In 1995 Alice Waters had a vision: she wanted to start a garden and build a teaching kitchen at a local public middle school in Berkeley, CA, with the hope of enriching the curriculum and life of the school community. Through the continuous support of the faculty and community, today the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley at MLK Middle School is a one-acre organic garden and kitchen classroom serving 900 urban public school students every year. Students participate in all aspects of growing, harvesting, and preparing nutritious, seasonal produce during the academic day and in after school classes. The Edible Schoolyard Berkeley also engages the wider community of King by extending programming to evening and weekends. During the summer months, the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley hosts an annual Academy to support emerging garden and kitchen programs nationwide.
Edible Schoolyard serves as a platform to democratize educational garden, kitchen, and lunch programs around the world through free membership and access to an array of educational resources for all to benefit from. Their programming on the ground and online reflects an organisational shift in thinking toward a collective voice for change.