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 is celebrating 10 years since we broke ground on our community farm! Watch this video to see what we do and hear our story of how we've evolved over the years! This was filmed at our flagship farm during summer camp which we safely and successfully ran during a pandemic! (Our student numbers during the school year are much higher.)
PEAS was awarded the John Ahrns award for Environmental Education - This award goes to an organization that has innovated curriculum and integrated the natural world, and perhaps the schoolyard, into their lessons so that their students are inspired to become explorers of the natural world on their own time.
- 2022-23 school program registration opens Dec 6th, 2021!
- Register to become a member of PEAS Community Farm & Urban Orchard!
- Become a PEAS Ambassador Volunteer!
- Check out our 2020-21 Annual Report to see the impact PEAS has made in our community with the support of many sponsors, grantors, and donors!
- Check out the feature on PEAS in the January-February 2021 issue of Texas Gardener!
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.
In 2020 and early 2021 we worked with Shiquita Yarbrough, a race and equity consultant to support our team as we reviewed our lessons, programming, and practices to ensure they are being implemented and delivered in an equitable and culturally responsive way. We continue to work as a team on an ongoing on our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals is ongoing. If you are interested in our current goals, they can be found here.