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The Southern Seed Exchange is a charitable trust with about 250 members and run by a small team of volunteers. We facilitate the exchange of seeds between gardeners by receiving seeds from seed saving gardeners and producing seed lists for members. We provide information on seed saving.

We are interested in local cultivars (cultivars which have adapted to their locality), occasionally finding seed saved by individuals for years and years. We are also interested in lesser known nutritious food plants. Most of the seed on our seed lists would be classified as local cultivars, and some as heritage or heirloom cultivars, seed that is no longer available commercially, some of which have been saved in a family for a number of generations.

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Sunday 9th April at Seven Oaks School, 35 Hassals Lane, Opawa, Christchurch 1.30pm until 3.00pm. Cost is a gold coin donation. Please bring any surplus seeds or plants you may have to go on the swap table. If you are unable to bring anything to swap then an additional gold coin donation would be appreciated. IF YOU HAVE GUARDIAN SEED TO RETURN (OR SURPLUS SEED which has been grown from seed originally supplied from the Seed Exchange), please do not place on the swap table - a separate guardian seed table will be there for you to hand in these seeds. Please label your seed with the name, accession number [if known], year of harvest and your name. Membership is free for the 2017-2018 year for those returning seed.