Edible Education Experience offers a variety of enrichment programs that promote a healthy lifestyle and benefits students, parents, educators, community neighbors, and Central Florida leaders.
Edible Education Experiences for Students: Since 2011, we’ve provided edible education experiences to Orlando Junior Academy (OJA) Pre-K thru 8th grade students throughout the academic year, integrating cooking and gardening into the school curriculum. Since April 2017, we’ve continued this partnership at the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden.
In 2017, we began offering hands-on field trips and special events at our Kitchen House & Garden for Central Florida K-12 students in public/private schools and home education programs, as well as community groups such as Boy/Girl Scouts, school garden clubs, etc. We work with teachers to provide educational guidance that they can incorporate into their classroom prior to visiting the Kitchen House & Garden.
For students with a deeper passion for cooking and gardening, after-school enrichment clubs and summer/holiday camps are offered where kids can learn basic skills to prepare affordable, tasty, healthy, garden-inspired menus at home. We offer events for PreK-High School students with a desire to bring their families together to share healthy meals.
- Chef Night for Families: Geared towards both adults and kids, this intimate, seed-to-table monthly edible education experience brings all ages together for hands-on cooking workshops led by our talented local chefs, who volunteer their time to share their passion for healthy eating. This family-friendly evening begins with foraging in the garden for fresh produce to include in the night’s menu, providing a unique opportunity to connect participants to their food source. Featured recipes are plant-based, delicious, nutritious, and easy to replicate at home.
- Edible Schoolyard Academy for Teachers: Held annually since 2011, this two-day, hands-on experience teaches participants how to create their own school garden and cooking curriculum customized to a school’s resources, needs, and ability. To date, we’ve equipped more than 90 teachers from 40+ schools in Central Florida and beyond, to initiate school gardening and cooking programs back at their own campuses. Led by garden educator Brad Jones and chefs Kevin Fonzo and Allyson Van Lenten, our innovative garden-to-classroom workshop is open to teachers, school administrators, and community leaders. Certificates of Participation are provided for Professional Development documentation.
- Sunday Gardening for the Community: Combining fellowship and gardening, this weekly opportunity brings people of all ages together in our Culinary Garden to plant, grow, and harvest the food used for EdibleEdExp programs. We invite volunteer gardeners, families, and community members to join us most Sundays, 9-11AM, where we connect, work side-by-side and share gardening tips and healthy recipe ideas.
This time is also used to partner with Florida Hospital for Children’s Center for Child and Family Wellness clinical team to provide cooking and community gardening education to at-risk, overweight children, teens and their families.
- Facility Rental: We invite like-minded community groups to rent our Educational Lounge, Veranda, and/or Kitchen Classroom for a unique meeting space, with rental fees helping to defray our operating costs.