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Founded in 2011, Green Plate Special’s mission is to inspire and empower youth through growing, cooking, and sharing food. 

We engage 4th-8th grade youth (ages 9 – 14) through after-school and in-school programs, spring break 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. Some of our current partners include Madrona K-8, Washington Middle School, Atlantic Street Center, Mary’s Place, Friends of the Children, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Beacon Hill International, and many others.


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"Thank you! I had so much fun at Green Plate Special!

I'm always excited to make food with y'all!! I've learned so much! I hope I can come again very soon! I really enjoyed making food and feeding the chickens! I will miss GPS very much! I hope I can see y'all very very soon!"

— Emma, 6th grader at orca k-8 —

Check out this
special event!

Sixth Annual Garden Gala

Raise your paddle (and a glass) for local youth and their families! A cocktail-style event to enjoy fresh foods from our garden and kitchen and meet GPS youth.

September 21st, 2019  |  Beginning at 5pm

2115 25th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144


(206) 602-6845
2115 25th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

On the corner of 25th Ave S and S. Walker, next to the 2100 Building

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