Southern Seed Exchange


Southern Seed Exchange

A group for members of the Southern Seed Exchange, a seed saving group based in Christchurch, New Zealand dedicated to saving locally adapted open pollinated varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Location: Christchurch and environs
Members: 51
Latest Activity: Aug 2

Discussion Forum

seedlist pdf online

HI I edited the seedlist just keeping the names of the cultivars and growing notes and put some photos in as an appendix to the main seedlist, mainly for my own interest, I will update it shortly…Continue

Started by Kali Mar 20, 2013.

Tetragonia 3 Replies

I have been growing tetragonia for a few years now - lush green NZ spinach that resists drought and - unless I am too tidy - self seeds everywhere. This year I got a bag of pine needles from South…Continue

Started by Margaret Hadley. Last reply by Kali Jun 2, 2012.

Broad Beans 6 Replies

Hi. I have been saving seeds from my broad beans for five years now; red seeded, originally from Koanga Gardens. This year for the first time a number of the beans are normal green - there is no…Continue

Started by Margaret Hadley. Last reply by Richard Watson Dec 29, 2011.

Workshop: URBAN SELF-SUFFICIENCY- Eating and Living the Sustainable Way 1 Reply

This Workshop will be presented by Jules Dervaes. Since 2001, Jules Dervaes and his family have been living a protest—Path to Freedom—against corporate control of the food supply. They now grow over…Continue

Tags: sufficiency, self, urban, workshop

Started by bec may. Last reply by Steven Kung Jul 21, 2010.

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Comment by Steven Kung on November 4, 2012 at 8:45pm

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Comment by Tamsin Scott on September 26, 2012 at 4:18pm

Hello all,

Just to let you know, the Southland Seed Savers network catalogue is out and we are ready for any seed orders you have.  The catalogue is available here.

Happy gardening!!

Comment by Matthew Whiting on September 20, 2012 at 12:26pm

This year our spring seed swap has been timed to coincide with the spring equinox! - this Saturday the 22nd of September.

It will be held at the usual venue - Seven Oaks school on the corner of York Street and Hassals Lane in Opawa, Christchurch.

Bring seeds or seedlings or plants, cuttings, tubers, etc. to swap - or make a gold coin donation and go for it!

The swap is from 1 to 3pm, but other events on the day are:

  • From 10am until about 11.30 a discussion/workshop/Q+A session on seedsaving focused on aspects relevant to this time of year such as what is easy to start saving seed from, how many plants you need to grow to save seed from, how to maintain a cultivar and ensure unwanted cross pollination doesn't occur... Please R.S.V.P. by email -
  • 12-1pm a shared potluck lunch with Christchurch Soil and Health branch - outside if sunny.

Hopefully see many of you there! Cheers, Matt

Comment by CesarZ on September 18, 2012 at 9:21pm

Hi Everyone,

The next seed swap is on this Saturday 22nd September 1pm to 3pm at the Seven Oaks School (corner York Street and Hassals Lane, Opawa, Christchurch). I have attached the latest newsletter, we are celebrating 20 years!  Sep%202012%20newsletter.pdf 

Comment by Catherine on August 19, 2012 at 8:56pm


Does anyone know when is the next seed swap, please? Thanks

Comment by Bailey Peryman on July 8, 2012 at 3:34pm

Hi Everyone,
Avon-Otakaro Network and Canterbury Community Gardens Association members are looking to put on an event at the Spring River Festival in October 20-21, 2012. 
Ideas have been swapped about having a seed and seedling stall and encouraging people to get plants started for their gardens and exchange any early produce or spare seedlings.
If you are keen to help out with this, please contact Bailey Peryman via or (03) 326 6927 / 021 122 7638

Comment by Kali on June 6, 2012 at 7:17pm

have you changed your email address or anything Catherine? , the email about the autumn seed swap was sent March 16 and they sent another email calling for seed to be sent in for sorting on May 15. If you didn't get these then you should email

and ask Vanessa to update your contact address.

the new seedlist will be sent out sometime in the next couple of months,  and there will no doubt be a spring seed swap.

Comment by Catherine on June 6, 2012 at 4:21pm

Hi Dave,

I don t know either, I guess I just didn't get the email, I was looking forward for the swap though. Do you know what I can do now or is there nothing else to do but to wait for the next swap?

Comment by Dave Evans on June 6, 2012 at 4:06pm

Hi Catherine,

I don't know how you missed out, but there was a newsletter posted out (snail mail) sometime and a Seed Swap on 28 April.


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