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The Perennial Plate: Carolina Gold

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In South Carolina, a seed farmer and a chef lead the return to age-old ingredients and methods

In Carolina Gold, a new episode of the excellent sustainable food series The Perennial Plate, we get a fascinating look at a renaissance in Southern cooking, with heirloom grains playing a starring role. Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills is leading the heritage food movement in South Carolina, supplying chefs like Sean Brock of Husk and McCrady's in Charleston. After filming Roberts at the Anson Mills......read more

Renee's Garden Seed Collections

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Get gardening with this special limited time offer from Food52 $10.00

The online cooking community at Food 52 has teamed up with Renee's Garden for an exclusive, limited-time offer. Choose from between one and four of Renee's Garden seed collections -- all of which are farmed sustainably -- to create the garden that's perfect for you. "The EZ to Grow Container Herb Garden and EZ to Grow Container Kitchen Garden Collections are suitable for windowboxes or......read more

Beekman 1802 Heirloom Garden Seeds

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Plant some history in your garden $18.00

Established in 1802, Beekman Farm is a fixture in America's agricultural heritage, now made famous by the Planet Green show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys. Thanks to Williams-Sonoma, you can participate in the history with this collection of Landreth heirloom seeds that have been grown in the Beekman gardens for over 200 years. The collection comes handsomely adorned with vintage seed illustrations,......read more

Memoryhouse, "Heirloom"

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Another doozy from Jamie Harley

Are Jamie Harley and Memoryhouse the rice and beans of indie rock? 'Cause they go together goooood. Harley's hazy Polaroid aesthetic, full of quick cuts and double exposures, is basically the visual equivalent of the Memoryhouse sound. The video for Memoryhouse’s “Heirloom” is their second collaboration, and much like their first, features sepia-tinged visuals compiled from......read more

Are Those Seeds Safe?

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Look carefully at seeds before buying them, implores author and gardener Margaret Roach

So you've taken the sustainable food pledge. You buy local and organic, and you're feeling good about it. Now you want take the natural next step and start growing your own veggies. First you need some seeds, those tiny plant embryos that will transform into the most local, environmentally friendly dishes your table has ever seen. Right? Sort of. Seeds, as author Margaret Roach explains in a......read more

Heirloom Tomato Sauces

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From California's Balakian Farm, organically grown heirloom tomatoes blended to perfection $14.00

Now on its fourth generation of family ownership, Reedley, California's Balakian Farms has made a culinary splash with its range of heirloom tomato sauces--blended and hand-packed from organic tomatoes grown on the farm. A healthier and tastier alternative to factory-processed canned tomatoes, the heirloom tomato blends can act as delicious bases for sauces, soups, sautés, and meat......read more

Senators Deliver Seeds to Arctic

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Chili peppers spice up remote seed vault.

Seven bipartisan U.S. senators recently travelled to an Arctic seed vault to deliver a variety of crop seeds including hot peppers and sorghum. The seeds were placed into the sort of safety deposit box to ensure the preservation of their species in the future. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a 'doomsday' inspired concept that contains seeds of more than 525,000 crop varieties.......read more

Dornith Doherty: Archiving Eden

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An ambitious photo project documents the global effort to preserve biodiversity at seed banks

Spurred by the impending completion of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, Dornith Doherty initiated a photo project in 2008 called Archiving Eden. Her images of the Svalbard bunker set off a broader photographic expedition of seed banking that continues today, with some help from a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellowship. Working with renowned biologists at seed banks around the world, Doherty's......read more

Open Source Movement Spreads to Seeds

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Restriction-free seeds include 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale

Last week, the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) announced the release of 29 new plant varieties that are free of intellectual property (IP) protection. The new seeds, which include varieties of carrots, kale, broccoli and quinoa, can be freely used by anyone as long as they don't restrict use by others through IP protection. Spearheaded by a group of scientists from the University of......read more

AHeirloom State Cutting Boards

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Show some local pride with a state-shaped, bamboo cutting board. $38.00

These great state-shaped cutting boards come complete with custom star or heart engraved over your hometown. Made in Brooklyn by husband-and-wife creative duo AHeirloom, the extensive collection is CNC-milled and made from rapidly renewable Plyboo (an FSC-certified brand of bamboo plywood). There are plenty of states to choose from, check out their Etsy shop to see if your home state is......read more

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