An 11-year-old boy, shovel in hand, was standing in the middle of an acre plot. He had a brain storm, “Let’s make a bed in the shape of a heart!” The garden as classroom is an intriguing teaching strategy that has been cultivated by local culinary legend Alice Waters in Berkeley, California and around the country since 1995.
Edible Schoolyard (ESY) gardens are laid out by the students who tend them, not by a landscape architect so teacher Kyle Cornforth, brand new on the ESY staff, resisted informing her students that a heart shape would be a very inefﬁcient use of space. “Let them learn on their own.” She schooled herself. “Give them agency.”