As a project of the non-profit Center for Food Safety, GSN is dedicated to connecting people and communities who want to preserve plant biodiversity by growing, saving, and sharing diverse varieties of edible and ornamental plants.

Conserving seed diversity is critical to ensuring food security and agricultural viability in the future. Even as organic and agroecological farming systems are proven to halt the processes of climate chaos, local and regional climates have been affected. By sharing and exchanging seeds grown in areas around the world, users can find seeds that will thrive in their unique or changing conditions.

Small Farmers and Gardeners

Join the seed network and start sharing and exchanging seeds with your neighbors around the globe.

Institutions and Organizations

GSN helps non-profits, NGOs and research institutions search a global database of available seed stock. GSN enables advanced searching, saving seed profiles, and the ability to follow member profiles.

The Public, Teachers, and Students

GSN provides a wealth of information about seed saving and growing tips. GSN also educates the public about the importance of plant biodiversity, food security, and public control of seed stock.

“As the barriers to small seed savers become ever more onerous, expanding non-profit open access to seeds is critical. CFS has created this open-source platform to empower individuals and groups to contribute to a shared knowledge based on seed saving with the goal of creating an independent seed supply.”

- Andrew Kimbrell, Center for Food Safety Executive Director

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Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a national non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic, local, humane, socially just, and biodiverse agriculture. CFS utilizes multiple tools and strategies in fulfilling its mission, including legal and policy initiatives, scientific research, public education, and grassroots organizing. As an advocate for farmers, the environment, and consumers across the United States, CFS plays a vital role in ensuring the integrity of the food we eat.


Center for Food Safety is grateful to Avaaz for their support for the Global Seed Network.

Avaaz is a global campaign movement empowering millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues, from corruption and poverty to conflict and climate change.