Kitchen Cultivars

Regionally produced seed varieties that deserve to be "known and grown" for their agronomic and culinary value.

The Hudson Valley Seed Library team at Glynwood's Farm Business Incubator, planting Kitchen Cultivars for our 2016 grow-out. Photo by Ethan Harrison.

The Hudson Valley Seed Library team at Glynwood’s Farm Business Incubator, planting Kitchen Cultivars for our 2016 grow-out. Photo by Ethan Harrison.

Kitchen Cultivars focuses on a fundamental resource for Hudson Valley farming: seeds. In partnership with Seedshed, we facilitate collaboration among farmers and culinary professionals to increase the planting and popularity of delicious crops that are well suited to the region’s ecology and cultures.  We create taste experiences for the public, while simultaneously building seed supply and market demand for these distinctive foods.

Our first “grow-out” was in 2015 of Hank’s X-tra Special Baking Bean, a nearly extinct legume hailing from Ghent, New York, that is now back in rotation. Twice as many local growers participated the second year, when seventeen farms in the Hudson Valley produced one or both of the Bridge to Paris Pepper and the Long Island Cheese Pumpkin.