Member-Grower Evaluation Network

We grow hundreds of plant varieties at Heritage Farm each year. Our ability to evaluate their performance is limited to Iowa, but SSE varieties are distributed to growers around the world. In an effort to build a larger base of information on each variety, the Member-Grower Evaluation Network was established in 2011.


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M-GEN is an opportunity for dedicated SSE members to participate in our plant evaluation process. Participants, who are volunteer SSE members, grow and observe select varieties for us. They are asked to provide plant characteristics, performance data, and photographs of each variety throughout the growing season. Data collected by participants will be shared through our online yearbook or on the SSE website, benefiting all SSE members by providing region-specific information on each Collection variety.

If you are interested in being an M-GEN participant, please contact us at

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