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
The Children's Gardening Program is a part of the MetLife Healthy Families Program at the Garden, made possible through the generous support of
The Edible Academy and programs in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden are supported by Bank of America, Mr. and Mrs. Coleman P. Burke, the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, Inc., Amy Goldman Fowler, Ph.D., Robert F. Gossett, Jr., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Jill Joyce, Macy's, the Marion Moore Foundation, Inc., Morgan Stanley, the New York City Mayor's Office and the New York City Council, New York State and Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, Newman's Own Foundation, Norinchukin Foundation, Inc., Jill and Alan Rappaport, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce, Caroline A. Wamsler, Ph.D., and DeWayne N. Phillips, and Whole Foods Market®.
Additional leadership support for Children's Education Programs is provided by the Altman Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan C. Clay, Con Edison, Entergy Nuclear Northeast, The Everett Foundation, Eugene and Emily Grant Family Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Mrs. Andrew Heiskell, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Newman's Own Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Palm Foundation, and The Walt Disney Company.