Green Plate Special

Seattle, WA

Green Plate Special

Who We Are:
Green Plate Special’s mission is to inspire and empower youth to experience food in new ways through gardening, cooking and eating together. Green Plate Special is Seattle’s only middle-school specific, curriculum-based program combining food growing with cooking.

What We Do:
Green Plate Special engages middle-school youth (ages 10 – 14) in the self-sufficiency skills of growing, cooking, and eating nutritious, flavorful food. Through hands-on in-class, after-school, and summer camp programs, we teach practical life skills to empower youth to engage with nature, get their hands in the earth, and to enjoy eating healthy foods.

Our Story:
Founded in 2011 by Chef Laura Dewell, Green Plate Special’s first garden was located in Seattle’s Central District, where we transformed a derelict, vacant lot into a youth-focused food garden. When the property owner made plans to develop our original garden lot, we moved further south, to a permanent location. This new location features raised beds, a greenhouse, garden shed and wood-fired pizza oven as part of our outdoor classroom, and a new teaching kitchen for indoor learning. During after-school and summer camp programs, youth plant, harvest, cook, and eat, and put their special touch on our garden and kitchen.


Our Contact Info:

Green Plate Special
6001 Gulf Freeway, Bldg. E
Houston, TX 77023

Contact Name
Laura Waltner

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