Plant a Seed

The Plant a Seed Campaign is about celebrating Biodiversity on farms, in gardens and at school.

The Plant a Seed campaign invites school garden educators and individuals to bring biodiversity, flavor and history into their gardens. Each year, we put together a cast of endangered and biodiverse seeds that tell a story. This year, we have selected a seed from each of six regions in the United States with a unique relationship to the land and people there. These seeds tell the complex stories of human migration, from seeds covertly brought to this country by slaves to Indigenous communities fighting for their native land and critical food source. The Plant a Seed campaign opens a door to understand issues of food sovereignty through the journey of seeds.

For every kit purchased, Slow Food USA sends one kit to a school garden to continue teaching kids the many flavors of biodiversity and how important it is for our world.

The 2020 Kit //

Cherokee Purple Tomato
Yellow Cabbage Collard
Jacob’s Cattle Bean
Chimayo Chile
White Sonoran Wheat

The Stories of the Seeds

Click each variety below to read its story and find tips for planting.

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors + Supporters!

On Biodiversity

Biodiversity is not a new concept, but it is a current crisis. Today, nearly 75% of the world’s food comes from just 12 plant and 5 animal species and only 50% of our plant-derived calories come from wheat, corn, and rice. By contrast there are over 30,000 edible types of plants all over the world. We are losing critical landraces and heirloom breeds on a weekly timescale. This loss of biodiversity was a critical reason why the Ark of Taste was created over 20 years ago, to help preserve endangered flavors in regions all over the world.

Past Campaigns

The 2019 Campaign

As an organization dedicated to uniting tradition and innovation, SFUSA teamed up with Dan Barber’s seed company, Row 7 Seeds . Like Slow Food, Row 7 is committed to the idea that delicious and nutritious seeds may be the catalyst to change the world.

The 2019 Plant a Seed Kit

SFUSA and Row 7 created the ultimate Plant a Seed kit for innovation and tradition in the garden. The kit contained 3 seeds from Row 7—Badger Flame Beet, Robin’s Koginut Squash and the Beauregarde Snow Pea—as well as a a nod to the Native American tradition of the Three Sisters. When planted together, the three sisters—trio of beans, corn and squash—help one another survive and thrive. These particular seeds are from our Ark of Taste catalog; they are on the brink of extinction and our continuing to cultivate these varieties helps them to survive: Long Island Cheese Pumpkin, Early Blood Turnip, and Laxton’s Progress No. 9 Pea.

the 2018 Campaign

We recognize that food is a cause of climate change. From field to fork, our food system contributes a fifth of greenhouse gas emissions. Food is a victim of climate change, too. Drought, desertification, floods, sea-level rise and ocean pollution put our food at risk across the world. But we are believers in Slow Food, and want to talk about food as a solution — and a delicious one — to climate change.

So in 2018, we began pursuing our all-encompassing theme, Food for Change. Throughout our events and campaigns, we are focusing on how individuals and communities can raise our forks against climate change, embracing tradition and innovation to provide good, clean and fair food for all.

Slow Food Leader Materials