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Start a Community Seed Project

Across the country, people are reclaiming seed as a public resource for local food and gardening communities. We encourage you to start your own community seed project, and keep this amazing momentum growing. Our Community Seed Toolkit resources are free, adaptable, informative, and meant to be shared, just like seed. Whether you are a beginner seed saver or long-time organizer of seed projects, these downloads will help guide you through the steps needed to develop seed projects that fit your community.


In addition to the resources below, we have a limited supply of physical toolkits to grant to school, community and other educational gardens that incorporate seed saving practices. These kits include wood framed seed screens, seed envelopes, and labels. If you have a community seed project and are interested in receiving a free kit, please fill out this
brief application.

January 10, 2014:  We are temporarily halting applications for  physical toolkits. We will be continuing this program via a new nonprofit partnership that will expand the educational resources offered to community seed projects. We hope to have this relaunched in late spring of 2014.  You can still download the resources below. 


Six Tips for
Saving Seed

A simple one page guide to get started.

Seed Saving Chart

A handy reference of isolation distances, plant population sizes and other useful seed saving information for common garden vegetables.

How to
Organize a Seed Swap

The benefits of seed swaps are being rediscovered by a new generation of plant people. People are gathering to discover new diversity for their gardens and farms, sharing stories and knowledge along with the seed. Seed Swaps are a great way to gather gardeners interested in starting other community seed projects.

How to
Organize Community Seed Gardens

Seed saving can occur in any garden, but a community space dedicated to seed creates amazing opportunities beyond what any single seed saver can accomplish. A seed garden can supply seeds for local gardeners, seed swaps, and local seed banks – as well as serve as a site for seed saving trainings.

How to Organize
a Community Seed Bank

Local seed banks serve as headquarters for saving the diversity of seeds that make up the foundation of resilient local food systems. The help highlight the value of locally adapted seed; educate communities on gardening, seed saving, and breeding for local needs; and expand the diversity of people involved in seed stewardship.