No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, no culture comparable to that of the garden... But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.
- Thomas Jefferson
Seeds of Diversity thanks the
J.W. McConnell Family Foundation,
the October Hill Foundation,
Bauta Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
for their support.
To search out, preserve, perpetuate, study, and encourage the cultivation of heirloom and endangered varieties of
food crops by:
searching out heirloom and endangered varieties, particularly Canadian varieties;
encouraging and enabling gardeners and farmers to grow, maintain, and disseminate these varieties through the annual seed exchange project;
establishing and maintaining curatorial collections of Canadian varieties;
co-operating with individuals, groups, and institutions in Canada and internationally in aid of maintaining, supplementing, and salvaging existing collections of heirloom and endangered varieties;
encouraging commercial seed companies, nurseries, and related businesses to grow, maintain, and propagate, and commercially distribute these varieties as a means of perpetuating them.
To educate the public about the importance of heirloom and endangered varieties of food crops and the need for their continued cultivation and preservation by:
addressing the general public and interest groups including farmers, gardeners, museums, gene banks, clubs and schools;
providing information on the proper methods of seed saving to maintain the genetic integrity of crop varieties;
providing information on sources of heirloom and endangered varieties to those interested in obtaining and maintaining them;
providing a forum for sharing information and open discussion on issues relating to the preservation of genetic diversity of crop plants through publications, lectures, media presentations, conferences, and exhibits;
sharing information and experience with organizations in other nations to aid their efforts to maintain heirloom and endangered varieties.