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.
There is still time to make a contribution to this incredible new initiative, and help support the Edible Academy’s opening in 2018.
Save the Date:
The Edible ACademy Opening Weekend Celebration
June 15–17, 2018
Celebrate the opening of the state-of-the-art facility with cooking demonstrations, hands-on gardening, music, and family fun.
Leadership support for the Edible Academy and the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden is provided by:
Mr. and Mrs. Coleman P. Burke
Amy Goldman Fowler, Ph.D.
The Goergen Foundation
Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust
Robert F. Gossett, Jr.
Susan E. Lynch
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce
Caroline A. Wamsler, Ph.D. and DeWayne N. Phillips
Anonymous family friend of NYBG
Larry E. Condon and John J. Hoffee
Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Jill and Alan Rappaport Family
Phyllis and Howard Schwartz Philanthropic Fund
Kate Solomon and David Wasserman
Wallace Genetic Foundation
Leadership support for the Edible Academy is provided by:
The Mayor of New York City and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Speaker of the New York City Council and Members of the Bronx Delegation of the New York City Council
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie and Members of the Bronx Delegation of the State Assembly
New York State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein
Corporate support is provided by:
Newman’s Own Foundation
Whole Foods Market®
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.