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2022 Slow Seed Summit

May 13-15 · Virtual event


The full archive of the 2022 Slow Seed Summit is only available for members. 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.


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.

The Climate Resistant Green: Sea Kale

By Mara Welton, Slow Food USA Programs Director John Forti, Maine-based ethnobotanist and former Slow Food chapter leader has explored the human connection to food through the study of botanical history, storytelling and historical garden curation. He has done this in...

Hsiao-Ching Chou embraces the intersection of food, storytelling and identity

Seattle-based Hsiao-Ching Chou has explored the intersection of food, storytelling and identity in a number of interconnected contexts: as a food columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, a cooking instructor, a PR entrepreneur, and a communications leader for top...

Nature & Nurture Seeds: The Great Lakes Seed Producer

By Makiah Josephson, Slow Food USA Communications CoordinatorThis Great Lakes farm achieves seed innovations for northern climates! Nature and Nurture Seeds is a certified organic farm-based company offering heirloom vegetable, flower and herb seeds. This Southeast...

Our greens, our stories: Exploring the 2023 Plant a Seed campaign

Hear from some of the seed producers, chefs and growers inspired by and embracing this year's verdant Plant a Seed kit and campaign, hosted by Slow Food USA Director of Programs Mara Welton. ❇️ Adrian Lipscombe, Chef and Heirloom Collard Project Board Member ❇️...

Grow Rare Greens: 2023 Plant a Seed kit

By Slow Food USA It's finally here! The 2023 Plant A Seed kit is now available. This kit brings together a variety of rare and biodiverse seeds that tell a story — and celebrate glorious greens! The 2023 kit and supplemental events and materials highlight the big...

Slow Food Chapters Celebrate Legumes with Bean Suppers

By Makiah Josephson, Slow Food USA Communications Coordinator In celebration of our year-long Plant a Seed campaign last year, chapters from all six regions teamed up with chefs and created unique events in October, November and December celebrating and sharing...

2022 Bean Suppers from Slow Food USA

We’ve had an incredible year-long Plant a Seed campaign filled with planting, growing and eating beans — now it’s time to celebrate them together around a table! Our chapters are teaming up with chefs in their regions and are getting creative with how to celebrate and share the stories of the beans from the 2022 Plant A Seed kit in so many inspiring ways, from sit-down dinners to bean street fairs to bean soup fundraisers and more.

Mutual-Aid Style Share a Seed Program Flourishes in DC

When the pandemic hit and seeds were scarce, Reana Kovalcik, Founder of Share a Seed and Slow Food Southeast Regional Councilor, worked with Slow Food USA to pilot a model for sharing seeds and growing resources at the community level. “Share a Seed is a mutual aid-style program,” Reana explained. “I wanted to find a way to democratize seed access, grow community, and redistribute resources at a time when scarcity was all around us. Mutual aid networks are a great way to do that kind of resource and skill-sharing without barriers to access.”

Beans: Delicious and NUTRITIOUS!

I am a PhD student researching beans, and I truly think beans are the perfect food. I have yet to meet a food that can check so many boxes: support thriving local food systems, advance sustainability goals and environmental health, culturally relevant to cuisines around the globe, incredibly versatile in the kitchen, delicious, and — of course — nutritious.

Learn about how Slow Food USA advanced food justice in 2021

By ANNA Mulè, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SLOW FOOD USA Last year was a challenging year for the Slow Food network. With COVID still severely limiting in-person gatherings, and many volunteer leaders in transition with jobs and families, 2021 was a year of evaluation, new...