Worms and Edible Flowers at Washington Middle School

21 Apr

We recently spent two full days at Washington Middle School exploring gardening with almost the entire 6th grade class. Our focus was on sustainability and stewardship. Together we talked about soil and compost, and did some planting! Students learned the difference between dirt and soil, and discussed the importance of composting. Then, they acted out […]

SAAS 8th Grade Field Trip

17 Apr

This spring we had a visit from a big group from Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (SAAS). During this field trip, which was this group’s first trip to the garden, we focused on nutrition in the kitchen. We cooked up some nutritious lunch options: soba noodle and rice noodle salads with lots of veggies. […]

Exploring soil with Madrona K-8

13 Apr

We’ve been busy with spring planting with students from Madrona K-8! In the last month, students learned about what seeds need in order to be successful. We started peas in the greenhouse that we transplanted into garden beds this week. Students learned to started tomatoes and peppers in the Green Plate Special greenhouse, and direct-seeded root […]

Summer Market Stand Youth-Intern Application

30 Mar

Are you going into 7th, 8th or 9th grade? Have you participated in: 2 or more Classes or Field Trips? 1 or more Programs (during or after school)? 1 or more Spring or Summer Camps? YOU are eligible to apply to work with Green Plate Special this summer! Sell vegetables and fruits from our Produce Stand […]

From Soup to Sushi

5 Mar

Our Washington Middle School after-school program is in full swing and we’re having a blase getting to know these lively 6-8th graders. This group splits their time between the garden at Washington Middle School and the garden and kitchen at Green Plate Special. On their most recent visit to Green Plate Special, after visiting the baby […]

Green Plate Special on EcoConsumer on KOMO

23 Feb

This week KOMO and Tom Watson hosted our Program Educator, Maia, and one of our participants and interns, Téa, on their EcoConsumer public outreach program. We were honored to have the chance to share our mission!

Washington Middle School is back at GPS!

12 Feb

Washington Middle School youth and GPS are together again to kick off the early spring session of our after-school program! This group includes both returning students and students new to our programs. We have all enjoyed getting to know one another and checking out the garden we helped to create on the grounds of Washington Middle […]

Our New Brood! Chicks Arrive at GPS

1 Feb

Last week we welcomed a new brood of baby chicks to the Green Plate Special coop. With the help and advice of Portage Bay Grange, we are now happily housing 16 fuzzy new friends. With 10 different breeds of hens in our yard we expect a rainbow of eggs in our omelets this year. They […]

Handmade Soap for Mary’s Place

16 Jan

To honor and celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Green Plate Special hosted a youth-driven soap-making party! Their hand-crafted soaps made from herbs, essences and flowers (yes we still have pansies in the garden!) will be gifted to families currently receiving shelter and support at Mary’s Place. Mary’s Place is a nonprofit that empowers […]

Reflecting on Fall with Washington Middle School

26 Dec

We wrapped up our final sessions with Washington Middle School just before our youth headed off on winter break. In our final session at the Washington Middle School garden we spent time reflecting on the season and started planning for spring. Youth wrote letters to the youth who will be joining us in our spring […]