April 14th, 2013

Edible Schoolyard Project Berkeley, CA

"Every child deserves a wholesome and delicious school lunch.  We have the power to transform school lunch from an afterthought into an edible education."

The Edible Schoolyard Project was created in 1997 by Alice Waters, visionary restauranteur and owner of Chez Panisse.  Waters’ activism in the organic food movement and support for school lunch reform were the underpinnings of the program.  

The Edible Schoolyard curriculum engages students in growing, harvesting, and preparing seasonal vegetables and herbs, and teaches them about food choices and sustainability.  

I was lucky enough to participate as a kitchen classroom volunteer last fall.  Got to prepare recipes like butternut squash pizza (using fresh produce grown in the community garden) with the third-graders at Emerson Elementary School.  Hope to do it again someday!