Community Science Program


The Community Science ADAPT program is a fun and exciting way to get involved in Seed Savers Exchange’s mission of preserving and sharing our food crop heritage. Participants in this program trial varieties from the seed bank and send us feedback on their performance. This information helps us better understand the adaptability of these varieties to different environments and guides our selection process for new introductions into our seed catalog.

How It Works

In early January each year, we release details on the trials we’re offering for the upcoming season. Participants select the crop(s) they want to trial and are then randomly assigned three varieties. In the first week of March, we will send you a kit containing your seeds, plant labels, a datasheet, and instructions for submitting your data. We ask that you grow the three varieties side-by-side under the same conditions. We do not require a minimum number of plants. You will be evaluating each variety on a handful of key characteristics, including yield, flavor, earliness, appearance, and disease resistance. Data is submitted via a web platform called SeedLinked, which we have partnered with since 2018.

Join the Program

The 2022 ADAPT Program has closed. Please fill out the interest form and we will be in touch in early January with more information on what trials we're offering and how to participate.

2023 ADAPT Program Sign-up

If you have any questions, please email


SeedLinked is an emerging web platform that seeks to connect gardeners, farmers and plant breeders with information on crop varieties. SeedLinked harnesses the power of collaboration, place-based knowledge, and machine learning to help breed, source, and grow seeds for a more resilient future. The platform provides a user-friendly computer interface as well as a free smartphone app to create a tool and resource that participants in the program can use to track, share, and learn about regional seed and variety performance.

Watch a video about SeedLinked