About Us

The Southern Seed Exchange is a charitable trust with about 250 members and run by a small team of volunteers. We facilitate the exchange of seeds between gardeners by receiving seeds from seed saving gardeners and producing seed lists for members. We provide information on seed saving.

We are interested in local cultivars (cultivars which have adapted to their locality), occasionally finding seed saved by individuals for years and years. We are also interested in lesser known nutritious food plants. Most of the seed on our seed lists would be classified as local cultivars, and some as heritage or heirloom cultivars, seed that is no longer available commercially, some of which have been saved in a family for a number of generations.

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2016 Spring Seed Swap – Saturday 3rd September at Seven Oaks School, Hassals Lane, Christchurch, between 2pm to 3.30pm. Cost is $2 donation (to go towards the cost of the room). Annual General Meeting. To be held at 1.00pm prior to the seed swap, so come along and have your say, then attend the seed swap. The agenda and accounts will be sent out in due course.