Seeds 101: From Seedlings to Seeded Crackers

Catherine Wills
Assistant Garden Specialist

Taylor Holste, MA, CHC
CookWELL Kitchen Coordinator

Preparing seedlings for the garden doesn’t have to be complicated. Join the Poe Center’s expert health educators as they show how to grow seedlings indoors. Seeds aren’t just good for growing produce at home, they are also great for eating. Follow along and make a seeded cracker recipe with our experts. Eating a rainbow of food helps you meet daily nutritional needs with each meal. Our experts give tips and tricks on how to build your own snack board to eat all five food groups found on MyPlate.

Planting seasons may vary depending on your planting zone. Because the Poe Center is located in central North Carolina, we plant in Zone 8a. To find your planting zone, go to

Seeded Crackers


1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3 Tablespoons sunflower seeds

1 Tablespoon everything-bagel seasoning

½ cup water

2 Tablespoons olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Mix together the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl with a rubber spatula: flour, sugar, salt, sunflower seeds, everything but the bagel seasoning.
  3. Add in the oil and water. Stir until well combined. 
  4. Form dough into a square shape. The consistency will be similar to childrens modeling dough.
  5. Cut two pieces of parchment paper to fit your baking sheet. 
  6. Place dough in between the sheets of parchment paper. 
  7. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to the edge of the parchment paper, about ⅛” thick. 
  8. Remove the top piece of parchment and use the bottom piece of parchment to transfer the dough to a baking sheet. 
  9. Using a pizza cutter or knife, score the cracker dough into your preferred shape. 
  10. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the cracker is dry and brown around the edges.
  11. Allow to cool completely, and break into individual crackers. 
  12. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container on the counter.

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