About Us

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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AUTUMN SEED SWAP - Saturday 5 May, 1.30 - 3.00pm 35 Hassals Lane, Waltham, Christchurch (the former Seven Oaks School site). Look for the signs to follow from the carpark to the tunnel house. Entry is by gold coin donation. Please bring any surplus seeds or plants for the swap table (it is not necessary to bring anything).. GUARDIAN SEED