Children working in the Edible Academy's garden.

The Edible Academy


The Edible Academy, with the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden as its centerpiece, is a rich platform of education, hands-on activities, and programs that help children, families, and teachers learn about growing vegetables, fruits, and herbs while encouraging a lifelong interest in gardening and healthful living. Coming in June 2018, the Edible Academy’s expansion will feature a three-acre complex with a classroom building, greenhouse, and terraced amphitheater to accommodate a broader range of programs and double the number of people served each year.

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.

Building the Edible Academy

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Edible Academy’s progress led by NYBG staff.

An NYBG staff member teaching several young boys and girls about gardening.

Donate today!

There is still time to make a contribution to this incredible new initiative, and help support the Edible Academy’s opening in 2018.


Three young boys digging in dirt at the Edible Academy's garden.

Save the Date:
The Edible Academy Opening Weekend Celebration

June 16 & 17, 2018
Celebrate the opening of the state-of-the-art facility with cooking demonstrations, hands-on gardening, music, and family fun.

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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.

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.