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 with a special weekend celebration on June 16 and 17, 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.

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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Edible Academy

Edible Academy Opening Weekend Celebration

June 16–17

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

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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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