Spring Plant a Seed Campaign

The Plant a Seed Campaign is about Biodiversity and the importance of Seeds.

The Plant a Seed campaign is made for school gardens, Slow Food chapters, chefs, and individuals who are champions of biodiversity. 

Biodiversity is not a new concept, but it is a recent 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.

 The Plant a Seed campaign is our way of educating, celebrating and enabling biodiversity in gardens, on farms and in schools!

For every kit purchased, we will send one kit to a school garden in need to continue teaching kids about climate change and the new flavors of biodiversity.

The 2020 Plant a Seed Campaign

The 2020 Plant a Seed campaign launches in February!

We are working with each member of the Ark of Taste committee to identify seeds that tell a compelling cultural story in their region. We are looking to collaborate with seed companies and regional organizations that are part of that story, so that the stories we tell may come from those who are a part of it. We’ll assemble six unique kits for each of six regions, with 1-3 storied seeds that can be grown in that region and will enrich school garden education. There are countless stories to tell here, and we hope to ultimately engage people in a larger conversation about humanity and food, about diversity and honor, about our deep and many-splendored roots and the time to bring those roots into focus. 

If you cultivate a seed with a great story and/or are interested in collaborating with us for the 2020 Plant a Seed campaign, please contact us!

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 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 we 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.

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