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 will help children, families, and teachers learn about growing and preparing vegetables, fruits, and herbs while encouraging a lifelong interest in gardening and healthful living. Opening in June 2018, the expanded three-acre complex will feature a classroom building with a green roof, demonstration kitchen, technology lab, teaching greenhouse, solar pavilion, and 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 will provide 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.

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

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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.