Why Seeds?

In today’s world, preserving heirloom, native, and open-pollinated seeds is vitally important for the planet’s ecological resilience and adaptability. Although we rarely think about seeds, 9 out of every 10 bites of food we eat started with a seed and nearly 75% of our food supply is from 12 plant and 5 animal species. Loss of biodiversity, changes in climate, corporate seed production, and an industrialized food system puts us in a unique position to train the next generation of seed savers.

In addition to assisting in preserving biodiversity, seed sharing and saving expands opportunities to access healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food. One in five Ohioans is food insecure, meaning they do not know from where their next meal will come and lack access to enough food for an active healthy lifestyle, as measured by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Our mission is to inspire and educate our community on how to save seeds in an effort to create a sustainable, biodiverse seed supply which supports our local food system. Since 2013, Cleveland Seed Bank has distributed more than 25,000 seed packets and opened 10 Seed Libraries in the region. We are proud to be the largest organization of seed savers in the state of Ohio.