On October 27, 2016, a group of NYBG’s Board of Trustees and friends gathered to celebrate the 60th year of the Children’s Gardening Program with the groundbreaking ceremony for the Edible Academy complex. This special celebration marked the beginning of a new era at NYBG. When completed, the Edible Academy, the centerpiece of which is the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, will revolutionize and enhance NYBG’s garden-based educational programs and offer life-changing opportunities to children from the Bronx and Greater New York City.

Together, the Edible Academy and the Family Garden bring plenty of fun for adults and kids alike, with cooking demonstrations in the Whole Foods Market® Family Garden Kitchen; daily, hands-on gardening activities; and programs presented in conjunction with Garden friend and chef extraordinaire, Mario Batali.


The Family Garden: Centerpiece of The Edible Academy