Over 50 backers have already chosen from a list of online support options from "Friend" (£10) to "Go-Getter" (£500). While supporters are unlikely to receive any direct return on their investment, they participate in trialling the new variety in field, garden and kitchen.
The trust has now set itself a second target of £10,000. According to director of research Dr David Shaw: "Our first target of £5,000 gets us part way to progressing our new variety but the £10,000 total should get us all the way."
The trust's ultimate goal is to gain National List status for the variety, provisionally named Crow.