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.

Just wanted to say, we πŸ’š collards πŸ’š


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Taking the Winnow Wizard for a test run!

#okra #okraseed #seedsaving

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Had a blast talking #heirloomcollards with @bonnettaadeeb at the @vabfarming conference πŸ’š


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This cow wanted to let you know we've just set up Venmo for donations, which is great timing for end of year philanthropy 😍

Venmo: utopianseedproject


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We're giving away a bundle of all seven issues of Crop Stories (which is pretty special because there are only 4 copies left of Hogs (issue 6)).

1. Follow @utopianseedproject and @cropstories
2. Tag two friends who love food and farming (and reading!)

I'm going to randomly pick a winner on Christmas Eve.

Also, today is the last day to support our end of year fundraiser - any and all amounts appreciated!

#cropstories #collards #contest #entertowin

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Saving squash seeds with a shop vac, so satisfying πŸ’š

Big thanks to @warrenwilsoncollege students for helping out.

This is a winter squash grown for @twoseedsinapod - Armut, meaning Pear.

#seseed #seedsaving #seedgrowing #seedgrower #squashseed #seeds #seedcleaning

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Bundle and save with the entire Crop Stories Collection (minus issue 6, which is almost sold out). Issues 1 through 5 plus Collards (Issue 7). Crop Stories started out as a production of the Athens Farmers Market under the leadership of Andre Gallant. In issue 4 and 5 of Crop Stories, Keia Mastrianni joined the team as deputy editor and the magazines almost double in length. In 2022 The Utopian Seed Project inherited Crop Stories and published the seventh issue of Crop Stories: Collards with guest editor, Dr. Cynthia Greenlee.

The titles include Blueberries (70 pages), Winter Squash (86 pages), Radishes (86 pages), Sweet Potatoes (146 pages), Greens (136 pages) and Collards (88 pages). Each issue is a beautiful full color collection of essay, photography and recipes.

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#cropstories #collards #magazine #farm #food

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Note to self - 6/64 Round is a dream for screening collard seeds πŸ’š

#collards #seseed #collardseeds #seedgrowing #farming #heirloomcollards

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The Experimental Farm Notebook

We’ll be publishingΒ  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