Angelika Maier wrote:A good idea. But your site is not global and you don't tell the rules. Do you pay for listing? Furthermore the site is completely empty, you click once on an empty site and never get back to it.
David Livingston wrote:Samual Have you thought of the legal aspects ? It is forbidden to trade in certain plants because of the dangers of spreading disease. Imagine if I sent you some rice seeds for instance that brought a new disease or pest to Korea? I can imagine the authorities might want a word or two with you
David Livingston wrote:May I make a suggestion . Instead of launching the site as it is put it on hold for a while.
1 Research the legality of such an effort in Korea first . I can tell you now that such a site could leave you open to prosecution in the EU if you do try to import seeds to the EU with a certified bio-sercurity document
2 Make a post on Permies and maybe other sites to see if there is any demand for such an adventure so that when you start you can have a number of people already offering seeds rather than your one post , as Angela points out above its not the way to be successful .
3 Is a site like this the best way forward would another platform like face book be more appropriate ?
hans muster wrote:Hi,
I have seen a few seed exchange platforms. Most of them are nice lists for few friends which want to exchange seeds, but not usable beyond that.
The only online one I can recommend is
It is in french, and as a rule it is only for exchange, not selling. You can search for specific varieties, and then you see who has them available. And what else these persons have available, and what they are looking for.
The only flaw in this website is that you cannot select only by country, which would be helpful for legal reasons. But by looking at the profile you see in which country the semeur is.
If you have the capacity and time to make a website, maybe you could just translate the semeur site, so they can offer it in 2 languages? I do not know if they would agree.
R Ranson wrote:It's a nifty idea. Could you tell me how your site differs from the seed saver exchange in the US, or seeds of diversity in Canada?
Most seed exchanges I've seen are within a country or agricultural zone. They don't tend to be international because there are some pretty weird international laws about seeds, some of which result in criminal or bio-terrorism charges for the individual receiving unauthorised seeds. Even within a country, there are some strict laws. For example, the quarantine zone starts two farms down the road from me. If that person sends me potatoes, then that person is risking a fine or even jail time. In some US states, it is forbidden to grow certain citrus or cotton in a home garden because they can have a negative effect on commercial growing. In some cases they harbour pests, in others, it can cause pollen contamination of commercial seed.
However, I do suspect there are international users in the Seed Savers Exchange. They use it at their own risk and need to be fully aware of their local laws.
R Ranson wrote:I think your idea is brilliant! It's just the seed laws that suck.
You have great enthusiasm, so don't lose heart just yet.
Maybe have a look at the seed exchanges that already exist and see how they
get aroundwork with the laws. They've been at it a while, so that might be a good place to start researching.
Is there something you can do to make your idea stand out from the others that already exist? Are you interested in perennials, or landrace seeds, or resilient seeds, or something else?