The Utopian Seed Project

Celebrating diversity in food and farming through crop and variety trials in the Southeast.

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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 diversity in food and farming. Our utopian vision is create an engaged network of growers, gardeners, farmers, foodies, cooks and chefs to help educate and celebrate this diversity. We are based in Asheville, NC and are working towards an overarching vision to create food security in the face of climate change through diverse and regenerative agriculture. 

Crop Trial Focus Areas

Exploring Varietal Diveristy in Southern Crops

We are conducting crop variety trials for traditional southern crops to explore the diversity on offer. It’s exciting to realize that the genetic diversity within many crops can give us culinary and climate resilient opportunities.

Tropical Perennials Grown As Temperate Annuals

We are experimenting with growing crops that are native to the tropics, but with some additional care can thrive and provide diverse food in our region. This is an exciting area of crop research with some incredible culinary and potential.

Promoting Underutilized Edibles as Food Crops

We are growing and assessing some of the many wild, native and underutlized food crops yet to be explored or fully appreciated. With some simple selection or breeding work, many of these crops could offer great culinary promise.

Franny's Farm

Franny Tacy has supported The Utopian Seed Project since its inception by offering part of her beautiful farm for use as a trial site. Committed to a regenerative farming system, Franny conducts her own hemp trials, poultry breeding, and a multitude of other on-farm projects. We are excited to share a small piece of her hollar in Leicester NC!

Taste Testing

The Utopian Seed Project is committed to celebrating food, and that means we are looking for the best tasting and most varied and versitile food we can possibly grow. That means taste testing is really important to us. Check out our taste testing events and results below!