Program Implementation Playbook

Program Implementation Playbook

The Program Implementation Playbook is your roadmap for how to implement, promote, evaluate and grow Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen at your school. Developed in collaboration with other experts, this book is an interactive tool that has been organized into 6 sections to help you easily find information on specific topics.

Select a specific chapter to view or download the entire interactive playbook below.


The foundation’s mission, an overview of the program pillars, philosophy, and goals, along with expectations of school partners.

Getting Started

Readiness and development information to support program planning and evaluation, as well as design standards, best practices, and guidelines for the teaching kitchen and culinary garden.

Outreach and Engagement

Messaging for how to communicate your role as a school partner and best practices for our standards for communicating best practices for holding community and fundraising events to promote and support your program.


Curriculum overview, details, program standards, learning objectives, scope and sequence, lesson plans, and lesson templates.


Listing of recipes written by Emeril, organized by grade, that are referenced in the scope and sequence – and additional recipes by Emeril that educators can use for instruction.


resources to support instruction and program

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Garden Anchor Standards

Grades K-2

At the end of Grades K-2, students know where the garden is located, that it is a learning environment, and they understand how to be in the garden in a safe and caring way. They begin to understand that the garden is integrated with and complements the teaching kitchen. Students can describe structure and function of plants, identify edible parts of plants and they understand what plants need to grow. Students can describe the life cycle of a plant and explain the concepts of soil web and food web. Students understand how seasons, climate, and geography play a role in food production, and they begin to understand that a garden is a natural system that produces food. Students develop key observational, data collection, and critical thinking skills in support of activities they will conduct in later grades.


Garden Program Standards


  • Locate the garden and recognize that it is a learning environment.
  • Participate in school garden activities with safe and caring behaviors.
  • Demonstrate understanding of what a plant is, recognize plant parts and identify soil.
  • Demonstrate understanding through inquiry and observation about the life cycle of plants, plant parts and soil.
  • Demonstrate understanding of what weather is and name the seasons.
  • Identify living and nonliving things in the garden.
  • Recognize and name what plants and a garden need to thrive
  • Demonstrate understanding of abundance (a lot/more) and scarcity (few/less) in the garden.