Links to principal non-profit, public interest seed saver organisations throughout the world which conserve and distribute heritage and heirloom varieties of seeds, often through volunteer seed guardians

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Australia: The Seed Savers Network
Promoting and organising the preservation, free distribution and exchange of open-pollinated seeds.
Canada: British Columbia Organic Seeds
An activity of a project of FarmFolk/CityFolk supporting BC's organic seed growers. Information about events, seed saving workshops and other activities in British Columbia including "Seedy Saturdays" for seed exchanges. Resources available for download. Database of available varieties.
Canada: Seeds of Diversity
Canada's Heritage Seed Program - a non-profit group of gardeners who save seeds from rare and unusual garden plants for the purpose of preserving varieties in a living gene bank
Declaration to protect rights to save seeds in Europe and against (2013) European Commission proposals to change EU seed laws that would affect the food sovereignty, biodiversity, food security, and the health of European citizens.
France: Kokopelli Seeds
Website provides access to the resources of Kokopelli which aims to protect biodiversity and produce organic seeds. Includes mission, history, and links to resources (in French).
Ireland: Irish Seed Savers Association
A voluntary organisation dedicated to the location and preservation of traditional varieties of grains, fruits and vegetables. Site has current seed lists and project information.
Mexico / USA: Native Seeds/SEARCH
Site records work of NS/S to conserve, distribute and document the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seed, their wild relatives and the role these seeds play in cultures of the American Southwestern and northwest Mexico. Project reports, seeds for sharing and links included.
New Zealand: Koanga Institute
Details about its practical and educational work to establish and maintain a collection of New Zealand Heirloom plants (along with records of their history and culture) to ensure their survival and availability for future generations both as a resource for cultivation and genetic diversity.
New Zealand: Nelson Seed Savers
Established at the "Top of the South" Nelson and Golden Bay, New Zealand to support genetic diversity at a time when it is under threat. Links to resources.
UK: Garden Organic Heritage Seed Library
Details of UK's premier organic vegetable seed bank that aims to conserve and make available vegetable varieties that have been dropped from popular seed catalogues as well as some landraces and a large number of family heirloom varieties that have never been in a catalogue. 800 accessions of open-pollinated varieties are maintained on site and by 'Seed Guardians' and about 40,000 seed packets are made available to members each year.
UK: Plants for a Future
A resource centre for rare and unusual plants, particularly those which have edible, medicinal or other uses. Details of sites in SW England. Comprehensive search engine for UK and US databases.
USA: Native Seed Network
Site covers much of the wild and domesticated flora of utility to humans, and their ecosystems,in the USA. Many links to sister sites of importance. Seed exchange facilitated through site.
USA: Seed Savers Exchange
SSE is saving heirloom garden seeds from extinction that gardeners and farmers brought to North America when their families immigrated, as well as traditional varieties grown by Native Americans, Mennonites and Amish. Information, links and catalogues on website.
USA: Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Workshops, information and links about heirloom and other open-pollinated vegetables that grow well in the southeastern U.S.
USA: Southern Seed Legacy
Website describes activities at University of Georgia that conserve the legacy of seeds and knowledge unique to the ethnic groups (inc. Vietnamese) and bioregions of the southern United States. Seed swap information posted.
USA: The Victory Horticultural Portal
an Oregon-based not-for-profit site dedicated to preserving rare seed varieties along with our collective horticultural heritage. Features include historical information and a forum for fostering community.
Worldwide: International Seed Saving Institute
Free online seed saving instructions. ISSI is dedicated to seed-saving education and self-reliance for peoples world-wide. Also offers O.P. seeds.
Worldwide: Seed Exchanges - Swapping Seeds with Like Minded Gardeners collection of sites on seed saving. Links to several key seed swap resources.
Worldwide: Seedsaving and Seedsavers' Resources
Comprehensive directory of web resources on seed saving - includes a section on books on seedsaving

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