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 4th-8th graders (ages 9 – 14) through after-school programs, spring and summer camps, and evening cooking classes. 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 Madrona K-8, Washington Middle School, Rainier Scholars, Mary’s Place, Friends of the Children and many others.

If you’re interested in partnering with us or have a child interested in one of our programs click here to learn more about our youth programs!

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We’re Hiring!

Development and Communications Coordinator

The Development and Communications Coordinator works in close partnership with the Executive Director (ED) to develop donor-centered relationships with GPS supporters, volunteers, and potential partners. The position is responsible for coordinating annual giving programs, including direct mail campaigns, online appeals, and events. The Coordinator will also compile data for grants and grant reports, working closely with the contract grant writer and the ED.

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Program Educator Assistant

Reporting directly to the Program Educator (PE), you will be part of a team of education assistants and volunteers, leading students in small teams through hands-on food growing and cooking sessions, camps and field trips both on-site (GPS property) and off-site (partnering schools).

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