Yesterday, 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!
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.
Heather, one of Green Plate Special’s volunteer instructors, talks with youth about seeding lettuce and onions
Two weeks ago a class of 31 high school students from Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart spent the day in our teaching garden as part of a unit on food and nutrition. Together we planted seeds, cleaned and scraped garden tables for painting, set up our new worm bins, made vinaigrette and cooked flat-bread in our wood-fired oven. The seeds they planted are now sprouting in our greenhouse, and will be ready to go into the ground this spring.
These young women contributed a lot of their energy to our garden. Thank you Forest Ridge!
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr Day, Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray and more than 20 members of his staff joined us in the garden for a day of service. Our fall intern, Rahima, joined us to tell Mayor Murray what Green Plate Special has meant to her.
Together, we pruned lilac bushes, shoveled compost, and built new cloche coverings for all of our garden beds. We were grateful for the help in our garden, and enjoyed working with such a generous team of people!
Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray and his staff prune lilac bushes during a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day.
Photos in bottom right courtesy of The Office of Mayor Ed Murray
Registration is now open for Green Plate Special’s spring after-school programs! Programs are open to all youth grades 5 through 8. In our teaching garden, you’ll grow, cook, and eat healthy, tasty food! Classes now available are listed below.
|April 22- June 17
||2:45 to 5:30 pm
|April 24- June 12
||4:00 to 6:00 pm
Questions about registration? Contact Laura Waltner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-228-8645
||Free to families
Our first after-school programs in our new location are made free to families through the generosity of foundations and individuals.
||2115 25th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
Located in Rainier Valley on the corner of 25th Ave S and S Walker, next to the 2100 Building
||Transportation to our garden is provided from select area middle schools. Please contact us to discuss transportation options.
This video, featuring students and volunteers from summer 2013 programming, was made for us by Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability.
We had more than 50 volunteers helping us this Saturday and last Saturday in our garden! We spent the days cleaning out our old garden, and moving tools, perennials, and bulbs to our new garden for planting. Thanks to Junior League of Seattle, and to all of those who came out to help us!
If you’re interested in volunteering with Green Plate Special, don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com