“W” is for “Wonder”

“The caterpillar turned into a butterfly!” “I didn’t know worms had two hearts!” “Miss Anita, can you say the word ‘chrysalis’?” “The seeds are so small, there’s a thousand of them!” “Miss Anita, can you say the word ‘chrysalis’?” Working with Plant the Seed in Metro...

Plant a Seed of Kindness

When we work with the students, teachers and community surrounding our garden programs, we do more than put seeds in the ground and wait for veggie sprouts to pop through the soil. In the springtime, we wait with bated breath, checking each day to see which seedling...

Butterfly Magic

At Casa Azafran Early Learning Center, we love insects. Earlier this fall, students in the garden classes learned read the book Not a Buzz to be Found: Insects in Winter by Linda Glaser. The book taught us about what insects do when weather conditions outside are not...

School Garden Summers

One of the questions we are asked most frequently is, “What happens to your school garden in the summer?” School gardens often become weedy jungles during the summer months when students are away, but with a little planning ahead, this can be avoided....

growing our clothing

As part of our partnership with the Early Learning Centers at Metro Nashville Public Schools, we are collaborating with teachers to deepen the Creative Curriculum in use at these innovative pre-k centers. One of our favorite projects this year has been the Clothing...

building a dream garden

At Ross Early Learning Center, we are building a Dream Garden! This garden will serve as a living outdoor classroom, a growing space for wonder and engagement for our pre-k children and their families. Collaborating with the local permaculture experts at Nashville...

2014 real food emerging leader

Congratulations to Plant the Seed founder and Executive Director Susannah Fotopulos on receiving the 2014 Real Food Emerging Leader Award. Susannah was honored at the Food Day ceremony at the Nashville Farmer’s Market, hosted by Community Food Advocates. Plant...

gardening at the governor’s mansion

On Saturday, August 23, Plant the Seed presented a panel about experiential garden education in schools at a teacher training event sponsored by the Tennessee Residence Master Gardeners and the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension. The event, held on the...

plant the seed honored at community-wide iftar celebration

Plant the Seed’s executive director, Susannah Fotopulos, accepted an award at the Second Annual Nashville Community Iftar on July 10th, co-hosted by the Faith and Culture Center and Metro Human Relations Commission. The Iftar is one example of FCC’s...

growing at bordeaux ELC

Kicking off our partnership with Bordeaux Early Learning Center, we began construction on the new garden space where we will grow this year with 192 pre-k students. Though our first build day was rained out, we were delighted to have so many staff members roll up...