Project Type: Education Only
Funds awarded in 2021: $49,775.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2023
Grant Recipient: Utopian Seed Project
State: North Carolina
The Utopian Seed Project
How To Save Squash Seeds explores seed saving, seed growing and seed heritage in the Southeast USA. Interviews with farmers and growers across the south tell a story of seed heritage deeper than any one variety. Take a deep dive into saving squash to learn both the technical side of saving seeds and the reasons why it's so important. Cucurbita spp. represents five domesticated edible squash species that can be grown in North America. There are many squash types that range in color, size, shape and taste. They also vary in Southern adaptation, with many regional heirlooms suited to the southeast. In 2021 The Utopian Seed Project and Communal Studios received a grant from Southern SARE to create a Southeast Seed video series. The project traveled across 12 states and interviewed over 50 farmers, community gardeners, seed savers, seed growers and seed advocates. The footage was weaved together to tell the story and seed saving of six southern crops: corn, okra, southern peas, collards, sweet potatoes and squash. This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2020-38640-31521 through the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number LS21-351. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Learn more at www.seseed.org
This product is associated with the project "Saving Seed for Resilient Local Systems: An online, video based course on saving seed from the Utopian Seed Project"