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Keeping heirloom seeds in our gardens and on our tables.

Founded in 1975

Seed Savers Exchange's Mission

Seed Savers Exchange stewards America’s culturally diverse and endangered garden and food crop legacy for present and future generations. We educate and connect people through collecting, regenerating, and sharing heirloom seeds, plants, and stories.


Our mission is dependent on you.

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

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Connection is sown in community.

Seed Savers Exchange offers a mix of virtual and in-person events throughout the year. Learn from our knowledgeable staff as well as experienced growers and seed savers in our network, and support our nonprofit mission to save America’s heirloom seeds.

A metal storage tin holding seed packets sits outdoors on a blue tablecloth next to a small calendar, a green gourd, and small pumpkins. Various seeds are scattered on the table.

Start with a Seed

March 2, 2024 / Heritage Farm, 3074 North Winn Rd, Decorah, IA 52101


Recent Articles

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Education and Engagement Manager

SSE’s is seeking an Education and Engagement Manager. This is a highly collaborative position that works closely with all SSE departments and works to build relationships and community by collaborating with individuals and organizations in the larger seed community. Education and Engagement projects and initiatives include all SSE educational events (conferences, tours, and workshops), educational farm and garden signage, the Community Seed Network and Speaker’s Bureau.  

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‘Mother Mary’s Pie’ Melon Pie

Recipe submitted by Diane Ott Whealy, SSE co-founder and board member. In 1997, a Minnesota family donated the small, round ‘Mother Mary’s Pie’ melon to Seed Savers Exchange. Named after the donor’s mother, this melon was grown by three generations of the family since about 1914 and frequently used in pies.

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