Family Garden Programs

In the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, The Edible Academy provides hands-on gardening activities from April through October, encouraging little ones and adults alike to play in the dirt. Hands-On Gardening Activities take place every afternoon, with topics that change monthly. The Children's Gardening Program kicks off its spring classes on March 26. Mario Batali's Kitchen Gardens open May 3, while Cooking Demonstrations start May 4 for select days in the Whole Foods Market® Family Garden Kitchen. With new gardening programs and special events all year round, you'll always have a reason to come back.

Children's Gardening Program

Spring session begins March 26.

Offered in the spring, summer, and fall, kids ages 3–12 plant, tend, and harvest vegetables, and are taught lessons on gardening topics from beans to worms. To learn more and to register, call 718.817.8181 or visit

Plants and imaginations grow at the Howell Family Garden, where kids are allowed—no, encouraged!—to play in the dirt. Display gardens, such as the Global Gardens and the Bean Tunnel or Salad Bowl, and daily interactive gardening activities delight and inspire.

Dig! Plant! Grow! activity themes:

Cooking Demonstrations

Beginning May 4. Included in any All-Garden Pass.

Cooking demonstrations take place every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m. at the Whole Foods Market® Family Garden Kitchen.