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.
"Seed Savers Exchange's ADAPT Program is a highlight for me each growing season. I love getting to grow heirloom varieties from SSE's seed bank and provide my feedback on them so that the preservation team can decide what varieties to introduce to future SSE catalogs. The ADAPT program makes me feel like I am actively participating in Seed Savers Exchange's mission of getting more people to grow and be educated about heirloom seeds."
“Living in sunny Columbia, South Carolina I greatly enjoyed the ADAPT trials as an urban farmer in the Pinehurst neighborhood.”
“Being part of ADAPT gives me insights into different vegetable varieties and the joy of seeing them grow. It also guides me to look at gardening with a more scientific approach which only advances my gardening interest further.”