Community Seed Bank (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) 

Community Seed Bank (Australia) began in 2020 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 'Community Seed Bank (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.  Community Seed Bank (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For the home grower, the practice of saving seed, once common place due to necessity, has now largely been replaced by our reliance on the seed companies.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 'Community Seed Bank (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 both within Australia and 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 Community Seed Bank (Australia), all well as all of the above you also:

  • receive 10% off all seeds in the Community Seed Bank (Australia)
  • receive 6 free seed packets with each membership purchased (a random sample chosen by us)
  • receive our occasional 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 Community Seed Bank (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 Community Seed Bank (Australia)
  • gain access to free membership when you become a reliable and regular seed grower / supplier
     

               


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1500 YEAR OLD CAVE BEAN CSB(A)

1500 YEAR OLD CAVE BEAN CSB(A)

(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

$4.80

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ALPHA CSB(A)

ALPHA CSB(A)

(Brassica oleracea var. botrytis) Compact, small white heads ready in only 68 days. Extra early variety. 180 seeds

$4.80

ANASAZI CSB(A)

ANASAZI CSB(A)

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

$4.80

AUSTRALIAN BUTTER (Pumpkin) CSB(A)

AUSTRALIAN BUTTER (Pumpkin) CSB(A)

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

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BECOME A GROWER - Community Seed Bank (Australia)

BECOME A GROWER - Community Seed Bank (Australia)

By BECOMING A GROWER with Community Seed Bank (Australia) you are supporting Australian home growers (just like yourself) ​​helping us to obtain rare

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BECOME A MEMBER - Community Seed Bank (Australia)

BECOME A MEMBER - Community Seed Bank (Australia)

By BECOMING A MEMBER with Community Seed Bank (Australia) you are ​supporting Australian home growers (just like yourself) ​​helping us to obtain rar

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BLACK FUTSU CSB(A)

BLACK FUTSU CSB(A)

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

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BUGLE CSB(A)

BUGLE CSB(A)

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

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BUNDABERG RUMBALL CSB(A)

BUNDABERG RUMBALL CSB(A)

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

$4.80

BUSHY CSB(A)

BUSHY CSB(A)

(Cucumis sativus) Heirloom originating in Southern Russia. Cylindrical, light to dark green, medium sized fruit. High yields. Use fresh in salads

$4.80

BUTTERNUT LONGNECK CSB(A)

BUTTERNUT LONGNECK CSB(A)

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

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CALABRIAN EXPRESS CSB(A)

CALABRIAN EXPRESS CSB(A)

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

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CAYENNE CSB(A)

CAYENNE CSB(A)

(Capsicum annum) European heirloom dating back to 1827. Long, thin, cylindrical, green to red fruit to 20cm with pointed end on plant to 70cm high.

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CHEROKEE CHOCOLATE CSB(A)

CHEROKEE CHOCOLATE CSB(A)

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

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CHEROKEE GREEN CSB(A)

CHEROKEE GREEN CSB(A)

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

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CHEROKEE TRAIL OF TEARS CSB(A)

CHEROKEE TRAIL OF TEARS CSB(A)

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

$4.80

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COCOZELLE CSB(A)

COCOZELLE CSB(A)

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

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CURRAJONG CSB(A)

CURRAJONG CSB(A)

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

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DRAGONS TONGUE (Bean) CSB(A)

DRAGONS TONGUE (Bean) CSB(A)

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

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DWARF WILD FRED CSB(A)

DWARF WILD FRED CSB(A)

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

$4.80

FLORENCE CSB(A)

FLORENCE CSB(A)

(Foeniculum dulce) Heirloom dating back to 1677. Forms a large, flattened, cream colour bulb at base of plant; leaves fine & ferny. Leaves & bulb u

$4.80

GOLDEN (Zucchini) CSB(A)

GOLDEN (Zucchini) CSB(A)

(Cucurbita pepo) Bush. Bright yellow, cylindrical shaped fruits. First introduced onto the seed market in 1973. 50-55 days.

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GOOD MOTHER STALLARD CSB(A)

GOOD MOTHER STALLARD CSB(A)

(Phaseolus vulgaris) Heirloom with beautiful, plump, rounded, maroon and white painted seeds which when cooked have a creamy, smooth, velvety texture

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GRAMMA TROMBONE CSB(A)

GRAMMA TROMBONE CSB(A)

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

$4.80

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GREEN HUSK CSB(A)

GREEN HUSK CSB(A)

(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

$4.80

HIDATSA RED INDIAN BEAN CSB(A)

HIDATSA RED INDIAN BEAN CSB(A)

(Phaseolus vulgaris) Heirloom originating from the Hidatsa Indians located in the Upper Missouri River Valley. Rose red, solid dried bean produced on

$4.80

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INDIGO ROSE CSB(A)

INDIGO ROSE CSB(A)

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

$4.80

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JACK BE LITTLE CSB(A)

JACK BE LITTLE CSB(A)

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

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JAP CSB(A)

JAP CSB(A)

