Seed Savers Exchange

We are temporarily not accepting new orders.

Due to a sharp increase in seed orders, we are not accepting new orders at this time. We are still shipping previously placed orders and will open ordering back up again once we catch up. For a local source of Seed Savers Exchange seeds, please visit one of our Seed Rack partners near you.

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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.

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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.

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As a customer, member, or donor, you support our mission and our nonprofit work to...

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We steward a collection of 20,000+ rare and heirloom varieties in a seed bank at our Iowa headquarters.

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Through our catalog and online store, we get varieties out of our seed bank and growing. Sales support our nonprofit work.

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We educate and support community groups and gardeners looking to grow, save, and share seeds.

Our work relies on you.

Together, we can ensure these varieties are around for generations to come. Join our community today.

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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.

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