About the Edible Schoolyard (ESY)
The Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, CA consists of a thriving one-acre organic garden and kitchen classroom, fully integrated into the academic day at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, a public school for grades 6, 7, and 8. Each student at King participates in classes at the Edible Schoolyard. Garden classes introduce them to the origins of food, plant life cycles, community values, and the pleasures of work, while kitchen classes allow them to prepare and eat delicious, nutritious, seasonal dishes made from produce they have grown in the garden.
The Edible Schoolyard is a program of the Edible Schoolyard Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Alice Waters. The mission of the Edible Schoolyard Project is to build and share a national food curriculum for the education system. We envision this “edible education,” like physical education, as part of the core curriculum of every school in the country. By providing all students with a free nutritious lunch and interactive experiences in kitchen and garden classrooms, edible education has the power to transform the health and values of every child in the United States.
- Design and teach family cooking classes that are aligned with Edible Schoolyard values and focused on skills that are relevant to the diverse population of King Middle School families
- Develop a robust and multi-faceted outreach strategy that is effective at bringing families to Edible Schoolyard cooking classes
- Work with King teachers and administrative staff to build support for and connections to family cooking classes at the Edible schoolyard
- Evaluate the relevance and effectiveness of family cooking classes and implement improvement strategies
- Work closely with Edible Schoolyard staff to coordinate lessons and incorporate the established rituals and routines of the ESY kitchen into family cooking classes
- Design, print, and provide recipes and information for participants to take home
- Solicit donations from local and non-local business and organizations
- Excellent teaching and cooking skills
- Keen interest in the issues that shape the Edible Schoolyard Project’s work, including agriculture, education, health, and national and state policies
- Demonstrated ability to make connections, build relationships, and network amongst a diverse population of teachers, school administrators, parents, and students
- Experience working with Spanish-speaking, English-as-a-second-language, low-income and/or non-traditional families
- Strong organizational, writing, and communication skills
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite programs (InDesign and Photoshop)
Please email a letter of interest and resume with the subject line ‘Family Class Coordinator’ to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until November 13th, 2011.