The Edible Academy at New York’s Botanical Garden
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.
Sustainable infrastructure throughout the expanded three-acre campus supports maximum resource efficiency (water and energy) and active stormwater management. The 5,300-sq.-ft. Classroom Building, featuring a Demonstration Kitchen, Technology Lab, and Green Roof, was recently certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Buildings Council.
The Edible Academy supports and enhances NYBG’s ongoing mission to provide children and families access and opportunities to connect with nature. An expanded campus with sustainable infrastructure and a broader range of educational programs and activities double the number of people served from 50,000 to 100,000 annually. In addition the Edible Academy offers new after-school programs, expanded teacher training, cooking demonstrations, distance learning, and special events.
By Michael Levenston