This weekend, chef and food activist Alice Waters rings in 40 years since opening Chez Panisse restaurant and relaunches the Edible Schoolyard Project, her groundbreaking food curriculum and school garden program. In this short film from Nourish, she discusses the value of garden and kitchen experiences in transforming students’ relationship to food.
A Delicious Revolution
A champion of the local, seasonal food movement, Alice Waters is not just a chef but also a food literacy pioneer. In 1995, she founded the Edible Schoolyard at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, comprised of a one-acre garden, an adjacent kitchen-classroom, and an “eco-gastronomic” curriculum.
A year later, she founded the Chez Panisse Foundation to support educational programs that use food to nurture, educate, and empower youth, particularly in urban communities. The project has grown, and today there are affiliate gardens in Greensboro, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and New York, and San Francisco.
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