Financial Statements (PDF) and 990 Tax Filing (PDF)
  • 2011-2012 Financial Statements (PDF) and 990 Tax Filing (PDF)
  • 2010-2011 Financial Statements (PDF) and 990 Tax Filing (PDF)