Seed Exchange NEWS


To all our impatient seed-lovers:
Yes, we know that you are counting on our seeds to give you a taste of spring, and some hope of better days ahead.
But, because of the dangers in these fraught times, the valiant volunteers in the Siskiyou Chapter, who are handling this year’s Main Distribution, will need to wait until February to begin fulfilling your orders.  
And, along with the general increased interest in gardening during these stay-at-home months, NARGS has seen a decided increase in the number of seed orders.
So, for all the above reasons, we hope that you will be patient this year, knowing that the members of the Siskiyou Chapter have worked out a way to keep our Seed Exchange operating, while also keeping the helpers safe and healthy.
NARGS members residing in Japan, the United Kingdom, and countries in the European Union will need to wait even a little longer, while the seeds going to your countries are inspected and the required phytosanitary certificates are completed.
Hang in there, please – we’re all doing our best.
We will send out an email message when we know the dates for the Surplus round. It will probably start in mid- to late-March.

Main round ORDERING ENDED January 31st.

The Main Round Orders are being pulled in FEBRUARY this year by the members of the Siskiyou Chapter (Oregon). We ask for your patience while they fill your orders in a safe manner. The Surplus Order Fulfillment will be done by the Great Lakes chapter (Michigan) in late March - early April. We wish to thank them for their hard work as well as acknowledge the many donors and packaging volunteers who also made this year’s Seed Exchange possible!

Since you may be receiving your seeds too late to sow the seeds that need cold temperatures outdoors, we recommend that you start your seeds that need cold in your refrigerator. You can either sow them in small pots (if you have a separate refrigerator or very understanding spouse), or inside a plastic bag on a moist (but not soaking wet) paper towel or coffee filter, or with some damp soil media (vermiculite or seed starter mix). Then chill them for 3 months or until they start to germinate. Be sure to check them frequently to make sure they are still damp, and move them out of the refrigerator and into pots (and warmer temperature) as soon as they start to germinate. 

Check out the Seed Exchange Helpful Links page for website and article links on Seed Collecting & Cleaning, Seed Identification, as well as Seed Germination. 

The 2020-2021 Seed Exchange Main Round Ordering is now CLOSED.

The Surplus Round will begin later than normal - probably late March this year. An email will be sent to all members once we know the start date, and members will have early access to the surplus list to give them time to make their selections before ordering goes live.

Contact us if you have any questions

Print copies of the Seed List will be mailed ONLY to members who request one. Contact: Joyce Fingerut , 537 Taugwonk Road, Stonington, CT 06378-1805 USA



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

Members residing in European Union, UK and Japan will be able to place orders in the Main Distribution that starts in December (no moist packed seed and no Surplus round orders will be allowed). NARGS will provide the necessary phyto and send the orders to a consignee in each country. Due to phytosanitary restrictions, moist packed seeds cannot be sent to EU, UK or Japan.



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 Siskiyou chapter volunteers who will fill the Main Round seed orders in February; and to the Great Lakes chapter volunteers who will handle the Surplus Round in March.

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. (link sends e-mail)