edible schoolyards


Planting with Westlake Middle School Feb 20th. Growing Together staff Adelaja, Justin, and Mallika and interns Kenya and Noah worked with groups of students all morning to plant 18 more fruit trees on campus in the school’s main courtyard - for a total of 33 trees planted at the school as part of this project! This time we planted citrus - tangerines, oranges and lemons, as well as some pomegranates and pineapple guavas. Thank you Ms. Houston once again, for being such an amazing teacher and eco warrior on campus and making this happen. Thank you to California ReLeaf for funding this project! 

Surrounded by rows of glistening cabbages, spinach, lettuce, collard greens and mustard greens, lead garden educator Amy Zellweger instructed her students to put on their “thinking caps.” …. “I felt the Edible Schoolyard idea could be deeply planted in New Orleans, because of the devastation and the dislocation that the people of the city had experienced. It is always hopeful when you put a seed in the ground and watch it grow, and it is most amazing is when it produces food that you can eat,” Waters said.”

I have a completely black thumb, which is quite funny because I worked as an outdoor educator, but I love the idea of having edible gardens in school. The girl I take care of has her own edible garden at home and the pride she has when she brings in her own lettuce and tomato and cuts them up into a salad is incredible to see. I also love that it promotes healthy eating, which I could have definitely used as a child. Does your school have one? 

Okay I know there are a lot of Taylor Swift fans, but there are definitely not enough Karlie Kloss fans.

The girl is classically trained in ballet, which she totally attributes her success as a graceful model to, and she’s modeled for pretty much every designer out there, big or small.

Yves Saint Laurent

Alexander McQueen


Elie Saab

Oscar de la Renta

And it shouldn’t be surprising she was discovered at a local benefit runway show, because she’s sold cookies with Momofuku Milk Bar at Fashion’s Night Out in New York City. The proceeds benefit hungry children around the world (through FEED Projects), and every tin of cookies that were sold, 10 meals were donated to starving children all over the world.

AND after she worked with Warby Parker sunglasses, she co-designed a line of charity sunglasses where the proceeds benefited Edible Schoolyard NYC, which is a charity that partners with public schools in low-income areas to build, maintain and staff garden and kitchen classrooms—all right on the school premises. They equip students with the hands-on knowledge, skills and environment needed to reverse the obesity trend and teach kids organic, healthy eating habits they can enjoy and share for an entire lifetime.

Oh, and did I mention that Karlie Kloss is 22 years old?


That is all.


California chef Alice Waters established her first Edible Schoolyard in 1995 so that Berkeley children could cook and eat vegetables cultivated in gardening classes. Now New York’s first Edible Schoolyard has taken root, supplementing 1/2 acre of asphalt at Public School 216 Arturo Toscanini in Brooklyn.

Firm: WorkAC. Project: Edible Schoolyard. Location: Brooklyn, New York. Photography by Iwan Baan.


Edible Education
Featuring Alice Waters, Wendy Slusser, and David Binkle
April 25, 2013

At this enlightening evening of food education, Chef Alice Waters shared valuable insights into food culture and her work with the Edible Schoolyard Project. Chef David Binkle and Dr. Wendy Slusser then provided an informative discussion on initiating change in how we eat through school lunches and healthy campuses. Check out some of the shorter highlights from the lecture…


Edible Education

Alice Waters on fast food culture and slow food values

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been accused of being a Farmers market philanthropist because I believe in paying people for the true cost of their food and their products. And people say that I’m artificially driving up the prices of food in the markets. And I say, it’s the discounted prices that are artificial. I feel that it’s my responsibility to pay for the true cost of things, if I can.”