If SEED SAVING is collecting seeds for replanting in the future… Then SEED STEWARDSHIP is the process of saving seeds with the purpose of maintaining or improving that seed’s health and resilience. It also includes the act of saving and selecting a variety over a period of many seasons, with the end goal of passing it on to others in the future.

The ideal of SEED SOVEREIGNTY firmly plants seed saving and seed stewardship in the realm of fundamental human rights. It is the freedom to save seed and determine the foundation on which our food system rests. With the current attacks of industry hitting at the heart of food sovereignty, the simple act of seed saving becomes a major act of resistance and social          empowerment” (The Seed Ambassadors Project 2010)

The Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI) is a non-profit organization founded by local farmers, gardeners and concerned community members who want to ensure seed and food sovereignty in our region by:

  • growing out locally adapted, open-pollinated seeds from the KASSI Living Seed Commons that can be legally saved and shared 
  • building a community of confident, enthusiastic and skilled seed savers and
  • supporting the development of a vibrant sustainable network of local ecological growers producing local food and local seed that can be legally grown, saved and shared

You can order locally-adapted open-pollinated seeds from the KASSI Living Seed Commons here

We do not have any paid staff.  We rely on KASSI Seed Guardians for their generous donations of time and money to carry out our work.  Join us today!

We hope that you can find the peace and joy that comes from planting seeds and connecting with the Earth in these uncertain times.