The Edible Schoolyard at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School is an organic teaching garden that engages the school's 950 students in all aspects of growing, harvesting and preparing nutritious, seasonal produce.
It was developed by Alice Waters, a restaurant owner and author of several cookbooks. In 1995 she proposed that the acre of unused asphalt parking lot in the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School.s campus be cleared and replaced with cover crop in order to enrich the soil and allow for the development of a future garden.
To initially kick off support for her idea, Waters hosted a fundraising benefit. The project was widely received, and soon thereafter, the school.s old and unused 1930.s cafeteria kitchen was modernized to house a kitchen classroom to link garden and kitchen activities.
Following its launch in 1997, the Edible Schoolyard grew from a staff of one to six and now offers two annual AmeriCorps positions. Among the goals is to cultivate ecoliteracy among students and promote the environmental and social well being of the middle school community.
Edible Schoolyard.s Web site also contains valuable resources on how to start a sustainable school garden in your community.
Sustainable organic garden that promotes healthy eating and ecoliteracy