Founded in 2011, Green Plate Special’s mission is to inspire and empower youth to experience food in new ways through gardening, cooking and eating together.

We engage middle school students (ages 10 – 14) through class time, after-school, and summer camp programs. 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. Current partners include Seattle Parks and Recreation (which for the third year is partnering with Green Plate Special on full-day summer programming), Madrona K-8, Seattle Nativity School, and Washington Middle School.

If you’re interested in partnering with us, please contact us at diggit@greenplatespecial.org or 206-310-7393

8 Responses to “About”

  1. Jenny Frankl January 11, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to advertise your ‘ground-breaking’ on Seattle’s teen website. I am curious to know how young people get involved with this fabulous program. I would also like to advertise that information on the site. Thanks for all you do in the community!

  2. Fisher Qua January 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    I live right around the corner and would like to help by volunteering. Please let me know how I can be of assistance! Email me at sfqua06 (at) gmail.com.

  3. Matt Neely March 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    I’m the Head of Epiphany School in Madrona. I picked up your brochure and am intrigued by possible connections. We have a school garden and lots of common interests. Please reach out if you see ways we can support your efforts!
    Matt Neely

  4. jean hicks May 24, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    wow! this is so exciting and in my neighborhood.

    • Perry September 11, 2013 at 8:40 am #

      I would love to be involved with your program - I am a farmer, now getting an M Ed at UW and your organization is EXACTLY what I want to do! How can I help?

      • lauradewell September 11, 2013 at 9:15 am #

        Hi Perry! We would love for you to be involved with Green Plate Special. We’ll follow up with you via email to let you know what we’ve got cooking.


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