Southern Seed Exchange
We are a charitable trust with run by a small team of volunteers based in Christchurch. We facilitate the exchange of seeds between gardeners by receiving seeds from seed saving gardeners (guardians) and producing online seed lists for members. We encourage members to become seed guardians to ensure the ongoing supply of seed.
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. We focus on the temperate and cool mountain climate zones of New Zealand.
The membership year is from 1 August to 31 July. Only financial members can order seed and access information and workshops. We also hold twice yearly seed swaps in spring and autumn in Christchurch open to the public.