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Grade 6–9—Waters is founder of The Edible Schoolyard, a gardening and cooking program on the campus of a Berkeley, CA, middle school. An organic garden on school grounds is tended and harvested by students, with hands-on ecology and nutrition lessons woven into the curriculum. The book details the history of the program while passionately touting the physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits that arise from it. Bright photographs show the engaged youngsters at work and close-ups of the lush flora and garden fauna. Extensive back matter includes the principles of "edible education," food-related writings by some of the children, recipes, and notes that provide context for the photos on earlier pages. The text is essentially a long essay by Waters, a combination of chronology mixed with emotional storytelling. A bit rambly, and not really geared toward young readers, it may capture the interest of nature-loving kids but will likely be of more interest to adults. In a way, the whole package feels like a well-produced annual report or fundraising document for the program. Perhaps the best audience for the book would be principals looking for inspiring ideas to try at their own schools. A lovely product, but with narrow appeal to young readers.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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About the Author

Alice Waters is president of the Chez Panisse Foundation, vice president of Slow Food International and the recipient of numerous awards. She is the author of many books including the Chez Panisse Cookbooks.

David Liittschwager is an award-winning photographer who has contributed to National Geographic.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (December 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811862801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811862806
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book because I am working with a school here in Decatur, Ga, to begin a neighborhood garden. Alice Waters, inspired by the French example of good gardens as the basis of tasty cuisine help start a garden at a local middle school in Oakland, CA. This book describes the first years of the garden-a wonderful, messy project which includes the kids' written reactions and wonderful recipes. Get inspired!
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This book is more like a brochure than a book. I gave it 5 stars as if I were rating an appeal for change, not a book. Waters advocates creating working farms in schoolyards, and incorporating education about food, farming nutrition and history into the venture. This worked in a Berkeley Middle School, and it could work elsewhere.
It's a great, timely idea that reaches hard to connect to teenagers in a profound way.
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About thirty pages in, I had tears in my eyes from how the garden changed childrens' lives. We all complain about education and areas of blight in our communities and neglected children but Waters did something about it when she was called out on her complaining. This book isn't a how-to, but it does give you an idea of how important it is for health and education to run a program like this and how the entire community can be involved.

What really spoke to me is that children are often not covering any emotionally-engaging material in school. It is well known that children learn best by working on emotionally-engaging material and this garden provided just that. Moreover, the many examples of how kids best like to eat the food they themselves made and how the process makes them proud regardless of the result, are so important for parents!
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Easy for adults and kids to understand and to implemize. My friend has a garden at her school and had Alice as a guest to visit their garden at Cherry Hill , a Baltimore City Public Middle School. THey do garden to table and Jennifer Crisp has obtained grants to make her program a success. She modelled after this book.

Nancy paris
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