The Utopian Seed Project

Supporting diversity in food and farming
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The Utopian Seed Project is a hands in the earth non-profit committed to trialing crops and varieties in the Southeast to support and Celebrate diversity in food and farming. OUR VISION is an engaged community of growers, gardeners, farmers, foodies, cooks and chefs (actually, everyone) WHO embrace regional biodiversity for a resilient and delicious food and farming system.


THe Experimental Farm

We growing many different things in Western North Carolina to explore what could be grown in a more diverse food and farming system. In our farm work we explore emerging crops for this region as well as variety trials for traditional crops. Diversity and experimentation is at our core!

Crop Stories

Crop Stories is our way of speaking about, educating and celebrating the crops that we are working with. Crop Stories includes a crop-specific event series, a crop-specific magazine and a supporting podcast, with a high degree of synergy between these three platforms.

The People's Seed

The People’s Seed allows us to keep seeds front and center of our work, knowing that seed sovereignty is critical to sustainable and equitable food systems. We engage in education and community outreach, as well as our own seed saving, plant breeding and regional adaptation work.

Puerto Rico Everblush, selected from the original Puerto Rico Evergreen seeds I received from USDA GRIN. One of the most delicious okras ๐Ÿ’š

These seeds will be available from @southernexposureseed

#okra #seedsaving

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Guess the beautiful leaf ๐Ÿ’š ...

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We got a lot of seed processed with the help of many @asapconnections Farm Tour folks! Was great to meet so many people excited about regional seed work.

#seeds #seedsaving #seedfarm

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Some of our project's awesome board members getting hands on with seed saving at this last weekend's @asapconnections Farm Tour.

We met lots of wonderful people and a personal highlight was the children who really got into shelling beans for seed.

In particular...

Mom: Do you want to go see the donkey?
Child: No! I found a pink bean.


#seeds #seedsaving

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I had the pleasure to work with Chef Gaines (@rakim_gaines) at our last Trial to Table dinner, and now I get to do it all over again because @capellaon9 is hosting a Trial to Table brunch at their downtown restaurant where Chef Gaines is the executive chef!

It's going to be delicious, ingredients are sourced and inspired from our trials, @makersmark are sponsoring, and 10% of all ticket sales go straight to The Utopian Seed Project.

Grab a ticket via the link in our bio ๐Ÿ’š

#communitysupported #food #farming #TrialToTable

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The Experimental Farm Notebook

We’ll be publishingย  updates throughout the growing season so you can stay up to date with what we’re up to and how the experiments are going. This will be an informal narrative of our highs and lows, successes and failures, with photos and fun facts!

Follow Along With Our Notes From The Field

Thanks to our Sustaining Sponsors

Two Seeds in a Pod - Sustaining Sponsor
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange Sustaining Sponsor