Canberra Seed Savers Cooperative

growing, saving and sharing seeds

We are a network of urban food growers and local farmers working cooperatively to protect our abundant, common heritage of open-pollinated food seeds.

We swap and share seeds, learn and teach about seed growing and saving, and together build a resilient community network – a ‘living seed bank’.

We welcome you to join us and be part of the local network of seed savers, growers and guardians. Seed saving is for everyone.

Spring Seedlings for the Canberra Community

This spring Canberra Seed Savers will be growing and giving away thousands of food seedlings to people in our community who are having a tough time right now. We’re searching for Seedling Stewards who can grow and nurture seedlings to give away in early-mid Spring. It might be as simple as planting an extra tray of lettuce seed or potting up spare bean seedlings. Every seedling counts!

Seed Savers will supply the seeds and growing materials as well as advice and support. Seeds and growing materials will be distributed at our Spring Seed Swap on Saturday 8th August 1.30-4pm at the Canberra Environment Centre. Everyone is welcome!

To volunteer to be a Seedling Steward, or to find out more, email or join our Facebook group Seed Savers Growing Community


Grow, save and share heirloom, open pollinated, organically grown food seeds. Get in touch to find out more about how to access seeds and how to contribute your own home grown seeds to the living seed bank. Or just come along to a Seedy Saturday Session. You don’t need to be an expert – learn as you go!


Our education and outreach activities are a great way to connect with the local community, and how we build knowledge, skills and love of seeds and seed saving. From market stalls to workshops, little kids to experienced gardeners, we can all learn from each other and share the wonder of seed saving and growing from seed.

Seedy Saturdays                   10am-1pm 2nd Saturday February - December

Seedy Saturdays are fun and relaxed drop-in sessions open to everyone. Meet other local growers, help process and save seeds, learn and share your knowledge, have a cuppa and a chat. No experience required – learn by doing. (You don’t need to bring seeds but do if you want to.) Second Saturday every month 10am-1pm Canberra Environment Centre.

How to get involved
Seeds are life

“Seed is the source of life and the first link in the food chain. Control over seed means control over our lives, our food and our freedom.”

Dr Vandana Shiva
Why a living seed bank?

By growing, saving and sharing seeds, we create a living seed bank of organically grown, locally adapted, open-pollinated seeds which are continuously grown and distributed throughout our community. We create seeds adapted to our local environment and we build our community connection and resilience. Seeds are abundant when you grow and share with others. This is our common wealth.

About Us

Canberra Seed Savers is a not for profit cooperative and network of urban growers and farmers who grow, save and share open-pollinated, heirloom food seeds. We are building a living seed bank for our community.

Canberra Seed Savers Co-operative Ltd. is a not-for-profit, non-distributing co-operative registered in the ACT. Cooperative No: CO – 0212. To find out more about becoming a co-op member ask us.

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