The Living Seed Project (Australia)

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that 75% of the worlds crop biodiversity has been lost. Research by the Rural Advancement Fund Inc. suggests that 93% of vegetable varieties have become extinct.  In popular seed catalogues, whereas once (1903) there were 285 varieties of cucumbers available to gardeners, today only 16 remain; from 408 varieties of tomato only 79 remain.  Similarly, 95% of cabbage, 91% of corn and 94% of pea varieties have been lost. (Seeds of Diversity, 2018).   In 2008 the top 10 seed companies accounted for two-thirds (67%) of the global prioprietory seed market. (ETC Group, 2008) 

The Living Seed Project began in 2018 in response to a need for keeping our heritage seed varieties alive.  Over the years, we have received many different heirloom and 'lost' varieties of seed which customers would send us.  Seed which they have had in their families and passed down through the generations for us to grow out & redistribute.  However with hundreds of different varieties in our care, the challenge became too much for us.  Rather than let these varieties fade out, we started 'The Living Seed Project (Australia)'.  

Many seed banks are simply places where seed is 'locked away' in vaults for future use.  However, seeds are living and will slowly expire.  The Living Seed Project (Australia) is a means where rather than seed being stored away for years it is regularly being grown out and replaced by fresh seed from home growers who are able to save the seed to sell back to us, and also obtain the benefit of the harvest as well.  

'Seed knowledge is eroding even faster than seed biodiversity.' 
(Matthew Dillon, Organic Seed Alliance)

For the home grower, the practice of saving seed, once common place due to necessity, has now largely been replaced by our reliance on the seed companies. We no longer hold the knowledge of how to save seed and keep it pure.  It is simply easier to buy the packet of seeds from the store.  

We recognise that the success of 'The Living Seed Project (Australia)' can only be achieved through the education of our registered home growers and members in traditional methods of seed saving.  

By PURCHASING FROM OUR SEED BANK you are:

  • supporting Australian home growers (just like yourself)
  • ​helping us to obtain rare & heirloom seed from overseas for the purpose of introducing it back into the Australian market
  • helping to educate home growers in traditional seed saving methods
  • keeping our vegetable heritage alive
     

By BECOMING A MEMBER of The Living Seed Project (Australia), all well as all of the above you also:

  • receive 10% off all seeds in the LSP Seed Bank
  • receive 6 free seed packets
  • receive our quarterly newsletter on all things pertaining to seed, including seed saving tips and education
  • gain access to our full range of step-by-step seed saving guides (currently a work in progress)
     

By BECOMING A GROWER with The Living Seed Project (Australia), in addition to all of the above you also:

  • gain access to our inner seed bank containing only the very rare seeds which need to be grown out & saved
  • become eligible to sell seed back to the Living Seed Project (Australia)
     

           

 


 



1500 YEAR OLD CAVE BEAN (LSP)

1500 YEAR OLD CAVE BEAN (LSP)

(Phaseolus vulgaris) Heirloom reputed to have originally been found in a cave in New Mexico in a clay pot sealed with pitch. The bean was then carbo

$4.20

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ANASAZI (LSP)

ANASAZI (LSP)

***NOT TO NT*** (Zea mays) Ancient American Indian variety meaning 'Ancient One'. Medium sized cobs displaying multi-coloured kernels in varying sh

$4.20

AUSTRALIAN BUTTER (Bean) (LSP)

AUSTRALIAN BUTTER (Bean) (LSP)

(Phaseolus vulgaris) Rare variety. Long, slender, rounded, golden yellow pods with deep purple seeds. Succulent beans with the unusual buttery flav

$4.20

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AUSTRALIAN BUTTER (Pumpkin) (LSP)

AUSTRALIAN BUTTER (Pumpkin) (LSP)

(Cucurbita maxima) Australian heirloom. Large, yellow fruit with thick, dry, orange flesh & small seed cavity. Weighs up to 6kg. Stores well. 90-

