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Seed Library Grants

NS/S supports seed libraries in educating and providing communities with free access to seeds and healthy foods. Each year we select one seed from our collection that we have in abundance and can send in larger quantities.

Region Requirement

Our region of focus is the Southwest United States and Northwest Mexico, which generally includes: Arizona, New Mexico, southern Utah, southern Colorado, west Oklahoma, west Texas, southern California, southern Nevada, and northwest Mexico. However, if your seed library serves a Native community in an arid place outside of our region, we encourage you to apply for consideration.

2023 Seed Selection for Libraries

For 2023, the seed available is the Rancho Marques Squash, a moschata squash. It is an incredibly beautiful and varied accession from Rancho Marques in Sonora, Mexico that is a good keeper and gets sweeter with storage.

How to Apply

Seed libraries in our region can apply through the link below. Under the seed request list question on the application form, please write “Seed Library.” We will send Rancho Marques Squash seeds to qualifying libraries.

Apply online here>>>

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For seed libraries with community gardens

If your seed library has a community garden on site, would benefit from receiving a variety of seeds, and would be able to send a report at the end of the growing season, you’re welcome to additionally send a request list of up to 30 seed packets as instructed in the application form. Please describe your community garden in the application.


Questions? Email, or call (520) 622-0830 x100.