Monday, November 07, 2005

Royals see organic garden in Berkeley

ROYAL VISIT TO THE BAY AREA / A green day by the bay for royals / Couple see organic garden in Berkeley; attend events in S.F.:

England's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, may have left verdant Inverness to come to San Francisco, but on Monday the royal couple found promising pockets of green on a cool gray day.

Charles and Camilla, who arrived in San Francisco late Sunday afternoon after a weekend visiting with organic farmers in Marin County, spent Monday as they'd spent Saturday and Sunday.

They talked agriculture, food and the environment.

The day began at the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, where the prince and his wife of seven months, the Duchess of Cornwall, toured the 1-acre teaching garden founded in 1994 by renowned chef Alice Waters, who runs Chez Panisse restaurant. The garden and adjacent kitchen at Martin Luther King Middle School are an integral part of the school's academic curriculum. And, the schoolyard is the model for Waters' ambitious plan to bring organic food and farming to all schoolchildren in Berkeley.

The Edible Schoolyard is a brilliant and innovative approach to education and growth. It is based at a North Berkeley middle school, and includes a one-acre garden and kitchen classroom. Through the program students learn about economics, history, botany, agriculture, entomology, culinary arts and themselves.

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