$4.20

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BABY RED PEAR (LSP)

BABY RED PEAR (LSP)

(Lycopersicon esculentum) Small red pear shaped fruit produced on tall, vigorous bush. High yields. 180 seeds

$4.20

BLACK BRANDYWINE (LSP)

BLACK BRANDYWINE (LSP)

(Lycopersicon esculentum) American heirloom developed around the 1920's by Dr. Harold E. Martin. Dark purple, beefsteak type fruit with juicy,rich,

$4.20

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BLACK FUTSU (LSP)

BLACK FUTSU (LSP)

(Cucurbita moschata) Rare & unusual Japanese heirloom. Highly attractive, small to medium, flattened round fruit with heavy ribbing. Begins black in

$4.20

BLACKTAIL MOUNTAIN

BLACKTAIL MOUNTAIN

(Citrullus lanatus) Developed by Glenn Drowns owner of the Sand Hill Preservation Centre in Iowa during the 1970's. Dark green - blue melon to 30cm

$3.60

BLUE BANTAM (LSP)

BLUE BANTAM (LSP)

***NOT TO TAS*** (Pisum sativum) Dating back to 1907; also known as 'Laxtonian' or 'Hundredfold'. Large, curved pods to 10cm long with pointed ends

$4.20

BLUE PODDED CAPUCYNER (LSP)

BLUE PODDED CAPUCYNER (LSP)

***NOT TO TAS*** (Pisum sativum) Heirloom dating back to Holland in 1863 and developed by the Capucan monks; with earlier references dating back to

$4.20

BLUE SPECKLED TEPARY (LSP)

BLUE SPECKLED TEPARY (LSP)

(Phaseolus acutifolius) Ancient heirloom. Small pods producing tan and blue-grey spotted beans which resemble a small pebble. Unique, mild flavor c

$4.20

BOSTON PICKLING (LSP)

BOSTON PICKLING (LSP)

(Cucumis sativus) Old heirloom dating back to 1880. Smooth, medium green, blunt ended fruit with crisp, mild flesh. Ideal for eating fresh or pick

$4.20

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BUGLE (LSP)

BUGLE (LSP)

(Cucurbita moschata) Heirloom. Large, mottled green/grey pumpkin with thick orange flesh up to 2.5kg produced on sprawling vine. Very high yields.

$4.20

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BUNDABERG RUMBALL (LSP)

BUNDABERG RUMBALL (LSP)

(Lycopersicon esculentum) Handed to us by Patrina Nuske-Small co-founder of 'The Dwarf Tomato Project' - a group of volunteer, amateur, hobby gardene

$4.20

BUTTERNUT LONGNECK (LSP)

BUTTERNUT LONGNECK (LSP)

(Cucurbita moschata) Similar to regular butternut pumpkin but with a much longer neck. Ideal for soups, pies, or roasting. Great for spiralising.

$4.20

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CALABRIAN EXPRESS (LSP)

CALABRIAN EXPRESS (LSP)

(Phaseolus vulgaris) Old Italian heirloom first discovered in Calabria, Italy. Attractive bean best left to mature for use as a dried bean. Ideal f

$4.20

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CANADA CROOKNECK (LSP)

CANADA CROOKNECK (LSP)

(Cucurbita moschata) Heirloom dating back to 1827. Rare. Creamy, yellow, bottle shaped fruit (similar to 'Waltham Butternut') witha curved neck & sm

$4.20

CHARLESTON ELITE

CHARLESTON ELITE

(Citrullus lanatus) Long cylindrical fruit to 12kg with crisp, bright red flesh & excellent flavour. Seeds easy to remove. Resistant to bruising.

