East Bay Community Seed Project

The East Bay Seed Project is a community initiative empowering gardeners to adapt some of their favorite garden crops to their local environments and community flavor preferences. Each year, gardeners choose three crops to grow collaboratively. During the growing process, gardeners encourage cross-pollination between varieties to increase the genetic diversity and health of the next generation of plants. At the end of the growing season, gardeners save seeds from the healthiest plants with the earliest and tastiest fruit or beans. This process makes adaptation to local conditions possible.

Ultimately this project will lead to resilient, nutrient dense and community-selected food crops, whose seeds are freely available to any gardener that wants to grow them.

The East Bay seed project was collaboratively spearheaded by the Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library, Urban Tilth and Going to Seed. We invite anybody in the East Bay to join the Google group to connect with a community of local gardeners and stay updated about future events and opportunities for involvement.

Upcoming Events

Community Seed Exchange : November 11th, 2023 noon to three pm at the Richmond High School Learning Garden

Join the Google group and stay updated about future events and opportunities. 

Crops selected  

Runner Beans

Seeds were contributed by Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library and included Scarlett Runner, Sunset Runner, Tarahumara White Bordal, Ayocote Negro, and Tekomari Tarahumara Runner. 


Seeds were from the Going to Seeds project “contributed by gardeners from varied climates, grown without coddling, and encouraged to promiscuously pollinate. They include genetics from hundreds of varieties.”

Moschata winter squash

Seeds were selected by Joseph Lofthouse in Paradise, Utah of the earliest, with dry, dark orange (nutritious flesh). This landrace matures several weeks earlier than other varieties in coastal (cool summer) Caspar, CA where they were grown in 2022.