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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.

Our Partners in Wellness

ESYNOLA partners with many community-based organizations, universities, and government entities.


Our partners include:

AMERICORPS LOUISIANA: provide essential funding for Louisiana Delta Service Corps capacity-building positions in kitchen and garden at multiple schools

BROAD COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS/ REFRESH PROJECT: collaborative of youth, family and community serving organizations committed to improving the health and wellness of the Lafitte Corridor and surrounding neighborhoods

CITY OF NEW ORLEANS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH – FITNOLA: network of government, business, church, and school stakeholders who share a common goal to improve New Orleans culture of health

EDIBLE SCHOOLYARD PROJECT (ESY P): as one of Alice Waters’ “founding edible schoolyards,” we collaborate through quarterly calls and an annual summer intensive training where we share best practices

LOCAL CHEF PROFESSIONALS: volunteers and student mentors for grade level “edible experiences” (i.e. Iron Chef Competition, in-class demos, and farmers’ market-centered events)

LOCAL FARMERS, FARMERS MARKETS, AND FARM COOPERATIVES: farmers supply seasonal produce for schoolwide tastings, provide student interaction through farm-to-school trips, and host student field trips; the Crescent City Farmers Market provides reduced cost farmers’ market space for ESY students to sell produce and value-added garden and kitchen items

LOCAL UNIVERSITIES: Loyola, Tulane, Dillard, Xavier Universities & Delgado Community College promote service learning and internship opportunities at ESYNOLA for college students, who support our work from garden and culinary classes to development and fundraising support 

LOUISIANA FARM TO SCHOOL ALLIANCE: network of local/regional partners for sharing best practices and strategies on farm-to-school activities and policy work

NATIONAL FARM TO SCHOOL NETWORK (NFSN): for professional development, technical assistance, information-sharing and advocacy on garden-based nutrition education, increased school food standards, local procurement