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Listen to our co-founder, Diane Ott Whealy, on a recent episode of +MrsGreensWorld, "Saving Seeds for Future Generations"

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"If we don't share germplasm and freely exchange it, then we will limit our ability to improve the crop,"
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Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
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How are your writing skills? We could us a little help getting some 'cred' on the +GreatNonprofits page. Write a review of Seed Savers Exchange on @GreatNonprofits http://gr8np.org/go/yzu . Thanks!
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Great start to our apple grafting workshops today at Heritage Farm!

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+Kelly Fitzgerald Check out a past blog post, Kelly! Two videos are included to help you along. :-)

http://blog.seedsavers.org/apple-grafting/
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Behind the scenes at Seed Savers Exchange #3. Following seeds through the Preservation department - seed cleaning, data collection, tasting, and germination testing.

http://blog.seedsavers.org/winter-internship/

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While most people think the winter is some sort of off-season for Seed Saver Exchange, winter intern Toby Cain can tell you about a few of the many tasks that keep our staff busy during the snowy season.
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Today at 12pm MST, Diane Ott Wheatley, Co-founder and Vice President, +Seed Savers Exchange  - http://bit.ly/1oRTVo7 
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Thanks to +QUEST Science and for the great video and story about saving and sharing seeds!

"We should worry because without genetic diversity, an unexpected disease, tough growing season, or invasive pest can easily devastate a whole species. If that happens to be one of the handful of species on which our national food supply currently depends, the results could be disastrous."

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In this video, a public library in Wisconsin joins the global movement to help secure the future of our food supply.
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Right back at you, +Seed Savers Exchange. Keep up the good work. 

FYI, people can also now watch the video on our YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/vxVROu_kwOE
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Who's 'painting their garden' with flowers? Check out some favorites in our latest post - 
http://blog.seedsavers.org/fabulous-heirloom-flowers/

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There is something about heirloom flowers that makes your garden feel like home. Here are some of our favorites, maybe yours made the list!
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Superb herbs! Top 10 list for 2014. Which are your favorites?

http://blog.seedsavers.org/superb-heirloom-herbs/

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If you're looking for some organic and heirloom herbs for your garden this year, we put together a handy list including some of our must-have herb varieties.
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Behind the scenes at Seed Savers Exchange #2. Our Preservation Manager, Tim Johnson, discusses the 'two seasons' of the department.

What are they? Read on...

http://blog.seedsavers.org/two-seasons/

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For the Manager of our Preservation department at Seed Savers Exchange, the calendar year is better described by two seasons: field season and getting-ready-for-field season.
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Non-profit dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom and open-pollinated seeds
Introduction
Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom and open-pollinated seeds. Since 1975, our members have been passing on our garden heritage by collecting and distributing thousands of samples of rare garden seeds to other gardeners. 

Our Work

Seed Savers Exchange offers an alternative model to big agriculture through our work, encouraging participatory preservation among our members, and by signing the safe seed pledge.

Seed Savers Exchange knows that the future of our planet depends on a genetically diverse food supply and carries out our important work by:

  • Maintaining thousands of varieties of different plant types-from amaranth to watermelon-in one of the largest seed banks of its kind in North America.

  • Regenerating seed in isolation gardens and storing them in ideal conditions.

  • Documenting valuable cultural information on varieties and their histories.

  • Distributing heirloom varieties to members and the public through the Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook and the Seed Savers Exchange Catalog.

  • Storing varieties in back-up locations at the USDA Seed Bank in Fort Collins, CO and at Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. These off-site deposits remain the property of SSE.

    Our mission is supported by donations, memberships, sales, sponsorships and grants.