Looking for something new to do with the kids this summer? Check out the new Edible Schoolyard at the Greensboro Children's Museum located in downtown Greensboro, NC. This is the first children's museum in the entire country to have an officially licensed Edible Schoolyard.
An Edible Schoolyard is an idea started in California to create a teaching garden and kitchen where children can experience how foods are grown and create healthy meals and snacks from foods collected from the garden. The Edible Schoolyard at Greensboro Children's Museum is located on a half-acre site. Many types of vegetables, fruits, and herbs are grown here. There are even a few chickens and turkeys that call the garden home.
The Edible Schoolyard is led by a dedicated and knowledgable staff. Dr. Charlie Headington is the Edible Schoolyard Director. You may remember him from the numerous articles he has written in the News and Record about Slow Food Piedmont, gardening at Greensboro Montessori School (GMS) and his experiences of farminig in Italy every summer. Eleanor Farlow, the Garden Educator, comes with tons of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for gardening. She was a teacher at GMS for years prior to taking this new position. GMS is surrounded by organic gardens that are integrated into the curriculum.
So visit the Edible Schoolyard at Greensboro Children's Museum soon. Your children may even surprise you and eat a vegetable! A tomato looks so much more appealing when it is fresh from the vine!