Our Garden & Edible Schoolyard
Involving children in growing and harvesting food is an important part of what we do and have been doing since 1938. Students learn how to plant, harvest, cook and compost on five acres of gardens. In the fall and spring, instructors work with children in 4,000 square feet of greenhouses to produce vegetables, herbs and flowers.
We practice "edible education" and are pleased to join forces with The Edible Schoolyard Project, a renowned program out of Berkley, CA whose mission is to provide interactive experiences in the classroom, kitchen, garden and lunchroom. Founded by chef, activist and author Alice Waters, Edible Schoolyard seeks to transform the health and values of children by making edible education part of the core curriculum of every school in the nation. At North Country School, our Edible Schoolyard classes meet for an hour and a half each week.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, in 2016 North Country Public Radio (NCPR) covered the 10-year anniversary of the Edible Schoolyard program at North Country School and Camp Treetops. Hear NCPR's report on our "handmade by students" pre-Thanksgiving feast here.
"Partnering with the true pioneer in edible education has been incredibly valuable for the Edible Schoolyard Project. North Country School and Camp Treetops have been giving children the experience of being a part of nature and the food system for 90 years, and their experience is invaluable as is their approach to working in a cold climate."
Alice Waters, ESY Founder