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A non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds
Seed Savers Exchange, located on the 890-acre Heritage Farm in Decorah, Iowa, offers an alternative model to big agriculture through encouraging participatory preservation among its 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 its important work by:
- Maintaining thousands of varieties of different plant types–from amaranth to zucchini–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 Seed Savers Exchange.
Seed Savers Exchange is also home to the Robert Becker Memorial Library, which supports the research needs of SSE staff, membership, and visitors. SSE’s website also offers ongoing educational resources with its blog, guidelines for seed saving, and free webinars.
Seed Savers Exchange is the 2015 host of the 47th Annual Meeting of The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL), of which The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library is a proud member.