FREE Ark of Taste seed for School Gardens

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Does your school garden want to plant Ark of Taste crops?


Slow Food USA has another great opportunity for everyone to acquire some more Ark of Taste seeds for their gardens.  Thanks to our partnership with Baker Creek Seeds and Chipotle Mexican Grill, we have a surplus of two Ark of Taste seeds that can be planted around the country:

Amish Deer Tongue  Lettuce

Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce

Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce, also known as Matchless lettuce, dates back to 1840. The name, deer tongue, comes from its pointed leaves that are triangularly shaped with green straight edges.  Because of its heat tolerance, it is said to be less prone to bolting under high temperatures. The lettuce has a thin midrib, good texture and wonderful flavor that is pleasantly sharp. This plant is great for home gardeners as it is tolerant of different climates.


Mayflower Bean

Mayflower Bean

The Mayflower Bean arrived in the US in the 1620s with the settlers on the Mayflower. After its initial introduction to the Americas, the bean was widely circulated among the people of the Carolina region of the country. The Mayflower plant has short pods that hold the small, square shaped beans. The beans are a beautiful creamy color with dark-red spec.


To receive one of each of the Ark of Taste seed packets for your school garden, email with the following information:


Shipping address:

Name of school where seeds will be planted:

Address of school:

There is no cost to these seeds or for shipping.  The seeds will be mailed in a standard envelope within 3-5 days of receiving the necessary information. 



Thanks for helping Slow Food USA distribute these important seeds around the country!

Slow Regards,

Andy, Lauren and Hope

Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program


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