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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Hi all fellow seed savers, just to let you know some of the things happening in my garden right now in case it inspires, informs and motivates you to indulge in the wonderful pasttime of seed-saving. I saw a webpage recently promoting the new "SEED" documentary that stated we have already lost 95% of the diversity of food crops worldwide over the last century. That is an astonishing factoid and judging by the low or lost seedlist Sharon distributed a few weeks ago, even our combined effort to do something about keeping some of the remaining diversity is in jeopardy. So as we go into spring and you are collecting your seeds up for sowing bear in mind that we can all do this, nature takes care of the work, we just have to plan ahead, be observant, patient and diligent in our cooperation with her, and collect the seeds when they are ready. And we can share, many plants saved for seed still yield some edible parts.