Seeds to Plate began in the Fall of 2009 with just three volunteers. These volunteers coordinated with administrators to revive the existing garden space at MTMS, and met with teachers to figure out how to bring together gardening work and classroom material. From what started out as a "salad garden" with two sixth grade classes has grown into a full, vibrant garden that welcomes hundreds of students every week!
Over the years we have had monthly food tastings in the cafeteria serving produce from the garden like kale chips, green salads, caprese salad with basil, tomato and mozzarella, etc. We have partnered with UCLA to bring guest lessons by pediatric residents, and have undergraduate Food Minors help teach our students as part of their service learning requirement.
We bring farmers to the classroom to teach about their businesses, lead summer programs to teach entrepreneurship and cooking through partnerships with Columbia University and the restaurant Gjelina. As a co-founder of the Mar Vista/Venice Green Team, Seeds to Plate also strives to make our academic curriculum based Program a model for other nearby schools and other schools in the LAUSD.