About the Southern Seed Exchange

We are a charitable trust with over 200 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.

We have two forms of membership:
i) Standard membership costs $25 / $15 (low income) per year. Members are able to order up to 10 packets of seed from generally available seed in our seed list. Members are not obligated to save or return seed (but we encourage you to give it a go!)
ii) Guardian membership costs $15 per year and is for members who have made a commitment to look after one or more of our cultivars, and return seed to us. Cultivars requiring guardians are listed in our seed list. Guardian membership also applies when you gift a local/heritage cultivar to the exchange.

We have about 500 different cultivars (some in poor state due to age and not being maintained by anyone). We encourage growing using organic methods.

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