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THE EDIBLE SCHOOLYARD


In September 2009, the Larchmont Schools launched their Edible Schoolyard (ESY) program as an affiliate of the Chez Panisse Foundation becoming one of only a handful of nationwide schools to have been handpicked by Alice Waters to help revolutionize the way children think about food, farming, community, and the environment. ESY is part of a massive and exciting experiment that is being studied and watched across the country. ESY promotes the tenets of eco-literacy by teaching children to garden, and illustrating for them actual biological systems and the interconnectedness of the natural world.

Children help to prepare, serve, and eat local seasonal food. In the process, they awaken their senses, learn about nutrition, help to build a community, and begin to take personal responsibility for the Earth.  ESY creates a rich environmental and biological science program at the elementary level and allows for an integrated curriculum across many academic areas, including social studies and math.

And, ESY supports LCW’s constructivist project-based curriculum through hands-on activities in the garden and kitchen. In the end, ESY brings a delicious and nutritious hot lunch program for all of their students.