Newsletter: Fall 2018

23 Oct

Fast Friends With Atlantic Street Center

We are excited to announce our recent partnership with Atlantic Street Center. On October 2nd, in conjunction with ASC, we offered our first Teens as Parents Cooking Class (featured in the picture above) where participants practiced their knife skills, picked up new cooking techniques, and learned affordable and delicious recipes for breakfast burritos and roasted winter vegetables. At the end of the class we pushed our tables together and filled our plates, enjoying that particular bond you can only get from cooking and sharing a meal with others.

On October 25th we will host our first Atlantic Street Center Afterschool Program, which will feature heart-warming (and belly-warming) recipes like fall soups and wood-fired pizza!

New Education Assistants

We are pleased to announce that we have hired four new part-time education assistants! Please join us in welcoming Emily, Milo, Meredith, and Alex.

Hailing from New Mexico and Boston, Emily is now in love with the salt of the Puget Sound. After studying Environmental Analysis and Dance at Pitzer College in Claremont, California she taught farm-based education on Martha’s Vineyard and adventured widely. Having completed the Islandwood residency certificate program in Education for Environment and Community, she’s now pursuing a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Washington. As an educator, Emily looks for the movement, joy, and connection in every lesson and strives for sustained inclusion and inquiry.

Milo Jackson is from Phoenix but currently resides in Seattle, where he has lived for the past 6 years. His experience moving to the Central District as a young person to attend Seattle University led him to unpacking his privilege and decision to live in a neighborhood that is rapidly changing. Through community building, organizing and filmmaking, he discovered that systemic oppression has had a violent effect on his community. With the encouragement of many teachers and mentors, he learned how to channel that energy into a passion for teaching and working with young people. His goal is to foster healing spaces for other people of color, especially those who are queer and trans like him, to strengthen and grow through reflection and creation.

Meredith grew up in the northeast, primarily in New York and New Hampshire, and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2008 where she majored in English with minors in Film Studies and French. She began working and volunteering on a few farms and gardens in Burlington, VT, then decided to move across the country to Seattle. She started her environmental education journey working as an educator for (Seattle) Tilth, Camp Orkila, Common Threads Farm, Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center, and then finally landed at IslandWood/University of Washington where she is completing a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

Alex is an educator, artist, and activist local to Seattle and its surrounding mountains. From an early age she has been drawn to and inspired by working with youth, and spent her highschool summers assisting teachers at Gage Academy of Art. While pursuing her BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture at Maryland Institute College of Art, Alex found her passion for food justice by working with youth in the Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School’s cooking and gardening program, and was more broadly radicalized by exposure to Baltimore’s vast food deserts, police violence, and youth imprisonment.

Alex moved home to Seattle to pursue an MFA in Poetry from the University of Washington, teaching an undergraduate course each quarter in composition or poetry, and got involved with the graduate student union and with Socialist Alternative in Seattle. While organizing for affordable housing in the city, she worked as an Environmental Educator at Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center in Carnation, and began a long journey of learning about growing and caring for food.

Now, at Green Plate Special, Alex is able to use her experience in environmental education to the benefit of her local community. When not at Green Plate, you can find Alex strolling with her pup in Seward park, or ferociously scribbling at home.

Three Cheers For Swansons Fall Festival

This year Green Plate Special was chosen as the nonprofit beneficiary of Swansons Nursery’s Fall Festival. The event included many activities, such as veggie car racing, a spiderweb obstacle course, and arts/crafts. Proceeds from tickets went to Green Plate Special, altogether raising $7,000! This kind of proactive effort by local businesses to get involved with small nonprofits really warms our hearts, and more importantly it directly fuels our ability to provide services and education to our youth and their families. So, thank you so much for reaching out to us, Swansons. We hope you’ll honor us with your partnership in the future as well.

Rain or Shine: Garden Gala Success!

On September 15th, amidst rain and cool autumn air, Green Plate Special fans came out to the garden in droves and proved that a good cause is waterproof. When all the veggies were pulled and the paddles raised, the Garden Gala significantly exceeded our financial goals again this year! We cannot express our gratitude to our donors enough, and this event would not have been possible were it not for our can-do volunteers and generous sponsors: PCC, Sea Creatures, BECU, Stoel Rives, and Caffè Vita. We’re already planning our next Garden Gala and hope to see you there! Each will be more fabulous than the last.

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