PhD Student at University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Chris Keeve is a seedkeeper, chaotic gardener, and PhD student in Geography at the University of Kentucky. Their work focuses on the political ecologies and cooperative geographies of participatory seed work, especially through lenses of Black, queer, and liberatory ecologies. They’ve been known to write things here and there about seeds, politics, ecology, histories, futures, and materiality.

Why are collards special?

I grew up with them on the table every Sunday. They were a staple of my grandparents’ extensive garden. They’re dense, nutritious, unpretentious, expansive, distinguished. They tell stories about landscapes and creativity and diversity and histories and futures.

What’s Your Favorite Way To Eat Collards?

I usually roll them, chop them, and braise them with some mushrooms sauteed in butter. Throw in garlic and lemon juice, let it simmer, add whatever seasoning comes to mind.

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Chris Keeve - Collard Seedlings