Since 1975, Seed Savers Exchange has protected the biodiversity of our food system by preserving rare, heirloom, and open-pollinated seeds in our seed bank and encouraging gardeners and farmers worldwide to grow, harvest, save, and share heirloom seeds.
The SSE website, www.seedsavers.org, is a critical component of this important work, and its redesign promises a more straightforward and rewarding user experience. Specifically, the new design supports Seed Savers Exchange’s nonprofit mission with easier navigation to educational materials and information on SSE’s multifaceted approach to heirloom seed/variety preservation— in situ (home gardens) through Community Science programs and external partnerships, and ex situ (seed bank) stewarding at its Heritage Farm headquarters in Decorah, Iowa.
The website contains new information on the collection—20,000-plus seed varieties, 1,200 varieties of apple trees, 700-plus potato varieties, and 200-plus garlic varieties—recipes, and stewardship stories. Many of the heirloom seeds in our collection have been grown and preserved by generations of families, each with their own compelling stories of why they saved the seeds. Sharing these stories, part of SSE’s mission since its start, facilitates connection through shared cultural experiences and keeps this important part of history alive.
Seed Savers Exchange aims to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in gardening and seed saving and facilitate their ability to grow healthy, heirloom food. Visitors to the website are encouraged to explore the shop, preservation, and education centers. Interested in supporting Seed Savers Exchange’s work in preserving the biodiversity of our food system? Check out the membership section to learn more about sustaining support.
Seed Savers Exchange, located north of Decorah, Iowa, stewards America’s culturally diverse and endangered garden and food crop legacy for present and future generations. The nonprofit educates and connects people through collecting, regenerating, and sharing heirloom seeds, plants, and stories.