Kids watering plants in the Edible Academy

The Edible Academy

State-of-the-Art Expansion Now Open

The new Edible Academy is a state-of-the-art educational facility featuring hands-on activities and innovative programs that help children, families, teachers, and the general public learn about growing and preparing vegetables, fruit, and herbs while encouraging a lifelong interest in gardening, nutrition awareness, and environmental stewardship. With the site’s combination of indoor and outdoor spaces—featuring the Ruth Rea Howell Vegetable Garden as its centerpiece—NYBG is able to operate its acclaimed, 62-year-old garden-based education program year-round and double its prior capacity.

The expanded three-acre campus was designed and constructed to LEED Gold certification level for building systems and materials used. Sustainable infrastructure throughout the site supports maximum resource efficiency (water and energy) and active stormwater management.

Explore the facilities of this brand-new campus.

Aerial shot of the Edible Academy

Explore the Edible Academy

Follow along as the Edible Academy takes shape and explore the facilities of this brand new campus.

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Photo of kids at play in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, ECAG

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.

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

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Make a donation to our Edible Academy initiative in support of programs that will teach thousands of kids, parents, and teachers all year long.

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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
Corporate Support for Edible Academy