Teachers and parents, this one’s for you: Edible Schoolyard NYC has spots available for their intensive teacher training program, and they’re accepting applications now through Monday, December 22. Founded by Alice Waters in Berkeley, Edible Schoolyard seeks to teach children about the connections between gardening, food and health. The nonprofit expanded to New York City in 2010, and their programming has been expanding ever since.
They’re asking for two representatives from each school (one or both must be teachers) to attend their after-school classes in the spring. The curriculum will cover garden planning, setting up the kitchen classroom, planting and basic garden and soil maintenance. You’ll even learn how to incorporate math, science, ELA and social studies into garden lessons.
This program is unique in that it combines gardening and cooking, giving students the opportunity to see their food complete the transition from seed to plate. Mentors from Edible Schoolyard NYC will visit each participating school to help build gardens, and each graduating pair will receive a kitchen classroom kit and access to many other resources. You can apply here.