The Seeds to Plate Program operates in a thriving one-third acre garden at Mark Twain Middle School, a Los Angeles Unified School District Title I public school located in the Venice/Mar Vista area of Los Angeles. Each week teachers bring their students to the garden to tie our standards-based lessons to real-world situations. Our academically integrated curriculum includes over 90 lesson plans. If you are interested in starting your own school garden program, please see our toolkit and lesson plans here.
All Seeds to Plate lesson plans are standards-based, tied to California Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Health Standards for seamless integration into all middle school subjects.
Each lesson has a healthy snack recommendation, which exposes students to new fruits and vegetables. The Food Literacy lessons help them understand where their food comes from and how it is used in their bodies.
Students are exposed to many different careers in public health, nutrition, business, landscaping, and more. Students also have the opportunity to take part in our new Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP), where they will plan and implement their own farmers' markets on campus.
The Seeds to Plate program develops student advocates who learn how their actions impact the earth and how they can become involved in a growing global movement to save our planet.
Social and physical wellbeing
Outdoor classrooms promote active learning which help students understand and reinforce academic content. The garden also encourages students to be outdoors and active, as well as fostering teamwork and peer-to-peer teaching.