Now in our ninth year in local schools, Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh is the fruit of collaboration between our organization, local schools, school-based personnel, teachers, parents, and community members.

Based on the seed-to-table learning model initiated by Alice Waters in Berkeley, CA, Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh integrates garden and cooking activities into the regular classroom curriculum to improve young students’ eating habits, invest students in their school communities, and enhance students’ academic performance.

Flagship School Program

We currently work with five flagship schools in the city of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Dilworth (in Highland Park), Pittsburgh Faison (in Homewood), Pittsburgh Montessori (in Friendship), Pittsburgh Colfax (in Squirrel Hill) and The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School (in East Liberty).  In these schools, we are actively involved in building and maintaining the onsite gardens, teaching weekly garden-based and cooking lessons and facilitating community events and outreach.  Our ongoing work with our Flagship Schools serves as a foundation for curriculum and program development for all of our work at Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh.   We use and share these Flagship School best-practices with our Affiliate School Programs, as well as with the Southwestern PA School Garden Network and anyone else who is interested on our ESY Pittsburgh website.

Affiliate School Program

In 2014 we launched our Affiliate School program to enable us to work with more schools in our region.  In this program, we work with school staff and administration for two years to assist in planning and building on-site gardens, work with teachers to host garden classes throughout the season and align garden classes with the school’s mission and curriculum to create a dynamic, school-specific model.  We are currently working with the Environmental Charter School, Propel Homestead, Propel McKeesport, Pittsburgh Miller, Carnegie Elementary, Pittsburgh Langley and Clairton Education Center in this capacity.

Get Involved

To learn more about our program, search our lesson plans and school garden resources or check out our blog, please visit

To learn more about becoming an Affiliate School, please email

To volunteer with our Flagship School Program please follow the procedure listed in our ESY Lesson Volunteer Description.  Email with questions.