Edible Schoolyard Stockton
Growing a community-inspired vision for edible education in California’s Central Valley

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About ESY Stockton

In the fall of 2019, The Edible Schoolyard Project (ESYP) began a multi-year collaboration with the community of Stockton to develop a new and responsive Edible Schoolyard model for California’s 13th largest city. The program would serve as a pilot for ESYP’s long-term vision to shift the food experience throughout California public schools.

Focusing first on the community of south Stockton, our team hosted meals, events, and gatherings to collect community feedback and build out a plan for a collaborative partnership with Taylor Leadership Academy. In March 2020, we received school board approval to bring this new Edible Schoolyard program to life.

 When schools closed due to COVID-19 later that month, ESYP used grant resources to ensure the community of south Stockton had reliable access to fresh, organic produce. Through partnerships with local and regional organic farms,  City of Stockton Community Services, Stockton Unified School District, local Community-Based Organizations, and Nourish Stockton, we began distributing grant funded CSA boxes to the community with support from the team at Taylor Leadership Academy.

By December 2020, more than 15,000 boxes had been delivered to families in the community. Each box comes with resources and instructional tools from our Edible Education at Home curriculum, so that students and families could recreate the kinds of experiential learning opportunities they would have had on campus from the safety of their homes.

In the 2020 / 2021 school year, ESYP Chef Teacher Liesha Barnett and Community Engagement Manager Patricia Miller will continue to host online classes and virtual gatherings for students at Taylor Leadership Academy.