The Network Schools Program brings edible education to five schools in the South Bronx and Central Brooklyn through our partnership with FoodCorps. As of fall 2019, we will be in six schools.
The need is acute:
Network Schools are in neighborhoods identified by the NYC Department of Health as having high rates of diet-related diseases and large numbers of children from low-income families.
The method is scalable:
Edible Schoolyard NYC works closely with Network School staff and communities to expand gardens, add kitchen classes, and promote a culture of wellness through classes and after- school and community programming.
The results are sustainable:
Through the support of Edible Schoolyard NYC staff, Network Schools collaborate to create their own unique programs, based on the community’s needs, goals, and resources.
Looking to apply to be an Edible Schoolyard NYC Network School? Inquiries from interested schools are welcome. Please contact us to learn more.
Meet the Network Schools
Brooklyn Gardens Elementary
East New York, Brooklyn
Grades PreK – 5
At Brooklyn Gardens, 100% of the students live in poverty. East New York is known for having a high number of public housing units. Brooklyn Gardens has a garden with thirteen raised beds and has dedicated a classroom to sustainability and greening projects. Their goal is that the entire school community will participate in the garden, with Edible Schoolyard NYC’s support.
Evergreen Middle School for Urban Exploration
Grades 6 – 8
Evergreen Middle School is in Bushwick, where the child poverty rate is among the highest in Brooklyn. Currently, every student in the school is taking our classes. The school has a small new garden with plenty of space for future expansion. In addition to science-based garden classes, school staff plans to use the garden as alternative instructional space for special education and ESL/ELL classes, with Edible Schoolyard NYC’s support, incorporate more cooking and garden lessons into the school environment.
P.S. 109 Sedgwick
Morris Heights, Bronx
Grades PreK – 5
In Morris Heights, 77% of households receive SNAP benefits. In 2012, teachers at P.S. 109 started a garden with thirteen raised garden beds. Since 2015, Edible Schoolyard NYC and the school community have tripled the size of the school garden, the learning and sensory garden is located at the front yard of the school with additional garden space in a separate courtyard.
P.S. /I.S. 218 Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School
Mount Eden, Bronx
P.S./I.S. 218 has had a longstanding relationship with Edible Schoolyard NYC for several years. As of fall 2018, they became a Network School. We are teaching classes to lower grades and running after school clubs and family programming. The garden space is shared with a WHEDCO, a community centre with close proximity to the other Bronx Network Schools, allowing for a community of support. The school is also a part of a Brigaid‘s scratch cooking pilot.
P.S. 311 Lucero
Mount Eden, Bronx
Ninety-five percent of the students at P.S. 311 receive free or reduced-price lunch. Before Edible Schoolyard NYC involvement, the container garden was used as a teaching resource by a handful of science teachers. Now, Edible Schoolyard NYC has a kitchen classroom next to the garden space and is teaching classes to the entire student body. We are also involving families in a weekly garden and cooking club for students and parents. Since fall of 2015, Edible Schoolyard NYC and the school community have increased the garden space from a milkcrate garden to five different small container gardens around the schoolyard, which also functions as a lively community park in the evenings and on the weekends.
Brighter Choice Community School
Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
In September 2019, Brighter Choice Community School, currently a Partner School, will become a Network School! Stay tuned for more information.