The mission of Seed Savers Exchange is to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.
Seed Savers Exchange offers an alternative model to big agriculture through its work, 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 SSE.
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