$3.60

CHEROKEE CHOCOLATE (LSP)

CHEROKEE CHOCOLATE (LSP)

(Lycopersicon esculentum) Originating as a seedling from Cherokee Purple then stabilised by Craig LeHoullier. Large, dark, crimson red fruit with br

$4.20

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CHEROKEE GREEN (LSP)

CHEROKEE GREEN (LSP)

(Lycopersicon esculentum) Large, green, beefsteak type fruit with yellow-orange colouring on the blossom end when ripe. Strong, acidic tomato flavou

$4.20

CHEROKEE TRAIL OF TEARS (LSP)

CHEROKEE TRAIL OF TEARS (LSP)

(Phaseolus vulgaris) Heirloom originating from the Cherokee as they marched from the Smoky Mountains to Oklahoma by the Federal Government in 1839 ov

$4.20

CHERRY ROMA

CHERRY ROMA

(Lycopersicon esculentum) Heirloom. Baby, 'plum' or 'roma' shaped, rich red fruit to 2.5cm long with sweet, spicy flavour. Used fresh or dried. Hi

$3.60

CHILACAYOTE

CHILACAYOTE

(Cucurbita ficifolia) South American heirloom. Also known as 'Fig-Leaf Gourd', 'Malabar Gourd', 'Siam Pumpkin', 'Thai Marrow', 'Shark Fin Melon', 'Ch

$3.60

CHOU MOELLIER

CHOU MOELLIER

(Brassica oleracea var. acephala) Rare heirloom also known as 'Walking Stick Cabbage'. A giant tree kale with very large, slightly crumpled, green

$3.60

COCOZELLE

COCOZELLE

(Cucurbita pepo) Italian heirloom. Bush. Pale green, long, cylindrical fruit with dark green stripes. 30 seeds

$3.60

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COWLARDS GREEN (LSP)

COWLARDS GREEN (LSP)

(Cucurbita pepo) Heirloom variety handed to us by a local seed saving group. Oval, mid to dark green, cylindrical with slight ridges. Best harveste

$4.20

CREAM OF SASKATCHEWAN

CREAM OF SASKATCHEWAN

(Citrullus lanatus) Rare, Russian heirloom. Pale green, round fruit up to 25cm across with dark green stripes. Thin rind & crisp, very sweet, crea

$3.60

CRIMSON FLOWERED (Broad Bean) (LSP)

CRIMSON FLOWERED (Broad Bean) (LSP)

(Vicia faba) Rare, heirloom variety dating back to 1778. Highly attractive, crimson coloured flowers producing green, medium sized, flat pods. Flowe

$4.20

CURRAJONG (LSP)

CURRAJONG (LSP)

(Lycopersicon esculentum) Cherry tomato produced on trusses. Excellent tomato flavour. Produces fruit right up until first frost. Hardy. Prolific

$4.20

DINOSAUR

DINOSAUR

(Lagenaria sacraria) Heirloom also known as 'Maranka' or 'Swan Gourd'. Large, dark green fruit up to 60cm long with curved necks, oval bowl & pronoun

$3.60

DOUG'S FAVOURITE (LSP)

DOUG'S FAVOURITE (LSP)

(Phaseolus vulgaris) Tasmanian heirloom. Delicious, tried & true bean handed to us by 'Doug' at the Penguin markets in Tasmania. Grown by his famil

$4.20

DRAGONS TONGUE (Bean) (LSP)

DRAGONS TONGUE (Bean) (LSP)

(Phaseolus vulgaris) Dutch heirloom. Long, slender bean to 18cm with rich, heavy purple fleck produced on compact bush to 70cm high. Excellent flav

$4.20

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DWARF WILD FRED (LSP)

DWARF WILD FRED (LSP)

(Lycopersicon esculentum) Originally produced by Bruce Bradshaw from California and named after Wilfred LeHoullier after a humorous mispelling of his

$4.20

ENGLISH CHANDLER (LSP)

ENGLISH CHANDLER (LSP)

(Lycopersicon esculentum) Heirloom. Medium sized, round, red fruit with rich tomato flavour. Sturdy bush. High yields. Disease resistant. Reliab

