The Edible Schoolyard NOLA is an educational program that integrates organic gardening and seasonal cooking into school curriculum, culture and cafeteria. This program is pioneered by nationally acclaimed chef and education/food activist, Alice Waters, who founded the first Edible Schoolyard in Berkley, CA.
As a JLNO volunteer, I finally got an opportunity to work in the Samuel J. Green Charter School Edible School Yard; It is the largest one in New Orleans. Anyone interested in the Edible School Yard concept and/or farm to table, can volunteer. If you’ve ever considered a community garden or creating one in your backyard, this would be a great place to start. Everyone is so knowledgable.
The garden at Green is magnificent. I couldn’t believe how beautiful and bountiful it was. I took the girls with me as a morning activity while I helped out. Everyone was so warm and welcoming and quick to engage the children. Anson was handed flower seeds to plant and rosemary sprigs to prune.
We learned that flowers help the garden grow…
And that if we whisper to our seeds lovingly, we can help the flowers grow…
And even if some flowers smell like honey, we shouldn’t eat them.
Edible School Yard NOLA will host its 4th annual fundraiser, An Edible Evening, at Green Charter School this Thursday, March 21, 2013. This highly anticipated garden party is catered by 25 of New Orleans best restaurants and benefits Edible Schoolyard NOLA’s programs at FirstLine Schools. It is a deliciously worthy cause with significant impact upon our children and community.
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