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What is an Edible Schoolyard?

The Edible Schoolyard Kern County (ESYKC) provides students from across Kern County with a hands-on, experiential educational experience unlike any other.

Academic concepts are brought to life, and students can make connections between food, the environment, and wellness.

In the garden, students cultivate the soil, plant seeds and watch them grow every season. They are taught the principles necessary to grow their own food and learn how to maintain an ecosystem that fosters both healthy habits and environments. In turn, our gardens thrive seasonally and function with the assistance of the children who attend ESYKC programs.

Their education continues in the kitchen, where students learn how to safely prepare recipes that are both nutritious and delicious, using fresh, healthy foods grown in our gardens.

We encourage students to explore and awaken their senses to the world around them and to enjoy and appreciate food through seed to table education.

Our Story


Our Mission

To create and sustain an organic garden and learning kitchen that is integrated into the school’s curriculum and culture.


Our hands-on garden and kitchen lessons are built on these five core concepts.


Seed to Table





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