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2024 Slow Seed Summit

March 1-2 · Virtual event


The full archive of the 2024 Slow Seed Summit is only available for members and ticket holders. Email us at comms@slowfoodusa.org for access.



The full archive of the virtual
2021 Slow Seed Summit


Books recommended and referenced by speakers and participants of the 2021 Slow Seed Summit

Organizations & Projects

Listen & Watch

Seed Saving & Sharing

Many states have seed laws designed for commercial seed companies that may restrict non-commercial seed sharing. These resources are intended to help you understand relevant state seed laws as they may affect seed libraries, swaps, and other community seed activity.

Seed Law Toolshed – a crowd-sourced state-by-state legal resource guide

Association of American Seed Control Officials – an organization of seed regulatory officials from the United States and Canada. Great resource to check out rules and regulations around seeds and sharing!

Seeds in Schools & Community

Plant a Seed

Seed Banks: Unlike their larger counterparts, community seed banks are less about long-term preservation and more about sharing seed season to season. For that reason they’re sometimes also called “seed libraries.” Seed banks are a central place where seeds (often locally grown) are stored and shared with local growers. 

Micro-Seedbanking: A Primer on Setting up & Running a Community Seed Bank Community Seed Network

How to Organize a Community Seed BankCommunity Seed Network

Seed Libraries: A seed library is a public collection of seeds where anyone can “borrow” a small quantity of seeds to grow. If the resulting seeds are saved, they may be returned to the library for the next grower!

What is a Seed Library?Community Seed Network. Sample presentation with notes, can be used as a presentation template.

Seed Library Checkout, Sample Procedures and GuidelinesSeedlibraries.net

Disclaimer for Seed Libraries, TemplateCommunity Seed Network

Seed Vendors

Growing Guides & How-tos

Build your own planter box – Edible Schoolyard. Building a planter box is a simple way to start gardening. This lesson from Edible Schoolyard will help you build your own planter box using a few simple items that you can get at any hardware or garden store or by upcycling things you have already. 

Noxious WeedsUSDA. Check which plants your state considers noxious weeks (these are dangerous to local ecosystems and should not be planted) 

Six Tips for Saving SeedSeed Savers Exchange and Seed Matters

Seed Gardens, How to OrganizeCommunity Seed Network. A seed garden is a garden intentionally designed for collecting and conserving seed. Seed gardens can be great for educational purposes and can also be overplanted so that some items can be harvest while others are allowed to go to seed for collection. 

Train the TrainersSeed Savers Exchange and Seed Matters. Tools for trainers and other seed leaders to use in presentations and workshops.


Grains: good for your body (and the planet)

Grains are an important crop from the perspective of the entire Plant a Seed program, where we have been considering crops through the lens of nutrition and climate for the past eight years.

Celebrating greens: preserving culinary heritage in Northern Louisiana

by Robin Mosley, Communications and Development CoordinatorAdvocating for good food that is native to a community is at the heart of Greens on Red, an event that happens every year (most recently on March 17) and is hosted by We Grow Together, a partnership of the...

Plant a Seed helps school gardens and seed companies thrive

By Brian Solem, Communications DirectorPrograms like Plant a Seed thrive because of our donors and members. Our generous community of supporters power up school gardens and education efforts, and help a diverse array of businesses thrive. Please consider making a...

Slow Food USA and Seed Savers Exchange partnership unveiled on World Soil Day

By Robin Mosley, Communications and Development CoordinatorSlow Food USA’s 2024 Plant a Seed campaign will explore eight different roots and grains, and a partnership with Seed Savers Exchange and its ADAPT program will give gardeners the opportunity to build...

Slow Food Live presents: Holler for collards in the kitchen

Join Slow Food USA and the Heirloom Collard Project as we holler for collards in the kitchen! Collard seed champion Chris Smith will be our host, taking you through lively discussions featuring collard stories, seed stories and food stories with friends Bonnetta Adeeb...

Meet the collard sandwich, an iconic Lumbee Tribe meal

Millard and Connie Locklear describe how they make their beloved collard sandwich to Chris Smith, farmer and Heirloom Collard Project administrator. Millard and Connie own New Ground Farms and are enrolled members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, which is...

Five fierce ways to cook with collards

Our 2023 Plant a Seed campaign celebrates greens and the communities who celebrate them. If you grew the our Plant a Seed kit in your garden this year, then you know that two greens in particular have been rockstar standouts deserving of celebration: fluffy Matilde...

Understanding a great, generous green during Collard Week 2023

By Mara Welton, Director of ProgramsIt’s finally Collard Week — though anytime is a perfect time to celebrate these glorious greens! We are entering the months when frost becomes a possibility in the low points of our nation’s topography, which is when collards start...

Explore chicories with these delicious recipes

Our 2023 Plant a Seed campaign celebrates greens and the communities who celebrate them. If you grew the our Plant a Seed kit in your garden this year, then you know that two greens in particular have been rockstar standouts deserving of celebration: fluffy Matilde...

Chicory 101: School yourself on this super green group

By Mara Welton, Director of ProgramsI have long loved chicories — those bitter greens, reds and pinks that grace your salad mixes, often incognito. Beautiful radicchio leaves, oft mistaken for red cabbage, their maroon petals giving nutritional heft to an otherwise...

Seaweed for thought

By Colles Stowell, Slow Fish StrategistSlow Food USA’s 2023 Plant a Seed campaign focuses on the incredible diversity of greens we can cultivate and eat. Interestingly, not all greens are grown in soil — we can look to the sea for nutritious and delicious greens as...

Weaving communities together with heirloom beanstalks in California’s East Bay

In November 2022, Slow Food East Bay shut down a street in West Berkeley and held a sprawling Bean Feed complete with six chefs, three wineries, two aligned nonprofits, one farm and a copious number of bean-centric fun and games.