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Seed to Table Program

About Seed to Table

seed to table group

Start with a seed. End with a meal.

The Seed to Table program exemplifies Mass Hort’s commitment to education for the public good. Since 2011, we have provided education and hands on experience with the cultivation and use of food and beverage plants.  Working to educate all levels, we encourage intergenerational exploration of our food heritage in our many Seed to Table teaching spaces throughout The Gardens at Elm Bank.

To further promote the joy of growing and cooking vegetables and herbs, we forged a partnership with the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in 2013.  Through this, we helped install a community garden in downtown Boston. Today thousands of people who pass by their research center can witness food production, and all of the produce is donated to the St. Francis House.  This partnership also works to present The Talk and Taste lecture series that pairs an HNRCA scientist, Mass Hort horticulturist and local chef to educate on plant and nutrition science and cooking.

Beyond education, the Seed to Table program works to address issues of food access in our community and provides a model for other communities to do the same. From our Seed to Table vegetable garden, we send semiweekly donations of fresh organic produce to the Wellesley Food Pantry and Natick Service Council food distribution center. We are proud of the results extending from the enormous amount of work that is poured into this endeavor. Many thanks to our dedicated Master Gardeners that make this happen from June through October. In 2016, with new cultivation practices, we plan to extend our food pantry harvests from April through late November!

Support a Food Pantry

We are pleased to support food pantries in providing healthy and nutritious vegetables to local families. Last year, our Dover garden produced nearly 4,000 pounds of organic produce to help families in need through the Natick & Wellesley Food Pantries.

We also recently embarked on an exciting partnership with the Tufts University Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. Together, we created an organic garden in their sun-filled lobby, and are donating the vegetables grown there to the St. Francis House in Boston. 

Grow Your Own Food

Everyone from Michelle Obama to the American Academy of Pediatrics agrees that fruits and vegetables play a crucial role in improving our health. Our Garden to Table program provides hands-on educational programs to support people who are interested in growing their own food.

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Photos by Jennifer Owen

Check Out Our Seed to Table Video 

Upcoming Classes and Events

For more information

For more information about Mass Hort's Seed to Table courses and programs please contact Hannah Traggis, Seed to Table Coordinator at 617-933-4943 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Massachusetts Horticultural Society LogoFounded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.

Latest Mass Hort Events

Thu Feb 11 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition - Opening Reception
Fri Feb 12 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Sat Feb 13 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Tue Feb 16 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Wed Feb 17 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Fri Feb 19 @ 8:00AM - 04:00PM
Cultivating Community in School Gardens
Sat Feb 20 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Tue Feb 23 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
The Adventurous Gardener
Thu Feb 25 @10:00AM - 03:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Thu Feb 25 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Classic Design for Contemporary Gardens
Fri Feb 26 @10:00AM - 03:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Sat Feb 27 @10:00AM - 03:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Tue Mar 01 @ 2:00PM - 03:00PM
The History of Botanical Art
Wed Mar 02 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Thu Mar 03 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Thu Mar 03 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Herbal Medicine & Magic: Sorting Fact from Fancy
Sat Mar 05 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Thu Mar 10 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Fri Mar 11 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Sat Mar 12 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Wed Mar 16 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
The Boston Flower & Garden Show
Thu Mar 17 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
The Boston Flower & Garden Show
Fri Mar 18 @10:00AM - 09:00PM
The Boston Flower & Garden Show
Sat Mar 19 @10:00AM - 09:00PM
The Boston Flower & Garden Show
Sun Mar 20 @10:00AM - 06:00PM
The Boston Flower & Garden Show