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.

As I'm getting all the harvest ready for our chefs to cook this Saturday then it's important to keep my priorities straight 😂

Tickets via bio.

#TrialToTable #squash #armut #farming #seedsaving

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Busy harvesting for our Trial to Table celebration this Saturday. Four amazing chefs have each created two small plates inspired (and mainly sourced) from our crop and variety trials.

$50 for food and drinks, still some tickets available via our bio.

Chefs: @rakim_gaines @mypalmalgal @brinedandcured and @ayni51peruvianfood

Okra ice cream from @asgarrison18 at @hopicecreamnc

Yuca Fritas from @tierrafertilcoop

Board member @oldnorthshrub will be running our yard long bean taste test.

Drink sponsors: @burialbeer
@botanistandbarrel and @devilsfootbrew

Big thanks to board member @chefttlivinandlovin for organizational master minding and @smokypark for hosting.

Tickets available via the link in our bio.

#asheville #events #ashevilleevents #food #farming #croptrials #ashevillenc #tastetest #therewillbeokra

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#accidentalselfie ...

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Abelmoschus moschatus subsp. tuberosus aka. pink musk mallow.

#pinkokra #abelmoschus #thisisnotokra

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Yard long bean trial has hit it's stride! ...

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@tierrafertilcoop (A Hispanic, worker-owned farm cooperative in Hendersonville, NC) are joining us for our next Trial to Table event on Aug 13. Tickets via the link in our bio.

Here's what they have to say about the collaboration:

Nos sentimos muy contentos de poder participar el proximo sabado 13 de Agosto en esta celebracion junto con nuestros amigos de The Utopian Seed Project.
Estaremos haciendo una demostracion y degustacion de YUCA FRITA SALVADOREÑA, servida con Curtido y salsa.
We are very happy to be able to participate in this celebration together with our friends from The Utopian Seed Project.
We will be doing a demonstration and tasting of SALVADORAN FRIED YUCA (CASSAVA), served with pickled cabagge and tomato sauce.
Come and enjoy with us.

#trialtotable #food #farming #asheville #events #ashevilleevents #salvordoranfood #farmercoop

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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