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New York Botanical Garden Edible Academy

December 31, 2013  • 

For nearly 100 years, The New York Botanical Garden has been a leader in garden-based education for teachers and school children from the Bronx and throughout the New York metro region, as well as the edible gardening headquarters for schools, community groups, urban farmers and home gardeners.

In response to growing demand for edible gardening programs the Botanical Garden has launched The Edible Academy, which is expanding opportunities so that twice as many children, parents and teachers can learn how to grow fruits and vegetables, as well as make the important connections between plants, gardening, nutrition and the benefits of a healthful lifestyle. The expansion is centered in the 1.5-acre Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden and will feature a new state-of-the-art building for edible education. With this permanent structure, gardening and healthful food programs will be available year-round and will be less weather dependent, and will more than double current capacity and increase those served from 40,000 to 80,000 a year.

Meanwhile, current programing at The Edible Academy is impressive, engaging school groups, teachers and families in programs that include:

Visit the New York Botanical Garden’s website to see what’s growing at The Edible Academy!