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GET THE 2024 PLANT A SEED KIT

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

Slow Food USA invites growers to engage with climate and nutrition in our gardens and on our plates. Every year, the kit brings together a cast of rare and biodiverse seeds that tell a story. For 2024, we will feature grains and roots. We invite you to ground yourself and connect the dots between soil health, human health and planetary health by exploring roots and grains!

Seven distinctive and delicious varieties, including four Ark of Taste crops, will wow you with their beauty, their abundance and you will not believe how much grain you can grow at a garden scale.

MEET OUR 2024 SEEDS

Click on each image below to learn more!

our goals for this year’s campaign

Ultimately, we aim to bring awareness of how simple acts of growing culturally significant crops in our gardens can impact our climate and nutrition while we learn from the communities who are stewarding them.

PRESERVE BIOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY

When you think of grains and roots, perhaps the color that comes to mind is “brown” like the soil they grow in, but you will find deep and rich diversity across the seven varieties showcased this year — red carrots, black turnips, scarlet sorghum, purple barley, red beets, straw colored wheat and white corn. Each of these varieties has a role to play in our ecosystem and diet!

EDUCATE, INSPIRE AND MOBILIZE PEOPLE

Every variety featured has so much to teach us, from their interesting stories to their nutritional gifts to their impact on soil and planetary health as we navigate climate uncertainty. We will explore nutrition throughout this campaign and hear from chefs and producers who can help us make the most of the crops in this kit and beyond.

INFLUENCE POLICIES IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS

What can we do with all of the knowledge these plants will bestow upon us? We will strive to take action when legislation comes around regarding soil like the Soil Health Act of 2024. We will advocate for better nutrition options that help with overall health like choosing whole grains and whole grain flours as well as dietary fiber for regulating blood sugar for overall health.

MEET OUR SEED SUPPORTERS

SEED GROWERS

Every year, the Plant a Seed campaign strives to support small seed companies who represent a diverse community of seed enthusiasts committed to celebrating heirloom, open-pollinated, non-GMO, Ark of Taste, resilient and adaptable varieties. The seed suppliers we use collaborate with like-minded groups and organizations in an effort to provide seeds that are culturally relevant and also emphasize the need for open-pollinated biodiversity as we face the realities of climate uncertainty. The seed suppliers we highlight with this campaign recognize the unique qualities and foodways embodied in the seeds they offer and are committed to sharing these seed stories.

BONE MOUNTAIN FARM and
BORN TO SWARM

PLANT A SEED SPONSORs

Special thanks to artist Yeesan Loh for her artwork featured throughout the 2024 Plant a Seed campaign.