State-of-the-Art Expansion Now Open
The Edible Academy, with the Ruth Rea Howell Vegetable Garden as its centerpiece, is a state-of-the-art facility for education, hands-on activities, and programs that helps children, families, teachers, and the general public learn about growing and preparing vegetables, fruits, and herbs while encouraging a lifelong interest in gardening and healthy living. The expanded three-acre campus features a classroom building with a green roof, demonstration kitchen, and technology lab; a teaching greenhouse; a solar pavilion; and a terraced amphitheater, as well as new display gardens, to accommodate a broader range of programs and double the number of people served each year.
The Edible Academy provides plenty of fun for kids and adults alike, with daily, hands-on gardening activities; special cooking demonstrations; and other year-round program offerings that enhance NYBG’s reach and impact.
Explore the facilities of this brand-new campus.
NYBG sits in an area with one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the nation. Many Bronx residents lack access to affordable fruit and vegetables and suffer from high rates of obesity and related diseases. Understanding at a young age where food comes from is an important first step in making the important connections among plants, science, and the benefits of a healthful lifestyle.
NYBG is responding to this nutrition crisis through the new Edible Academy. This year-round, state-of-the-art facility will revolutionize and expand NYBG’s acclaimed garden-based educational programs and offer life-changing opportunities to more than 100,000 children, families, and teachers.
Explore the Edible Academy
Follow along as the Edible Academy takes shape and explore the facilities of this brand new campus.
Edible Academy Programs
Children are invited to roll up their sleeves and help tend the gardens. Dig in the soil, sow seeds, water the seedlings, and harvest ripe produce through Dig! Plant! Grow! programs. Each season offers new themes to investigate.
Make a donation to our Edible Academy initiative in support of programs that will teach thousands of kids, parents, and teachers all year long.
LEADERSHIP SUPPORT: Anonymous Family Friend of NYBG, Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust and Amy P. Goldman Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Coleman P. Burke, Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, Inc., Susan and Gregory Palm, Robert F. Gossett, Jr., Deborah and Chuck Royce, The Goergen Foundation
Speaker of the New York City Council and Members of the Bronx Delegation of the New York City Council, Mayor of New York City and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, New York State Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie and Members of the Bronx Delegation of the State Assembly
MAJOR SUPPORT: Caroline A. Wamsler, Ph.D. and DeWayne N. Phillips, Susan E. Lynch, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Jill and Alan Rappaport Family, Wallace Genetic Foundation, Kate Solomon and David Wasserman, Jill Joyce, Larry E. Condon and John J. Hoffee, Eric P. and Evelyn E. Newman Foundation, Phyllis and Howard Schwartz Philanthropic Fund, Louise and Henry Loeb