Become a Member

Together, we are collaborating to ensure heirloom seeds are kept in our gardens and on our tables, for generations to come. This work takes many hands and actions, and there is always room for one more—you.

As a Member, You Are:

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Supporting a Movement

With your membership, you are saying “this work matters”. Through your membership donation and dedicating time and talent to saving and sharing seeds, you move our mission forward.

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Joining In Our Work

Your garden can be part of our conservation work through the Citizen Science Corps—a program that helps us grow and evaluate varieties from our collection. Learn more.

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Part of a Community

When you join Seed Savers Exchange, you are partnering with thousands of other members who grow, save, share, and advocate within their own communities.

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Select the membership amount you wish to contribute:

As of March 1, 2018, our paperless membership increased to $30. If you have any questions, please contact customer service.

  • Memberships are donation-based and every dollar helps support our preservation work and every dollar makes a difference.
  • All memberships are one-year memberships, with the exception of the $1500 membership, which is a lifetime membership.
  • Memberships at all levels receive the same benefits, with the exception of paperless, which includes digital-only copies of our membership publications.

Membership Perks

Special member discounts, including 10% off on purchases from our online store, and member pricing on events and workshops.

Member email updates and our quarterly membership magazine, the Heritage Farm Companion, which is filled with stories from the Seed Savers Exchange community, gardening and seed saving advice, and updates from the organization.

Free or reduced admission to gardens, arboreta, and conservatories through the American Horticultural Society.

Citizen Science Corps: Members are invited to participate in our Citizen Science Corps program and grow out and evaluate varieties from our collection in collaboration with our Preservation team.

NEW PERK: Member Growing Club: Receive access to varieties not available to the public via our catalog/website for free, just for being a member. Learn more.

Give the Gift of Membership

Share the rewards of membership with the purchase of a gift membership card. You can purchase a $30 gift membership card or a $50 gift membership card.

Membership FAQs

Log in to the site using the email address you used to purchase your membership. When you log in, your discount will automatically be activated and you’ll see a 10% discounted price on items.

Nope! You do not need to be a member to shop with us. Everyone is welcome.

The Seed Exchange is our community seed swap. Gardeners list seeds they’ve grown, making them available to other Exchange participants. The Exchange facilitates the sharing of heirloom seeds so that they may be grown and stewarded by more and more people. The Exchange is at the heart of our mission and story.

Go to the Exchange website and log in or create an account. First-time users will need to create a separate login from the one they created on seedsavers.org. (It’s acceptable to create a login setup that matches your account.) Those who joined prior to August 2017 and previously used the Exchange will need to update their password only. You will need to create an account to request or list seeds, or view an Exchange participant's contact information. For questions about the exchange, please email exchange@seedsavers.org.

The Yearbook is a paper copy of what seeds are listed in the Exchange. Seeds can be listed at any time on the Exchange, whereas the Yearbook provides a snapshot. Listings are gathered at the end of a year and printed in a book, much like a phone book. The Yearbook was the original Exchange and existed long before the online Exchange.

Members at the $50 level or above are eligible to receive the paper Yearbook, but you must request it, as it is not automatically sent to eligible members. Please email membership@seedsavers.org to request. (Yearbooks are distributed in January/February.)

Qualifying members are eligible to receive the Yearbook that is issued during the term of their membership. If you join after February (when the current year’s Yearbook is distributed), you are eligible to receive the following calendar year's Yearbook. ie- If you join in March 2018, you will receive the 2019 Yearbook.

All of the listings contained within the Yearbook are accessible on the online Exchange.

The Heritage Farm Companion is our membership magazine. It’s delivered quarterly in approximately March, June, September, and December. If you joined at the $30 level, you will receive a digital edition delivered via e-mail. If you joined at the $50 level or above, you’ll receive the digital edition and a paper copy via mail.

Please send us an email at membership@seedsavers.org and we can update your preferences. (Please note that depending on where we are in our publishing cycle, you may yet receive a print copy.)

Membership Perk: Exclusive Discounts

Join today and receive special member discounts, like 10% off in our online store and member pricing on events.

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