Encouraging families to eat better and live healthier lives is a matter of reconnecting people, especially city-dwellers, with where their favorite fresh fruits and veggies come from and how much better they taste when grown with local care. NYBG has long offered such programs to let kids see their greens at all stages of growth before they end up on their plates, and to meet the growing demand for garden-based educational programs we launched the Edible Academy initiative.
While our array of educational and family programs, including Mario Batali’s Kitchen Gardens, continue to make a difference in the community, the ultimate aim of the Edible Academy is to double the number of those we serve through the opening of a three-acre, state-of-the-art complex on the Garden grounds. Including an amphitheater, children’s garden, and educational greenhouse, the Edible Academy is our vision of the bright future for family nutrition and educational outdoor fun. And, once again, our friends at Whole Foods Market are helping to make that vision real.
On Wednesday, June 25, you can help us make this dream a reality with your own healthy food choices! Whole Foods Market, a longtime supporter of the Edible Academy and Ruth Rhea Howell Family Garden, will set aside that day to donate 5% of their local net sales to supporting our initiative! People across the New York Metropolitan area will be able to participate in 5% Day at a number of Whole Foods stores throughout NYC, New Jersey, Westchester, and Long Island.
Next time you pick up some wholesome groceries, know that you are helping create a new space for kids from the community to learn from hands-on growing and gardening experiences. See the full list of participating Whole Foods locations and learn more about the Edible Academy here.
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