A national effort is underway to celebrate the beloved but often underappreciated collard. The project aims to build a coalition of seed stewards, gardeners, farmers, chefs, and seed companies working to preserve heirloom collard varieties and their culinary heritage.
It is natural that after seeing all of these incredible collards you will want to grow some of them! The Heirloom Collard Project is working to promote and celebrate these collards, but is not selling them. It is our hope that more and more seed companies will start offering these heirloom collards. Here are some of the places you can start your search: Seed Savers Exchange, Seed Savers Exchange Catalog, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Sow True Seed, and Ujamaa Seeds.
If you are interested in growing some collards then check out the seed companies listed above. If you are a seasoned seed saver then there may be an opportunity to help us regenerate some of these endangered heirloom collard varieties.
We have a supportive Facebook Group to share photos, ideas and inspiration. There are also many experienced collard keepers willing to help out with tips and advice. Follow the link below to join the group, share photos and collard related fun in the garden and on the farm!
We are putting together a community generated collection of collard recipes. Fill in the form linked below to submit your favorite ways to prepare collards, along with some pictures. We’ll add it to the collection of collard focused recipes and lore.
Feel free to send us an email about any of the ways to get involved with the project. We are excited to expand our network. Please note that this project is managed by a collective of interested organizations donating their time to promoting and celebrating and saving collards. We aim to get back to your inquiry within 72hrs.