The Alice Waters Institute for Edible Education
A partnership with the University of California, Davis to create a training and innovation center in Sacramento, California

In January of 2020, Edible Schoolyard Project founder, Alice Waters, and Chancellor Gary S. May of UC Davis announced a partnership to create the Alice Waters Institute for Edible Education.

Located at UC Davis’s Aggie Square campus in Sacramento, California, the Alice Waters Institute will serve as a training center for K–12 educators as well as a research hub for leaders in the fields of regenerative organic agriculture, sustainable food systems, climate change, education, and public health.

Read the press release announcing this exciting initiative.


A Bold Vision

The institute will pursue an ambitious set of goals, including:

  • Supporting K-12 students through education, policy and community engagement, coupled with Alice Waters’s vision to provide a free, organic, delicious school lunch for every student in this country
  • Offering professional development opportunities for educators in garden and kitchen classrooms
  • Fostering curricular development to support food-based learning and environmental stewardship across disciplines and at all levels of study
  • Designing systems-level improvements through the interdisciplinary research of regenerative organic agriculture, carbon-reducing climate solutions, environmental education and public health scholarship.
  • Leading interactive, hands-on projects that support the sharing of best practices among K-12 educators, UC Davis faculty and students, and farmers, growers, and ranchers who commit to sustainable practices for the land and their workers
  • Hosting conferences, summits, and other public gatherings that bring together UC Davis faculty, students, researchers and other experts to address pressing challenges facing food systems and the planet