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Stories from the Seed Bank: Lina Sisco’s Bird Egg Bean
Learn how this flavorful garden favorite was saved from extinction, and found its way back to Lina’s family a decade after she donated it to SSE.Read Story
We built a movement, not a seed company.
Since 1975, we have grown, saved, and shared heirloom seeds and led a movement to protect biodiversity and preserve heirloom varieties. At the heart of our organization is a seed bank that houses a collection of 20,000+ rare, open-pollinated varieties. With gardeners like you, we can get these seeds where they belong—in gardens and on tables everywhere, for generations to come.
When seeds are in our bank, they are protected. When seeds are growing in your garden, they thrive.
Thank you for growing with us.
As a customer, member, or donor, you support our mission and our nonprofit work to...
We steward a collection of 20,000+ rare and heirloom varieties in a seed bank at our Iowa headquarters.
Through our catalog and online store, we get varieties out of our seed bank and growing. Sales support our nonprofit work.
We educate and support community groups and gardeners looking to grow, save, and share seeds.
Our mission is to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.
Members get free seeds, shopping discounts, and more.Join Today!
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As part of the SSE community, you're helping keep heirlooms in our gardens and on our tables. Thanks for being here!