Edible Schoolyard NYC partners with public schools to build gardens and kitchen classrooms where children can engage in hands-on learning. Our goal is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and environment required to make healthier choices and change the way they eat…for life.
“The benefits of having Edible Schoolyard NYC at our school are many. It is clear children are already learning how the Earth nourishes both our bodies and minds.”
— Celia Kaplinsky, Principal
In fall 2010, the first Edible Schoolyard NC Showcase School program opened at P.S. 216 in Gravesend, Brooklyn. We transformed a cement parking lot into a half-acre organic garden where students from prekindergarten to fifth grade are taught how to cultivate and harvest over 60 types of fruits, grains and vegetables. P.S. 216, The Arturo Toscanini School, is a Title I funded elementary school with a diverse student body. P.S. 216’s community is a multi-cultural neighborhood of families from Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Gravesend who are predominantly Asian, Russian, Latino, and Black. With no community supported agriculture programs, only two public gardens and the third lowest percentage of green, open space in Brooklyn, Gravesend was a natural choice for establishing an inaugural showcase Edible Schoolyard.