Seeds to Plate promotes academic success, physical, social and emotional wellbeing and community building for middle schools with a standards based, academically integrated, hands-on garden program.
Our Program utilizes the natural world to give students a deeper understanding of their academic subjects while at the same time sowing seeds that can grow into global stewardship and healthy life choices.
What We've Achieved in 2017
- Added 20 more lessons to the ones we created in 2016 resulting in over 90 lessons to share with other school garden programs.
- Taught weekly lessons to 600+ students (90% of our total student body) connecting the garden to language arts, history, science, math, health, food literacy, water and sustainability, and art.
- Connected lessons to weekly food tastings and seasonal harvests.
- Established an on-going partnership with The Gjelina Foundation. This partnership builds on the Good Food Summer Internship they conducted for our middle school students in 2016.
- Special events celebrating food and nature: February's "Farmer in the School," October's "National Good Food Day," and November's "Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos."
- Provided technical support and seedlings to 14 school garden programs in Mar Vista and Venice.
- For the last 5 years, taught 60 Master Gardener trainees from the UC Cooperative Extension about our Program and other school garden programs in LA.
- Mentored 15 UCLA service learning students who were teacher aides in our classes, as part of our ongoing partnership with UCLA.