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WITH THE PLANT A SEED CAMPAIGN, WE CELEBRATE BIODIVERSITY ON FARMS, IN GARDENS AND AT SCHOOL.

Each year, we put together a cast of rare and biodiverse seeds that tell a story. This year, we are celebrating beans! This curated kit includes beans from each of the six regions in the United States with a unique relationship to the land and people there. When you grow beans, you positively impact soils, land use, water use, biodiversity and directly combat climate change.

Our 2022 Plant a Seed campaign opens a door to understand the key concerns of Slow Food USA: climate, health and food justice. We will highlight the issue of food sovereignty, or the independence of humans to produce food outside of oppressive food systems, by providing an opportunity to save the beans grown and connect growers with their local seed libraries.

Join us as we get to know beans!

Each year, we put together a cast of rare and biodiverse seeds that tell a story. This year, we are celebrating beans! This curated kit includes beans from each of the six regions in the United States with a unique relationship to the land and people there. When you grow beans, you positively impact soils, land use, water use, biodiversity and directly combat climate change.

Our 2022 Plant a Seed campaign opens a door to understand the key concerns of Slow Food USA: climate, health and food justice. We will highlight the issue of food sovereignty, or the independence of humans to produce food outside of oppressive food systems, by providing an opportunity to save the beans grown and connect growers with their local seed libraries.

Join us as we get to know beans!

MEET YOUR BEANS

Click on each bean below to learn more!

OUR GOALS FOR THIS YEAR'S CAMPAIGN

We’re hoping to make a major impact on health, climate and food justice through connecting the Slow Food USA community to the Plant a Seed campaign this year.

PRESERVE BIOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY

Introduce 400 individual gardeners and 350 school and community gardens to new bean varieties.

Connect biodiversity to climate change — when all these beans are planted, we will fixate 112 pounds of nitrogen directly into the soil! 

Connect you to local seed libraries, and provide tools and instruction for seed saving and sharing.

Uplift Black and Indigenous growers, seed companies, and stories throughout the campaign.

EDUCATE, INSPIRE AND MOBILIZE PEOPLE

Provide educational materials, toolkits and online events to get you excited about beans, and to learn how beans impact climate, health and justice.

Engage Slow Food chapters to activate the campaign in their local communities.

Mobilize the larger Slow Food network to align around the themes of climate, health and food justice through these beans.

INFLUENCE POLICIES IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS

Introduce key policy makers to how they can make change for the climate through biodiversity and beans.

Promote Meatless Mondays and beans to buyers at key institutions, recommending beans as a delicious and healthy substitute to industrial meat.

MEET OUR SEED SUPPORTERS

SEED GROWERS

PLANT A SEED SPONSORS

Special thanks to artist Donna Waterman for her linocut artwork featured throughout our 2022 Plant a Seed campaign.