Our LIVING SEED COMMONS is a collection of locally-adapted, open-pollinated seeds.
Open-pollinated plants grow like their parents. They produce seeds that can be legally grown, saved and shared. THEY ARE THE FOUNDATION OF OUR FOOD SYSTEM.
Our LIVING SEED COMMONS has two parts. We grow out the seeds in the LIVING SEED SANCTUARY on an ongoing basis in order to maintain their genetic integrity while they continue to adapt to our local growing conditions. The seeds that are produced go back into the LIVING SEED SANCTUARY for future grow-outs and the extra seeds are added to the SEEDS FOR SHARING.
We don’t sell our seeds. We want you to have these SEEDS FOR SHARING if you use them to grow more seeds and food for sharing. We rely on grants, donations and the generous work of our dedicated volunteers to keep these seeds available for everyone.
The Heirloom Seed Sanctuary, in KIngston, was a unique one-of-a kind collection of locally adapted open-pollinated seeds. In April 2019, they generously shared their collection of seeds with us and Ratinenhayen:thos, a sister group of seed farmers in nearby Kenhete:ke-Tyendinega Mohawk Territory.
We plan to work closely with Ratinenhayen:thos to steward this important collection. We will also keep looking for and adding rare varieties to the LIVING SEED COMMONS that have roots in our region.