The Foundation underwrites the Edible Schoolyard Kern County that provides hands-on learning experiences in garden and kitchen classrooms, to introduce and reinforce a healthy lifestyle for students in Kern County.
This Foundation program works collaboratively with Buena Vista Elementary School and the Grimmway Schools network.
Opened in 2011, the Buena Vista Edible Schoolyard has been serving outdoor and indoor food education to 1,000 students, as well as, hosting a bounty of related community events.
The Grimmway Academy Arvin Edible Schoolyard is a part of Grimmway Schools' innovative blended learning model, in which all 700 students rotate through the garden and kitchen classrooms, in the same manner as core academic classes.
A new Grimmway Schools charter school opened August 2017 in the rural town of Shafter, CA. The edible schoolyard is at the heart of this campus with classrooms and other buildings surrounding it.
"What are the values of
an edible education?"
By caring for resources, students learn to be mindful of their surroundings and the environment for those who follow
Through growing and preparing foods, students are introduced to the practice and benefits of eating locally and seasonally
Through garden and kitchen education, students are able to articulate their preferences, so they are better equipped to make healthy, positive life choices
Students are encouraged to become curious learners through observation, exploration and inquiry
Hands-on experiences can create a culture where students support one another's ideas and work together to complete the task at hand
Students are given the tools to nourish themselves, therefore having a positive impact on our community and the environment