Seed Exchange NOW OPEN for ORDERING

The 2019-2020 Seed Exchange Main Round online ordering is NOW OPEN. 


Please read the Online Ordering Instructions - READ FIRST! page before going to the Order Seed page to place your seed order. You can also download for viewing or printing various files related to the seed list on the Downloadable Seed List Files page. If you want an .xls, .csv or .txt version of the seed list that you can put into a spreadsheet or word processing program, contact Laura Serowicz.  In case you have any trouble seeing the Menu on the Home page (if you use an iPad or tablet), you can access the links to all the pages for the Seed Exchange at

IMPORTANT: The European Commission has issued a regulation stating that a phytosanitary certificate must accompany all shipments of seed entering any country within the European Union. This is in addition to the phyto already required for seeds entering Japan.

NARGS is willing to cover the cost of sending one shipment from the Main Distribution to each country, if a member in that country is willing to be the Consignee and receive the seeds and re-distribute the orders to the other members in that country.  If a single consignee cannot be found, then all members in that country will have to pay the fee of $26USD for their own phytosanitary certificates.

Orders from these countries will be filled in their proper order (by date of arrival, Donors first, etc.) then held until the closing of Main Distribution on January 31st. The Plant Inspector will come to inspect the seeds, and issue the phytosanitary certificates. The seeds will then be shipped to the consignee for each country along with the phytosanitary certificate, with each order in its own mailer, so all the consignee needs to do is apply postage and post them on to the member. Seed orders will not reach members until mid- to late-February. Moist packed seeds cannot be sent to these countries.

We regret that members residing in EU countries and Japan will not be able to place orders in the Surplus Distribution.  Fees for phytosanitary certificates vary with the state from which the seeds are sent; states set their own fees. The cost of a phyto in Wisconsin, where the distribution of the Surplus Round will be based, is far higher than in New Jersey, where the Main Distribution will take place.


If you need a paper copy of the seed list mailed to you contact: Joyce Fingerut, 537 Taugwonk Road, Stonington, CT 06378-1805  or via email from this link immediately.  If you already requested a print seed list, they are being mailed out now so you should be receiving yours soon (they may take up to 2 weeks to arrive).

Many thanks to the seed donors for all the wonderful seeds they sent in; to the seed packagers who are sorting all the seeds into individual packets in December; to the Watnong chapter volunteers who will again be filling the Main Round seed orders in January; and to the Wisconsin-Illinois chapter volunteers who will again be handling the Surplus Round in March.

Check out the new Seed Exchange Helpful Links page for website and article links to Seed Collecting & Cleaning, Identification and Germination guides. 

You can view previous year's lists on Past Years Seed Lists page. 


If you have any questions/comments regarding the Seed Exchange send a message to Seed Exchange Director and/or Intake Manager using this contact(link sends e-mail)link.