Native Access

The seed varieties shown below are currently available to members of Native American communities only, and can be accessed through the Native American Seed Request, Partner Farmer Program, Community Seed Grants or rematriation programs.

Since our founding in 1983, Native Seeds/SEARCH has prioritized distribution of available seed stocks to Native American communities. In light of high demand and other limitations created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have withdrawn many seeds from general distribution in order to maintain sufficient inventory to serve Native American requests. 

As stocks are replenished, we hope to resume broader distribution of many of these seeds, as appropriate. At the same time, Native Seeds/SEARCH is committed to deeper assessment and review of all the seeds entrusted to our seed bank to verify origin, viability, and suitability for distribution. We work together with Native Communities, not only to conserve seed for future generations, but to honor and respect the cultural heritage represented by these seeds.