Community Science Opportunities

Mission Statement: To regenerate and evaluate collection varieties by engaging a diverse community of gardeners and farmers.

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Have you ever wanted to help select the new varieties that are introduced in the Seed Savers Exchange catalog? This is your chance! Through the ADAPT program, you have the opportunity to grow unique varieties from the SSE collection and send feedback about their performance on such traits as productivity, disease resistance, and flavor. Using your feedback, we’ll determine which varieties to introduce in our seed catalog.

Learn About ADAPT
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Join the Seed Savers Exchange community by becoming a RENEW grower! The RENEW program is our volunteer seed saving program where participants grow a special variety from the collection and send saved seed back to SSE to preserve and share. By participating in this program you are helping us to effectively steward the seed bank and celebrate the unique varieties housed in the living collection.

Learn About RENEW