Our Story

Founded in 2011, Green Plate Special’s mission is to inspire and empower youth to experience food in new ways through gardening, cooking and eating together.

We engage middle school students (ages 10 – 14) through class time, after-school, and summer camp programs. Programs are curriculum based with a progression from basic food knowledge to advanced gardening and cooking skills. We also enhance learning opportunities by interweaving food growing and cooking with academic subjects such as math, science, and history. For example, youth may practice baking skills while learning about the science of liquids and solids. A snack and/or lunch are provided during programming, and students often are able to take home a sample of what they cooked, as well as vegetables from the garden.

We often work closely with partner organizations, and customize programs to fit the needs of our partners. Current partners include Seattle Parks and Recreation (which for the third year is partnering with Green Plate Special on full-day summer programming), Madrona K-8, Seattle Nativity School, and Washington Middle School.

If you’re interested in partnering with us, please contact us at diggit@greenplatespecial.org  or 206-602-6845