"Heirloom seeds are food awaiting to happen." Dr. William Woys Weaver

Roughwood began out of interest in the diverse world of plants, of family gardening, and the culture and human connection in each seed. We know food, good food, meaningful food, is for everyone. Knowledge about food should be as well, and that leads to our collective empowerment. As Roughwood has grown it has strengthened that commitment to explore our cultural heritage expressed through the garden, and expanded the area of interest to wherever the bonds have grown weak. Roughwood is ready to grow again and sow the values forever present in our work. It is our responsibility to care for these seeds and the stories that accompany them, to bring them to present use. It is our goal to support, cultivate, and publish as much work as possible in our system that remembers food is something to be eaten, not just written about. Through this action we can create a more interesting, diverse, meaningful, and delicious world.



Roughwood Home and Gardens

The Roughwood Table


At Roughwood there has always been the implied tradition that food is culture, values, ethics, and politics. We will support the research and publication of work that illuminates and makes accessible the good that can come from food. The Table will be responsible for:

  • Testing and codifying historic and modern uses of Archive plants

  • Ethnographic and Cultural and Food History focused on

    • Regional Perspectives

    • Homelife

    • Local foodways and traditions, or with global tagental support

  • Examining Food’s Interconnectedness, such as that with

    • Farming

    • Food & Environment

    • Nutrition & Public Health

    • Food & Social Inclusion

    • Rural & Urban Development

    • Sustainability

    • Food & Public Policy

All of our seeds are non-GMO and open sourced. We do not support in any matter GMO companies/individuals, etc. No one working for Roughwood-both Roughwood Table and Roughwood Seed Collection- has ever worked for Monsanto or any other company/entity. We are certain to do background checks to ensure we have the best and most wonderful people on board. Any falsehoods, profanity, mis-information, bullying or harassment will not be tolerated by Roughwood. Please do not contact us with such matters. 

© 2020 The Roughwood Table. All photos, unless noted, and recipes/text are ©  Roughwood Table.

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