Curate a Crop

Thank you for your interest in our “Curate a Crop” program, welcome!

Please, GROW A ROW for yourself, and for our city libraries.

This program is designed after Slow Food Sonoma County North’s annual “grow out” of 30 Ark vegetable varieties best suited for their county’s growing conditions distributes seeds to local growers who volunteer to promote their use and their history in our local food communities.

We want to identify dedicated seed savers in our area to be part of a group of committed growers for a California Heritage bean.

The goal is to locate a number of committed gardeners that would be interested in restoring this heritage bean; i.e. commit to growing and saving this bean. Your beans will help the seed supply our local city libraries. …where we encourage others to “check out” the seeds (as you would a book), and return your ‘new’ seeds the following year.

We might need 50 growers to grow 1 pound.

Petaluma Gold Rush Bean

“Petaluma Gold Rush Bean,” photo courtesy of: fromseedtotable.blogspot.com

Slow Food South Bay invites you to save a local Heritage bean:

Petaluma Gold Rush Bean

This bean is in the process of being boarded on our “Ark of Taste” – an international catalog of over 4,000 heritage endangered foods. The Slow Food Russian River chapter put this on that list, and so far it is on the U.S. list and is waiting review by the International Ark Commission.

It has been grown in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 150 years. The story tells of a Portuguese whaler, who was sailing from Peru and jumping ship in San Francisco during the Gold Rush era. He brought with him this bean and began farming.

The bean is described as an attractive multi-purpose bean: snap and dry bean. Petaluma Gold Rush beans have a creamy texture but hold their shape. The flavor is full and meaty; good in soups and salads.

This bean is described in “100 Vegetables and Where They Came From,” by William Woys; Weaver, 2000 pgs. 176-178.

Perhaps you would like to help curate this crop. Sign up for seeds and if successful, return a pound of the Petaluma Gold Rush Bean.

Donate five dollars for the Petaluma Gold Rush Bean seed. If you bring back a pound of seeds, we will return your five dollars.

Want your beans? …please contact us:    info@slowfoodsouthbay.org

Our goal is to raise #50 pounds, for the Silicon Valley Grows! One Seed, One Community to give to the “Seed Libraries,” at our local city libraries, and to local farms and gardens  …to help reestablish the Petaluma Gold Rush Bean.

Definition “Curate” – select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition).

Petaluma Gold Rush Bean:

San Jose to Petaluma, 90 miles

Petaluma Gold Rush Bean is available but dear. It can be found at:

http://www.victoryseeds.com/bean_petaluma-gold- rush.html
(from Oregon)

http://www.naturalgardening.com/Petaluma-Gold- Rush-Bean- OG/productinfo/2606/
(from North Bay)

A good description can be found at:

http://fromseedtotable.blogspot.com/2014/10/variety-spotlight- petaluma-gold- rush.html


We want to identify dedicated seed savers in our area to be part of a group of committed growers for a California Heritage bean.

The goal is to locate a number of committed gardeners that would be interested in restoring this heritage bean; i.e. Commit to growing and saving this bean.

Petaluma Gold Rush Bean (San Jose to Petaluma, 90 miles)

We might need 50 growers to grow 1 pound.

Slow Food Sonoma County North has an annual “grow out” of 30 Ark vegetable varieties best suited for their county’s growing conditions distributes seeds to local growers who volunteer to promote their use and their history in our local food communities.

Petaluma Gold Rush Bean

“Petaluma Gold Rush Bean,” photo courtesy of: fromseedtotable.blogspot.com

 

 

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The Ark of Taste is an international catalogue of endangered heritage foods which is maintained by the global Slow Food movement. The Ark is designed to preserve at-risk foods that are sustainably produced, unique in taste, and part of a distinct ecoregion.