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 Study, which focuses on many aspects of what we wear and how...


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 the Seed is honored to be recognized for its role in improving our local food system, starting...


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 Foodscapes, we began construction with the help of volunteers from our school community and...


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 grounds of the Tennessee Residence and hosted by First Lady Crissy Haslam, drew about 45...


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 efforts to overcome Islamophobia and replace it with strong relationships that respect each culture and each...


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 their sleeves and help build the new beds for...


growing leaders

Starting sweet potato slips at Dan Mills Elementary. Plant the Seed is a proud partner of Dan Mills Elementary this year, as we collaborate with staff and students to develop Growing Leaders, a model after-school program centered in the garden. Delighted recipients of a Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association grant this year, 3rd and 4th grade...


garden journals

Fourth and fifth grade students sat outside on a warm, sunny day and channeled their creativity into making garden journals. They then found a quiet spot in the garden to record their first observations.   Oh, and there was a little potato hilling too.


earth day

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than in the garden with 60 students, visitors from APSU and Local Table magazine, 75 seedlings, a hunger awareness art project and garden blessing flags! It was a great day. We’d like to send a big thank you to Wild Cow for the discount on our vegan lunch.