resources for farmers and gardeners on seeds, focusing on Alaska-specifc information
AGENCIES, ASSOCIATIONS, & GROUPS
Alaska Native Plant Society seed exchange program
The Alaska Native Plant Society sells seed of plants native to Alaska which have been collected by members during the year. Seeds can be purchased at the regular monthly meetings or by mail order. The Society is is a non-profit organization based in Anchorage and dedicated to studying and conserving Alaska native plants.
The Northern Latitude Plant Materials Center (PMC) provides testing, production, development, and distribution of materials to meet environmental requirements and promote commercial development of native species. The PMC’s mission is to develop and transfer state-of-the-art plant science technology to support the Alaskan agriculture industry. Their webiste includes several useful resources, including:
- State of Alaska Seed Regulations, Alaska Administrative Code Title 11, Chapter 34 (PDF) (html)
- Directory of Native Plant Sources
- Rural Village Seed Production Project (revegetation seed)
Alaska Seed Growers Association
This association provides inspection services for grains, grasses, and seed potatoes. They may be contacted through Pat Mulligan, PO Box 2029, Palmer, AK 99645, (907) 745-4004.
The Alaska Agricultural Research Service closed in 2012; the Gene Bank in Palmer has transferred its collections to the Agricultural & Forestry Experiment Station’s Plant Materials Center, the USDA-ARS Repository in Corvallis, Oregon, and other locations. The rhubarb collection has reverted to the ARS facility in Pullman, Washington. All ARS plant accessions available to the public can be located through the USDA-ARS National Plant Germplasm page at: http://www.ars-grin.gov/npgs/index.html.
SEED LIBRARIES & SEED COMPANIES IN ALASKA
Seed Libraries & Seed Banks
- Dillingham Seed & Seedling Exchange (Dillingham Public Library)
- Growing Ester’s Biodiversity (John Trigg Ester Library)
Seedsellers & Seed Growers (includes trialers, but not mere Lower 48 distributors)
- Foundroot Seeds, Sundries, and Sustenance: seed company in Haines sourcing open-pollinated seeds and working toward eventual seed growing.
- Zone 1 Grown Seeds / Pingo Farm: seed company and farm in the Goldstream Valley outside of Fairbanks growing seed and certified potatoes. Specializes in Russian heirlooms. Also heads up the Great Alaska Participatory Turnip Breeding Project and is working on melons. 479-7977. 999 Maura Street, Fairbanks AK 99709.
SEED-SAVING RESOURCES & PUBLICATIONS
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- Alaska Garden Seed Exchange (closed Facebook group)
- Drying, Cleaning, and Storing Prairie Seed (PDF): Tallgrass Prairie Center
- Handbook of seed technology for gene banks, v. II: Biodiversity International
- Procedures for Handling Seeds in Gene Banks: Biodiversity International
- Seed Saver’s Exchange: educational resources
- Seed saving tips: West Virginia University Extension Service
- Saving seed from the garden: general overview from the University of Illinois
- Caring for small fruit seeds (PDF ARS Small Fruits for Alaska)
- Seed swap Facebook community