The Edible Academy
Now open at The New York Botanical Garden
Marking a major expansion of its acclaimed garden-based education program, The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) has opened a new $28 million Edible Academy. The indoor-outdoor campus, designed by the distinguished architecture firm Cooper Robertson, is at the cutting-edge of sustainable technology and will allow NYBG’s edible gardening program for children, families, teachers, and the general public to double its capacity to 100,000 people annually and operate year-round.
The Edible Academy, with the existing Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden as its centerpiece, features a 5,300-square-foot classroom building with a demonstration kitchen and a high-tech classroom; a teaching greenhouse; two outdoor pavilions for programs, including one at treetop level offering a vista of the Garden’s old-growth forest and the Bronx River; a tiered lawn amphitheater designed to seat 350; and spacious gardens where children, educators, and other visitors will learn about plants and grow and harvest their own produce.
For visitors to New York City, NYBG’s Edible Academy is just 20 minutes from Midtown and opens up a new range of summer and year-round workshops, camps and courses that will add an experiential, learning vacation component to urban adventures. For visiting families, a day trip or week-long camp program offers kids of all ages the chance to experience hands-on gardening activities and attend camps in summer that are focused on art, sustainability and culinary themes at one of New York City’s greatest cultural treasures.
Activities at Edible Academy include:
Children are invited to roll up their sleeves and help tend the gardens in the Edible Academy. Dig in the soil, sow seeds, water the seedlings, and harvest ripe produce. Each season offers new themes to investigate through hands-on activities and take-home projects.
Drop In Explorations
Topics vary by date, from scent-sational herbs to pollinator pals and more.
Summer Solstice: June 22-23, 2019
Totally Tomatoes: August 10-11, 2019
Honey & Harvest: October 12-14, 2019
Fresh from the Garden Tastings
Cooking demonstrations encourage families to get hands-on with healthy cooking. Recipes feature plants grown in the Edible Academy. Demonstrations feature family-friendly recipes using seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Kids and adults alike will learn how garden-to-table cooking is not only nutritious, but fun, too.
The Edible Academy also offers a children’s gardening program, spring break camp, summer culinary camps, and more.