Native American Bulk Seed Exchange Program

NSS Corn Diversity

While the Native American Seed Request provides access to seed packets adequate for small plots, Native Seeds/SEARCH recognizes that many Native American Growers are interested in obtaining larger quantities of seeds for farm-scale growing operations. To address the need for access to larger quantity of seeds, NS/S introduces the Native American Bulk Seed Exchange Program. Providing access to bulk quantities of seeds will allow large quantities of traditional crops to be grown. The Bulk Seed Exchange Program is available for individual Native American farmers or organizations working with indigenous communities.

Interested recipients are encouraged to contact NS/S to discuss the varieties they are interested in growing and the amount of land they wish to have in cultivation. Due to limited quantities, not all varieties in the collection may be available, but we will work with participants to match requests with seed availability. Please contact us at 520-622-0830 or email at info@nativeseeds.org.

Recipients of bulk seed will be asked to save and return 1.5 times the amount of seed to NS/S at the end of the season, if they have a successful harvest. The returned seed will be put toward future Native American Bulk Seed Exchange Requests by additional recipients. The returned seed should only represent a small fraction of the total seed harvested so that participants can have seed to plant in the future. If a harvest was unsuccessful, a seed return is not necessary. Through this agreement, the bulk seed supplies will be continually replenished and the program will be able to expand to supply more growers, thus greatly increasing the availability of traditional seed and foods both within Native communities and throughout the broader Southwest region.

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