Native Seeds/SEARCH offers free membership and limited quantities of free seeds from our collection to Native peoples living in the Greater Southwest region. The Greater Southwest region includes the Colorado River on the west, the eastern border of New Mexico and Chihuahua, the Four Corners area of the United States in the north, to the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico in the South. Native Americans living outside of the region are eligible to receive discounted seeds and membership.
How to Order Seeds
Please check our website or downloadable catalog to help with your seed selections. We can help identify varieties that are adapted to your region if you need assistance. All seeds in the NS/S Seed Bank collection, American heirloom vegetable seeds (TS catalog numbers) and select wildflower seeds (WF catalog numbers) are included in the program. Seed Buckets and Special Collections are not included in the program.
For Native Americans living in the Greater Southwest region or belonging to tribes within the Southwest Region
Native Seeds/SEARCH provides 10 free seed packets (no more than 3 seed packets per any one seed variety) in a calendar year (January through December), to individuals or families who are new recipients and live in the Greater Southwest region or are from a group originally from this region but they currently reside outside the region. Additional seed packets can be purchased at half price. Group exceptions may be considered. Please contact us and we will do our best to meet your needs. We encourage all recipients to save seeds.
In an effort to improve the conservation of these seeds, expand the program, and improve communication with our partners, Native Seeds/SEARCH is requesting that answers to the following questions be included with all free seed requests (you may respond to these questions on this downloadable order form or write in a letter): Where are the seeds to be planted? Will you save your own seeds? How will you share these seeds? Repeat recipients are eligible for more than 10 free seed packets in a year if a report on the outcome of their previous free seed is provided. Tell us a story about your seeds!
For Native Americans living outside of the Greater Southwest region
Community Seed Grant Program
Native American communities or organizations may also request seed donations through our Community Seed Grant program. This program is intended for larger, community garden projects. Follow the link to learn more.
Native American Bulk Seed Exchange Program
Native American individuals who have larger farms and have the ability to save seeds can obtain larger quantities of seeds through the Bulk Seed Exchange Program. Follow the link to learn more.