$4.20

FORDHOOK ACORN

FORDHOOK ACORN

(Cucurbita pepo) Heirloom first introduced by W. Altee Burpee of Philadelphia & named after their Fordhook trial grounds in Pennsylvania. Cream colo

$3.60

FROST (LSP)

FROST (LSP)

(Phaseolus vulgaris) Rare. Originating from the variety ‘Beautiful’. Green, medium length, stringless, slightly stumpy, flat pods with highly attract

$4.20

GIANT OF STUTTGART (Bean) (LSP)

GIANT OF STUTTGART (Bean) (LSP)

(Phaseolus vulgaris) German heirloom. Very long, stringless, green pod to 30cm with many 'bumps'! Excellent flavour rated as the best tasting & mos

$4.20

GOLDEN BANTAM

GOLDEN BANTAM

***NOT TO NT*** (Zea mays) American heirloom dating back to 1898. Plant to 1.5m high, producing up to seven, golden yellow cobs per stem. Excelle

$3.60

GOLDEN NUGGET (LSP)

GOLDEN NUGGET (LSP)

(Cucurbita maxima) Early, compact, bush variety, with small flat, roundish shaped fruits. Fibreless flesh & nutty flavour. Heavy producer. Popular var

$4.20

GRAMMA TROMBONE (LSP)

GRAMMA TROMBONE (LSP)

(Cucurbita moschata) Heirloom. Large, long-necked, cylindrical, trombone shaped, bluish-green fruit to 60cm with pale green striping ripening to ora

$4.20

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GRANNY'S THROWING (LSP)

GRANNY'S THROWING (LSP)

(Lycopersicon esculentum) Italian heirloom from the Abruzzo coast region in the east of Italy. Also known as 'Pera d’Abruzzo' (meaning 'Abruzzo Pear

$4.20

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GREEN ARROW (LSP)

GREEN ARROW (LSP)

***NOT TO TAS*** (Pisum sativum) English heirloom. Large, deep green, slim, straight pods to 12cm length produced on bush to 140cm high. High yiel

$4.20

GREEN HUSK (LSP)

GREEN HUSK (LSP)

(Physalis ixocarpa) Also known as 'Mexican Husk Tomato'. Greenish yellow fruit to 6cm across on plant to 1m high. Commonly used in mexican sauces a

$4.20

GREY (LSP)

GREY (LSP)

(Cucurbita pepo) An old heirloom variety also known as 'Mexican Zucchini'. Light green, straight, cylindrical fruit with grey flecks. Excellent flavou

$4.20

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INDIGO ROSE (LSP)

INDIGO ROSE (LSP)

(Lycopersicon esculentum) Rare & unusual, attractive, purple coloured fruit ripening to deep rich red with full, black shoulders as black as an eggpl

$4.20

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ITALIAN WHITE (Sunflower) (LSP)

ITALIAN WHITE (Sunflower) (LSP)

(Helianthus annuus) Old time favourite. Attractive, branching sunflower displaying small, compact heads with dark centres and slightly ruffled pale

$4.20

JACK BE LITTLE (LSP)

JACK BE LITTLE (LSP)

(Cucurbita pepo) Baby pumpkin produced on small, vigorous vines. Deep orange fruit is ribbed & flattened; 5cm high x 10cm wide. May be cooked whole,

$4.20

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JUBILEE

JUBILEE

(Citrullus lanatus) Large, oblong, striped fruit with dark green stripes and medium-thick rind. Flesh is firm, bright red & sweet with fine texture

$3.60

JUPP (LSP)

JUPP (LSP)

(Lycopersicon esculentum) Heirloom handed to us by an elderly Tasmanian grower who had kept the seed in the family for generations. Possible English

$4.20

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LITTLE POTATO (LSP)

LITTLE POTATO (LSP)

(Cucumis sativus) Heirloom from India also known as 'Khira Balam'. Brown, russetted, rounded fruit to 8cm across resembling a potato in appearance.

$4.20