- State Fellow: Allison Villa
- State Partner Supervisor: Andrew Barrett
For more information, please contact Allison.
Why Serve in New York?
With over 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools, the New York City public school district is the largest in the country, and the need for school gardens and healthy food education is enormous. Nearly one in four children in New York City is food insecure, and over 50 percent of New York City public school children are obese or overweight. This issue has a disproportionate effect on low-income communities and communities of color. For instance, obesity rates in East Harlem are three times what they are on the Upper East Side, just a few short blocks away. By serving in New York City, you will have the chance to address these inequities and work with a network of like-minded organizations that are working to change the food system both in schools and in the community at large.
Serving in New York City means that you will work to develop sustainable programs that have a profound impact not only during your service term, but also long after. Even in such a large city, the food education and farm-to-school community is small and connected. You’ll work alongside urban gardeners, food justice advocates, and educators from all over the city and become part of this vibrant network.
By serving in New York City, you’ll also access all of the benefits of living and working in one of the largest and most exciting urban hubs — and one of the greatest food cities — in the world.
Edible Schoolyard NYC partners with public schools to transform the hearts, minds, and eating habits of young New Yorkers. By integrating hands-on food education into high-need schools across New York City, Edible Schoolyard NYC aims to change attitudes, preferences, and behaviors around healthy eating. Staff work in schools to support garden builds and maintenance, develop and implement standards-based curriculum, and integrate garden and kitchen classes into the school day. With a goal of transforming the whole school environment, Edible Schoolyard NYC also conducts cafeteria tastings, works with partner organizations on improving cafeteria food, and hosts community days and family programs to involve the whole school and community in wellness education. In addition to its direct work in schools, Edible Schoolyard NYC also supports educators and administrators to develop and expand programming in their own schools through professional development workshops.
Edible Schoolyard NYC’s vision is that all children are educated and empowered to make healthy food choices for themselves, their communities, and their environment, actively achieving a just and sustainable food system for all.