The Edible Schoolyard garden is an interactive garden classroom for students at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California. It’s a program of the Chez Panisse Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by chef Alice Waters. Their newest affiliate program will be in Gravesend, Brooklyn. The $1.6 million center will have a solar-powered kitchen classroom, mobile greenhouse, rainwater cistern, composting system, outdoor pizza oven, and a chicken coop. This is a rendering of what the Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216 is to look like.
I think this hands-on program for kids is a great idea. I just wonder how feasible something like this is now in light of so many kids across the nation not having access to basic education tools. When it becomes possible, it would be great for more schools to incoroporate a similar program, even if it’s on a much smaller, affordable scale.