The Utopian Seed Project
Location: Leicester NC
Chris Smith is a seed saver and permaculturist who loves to write. He is executive director of the Utopian Seed Project, a crop-trialing non-profit working to celebrate food and farming. His book, The Whole Okra, won a James Beard Foundation Award in 2020 and he is the co-host of The Okra Pod Cast.
The Utopian Seed Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit, founded in November 2018 with the support of Sow True Seed to conduct regional crop and variety trials at our Experimental Farm sites. We use our hands in the earth work as a platform to inspire, educate and celebrate diversity in food and farming through our Crop Stories outreach. The People’s Seed is a model of seed sovereignty and regional adaptation, where the knowledge and the seeds are nurtured within the communities that need them. The ultimate vision is an engaged community of growers, gardeners, farmers, foodies, cooks and chefs (actually, everyone) who embrace regional biodiversity because they understand and believe in a resilient, delicious and equitable food and farming system.