Children and NYBG staff working in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden.

Edible Academy

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.

Contribute to the Edible Academy ahead of its opening in June 2018 and support garden education for thousands of kids, parents, and teachers!


In the White House Kitchen Garden

Joining First Lady Michelle Obama in celebration of the fifth anniversary of her Let’s Move program, two lucky Family Garden students had the chance to put their gardening skills to work in the famed White House Kitchen Garden.

Visualizing the Future of The Edible Academy

The new complex will host many exceptional features, focusing on energy conservation, sustainability, and first-class education facilities.

At Home in the Family Garden

Take a look inside the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, where daily children’s activities range from tending the many vegetable beds to learning about healthy eating and where our food comes from.

Centerpiece of The Edible Academy

As the central features of the future Edible Academy, the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden serves thousands of children, parents, and teachers throughout much of the year, embodying the core ideals that have inspired the Edible Academy’s creation.

Read the latest edition of the Edible Academy Newsletter.