STATE-OF-THE-ART EXPANSION OPENING JUNE 2018
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.
NYBG’s Congressional District has the highest food insecurity rate in the nation. Many Bronx residents lack access to affordable fruits and vegetables and suffer from high rates of obesity and related diseases. Understanding at a young age where food comes from is an important first step in making the important connections among plants, science, and the benefits of a healthful lifestyle.
NYBG is responding to this nutrition crisis through the new Edible Academy opening in June 2018. This year-round, state-of-the-art facility will revolutionize and expand NYBG’s acclaimed garden-based educational programs and offer life-changing opportunities to more than 100,000 children, families, and teachers.
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.
Edible Academy Opening Weekend Celebration
Celebrate the opening of the state-of-the art facility with cooking demonstrations, hands-on gardening, music, and family fun.
Make a donation to our Edible Academy initiative in support of programs that will teach thousands of kids, parents, and teachers all year long.
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:
Green Mountain Energy
Newman’s Own Foundation
Sabra Dipping Company
Whole Foods Market®