Seed to Plate Curriculum

Seed to Plate is an interdisciplinary, standards-aligned 5th & 6th grade program that teaches New York City students about our food system. Designed in collaboration with the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Teachers College Columbia University, Seed to Plate introduces students to why healthful, mindful eating is important for their health, the environment, and the community that surrounds them.

Seed to Plate explores agriculture, nutrition, and cooking through field trips to a Greenmarket,  urban farms, and classroom visits from farmers and chefs, film viewings, local food tastings and hands-on prep of delicious, diverse, and healthy food grown in or near New York City.

Seed to Plate can be taught in social studies, science, health, or English classes to tell the story of local food, inspiring our future generation of environmental stewards. 

Since the spring of 2012, Seed to Plate has been taught in 17 schools and 85+ classrooms of 5th and 6th graders, reaching over 2000 New York City students. 

Please email Kristin Fields at kfields@grownyc.org if you have any questions. 

Click here to view the Seed to Plate program overview.



In a moment where New Yorkers have turned to parks and gardening to ease the mental and emotional strain the Covid-19 pandemic has taken on residents, when the need for education surrounding nutrition and health couldn’t be more critical, the same nonprofits that make green space and nutrition education possible are in danger of going under, while vital city agencies like the New York City Parks Department’s GreenThumb program are facing severe budget cuts.

  • Food Access & Agriculture

    Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Conservation

    We provide food scrap drop-offs, clothing collections, Stop 'N' Swap® community reuse events, and zero waste trainings to make resource conservation easy for all.

  • Green Space

    We build and rejuvenate community & school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

  • Education

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 66,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.