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Piedmont Triad, Part I - Chancellor's Visit

On May 26-27, Chancellor Woodson met with Triad business leaders at the Piedmont Triad Leadership Group, then toured The Edible Schoolyard at the Greensboro Children's Museum.

The Piedmont Triad Leadership Group

airplaneThe Piedmont Triad Leadership Group is a group of prominent business, civic and academic leaders representing Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point who began meeting in January 2007 to discuss joint action toward improving the economic competitiveness of the Piedmont Triad Region.

Chaired by BB&T CEO Kelly King, this group has grown to include members from all 12 Piedmont Triad counties. The primary goals of the Piedmont Triad Leadership Group are:

  • Advancing the Piedmont Triad economy through leadership engagement; and
  • Strengthening the ties among leaders representing all parts of the region.


The Edible Schoolyard At The Greensboro Children’s Museum

Chancellor Woodson in the Edible Schoolyard.

Professor Robin Moore introducing features of the garden accompanied by Nevin Kessler, Vice-Chancellor for Development, Anne Marie Scott, PhD (NC State Alumnae) Kitchen Education Director, Edible Schoolyard.

The Greensboro Children's Museum has been selected to be the first museum in the country to be affiliated with Alice Waters' Chez Panisse Foundation and Edible Schoolyard Program in Berkeley, California and is expected to serve as a national model for other museums and institutions promoting health and wellness in children and young families.

The Edible Schoolyard is a project of the Natural Learning Initiative, a research and design assistance program of the NC State College of Design. The NLI has 18 projects in the state and several outside North Carolina all serving thousands of children by helping them become closer to nature and the outdoors.

The Schoolyard's mission is to provide children with an interactive, educational learning experience that will enhance their daily lives and open their hearts and minds to an understanding of the world in which they live.

Children garden in the Edible Schoolyard.

Children garden in the Edible Schoolyard at the Greensboro Children's Museum.

Its vision is to become a leader in the national movement to promote health and wellness through programs inspired by edible landscapes. A truly healthy child is active, understands balanced nutrition and has a relationship with nature.

The Edible Schoolyard (ESY) at the Greensboro Children's Museum will become the guiding framework for the entire museum towards a newly invigorated focus on enriching lives through reconnecting with the natural world, while concurrently promoting health and wellness.

The half-acre Edible Schoolyard is comprised of hands-on organic teaching gardens and kitchen classrooms, where children will learn about organic gardening (planting, growing and harvesting) and cooking fresh food simply and nutritiously.

Children garden in the Edible Schoolyard.

From left: Eleanor Farlow, Director of Garden Education, Shweta Nanekar, NLI, DesignAssociate; Anne Marie Scott, PhD, Kitchen Education Director; Nilda Cosco, PhD, NLI, Education Specialist; Justin Leonard, Garden Assistant; Chancellor Woodson; Betsy Grant, Greensboro Children's Museum, CEO; Charlie Heddington, Edible Schoolyard Director; Professor Robin Moore, NLI, Director.

The gardens will include organic vegetables, herbs, fruits, edible flowers, trees and shrubs, with winding natural walkways and seating areas. Other components include indoor and outdoor classrooms, a chicken coop, ramadas and arbors, a green house, a children's tool shed, composting and recycling stations and a teaching kitchen, where children and families can create recipes, cook food, set tables, share meals and conversation in a classroom setting.

Edible Schoolyard programs will foster awareness of the environmental and personal impact of food choices through learning seasonality, sustainability and balanced nutrition.