The Edible Garden follows the Living Building Challenge (LBC) criteria, meaning it is built to meet the most rigorous sustainable design standards in the world. It focuses on regenerative design, which is building with the intent to improve the natural environment and make it healthier.
The 16 Solar Panels atop one of the education sheds generate 5,000 kwh per year, enough to cover the amount the garden will use in a year – Net Zero Energy.
No municipal water sources are used within the Edible Garden. Bernheim uses a net zero water system meaning all water is captured naturally or with solar energy from adjacent ponds creating a closed-loop system.
The Edible Garden utilizes no-till gardening techniques to maintain a diverse community of soil microorganisms and to reduce compaction.
While the Edible Garden is not certified organic, we do not use chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides.
The Edible Garden contains a Monarch Waystation, a series of beds that include multiple varieties of milkweed, flowering perennials, and medicinal plants.
Each plant within the Edible Garden is strategically planted to maximize its beneficial impact on the surrounding environment.