Children Learn Organic Gardening and Cooking at the Edible Schoolyard

Children at a school in Berkeley, California, participate in Edible Schoolyard, Alice Water's gardening and cooking after-school program.

| November/December 2003

Learn more about Alice Water's Edible Schoolyard, an organic gardening and cooking after-school program in Berkeley, California.

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Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School in Berkeley, California, is home to the Edible Schoolyard, a gardening and cooking program created by chef Alice Waters in 1995. In the one-acre organic garden and kitchen, inner city kids plant, tend, harvest, and cook—all the while becoming aware of their food and stewardship of the land.

School days: As part of their curriculum, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders alternate between working in the garden and kitchen so they experience the food cycle from seed to plate.

What’s growing: In the garden, kids witness the natural world’s wonders. They push wheelbarrows full of compost across the grounds. They weed rows of carrots. They cut, wash, and bundle chard. They gobble raspberries right off the bush.

What’s cooking: “I want children to know cooking is easy and rewarding, a pleasurable part of everyday life that brings them closer to people they care about,” says Esther Cook, Edible Schoolyard’s chef and kitchen teacher.

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