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Books

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

Organizations & Projects

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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.

 

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…

Early Scarlet Horn Carrot

The Early Scarlet Horn carrot is a special seed, and not only for its very sweet flavor, or even just because of its unusually fat, rounded shape, and ability to grow to well over 8 inches. It’s the land it comes from and the people who have grown it, that make it the unique seed that we have today…

What’s The Buzz on the Ridge? Beekeeping at the Forest Ridge School

Come join the chefs at Forest Ridge School to explore beekeeping with honeybees, mason bees, and leafcutter bees. Take a tour of the school gardens, apiaries, and orchards. Learn how you can support these pollinators and in return how they can support your gardens....

Seed Saving: Preserving Biodiversity and Building Community

Seed saving is a valuable tool for food sovereignty, and as we see with the pandemic, the time is now for seed and food sovereignty. Seed saving also preserves food biodiversity and builds community. Learn how to plan to save seeds, the processes involved and how to...

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