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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.


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...

Slow Seed Summit 2021: Week One

Written by Malia Guyer-Stevens, Slow Food USA Editorial Intern photos from the Slow Food International Archives + Summit Speakers “We form these beautiful time-honored relationships, to seeds and food that inform us as people.” – Rowen White Every culture has had a...

Jimmy Nardello Pepper

Jimmy Nardello Peppers, or Jimmy Nardello’s Sweet Italian Frying Pepper, are perfect for just that: frying up in a pan. It is considered one of the very best frying peppers as its fruity raw flavor becomes perfectly creamy and soft when fried.

Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry

Ground cherries are the sweeter, smaller and golden cousin to a tomatillo. Their small fruits are like tiny packages wrapped in a papery husk. When ripe they become a deep golden-yellow in color and their flavor is pineapple-meets-vanilla…

Old Carolina Tomato

The Nell Bryson tomato, also known as the Old Carolina Tomato, has two names because its full story is still being uncovered. What we do know however, is that…

King Philip Corn

When the seeds of the King Philip Corn were first grown by the Food Project farmers, outside of Lincoln, Massachusetts last year, it was as if the land itself was welcoming the corn back…