Here’s what’s been “Growin’ On” at Edible Schoolyard New Orleans:
Edible Evening @ Home
“In normal times,” writes food writer Ian McNulty in a recent article, “community groups and nonprofits turn to restaurants constantly to support their events. With the restaurant industry facing dire struggles in the pandemic, some New Orleans events are turning that equation around, restructuring fundraisers so that they benefit the restaurants too.”
Edible Education in a Pandemic
When schools closed in March 2020, our team went to work to find new ways to keep students and families connected to school gardens and good food, provide social and emotional support, and reinforce academic concepts.
Summer Garden Update 2020
This summer, while schools were closed and the city was sheltering-in-place, ESYNOLA gardens were still growing strong. With the expertise of our garden staff, and the help and generosity of volunteers, neighbors, and members of the school communities, our gardens were weeded, watered, and cared for during the strenuous summer months.
Bistro Green 2019
“Who kids are in the academic classroom or on the playing field… it doesn’t matter here. It doesn’t matter when you’re serving your family. It’s a different skill and all positive,” said Chef Megan. “Students are genuinely proud to show off what’s theirs and what they’ve done. They’re really awesome. Kids are awesome.”
Marsha Bard’s #GardenerTakeover
This year, we are all going to see through some of our gardeners’ eyes as our site gardeners “take over” ESYNOLA social media. With a few photos, our gardeners give us a first-hand view of what it looks and feels like to spend time in each of our school gardens, illuminating joyful moments, gorgeous details, hard work, and multifaceted connections made in in an ESYNOLA garden! In Marsha Bard’s #gardenertakeover, she brings us into the Ashe garden and greenhouse.
Coalition-Building Across the Field of Edible Education
The success of the Founding Edible Schoolyard programs and the thousands of other garden and culinary education programs across the country, have proven that edible education is effective across and adaptable to a range of cultures, climates, and organizational and funding models.
Student Interview: Markiaj Tero
“I made a lot of new friends in garden [class]. And all my friends love garden as much as I love it… This is the only class when you get to come outside, and take a breath of the fresh air, and see animals, and grow plants.” – Markiaj Tero
Sweet Potato Fest 2019
- A giant paper maché sweet potato with googly eyes carried in a parade
- Sweet potato biscuits and muffins, handmade by K-8 students
- While harvesting sweet potatoes, children find creatures who thrive in the habitat of the sweet potato vines: butterflies, frogs, legless lizards, and field mice
These are the kinds of joyful associations with local food made at our 7th Annual Sweet Potato Fest
Wheatley’s Garden is Growing!
Network Garden Manager Emily Neustrom says, “The garden’s rounded garden beds and unexpected elements encourage students to pause as they wander, and be surprised by what’s around the corner.” The redesign reflects ESYNOLA’s commitment to creating beautiful spaces that encourage wonder, while creating a shaded and safe learning space for even the hottest months and during light rain days.