Alice Waters on the Edible Schoolyard (Video)

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.

Next: How you can participate in the delicious revolution

As an educator or parent, there are many ways you can participate in this delicious revolution in your school or home:

  • Garden. Grow some of your own food, explore nature’s classroom, and share with the young people in your life. If your school doesn’t have a garden, organize with administrators, teachers, and parents to make one happen. California School Garden Network and School Garden Wizard offer useful guides.
  • Cook from scratch. Engage children in the story of their food through hands-on teaching in the kitchen. Plan meals with your kids, shop together, and involve the whole family in the cooking process. Discover more tips in Cooking Together.
  • Eat with others. Make mealtime a central event in your home. Nurture pleasure and encourage an appreciation of foods that nourish the body and the environment.
  • Teach. FoodCorps just launched a national service program to train young leaders in nutrition education and school gardening. Visit their website to apply to be a service member or nominate your school to become a FoodCorps host site.
  • Advocate for healthy school lunches. If you’re a parent or teacher, campaign to remove vending machines, processed snacks, fast food, and flavored milk, and put healthy, locally sourced options on the menu.

Download the Nourish Middle School Curriculum Guide to discover more ways to integrate food literacy into the classroom.

How has Alice Waters inspired you?

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29 comments

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

Can't start early enough to reconnect with the source of food!

Darla G.
Darla G.4 years ago

preaching to the choir! preaching to the choir! Yahoo to you for making a difference!

Anthony Crain
Anthony Crain5 years ago

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Christa Leduc
Christa Leduc5 years ago

What a fantastic program this is for children (and adults as well!). With the epidemic of fast food and junk food vending machines, flavoured milk and fries in school cafeterias, this a great example to teach children and their parents what healthy living and eating is all about. Every school should have an "Edible Schoolyard Project".

Melinda K.
Past Member 5 years ago

so important for kids - and adults! And the earth!!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.5 years ago

interesting

Ellen Mccabe
Ellen m.5 years ago

With obesity and diabetes among children rising at sich a fast pace, this is something to be applauded, although after seeing the reactions against this trend in schools by the school board itself on jamie Olivers food revolition, its going to need a lot of public support strongly
behind it.

Marianna B M.

noted

Ellen Mccabe
Ellen m.5 years ago

With obesity and diebetes among children rising at sich a fast pace, this is something to be applauded, although after seeing the reactions against this trend in schools by the school board itself on jamie Olivers food revolition, its going to need a lot of public support strongly
behind itn.

Penny C.
Penny C.5 years ago

Love Alice.