Foundation and Mission
The Edible Schoolyard Project
In 1996, Alice Waters established the Chez Panisse Foundation to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Chez Panisse Restaurant. The foundation took the opportunity of the 40th anniversary to look back on its work, and changed its name to the Edible Schoolyard Project to better reflect its mission. ESY Project supports educational programming that uses food to nurture, educate and empower youth.
The mission of the Edible Schoolyard Project is to build and share an edible education curriculum, from kindergarten through high school. Their vision is for gardens and kitchens to become interactive classrooms for academic subjects, and for every student to have a free, nutritious, organic lunch.
The Edible Schoolyard Berkeley
The Edible Schoolyard, in collaboration with Martin Luther King Junior Middle School, provides urban public school students with a one-acre organic garden and a kitchen classroom. Using food systems as a unifying concept, students learn how to grow, harvest, and prepare nutritious seasonal produce. Experiences in the kitchen and garden foster a better understanding of how the natural world sustains us, and promote the environmental and social well being of our school community.