Food Forests for Schools

Food Forests for Schools

Changing the Landscape of Education

The Education Fund's Food Forests for Schools initiative is at the cutting-edge of nutrition and environmental sustainability education. In 2012, The Education Fund made history by installing the first Food Forest in a public elementary school in the nation. Today, 25 of our 51 elementary school gardens are perennial, edible landscapes, each occupying an impressive 3,500-10,000 square feet of school grounds. The Education Fund's Food Forests are prolific food systems producing enough fresh, organic produce for students to take home weekly harvests, while still providing enough fruits and vegetables to incorporate in classroom nutrition lessons as well as the cafeteria lunch menu! 

 

These Food Forests are cutting-edge sustainable food growing systems. Instead of traditional raised-beds or boxes, the Food Forests abound with perennial, edible trees, bushes, herbs, vines, and ground covers. An abundance of rare, tropical, gourmet crops can be found year-round nestled among winding paths.

More than 108,127 harvest bags have been sent home to families served by Food Forests for Schools. Students receive harvest bags filled with kale, collard greens, fresh herbs, and rare, tropical treats such as cranberry hibiscus and Okinawa spinach. Sometimes they start eating it right out of the bag!

Students at Royal Palm Academy of Discovery harvest collards

In the 2019-20 school year, The Education Fund continues to make history as we will continue to cultivate 25 schools with Food Forests grown with The Education Fund, along with student-run harvest clubs, sending fresh produce home at least weekly. This makes Miami-Dade County Public Schools a national leader with the greatest number of Food Forests compared to any other school district. 

Students thrive in all of our 51 garden schools.  

The Education Fund's Food Forests for Schools initiative provides a perfect environment for students to learn by experiencing nature. Students put concepts into practice as they explore, observe, and eat their way through the gardens and Food Forests. 

 

For more information, please contact:

Eddie Recinos
Food Forests for Schools
Senior Program Manager
erecinos@educationfund.org      

Debi La Belle
Food Forests for Schools
Program Manager
dlabelle@educationfund.org 

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