Step 1: Become a Member

Sign-up here to take advantage of the full array of sharing and connecting opportunities offered by the Global Seed Network. It only takes a minute. Provide information on your geographic location, growing conditions, climate, elevation, soil, and experience saving seeds.

  • Request seeds from other members.
  • Save seed profiles to your favorites list.
  • Follow members and receive notifications when they post new seeds.
  • Ask questions on our community Forum.

Step 2: Post Your Seeds to Share

If you have seeds that you have saved from plants in your garden or on your farm, provide details here on the type, variety, amount, and growing conditions for your seeds. Please share as much information as you can about your seed, such as the soil type and conditions, water requirements, or the resiliency or susceptibility to common pests and diseases. This will help ensure your seeds are displayed when other members search the network based on particular species, their specific growing conditions, or desirable attributes.

Step 3: Search for Seeds

Use the search tool on the home page to search for varieties that other Global Seed Network members have posted. The toolbar allows you to "Search Seeds by Crop or Use," indicating the types of seeds you are looking for by crop types (e.g. Tomato, Carrot, Lettuce/Salad Greens, Root Vegetables), by sub-classification or variety of crops (e.g. Beefsteak, Cherry, or Globe Tomato, or Curly, Lacinato, or Redbor Kale), by plant attributes (e.g. Drought Tolerance, Light Preference, Soil Type, or Disease Resistance), or by climate region. Use all four pull-downs to narrow your search, or a single pull-down to search all available seeds for a particular crop, set of attributes, or climate region. Using the home page toolbar, you can also "Browse Seeds by Climate Region" to find seeds that have been cultivated and adapted to particular climate types or conditions. You can also "Find Seeds in Your Local Area" to explore the seeds saved by your neighbors and community.

Step 4: Browse and Filter Your Search Results

Seeds that meet more of your desired search criteria for climate, disease resistance, or growing conditions will be displayed at the top of the results page. Convenient filters let you quickly sort seeds that are better suited for lower water requirements, or higher temperatures, or early germination.

Step 5: See Detailed Information on Growing Conditions and Crop Traits

View in-depth seed profiles showing water requirements, ideal temperature, light, and soil conditions as well as information about where the plant was cultivated. Seed profiles also include harvest and crop information such as number of days from germination to harvest, plant size, crop yield, and flavor. If a seed has the desired traits you are looking for you can contact the member to request seeds. Most members offer seeds to share for free or trade. Some members may request the funds necessary to cover shipping costs. If the seeds are provided by a commercial seller follow the link to their online catalog where you can purchase the seeds.

Step 6: Receive Seeds and Follow Applicable Seed Import Laws

Once you have settled on the amount of seeds you need and the sender has available to share you will need to make sure you are following all applicable laws regarding seed importation. Helpful tips can be found in our Legal Requirements section. Depending on where you live, your local department of agriculture may have laws regulating the transport of seed across state and national borders, including which plants are of greatest concern, what quantities are permissible, what forms to submit, and what information may be required on the packaging. Seeds posted to the GSN by individual members are available free of charge. GSN never collects fees for seed transactions. The seed sharer reserves the right to decide not to send the requested seeds if an agreement with which they are satisfied cannot be reached or if they have agreed to send the seed to another GSN member. There is no requirement that you must provide seeds in direct exchange. However, in order for the network to thrive it is important for all members to be offering their own seeds to share.