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Edible Schoolyard NOLA

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Changing the way children and familieseat, learn and live at FirstLine Schools in New Orleans.

Our programs and events

Gardens 

Three large edible schoolyard gardens (Green, Ashe, and Langston Hughes) where children and families learn to grow food. Garden education teaches our students how to grow food and links these lessons to science education, health and wellness.

Kitchens 

Two teaching kitchens (Green and Ashe) – where children and families learn to cook the food they grow in healthy ways.

Comprehensive School Wellness

ESYNOLA's Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community initiative is a planned, integrated, holistic approach to addressing the wellness of the entire school community through the continuous development, delivery, and evaluation of school-based health initiatives. We focus on six key levers of wellness.

Events: ESYNOLA loves a party!

Community and Family Programming – fun for everyone!

We celebrate the bounty of Louisiana through seasonal festivals that highlight cherished products like watermelon, strawberries, and citrus. Local chefs and farmers often make guest appearances. They are an essential part of our programming as they take our palates on a journey from the field to the fork.

Open Garden Days

Members of the school and neighborhood community are welcome to participate in gardening, composting, and harvesting, and we share lunch together.

Family Food Nights

We teach entire families how to cook seasonally from the garden, offering them healthy meal and snack preparation alternatives and opportunities to increase their knowledge about health and nutrition.

Budding Entrepreneurs

Afterschool, some of our middle school students grow and create value-added products from the garden, such as hot pepper and grape jams, vinegars, granola and soaps, and sell them at our local neighborhood markets.