PEAS (Partners for Education, Agriculture and Sustainability) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Austin, TX. Founded with the mission to cultivate joyful connections with the natural world through outdoor learning and edible education. PEAS delivers unique, outdoor learning and edible education programs to participating school campuses, operates and maintains a community farm, runs camps, and leads professional development to help teachers bridge key science, nutrition, math and health concepts from the garden to the classroom. Delivering programming year-round, PEAS provides trained outdoor specialists who partner directly with classroom teachers at each school’s campus to lead outdoor and kitchen lessons, increasing students’ time spent learning in an outdoor, hands-on environment. PEAS currently works with 19 schools in the Austin area, engaging more than 3000 students in outdoor learning.
PEAS in the Media
PEAS was featured in the
Austin American Statesman's
Photos of the Day for our work on our
Resiliency Gardens project.
Executive Director and Founder, Lauren Zappone Maples was interviewed for the article Gardening Restores Control To Lockdown Life by Alexa Hart with
The Texas Standard.
Listen to Executive Director, Lauren Zappone Maples, talk about PEAS on Shades of Green.
We firmly believe every person should have access to outdoor and edible education. Our connection to the natural world is vital in developing a strong sense of self and our interconnectedness to each other.
Our work on our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals is ongoing. If you are interested in our current goals, they can be found here.
We work with Shiquita Yarbrough, a race and equity consultant, as needed and since June of 2020 to support our team as we review our lessons, programming, and practices to ensure they are being implemented and delivered in an equitable and culturally responsive way.