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Alice Waters on the Edible Schoolyard (Video)

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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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Nourish is an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities. To inform and inspire the largest number of people, Nourish combines PBS television, curriculum resources, web content, short films, and teacher and youth seminars. Nourish is a program of WorldLink, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education for sustainability.

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3:23PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

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

8:25AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

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

10:43AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Forest Gardens...?

http://mysite.verizon.net/reswz5tl/

6:32AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

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".

4:31AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

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

4:23AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

interesting

10:22PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

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.

10:16PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

noted

10:04PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

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.

8:59PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

Love Alice.

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