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Seed Savers Exchange

Seed Savers Exchange
Seed Savers Exchange logo
Seed Savers Exchange logo.
Abbreviation SSE
Formation 1975 (1975)
Founder Diane Ott Whealy and Kent Whealy
Headquarters "Heritage Farm": 3094 North Winn Rd, Decorah, Iowa 52101, USA
Region served
All 50 United States and internationally[1]
Products Seeds, plants, gardening tools and resources
Services Facilitates an online seed swap
13,000 members[1]
About $5 million USD[2]
Mission "to conserve and promote America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants."[3]
Website .orgseedsavers

Seed Savers Exchange, or SSE is a non-profit organization based near Decorah, Iowa, that preserves heirloom plant varieties through regeneration, distribution and seed exchange. It is one of the largest nongovernmental seedbanks in the United States.[4] The mission of SSE is to preserve the world’s diverse but endangered garden heritage for future generations by building a network of people committed to collecting, conserving, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants, and educating people about the value of genetic and cultural diversity. Since 1975, Seed Savers has produced an annual yearbook of members’ seed offerings, as well as multiple editions of The Garden Seed Inventory, and The Fruit, Nut and Berry Inventory. SSE also publishes Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners. The nonprofit has sold seeds to about 600 retail stores in the United States and Canada.[2]


  • History 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The SSE was founded by Diane Ott Whealy and

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SSE is involved in a seed donation program for schools and community gardens.[2]

In December 2007, Seed Savers Exchange made an inaugural deposit of nearly 500 varieties to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault that opened on February 26, 2008 in Svalbard, Norway.[5] It was the only citizen-led group in the United States to contribute to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault for opening day.[6] SSE also has seeds at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation located in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.[2]

It is headquartered at the 890-acre (3.6 km2) Heritage Farm,[1] located six miles from ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan. At Heritage Farm, more than 25,000 rare fruit, vegetable, and plant varieties are regenerated, refrigerated and preserved in a central collection. It has its own underground seed vault held at below-freezing temperatures.[2] Heritage Farm keeps a historical record of each variety it maintains.[2] A herd of White Park Cattle as well as 900 apple tree varieties are also maintained on the farm.[2] Heritage Farm holds a visitors' center that offers events and classes.[2]

Today, it has more than 13,000 members worldwide,[4] passing on more than one million seed samples and distributing over 20,000 varieties of endangered seeds.[2] The SSE publishes a list of members' seeds annually in the Seed Savers Yearbook, complete with a description of the crop and its known history.[4]

[2] SSE began a commercial seed catalog in 2000.[2]

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