Endangered Vegetable Project

You can Help Save Endangered Vegetables!

300,000 vegetable varieties have become extinct over the last century.

Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity

Eat It to Save It

Support farmers who grow heirloom vegetables from the Ark of Taste!   Slow Food WiSE takes pride in growers in our region who are saving endangered vegetables. Pinehold Gardens, Afterglow Farm, Hedgerow Farms, and Earth Harvest Farms are run by a growing number of area farmers devoted to safeguarding our food heritage.  To search for more farmers and producers offering products that have been boarded onto the Ark of Taste, search Local Harvest.  And, of course, check out your local farmers’ market – many growers try new variteies each year and appreciate your feedback (and your purchases.)

Grow It to Save It

Whether in a front yard, a community garden plot, a school garden, in a pot, or in your own backyard; growing endangered foods you can help save these foods from extinction.

In seasons past, the Boerner Botanical Gardens has showcased vegetables from the Ark of Taste-the Beaver Dam Pepper, Fish Pepper, Early Blood Rooted Beet, Jimmy Nardello’s Sweet Italian Frying pepper, Red Fig Tomato, and the Amish Paste Tomato. You can grow these and other Ark of Taste vegetables in your gardens as well!

US Ark of Taste– Saving Cherished Foods, One Product at a Time

To qualify for the US Ark of Taste, food products must be:

  • Outstanding in terms of taste
  • At risk
  • Sustainably produced
  • Culturally or historically linked
  • Produced in limited quantities