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The Edible Schoolyard NOLA

A FirstLine Signature Program

Edible SchoolyardThe Edible Schoolyard NOLA (ESY NOLA) is a FirstLine signature program that changes the way kids eat, learn and live in New Orleans.  ESY NOLA’s goal is to improve the long-term well-being of our students, families and school community.

Below is a list of just some of the wonderful programming ESYNOLA provides in all five of our schools.  For more information on ESYNOLA, visit their web site at

  • Kindergarten Food ABCs
  • Gardening and cooking classes
  • Seasonal citrus, strawberry and watermelon tastings
  • Family Food Nights focusing on developing nutritious family eating habits and enjoying cooking together
  • 7th Grade Iron Chef competition at Green Charter
  • Green’s Flagship Teaching Kitchen and 1/3 acre organic garden and outdoor classroom
  • LHA’s Dreamkeeper Garden
  • Edible SchoolyardLandscaping and edible gardens at Dibert, Ashe and Clark Prep
  • Ashe’s new campus with a 3 acre garden, garden science classroom and a teaching kitchen!
  • 3rd grade Market to Table Experience
  • Budding Entrepreneur’s afterschool gardening, cooking and business club
  • Culinary Club at Clark Prep High School

One Saturday I went over to the school for Open Garden Day, and it was an amazing assemblage of neighbors, school staff, students and their families and volunteers weeding and mulching.  Two different soccer games were happening on the field and teenagers were playing basketball on the court.  Neighbors were sitting on their porches taking it all in.  This is what a school that really is a part of the neighborhood can be.

- Karin Giger

FirstLine Schools - Education for Life

Mailing address: PO Box 791729, New Orleans, LA 70179
Physical address: 300 N. Broad Street, Suite 207, New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone (504) 267-9038 | Fax (504) 287-0019