Nationwide, Larchmont Charter School is one of only six affiliates of the Edible Schoolyard (ESY) program, developed by organic food pioneer Alice Waters. The LCS ESY is a place where students explore, connect and expand “eco-gastronomic” concepts rooted in the California State Standards. Science and Social Studies are the primary curricular components for garden-based instruction at LCS, however; garden and cooking teachers also incorporate the span of the curriculum whenever appropriate and relevant to instructional themes and perspectives throughout the year. The LCS ESY garden program also educates children about where food comes from and engages them in the experience of food production and eating what is communally grown. LCS students become aware of the benefits of organic gardening and seasonal eating, making meaningful connections that lead them to become empowered lifelong learners who can contribute positively in caring for the earth.
For more information, visit the Edible Schoolyard Project Website.