GRAVESEND, N.Y. (CBS 2) – P.S. 216 is giving its students a rare learning opportunity and a chance to pick up some culinary skills along the way.

The Brooklyn school is the first New York affiliate of the “Edible Schoolyard Program.”

The school will start offering gardening and cooking classes with the use of a garden and a state of the art kitchen.

Christiane Baker of the Edible Schoolyard NYC said kids from kindergarten to fifth grade will learn how to grow their own produce and prepare nutritious meals using food from the garden.

“We have the power to help eradicate the childhood obesity epidemic and it’s programs like Edible Schoolyard NYC that are working to do just that,” Baker said.

Edible Schoolyard plans to expand the program in more than 25 schools in Brooklyn.

The organization also plans to create an edible academy in each of the five boroughs.

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