The Utopian Seed Project

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Thank You

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$3
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We want to engage with a wide network of stakeholders in a sustainable food system. You patronage helps us achieve our work to bring diversity back to our food and farming systems. You will have our eternal gratitude and open access to all our content and research via the Utopian Seed Project website. As an added bonus we will announce ticketed events to our Patreon subscribers of all levels a week before making them public.

Seed

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$5
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A seed is small, but creates wonders. Please help us seed this project with a small monthly donation of $5. For the cost of a cup of coffee (one of those fancy ones) you will be showing your support of the Utopian Seed Project and our work to bring diversity back to our food and farming systems.

You will have our eternal gratitude and open access to all our content and research via the Utopian Seed Project website. As an added bonus we will announce ticketed events to our Patreon subscribers of all levels a week before making them public.

Patreon Plant Chat: we'll email you a Zoom link so you can join in with our monthly meeting to catch up with patrons, share information, ask questions and learn in community.

We'll send you a The Utopian Seed Project sticker as a thank you!

Sprout

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$10
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A spout is a powerful thing, reaching up with so much potential. Please help us sprout this project with a monthly donation of $10.

  • Each January we will reach out and offer you a list of our available seeds and plant propagation material. You can request one item for each 3 month block of patronage in the previous year (i.e. 0-3 months = 1 item; 4-6 months = 2 items etc.).
You will have open access to all our content and research via the Utopian Seed Project website. As an added bonus we will announce ticketed events to our Patreon subscribers of all levels a week before making them public.

Patreon Plant Chat: we'll email you a Zoom link so you can join in with our monthly meeting to catch up with patrons, share information, ask questions and learn in community.

We'll send you a The Utopian Seed Project sticker and a 20"x27" Crop Poster as a thank you!

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About The Utopian Seed Project

The Utopian Seed Project is a hands in the earth organization committed to exploring crops and varieties in the Southeast to support diversity in food and farming. Our utopian vision is create an engaged network of growers, gardeners, farmers, foodies, cooks and chefs to help us educate and celebrate this diversity. We are based in Asheville NC and are working towards our overarching vision to support food security in the face of climate change through diverse and regenerative agriculture.



We have three focus areas to our experimental work:

  • Growing and preserving varietal diversity in traditional southern crops.
  • Experimenting with tropical perennials grown as temperate annuals.
  • Exploring underutilized perennial edibles.

These focus areas guide the crops we plant and the work we do, but we also aim to celebrate food diversity through culinary events, field days, experimental chefs and variety taste testing. We don't just want that rare variety of corn or radish to exist in a seed bank somewhere, or be researched and written about in a paper no one reads. We want everyone to celebrate all that is good and wonderful about diversity in food and farming.

Supporting us as a Patreon will directly impact the work we do and as a thank you, most Patreon levels will give you access to the seeds and plant material we create. Here is a breakdown of how your money will be spent:

  • 20% of all annual Patreon income will go straight to our Tony Kleese Award fund, which recognizes and rewards (cash reward and media profile) a single southeastern plant breeder for doing great work in conventional plant breeding. Learn more about the Tony Kleese Award. 
  • 30% of all annual Patreon income will be committed to our podcast, Food Roots. We want to pay a host and our interviewees, so your support will have a direct impact on this podcast. 
  • The final 50% will cover towards our general operating expenses, which for the large part fund our crop trials and promotional work. 

Goals
54 of 100 patrons
Once we hit 100 patrons, we’ll be sending a Utopian Seed Project T-Shirt to all our $10+ patrons. We'll be working with NC cotton to produce our much anticipated t-shirt! 
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Writings
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