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.

OUR WORK

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.

Splendid Seeds!

"They are more reliable and better adapted to the climate of the South than seeds grown in a colder region."

#regionaladaptation #truth #seeds #whydidweforget
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Leeza spent some time yesterday teaching the @bountifulcities interns how to Florida weave.

Asa bonus we got to Florida weave Florida tomatoes that @workingfoodgnv
sent us.

We are growing two lines, five generations in, of a cross between a dwarf tomato and an everglades tomato. First fruits are just beginning to form!

#floridaweave #floridatomato #croptrials #tomatoes #farming
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Dang it. The rain is coming right through the walls of my office.

#farmmeetings
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Last year deer completely ate 400 row feet of Conch Pea, a delicious southern pea I'm trying to regenerate. So this year I've gone all Jurassic Park in the hopes of keeping the deer out.

#seedgrowing #farming #deer #southernpea #conchpea #seedsaving #seed #jurasicpark
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After a LOT of rain we jumped into the field at @frannysfarm to get some direct seeding done. Here @leeza.chen is seeding a buckwheat seed crop that we're growing for @twoseedsinapod Leeza seeded about 400 row feet and we will be measuring yield and processing time to get a better handle on the economics behind seed growing. Two Seeds in a Pod is extremely committed to paying seed farmers well, which really helps support our work.

Leeza is able to work with us this year as a sponsored Research Assistant because of funding from @southernexposureseed as well as additional support from @row7seeds and @organic_seed_alliance - we're incredibly grateful for all this support from the seed industry.

Also - Leeza is dragging our operation into the 21st Century with crazy ideas like using a seeder 😮

#seeds #farming #seedfarming #seedgrowing #buckwheat #jangseeder #croptrials #seed #seedcrops #seedsaving #seseed #southeastseed
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The Experimental Farm Notebook

We’ll be publishing  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