Seed to Supper Volunteers
Seed to Supper Project
A Beginner's Guide to Low Cost Vegetable Gardening
Seed to Supper is a comprehensive beginning vegetable gardening
curriculum designed for adults gardening on a budget. The program has
been adopted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of New York State as a
shared program of Oregon Food Bank's Learning Gardens.
Partners across New York, including CCE Master Gardener Volunteer
Programs, are working to train volunteer Garden Educators who will then
teach the Seed To Supper curriculum to interested community members. The
courses highlight practical, low-cost techniques for building,
planning, planting, maintaining, and celebrating the harvest of a
successful vegetable garden.
The Seed to Supper project in New York State is partnering with New
York Food Banks and Extension offices to support more food secure
communities; increasing access to garden produce to provide healthier
The Seed to Supper curriculum focuses on low budget strategies and
provides a springboard for making connections among community program
partners (Host Agencies) and between Program Participants. The
beginning gardening course gives novice gardeners the tools they need to
connect with others in community, grow in confidence and successfully
grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget.
Description of Roles and Responsibilities with Seed to Supper
- Attend 5-6 session S2S course. (All sessions are free!)
- At completion of course, receive a print copy of the NYS Seed to Supper curriculum.
- Learn about building healthy soils, planning, planting, caring for and harvesting your garden.
- Enjoy nutritious recipes provided by course facilitators.
Garden Educators (Volunteers)
- Lead/ Facilitate classes for program participants at community host venues.
- Must complete a comprehensive preparation training, which are
usually a one-day intensive program. Training builds the educator’s
skills working in teams and provides instruction on how to effectively
engage diverse adult audiences.
- This is a volunteer position, and can be customized within any county within the original guidelines from the state.
- Work with the Host Agency of a S2S Course to provide Program
Participants with a survey to record their opinions on the experience.
Share the information collected with satellite partner.
- Responsible for providing venues for S2S courses they agree to host
- Play a critical role in the recruitment of program participants from
their community. Work with Satellite Partner to identify Garden
Educators to assist in teaching course chapters.
- Organization(s) who is responsible for the county-based Seed to Supper Programs.
- In their county, recruits and prepares Garden Educators
- Matches trained volunteer Garden Educators with Host Agencies.
- Provides support and course materials to Host Agencies and Garden Educators.
- Provides summary of all efforts in their county region (including
with host agencies) and any pre-& post-participant data to New York
State Satellite Partner – Cornell Garden Based Learning.
NYS Seed to Supper Roles and Responsibilities
Seed to Supper Host Agency and Satellite Partner Agreement
Last updated June 23, 2021