(Cucurbita moschata) Heirloom dating back to the 1860's; named as the growers at the time we're not sure of what to call it so they simply named it '

$4.80

JEFFERSON 'G' SPOON CSB(A)

JEFFERSON 'G' SPOON CSB(A)

(Cucumis sativus) Australian heirloom. Yellow skinned, stocky, cylindrical fruit to 20cm long and 9cm across with full flavour and crisp texture. V

$4.80

MOSTOLLER WILD GOOSE CSB(A)

MOSTOLLER WILD GOOSE CSB(A)

(Phaseolus vulgaris) Heirloom grown by the Mostoller family for over 100 years. Originally extracted from the gullet of a Canadian Goose shot in 186

$4.80

MOUNTAIN SWEET YELLOW CSB(A)

MOUNTAIN SWEET YELLOW CSB(A)

(Citrullus lanatus) Large, oval, dark & light green striped fruit to 16kg with dark yellow flesh & black seeds. Very sweet, mild flavour with hints o

$4.80

MUFFET CSB(A)

MUFFET CSB(A)

(Phaseolus vulgaris) Heirloom. Long thin green pods produced on tall climbing vine. Used fresh as snap bean, or pods left to mature for use as drie

$4.80

NEW ZEALAND CSB(A)

NEW ZEALAND CSB(A)

(Tetragonia tetragonioides / expansa) New Zealand heirloom dating back to 1770's. Also known as 'Warrigal Greens'. Low spreading vine with small, br

$4.80

PATTERSON PANACHE JUANE ET VERTE CSB(A)

PATTERSON PANACHE JUANE ET VERTE CSB(A)

(Cucurbita pepo) French heirloom dating back to 1885. Bowl shaped, yellowish fruit with dark green bands produced on bushy plants. High yields. Ex

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PHENOMENAL EARLY CSB(A)

PHENOMENAL EARLY CSB(A)

(Brassica oleracea var. botrytis) Large, snow white heads surrounded by large, deep green leaves which also may be eaten like spinach. Early to matu

$4.80

POLISH GIANT CSB(A)

POLISH GIANT CSB(A)

(Lycopersicon esculentum) Polish heirloom. Very large, red, plum shaped fruit to 15cm across with smooth skin, firm flesh & few seeds. Ideal for pa

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PURPLE PODDED CSB(A)

PURPLE PODDED CSB(A)

***NOT TO TAS*** (Pisum sativum) Heirloom dating back to 1882 - some records indicate as early as 15th century. Climbing type, with purple flowe

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QUEENSLAND BLUE CSB(A)

QUEENSLAND BLUE CSB(A)

(Cucurbita maxima) Australian heirloom dating back to 1920's. Medium to large, smooth, blue-grey & heavily ribbed fruit to 4.5kg with thick, sweet,

$4.80

RED EPICURE CSB(A)

RED EPICURE CSB(A)

(Vicia faba) Rare variety. Attractive deep red to dark crimson coloured seeds contained within a green pod. Different compared to regular broad bea

$4.80

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RED FIG CSB(A)

RED FIG CSB(A)

(Lycopersicon esculentum) Rare American heirloom, named after a sugary sweet which was popular during the mid 1800's. Historically, they were dried b

$4.80

RED KURI CSB(A)

RED KURI CSB(A)

(Cucurbita maxima) Japanese heirloom also known as 'Orange Kokkaido', 'Uchiki Kuri' or 'Baby Red Hubbard'. Brilliant red-orange, tear-drop shaped fr

$4.80

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SIBERIAN (Tomato) CSB(A)

SIBERIAN (Tomato) CSB(A)

(Lycopersicon esculentum) Heirloom from Atai Mountains (Siberia). Bright red, rounded fruit to 5cm across produced in clusters. Juicy flesh with ex

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SILVER EDGED CSB(A)

SILVER EDGED CSB(A)

(Cucurbita mixta) Native American heirloom. Round or pear-shaped white fruit with mottled green stripes producing large, tasty ‘silver-edged‘ seeds.

$4.80

SMALL SHINING LIGHT

SMALL SHINING LIGHT

(Citrullus lanatus) Old Russian heirloom. Small, round, very dark green (almost black) melon to 25cm across with sweet, red flesh. Early to mature

$4.80

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SNAKE (Gourd) CSB(A)

SNAKE (Gourd) CSB(A)

(Lagenaria siceraria) African heirloom also known as 'Cucuzza', 'Long Gourd' or 'New Guinea Bean'. Long, trailing vine to 3m producing light green,

$4.80

SNAKE - RED YARD LONG CSB(A)

SNAKE - RED YARD LONG CSB(A)

(Vigna sesquipedalis) Bright red, long, thin bean with green centre & nutty flavour when picked young. Easy to harvest & process due to colour & len

$4.80

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SNOW WHITE CHERRY CSB(A)

SNOW WHITE CHERRY CSB(A)

(Lycopersicon esculentum) Introduced by Joe Bratka. Ivory fruit ripening to a pale yellow - cream colour upon maturity. Very sweet with no acid. High

$4.80