Collards

(Brassica oleracea)
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Collards (Brassica oleracea)

The Heirloom Collard Project
The Heirloom Collard Project

OUR WORK

The Utopian Seed Project is a collaborating partner with The Heirloom Collard Project. This project has been an excellent way to work on a national platform to further our work of exploring and celebrating diversity in tradional southern crops. In 2020 we partnered with The Culinary Breeding Network for a week of virtual presentations (See the Collard Week videos below.

Collard Week Videos in partnership with the Culinary Breeding Network

Today at 1PM EST board member Chef Ashleigh Shanti (@foodordeath_) will be presenting a 3-way collard salad demo with greens from the #collards2020trials. Straight after Chris Smith (@blueandyellowmakes) and Ashleigh will go into a live collard tasting and culinary evaluation and there will be a Q&A open to everyone! All available to watch for free via @culinarybreedingnetwork YouTube Live. It's going to be so much fun.

Huge thanks to the @heirloomcollards project partners that helped make this entire week of collards possible: @workingfoodgnv @seed_savers_exchange @southernexposureseed and our fantastic host @culinarybreedingnetwork

Collards grown at our #experimentalfarm at @frannysfarm

#collards #collarsgreens #eatcollards #growcollards #lovecollards
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Tree Collard seedlings are looking happy and healthy as we head towards some cooler temps this weekend. Once these plants are grown and we can choose the best suited ones, we'll be able to share cuttings!

#collards #treecollards #perennialcollards
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Well, the results are in from our goat taste test. They have equal preference for all 21 collard varieties.

This is actually very upsetting; I'm walking around the field a little despondent. They looked SO beautiful.

Resilience! I'm going to clean them up, cover them up, and with a little luck we'll have good regrowth to resume the trial.

#goatslovecollardstoo
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Just casually seeding 21 varieties of collards for a collaborative and far reaching trial (the trial is 20 varieties, but I snuck in another one that Yanna Fishman has been working with!!). Proud to be working with @seed_savers_exchange @workingfoodgnv @southernexposureseed @melbelle206 @culinarybreedingnetwork and a lot of citizen scientists across the USA.

Also, big thanks to @dirtcraftorganics. They donated a couple of totes of seed starting soil in spring and I have enough for fall planting. Great to know there collards are getting a great start in a locally made soil mix!

#collards #collardtrials #heirloomcollards #collards2020
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So many colors of collards πŸ’œ πŸ’š πŸ’œ

#collards #tuspcollards #heirloomcollardsproject
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It's looking like nearly 100% germination after just a few days. @seed_savers_exchange did a great job expanding seed if these rare varieties, and now they've been shared across the country. Really looking forward to seeing how these 20 collard varieties grow.

I also want to start looking for Asheville-based chefs who may want to collaborate on the food side of these trials.

#collards #collards2020 #heirloomcollardproject
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Finished planting in the wee hours of this morning. 21 heirloom Collard varieties (18 plants of each split over 2 replications).

Check out @heirloomcollards

#heirloomcollardproject #heirlooms #heirloomcollards #croptrials #collards #collards2020
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Collard Varieties

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