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The Seed Savers Exchange

Post  Windmere on 6/23/2013, 7:02 pm

Hello all,

I did a forum search regarding The Seed Savers Exchange and I did not find any specific posts concerning this organization.  So, I had to share what I learned. 

I just discovered them today.  They are awsome!

The organization describes itself as follows:

Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds. Since 1975, our members have been passing on our garden heritage by collecting and distributing thousands of samples of rare garden seeds to other gardeners.

Their website is here:

http://www.seedsavers.org/

I'm guessing many of you have already heard of this organization.  I just found out about them today... so I'm excited to share a link to their website.

Membership in this organization costs $40.00 and low income memberships are $25.00 (both prices for one year ... longer term memberships are available).

This organization has an extensive catalog of heirloom seeds (of all kinds).  While anyone can purchase from this catalog, members receive a 10% discount on their purchases of items from the catalog.

Members will also receive a Yearbook:

Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook, an encyclopedic volume which, in 2013 offers 12,495 unique varieties (and 19,888 total listings) to members from members, making it one of the greatest sources of heirloom varieties in the world. The yearbook is a meeting place where gardeners share what they have grown, and learn from others with similar interests. It is mailed in late January.

*Note: All new/renewing members will receive the Summer Heritage Farm Companion (out early July) as their first publication and will be eligible for the 2014 Yearbook. 2013 Yearbooks are still available for a $5 shipping charge. Contact Seed Savers Exchange to request a copy.

OK... now for something I found to be particularly exciting:

Members are also enrolled in the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP), where they enjoy free admission to nearly 300 participating gardens, arboreta, and conservatories across the U.S. and beyond. Find RAP here, where they have an updated garden list, a downloadable RAP Guide, and an interactive map to find participating locations.

For all of us Georgia residents...  The Atlanta Botanical Garden is included!!!  Regular adult admission to the ABG is $18.95.

Hope this information is useful.  If any of you who are members see that I botched up the information... please chime in.  Smile

Happy gardening!!

Wind
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Post  GWN on 6/23/2013, 7:07 pm

WOW thanks for posting all that info.
Just wanted to chime in to say that the ship to Canada as well, I bought several seeds from them this year Very Happy
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Post  unit649 on 6/23/2013, 7:17 pm

I love Seed Savers and have been buying seeds from them since 2008. The germination rate is always good and have produced beautiful crops. Here is a pic from several years ago of the bounty of my first small garden.
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Post  GWN on 6/23/2013, 8:33 pm

unit 649, ... great picture, ...what is that HUGE red thing to the right and towards the back, is that a brandywine? if so it is HUGE
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Post  unit649 on 6/23/2013, 8:53 pm

GWN
Yes that is a Brandywine Tomato. They were sooo good. Here is a picture of my grandaughter holding one of them.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 7/7/2013, 1:07 am

Very good info, Windmere!  I ordered some Blondkopfchen tomatoes and some Kentucky Wonder pole beans from them, and they sent me a free packet of seeds as a thank-you.  Pretty cool! 

I wonder what those catalogues are like?  I really like the organization in general, and find the site a good read.
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Post  LittleGardener on 7/7/2013, 5:41 am

Amongst us Homeschoolers, we know 100's of families who also order their food seeds from the SSE Very Happy Great resource!
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