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.
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
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.