In this year’s Citizen Seed Trial, we are comparing 3 established varieties with 3 breeding populations. We are looking at the Soleil Orange cherry tomato vs. a F3 dwarf population (original cross between a Mexico Midget X Summertime Green); Dazzling Blue kale vs. Winter Rainbow; and a Blacktail Mountain watermelon vs. a breeding population of 22x varieties. Participants are using a ranking system out of 5 stars for each evaluation criterion and are comparing the varieties of the same crop against each other. Participants are evaluating the performance of germination, vigour, earliness, winter hardiness, pest resistance, and more. This gives us and the participants an idea of what traits to select for when breeding and which varieties people prefer to grow. The Citizen Seed Trial is also (and mostly) a tool for backyard gardeners to practice growing food, saving seeds, and trying their hand at plant breeding.