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Slow Seed

2022 Slow Seed Summit

May 13-15 · Virtual event

PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT

2021 SLOW SEED SUMMIT

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The full archive of the virtual
2021 Slow Seed Summit

Books

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.

 

Been Dreaming of Beans: Tips on How to Grow These Wondrous Pulses

By Charlie Nardozzi, Guest Blog WriterCharlie Nardozzi is a regional Emmy award winning garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. He has worked for more than 30 years bringing expert gardening information to home gardeners through radio, television,...

Bean Dreams

Deep in the freeze-thaw cycle of midwinter here in the Northeast, I find myself pulled between enjoying those surprising days when the sun actually feels warm again and those bitter windswept ones that chase me back indoors. This indecisive weather never fails to get...

How to fertilize a school garden program amid a global pandemic

By Brian Solem, Director of CommunicationsPhotos provided by Shawana Ledgister-Joseph Marc Gauthier didn’t start his career as a school garden expert, but that’s where he thrives today. After working as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teacher...

Two virtual summits highlighted foodways on land and sea in 2021

By Michelle DiMuzio, Communications CoordinatorTo bring our year to a close, Slow Food USA wants to highlight some Slow Food Sparks that have emerged for members of our national community. What are some of those moments that reinvigorated or re-inspired members of our...

Seeing Turtle Island anew through Roger Perkins’ eyes

This year, our Slow Food USA member gift was a print by Mohawk artist Roger Perkins titled "Turtle Island." We're grateful to the thousands of people in the US who have committed to advancing our mission of good, clean and fair food for all by becoming members. Join...

Two ways to enjoy the Jimmy Nardello pepper

Photo by Shelby ChampagneEvery year, Slow Food USA hosts the Plant a Seed campaign to feature unique Ark of Taste seeds with compelling stories that help growers and eaters understand the importance of biodiversity and regenerative agriculture. This year, we are...

Knee High by the 4th of July: Planting King Philip Corn on Wampanoag Land

Earlier this year we shared the story of the King Philip Corn in our Plant A Seed campaign. Today, Danielle Hill, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has planted these seeds with the help of other members of the Tribe. However, to plant these seeds is about so much more than growing food, which she wrote about on her blog, and which we are sharing here with you.

Small Farms & Community

On Earth Day, we had the pleasure of chatting with a group of farmers, advocates, and stewards of small farms and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). We were joined by Tess Romanski from the Fair Share CSA Coalition, Trixie Wessel and Jarret Nelson from Glynwood...

Saving Seeds with Scott Chang-Fleeman of Shao Shan Farm

By Kelly Franson, Slow Food Youth Network USA Photos by Scott Chang-Fleeman ““It is a reminder that agriculture has the potential to exist outside of frameworks of capitalism like the commodification of seed.” – Scott Chang-Fleeman In honor of Slow Food USA’s recent...

Slow Seed Summit Week 2

Written by Michelle DiMuzio, Slow Food USA Editorial Intern photo from Slow Food Nations 2019 “We form these beautiful time-honored relationships, to seeds and food that inform us as people.” – Rowen White Seeds hold stories, providing insights to the past and...