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{SPEAKER name="Alice Waters"}
Well, it really, just depends and I uh I think that even that a very small garden
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can have a big impact on a student body.
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It doesn’t have to be a garden that’s right there at the school.
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I think you can connect with a garden that’s nearby
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In New York, uh, there are, uh, there’s an edible schoolyard kind of garden at the Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn
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And they connect with one of the schools that’s nearby
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But, you know when I think about the edible schoolyard in Berkeley
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And uh, it’s nice to have you know a nice little quarter of an acre so that you can bring a whole class up
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You have enough room that you can have some trees and places to move
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to have a compost heap
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to really have some of the special kinds of experiences in the garden
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but to grow food, now this was something that I, this is my naiveté
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But I really thought that we might be able to grow all the food that we needed for the student body at King’s School
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when we started the Edible Schoolyard.
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I mean, we might be able to grow mint for one day,
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But I mean it’s just a craziness that I am so disconnected with what it takes to feed you know, 500 people
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Even at Chez Panisse which is what we do we ahve two big gardens of 25 acres, plus, we buy from probably 75 other people during the course of the year.
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So just think about that in terms of a school system. You could put a lot of farmers to work, really incredible.
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{SPEAKER name="José Andrés"}
So, I think, this amazing night that we are going to be spending a lot of time with you, and uh, more celebration
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Going out once we go out, I think to end, it’s food for thought, no?
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When we see the amount of people in the United States of America, could argue around the world,
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That they’ve came out of the kitchen of Alice Waters
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Judy Rogers of Zuni Cafe
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Gail Puree for Ring Cinema in San Francisco
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Susan Goyne of Luke’s in Los Angeles
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Dan Barber of Blue Hill
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So many other those are people that came directly from Chez Panisse
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There are many others who have not been working at Chez Panisse, but directly indirectly were being highly influenced by
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by what she has been doing all these years.
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by her constant knocking on the door, telling you “You need to change your ways.”
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Uh, you know, I think her restaurant, when she opened in 1971,
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Was a Trojan Horse.
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Was a Trojan Horse to fool everyone that maybe they didn’t believe that
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the way to move forward is with the fruits and vegetables and knowing your farmers and all the things she believes in
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And so you see, the restaurant was a Trojan Horse.
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Because she is not really trying to change the neighborhood,
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she's not even trying to change a city or a state,
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she has the project of beign changing the country.
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And I think want to end with paraphrasing the Riazza Buran,
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1826, most influential book, at least on me, the man who said “tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.”
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But the most powerful phrase this man wrote was, “The future of the nations will depend on how they feed themselves.”

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