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The Edible Schoolyard

By: Judith Weinraub
Publication: Washington Post

For years doctors, nutritionists and parents have deplored the eating habits of American kids. Visionary chef Alice Waters is actually doing something about it. The idea: the Edible Schoolyard, a one-acre garden where sixth-, seventh and eighth- graders at a Berkeley, Calif., public school have learned to grow, prepare, serve and eat fresh food since 1995. The model for many similar programs around the country, the Edible Schoolyard has been re-created on the Mall as part of the Smithsonian Institution’s annual Folklife Festival, which began last week and resumes tomorrow through the Fourth of July.

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