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Edible Schoolyard NOLA

Edible Schoolyard NOLA

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Changing the way children and familieseat, learn and live at FirstLine Schools in New Orleans.

Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School



The school gardens at Clark Prep are unconventional community spaces adapted to the small physical footprint of the school site. Tucked in the corridor of two school buildings, the courtyard garden is a colorful and peaceful oasis of flowers, herbs, grasses, fruit trees and herbs. Figs, papaya, sugarcane, muscadine grapes, and a variety of herbs and greens grow around the "Food Fence," a growing area created from a utilitarian fence near the high-traffic playfield. 

Classes at Clark work from a ProStart curriculum, giving students the technical skills and initial certifications they need for culinary careers. Chef educators connects students with local chefs, internships at restaurants, and professional opportunities at special events.