Seed to Plate Curriculum

Apply here to receive the Seed to Plate curriculum next spring! 

Greenmarket Youth Education's Seed to Plate program is an interdisciplinary, standards-aligned 5th & 6th grade curriculum addressing the need to teach New York City school children 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 utilizes fun, interactive learning experiences while introducing students to why healthful, mindful eating is important not only for their personal health, but for the health of the environment and community that surrounds them.

The curriculum is made up of lessons about agriculture, nutrition, farmers markets, and cooking. The lessons include field trips to a Greenmarket and a nearby farm, guest visits inside the classroom from farmers and chefs, film viewings, sensory tastings and hands-on preparation of delicious, diverse, and healthy local food.

Designed to be a comprehensive, flexible and replicable curriculum used in middle-school social science, science, health, or English classes, or in self-contained upper elementary and middle school classrooms, Seed to Plate helps tell the story of local food in a way that will motivate greater behavioral change.

Since its inception in the spring of 2012 Greenmarket has taught Seed to Plate in 13 schools in 83 classrooms of 5th and 6th graders, reaching over 1900 New York City students.  For the first time, we’re inviting schools to apply to receive the Seed to Plate curriculum for their 5th graders in the spring of 2017. At this time, we are only accepting applications for public school teachers. We are looking for schools that can commit to the following schedule:

Spring 2017: Greenmarket-led curriculum.
Greenmarket Educator visits the school twice a week for 5 weeks, leads the curriculum, trains the assigned teachers onsite, and assists with all logistics and field trips.

Fall 2017 and beyond: School-led curriculum with Greenmarket support. Assigned teachers participate in two training sessions before and mid-way during the curriculum. Teachers participate in a learning community that includes other participating schools. Teachers take the lead on teaching curriculum to their 5th graders. Greenmarket staff provides ongoing technical assistance, continuing educational lessons to classroom teachers, books field trips and guest visits to the school, and ingredients for cooking demonstrations.

By empowering and training teachers to administer the curriculum to their students after year one, Greenmarket will be able to make the curriculum more widely available. Please email Winnifred Lee at if you have any questions. 

Click here to view the Seed to Plate program overview.

Click here to view past program assessments. 

Click here to apply to receive the Seed to Plate curriculum next spring. 

When inclement weather in the city or in the greater region affects markets, this blog post will be information central for up-to-the-minute schedule changes. 

  • Greenmarket

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

  • Recycle

    We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all.

  • Garden

    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.

  • Teach

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 60,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.