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The Edible Schoolyard

The Edible Schoolyard

Location: Martin Luther King Middle School, Berkeley, CA

Featuring: Alice Waters, American chef, author, and proprietor of Chez Panisse, is an American pioneer of a culinary philosophy that maintains that cooking should be based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably and locally. She started the Edible Schoolyard project in 1996.

FIVE PRINCIPLES FOR EDIBLE EDUCATION
By Alice Waters

I. FOOD IS AN ACADEMIC SUBJECT
Ecology and gastronomy bring alive every subject from reading and writing to science and art.

II. SCHOOL PROVIDES LUNCH FOR EVERY CHILD
Good food is a right, not a privilege. It brings children into a positive relationship with their health, community and environment.

III. SCHOOLS SUPPORT FARMS
Cafeterias buy fresh food from local farms, not only for reasons of health but to strengthen local food economies.

IV. CHILDREN LEARN BY DOING
Children work in the vegetable beds and on the cutting boards to awaken their senses and open their minds, both to their core academic subjects and to the world around them.

V. BEAUTY IS LANGUAGE
A beautifully prepared environment, where deliberate thought has gone into everything from the pasts to the plates on the tables, communicates to children that we care about them

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