My name is Brian Robbins, and I’m thrilled to join the Green Plate Special team as the Volunteer Coordinator! I will be part of Green Plate Special for a year, as a QuEST Fellow.
I was born and raised in Southeastern Pennsylvania, but have spent the past four years at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA where I studied Sociology and Spanish. During my time at Pitzer, I studied abroad in Botswana and Costa Rica, participated in Pitzer’s Outdoor Adventures club, and worked as a kitchen worker at the Grove House-a café that sources food from local and organic sources. I also served as the campus Compost Coordinator which gave me the opportunity to begin working in our student-operated organic garden. This piqued my interest in sustainable, small-scale agriculture.
I am coming to Seattle after spending a summer at Urban Adamah- a Jewish community farm and environmental education center in Berkeley, CA. I completed a comprehensive farm fellowship which included training in compost management, goat and chicken husbandry, water management, soil management, basic permaculture design, and more. I am excited to continue to develop my gardening skills while simultaneously recruiting and supporting the best volunteers in our programming at Green Plate Special.
Green Plate Special is an incredible organization because we work to re-establish the connection between our community and the food we eat. Healthy and affordable food is arguably the most basic human right, and our programs give kids the skills they need to grow their own food and cook it for a tasty meal or snack. The skills that students develop here will serve them, their families, and their communities for a lifetime.
Favorite vegetable: Green Onion
Favorite fruit: Asian Pears
Favorite food to prepare: Guacamoles and Salsas
Favorite cooking memory/experience:
My mom has a wok (a Chinese cooking pot) that was passed down to her from her dad. You never scrub a wok after use, because incredible flavors from the herbs and spices build up on the sides. My mom and I make stir fry together in the wok, and the taste from all of the meals that have been cooked in the wok before become part of the meal that you are about to eat. It is an incredible feeling to taste the memories in your food!