Join our team to help build our kitchen classroom!

9 Apr

pesto-kidJoin our fundraising team on CrowdRise to help us raise $10,000 to complete our Kitchen Classroom this summer!

Much of the design and building of our kitchen classroom is being generously funded by a grant from the Laurel Foundation, but we still have more to do! With your help we can purchase a refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, stove-tops, and other appliances for our youth cooking programs.

Learn more about how to join the team below. Questions? Contact Laura Waltner at or 206-228-8645

Join our fundraising team!
  • Simply go to and click the big FUNDRAISE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN button. In just a few steps you’ll have your own fundraising link to share with friends or family.
  • Have a fundraising goal? Email it to Laura Waltner and she’ll point our Facebook and Twitter friends your way!
Just want to donate?
Visit if you’d rather have your friends and family donate through Green Plate Special’s New Kitchen fundraising page.

Shabazz Delta Academy

8 Apr

Last week, a group of ten young women from Shabazz Delta Academy at Madrona K-8 joined us in the garden to plant peas and make folic acid-rich veggie wraps for snack. The focus for Shabazz Delta Academy this year is engineering. In their time at Green Plate Special this includes learning about engineering healthy bodies by eating nutritious, vitamin-rich foods, and discussing engineered foods, from processed snack foods to engineered seeds.

Each of the girls creatively constructed a wrap from an assortment of vegetables, sauces and spreads. We discussed the importance of folic acid in a young woman’s diet, and ate our wraps together in the garden. We also planted dwarf varieties of peas along colorful trellises in the garden. We look forward to seeing these young ladies in the garden again in June!

Two Exciting Upcoming Events

2 Apr

Family Day: Food for Good

Food for Good
Hosted by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Family Day: Food for Good is just around the corner! Over 15 community organizations will be at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center for an exciting day of gardening, games, and fun activities. The Green Plate Special table will be showing off seeds, starts, and vegetables, and passing out tastes of vegetables prepared the way our youth learn to make them.

Learn more and RSVP on Facebook at (Note: Facebook RSVP not required to attend.)

When: Saturday, April 5 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center
440 5th Ave North, Seattle, WA 98109

Edible Garden Series

Hosted by Seattle Public Library

Join us to plant seeds such as lettuce, radishes, and carrots, for Green Plate Special’s summer garden. Or, plant your own vegetable seed to take home to grow in a sunny spot! You’ll also get to taste-test the salad dressings used in Green Plate Special’s gardening and cooking programs. No RSVP needed.

When: Wednesday, April 23 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Where: Seattle Public Library Douglass-Truth Branch
2300 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122

Cooking Kale and Planting Peas

27 Mar

On their second visit to Green Plate Special, 6th graders from Seattle Nativity School did their first cooking project with us, and planted the pea starts that grew from the seeds they planted in February. The focus for the day was keeping our bodies, as well as plants healthy by feeding them the right nutrients.

The cooking group made whole wheat flat-bread in the wood-fired oven, accompanied by a probiotic rich yogurt and dill dipping sauce. They had fun shaping dough balls into flat-breads and brushing them with olive oil before sliding them into the oven. The next dish created was a roast kale salad with onions and feta to provide a healthy dose of vitamin K.

The gardening group planted pea starts that grew from seeds they planted in our greenhouse in February. The snap peas, snow peas, and shelling peas had all grown into 3 inch tall plants. This group also planted flowers along the fence outside of our garden, and learned about the many benefits of adding flowers to a vegetable garden.

We look forward to seeing these students from Seattle Nativity School again in May. We wonder if they’ll be surprised by how tall their peas have grown!

Thank you Cedar Grove!

17 Mar

We received a donation of compost from Cedar Grove last week to prepare our garden beds for spring. With the help of volunteers on Friday and Saturday, we have been shoveling wheelbarrows of garden soil and compost into our garden beds, creating a happy home for pea starts and raspberry canes. Thank you, Cedar Grove for contributing to our garden!


Seattle Nativity School Gardens Here!

20 Feb

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAYesterday, we had our first of three programs with 6th graders from Seattle Nativity School. After a soggy week, we had rubber boots at the ready, but the skies were clear as the class of 16 walked to our garden from their school, just half a mile away. We introduced Green Plate Special, then the youth introduced themselves, telling us about their experience with gardening and cooking at home. When we headed out into the garden, the group was divided into teams of 4 to participate in a number of garden activities.

We planted peas—the first of our spring vegetables to be planted in the garden—built cloches, tasted vegetable salad, and made colorful signs for the garden. We were inspired by the energy, curiosity, and artistic ability of these students from Seattle Nativity School. We can’t wait to see them again in March!

Welcoming New Volunteers

17 Feb

Last week we had 17 new volunteers at our volunteer training sessions! Volunteers took a tour of the garden and learned how to clean and store garden tools. We practiced teaching knife skills to youth, and tested our our own knife skills while making a vegetable salad and herb vinaigrette. Each of these awesome volunteers is now equipped to work directly with youth in our garden and kitchen this spring and summer.

We had fun getting to know our new volunteers, who come from many different backgrounds. When we asked them, “What would you like to cook with youth?” we heard answers ranging from sauerkraut to spring rolls to tarte tatin!

Are you interested in working with youth in Green Plate Special’s garden and kitchen? We will post future volunteer training dates on the Volunteer page of our website, and share them on Facebook and Twitter.


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