Seedsavers Taranaki is a local community wide group that share, swap and have fun saving and growing NZ open pollinated seed local to Taranaki and beyond.
Why save your own seeds
As seedsavers we are continuing the traditional food growing techniques of our parents, our grandparents and their parents – that of selecting the best and healthiest plants and saving the seed for next season’s planting.
Seedsavers select and grow the plants that grow best in their local area, taste best and are resistant to local pests and diseases. Many commercial seeds are hybrids and if seed is saved from these plants they will not breed true.
How to save your own seed
Self Pollinating: Lettuce, tomatoes and beans (except for runners and broad beans) are easy for beginners because they produce seed in their first year and are self pollinating.
Cross Pollinating: Different varieties of carrots, onions, brassicas, corn, pumpkin, runner beans and broad beans will cross with each other. If you want to keep your seed pure (retain the characteristics of your seed) only grow one variety at a time to prevent cross pollination.
Join the group
The Taranaki Seedsavers group have regular field trips throughout the year where members visit local productive gardens of interest, swap seeds and share ideas. The group is open to all who are interested in saving seeds. Join the group by clicking the ink below. You will be sent the latest updates on gatherings and group news.
Seed banks available Taranaki wide
Community House/Womens Centre
Leach Street, New Plymouth
P: 06 756 6192
Opening times: Mon-Fri 9.30am – 3pm
North Taranaki Community & Information Centre
67, McLean Street, Waitara
P: 06 754 8924
Opening times: Mon-Fri 9am-3.30pm
Urenui Mobile Seed Bank
Urenui Crop Swaps 2nd & 4th Saturdays
Mike’s Brewery, SH3 Urenui – 10.30am
To use seed bank when not at Crop Swap call Maria on 027 232 555
Fun Ho! Museum & Inglewood Information Centre
25 Rata Street, Inglewood
P: 06 756 7030
Opening times: Mon-Sun 10am-4pm
Marfell Community Trust
10, Endeavour Street, Marfell, New Plymouth
Open: Mon – 9.30am – 11.30
Contact Kurvarji: 06 751 1908 or text 027 870 2488
Prospero Place, Stratford
P: 06 765 5403
Opening times: Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm
Saturday: 9am – 12pm
Downtown Okato Café
64, Carthew Street, Okato
P: 06 752 4822
Opening times: Mon/Tues/Fri 7am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am-4pm
Hāwera Mobile Seed Bank
Hawera Crop Swap, 3rd Sat each month
Presbyterian Centre, Hawera
152, High Street, Hawera
Mon-Fri: 7am- 4pm & Sat: 7pm – 1pm