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

21 varieties of collards for the @heirloomcollards project. Photographed by @yondering_ during a @sowtrueseed workday! Each bunch was delivered to @foodordeath_ in preparation for a film shoot later today.

#collards #collards2020 #collardtrials #experimentalfarm #heirloomcollardproject #heirloomcollards #growcollards #southerncrops
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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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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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We have been working closely with a number of great organizations to grow, steward and promote heirloom collards via The @heirloomcollards Project. This December, in collaboration with the @culinarybreedingnetwork, we are excited to invite you to Collard Week!

Join us for four days of collards from December 14-17th. Michael Twitty (@thecookinggene), Ira Wallace (@ira.wallace), Jon Jackson (@comfortfarms), Amirah Mitchell (@edenanew) and Ashleigh Shanti (@foodordeath_) will lead online presentations and live Q&As throughout a week of events celebrating collards!

Immerse yourself in food history, seed stewardship, gardening, farming, cooking and more, and join the conversation as part of the Heirloom Collard Project! 

Learn more and register for free via @heirloomcollards

#collards #collardgreens #collardtrials #collardtrial2020 #collardsweek #collards2020 #southernfood #growcollards #eatcollards #learncollards #lovecollards
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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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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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Sometimes it takes a village, sometimes you just need a hard working daughter!

#heirloomcollardproject #heirloomcollards #collards2020 #collards #collardtrials #croptrials #experimentalfarm
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Collard Varieties