Free seeds from USDA

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  1. CraftyDiva

    CraftyDiva Is anybody here?

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    Found this email from a friend today and thought someone might be able to use the info. A little late for planting, but think "Next Year" !






    I came across this site while searching for free pepper seeds-
    http://www.geocities.com/ojpimpson52/USDA.html

    The site explains how you can get free pepper seeds from the government, but by following these instructions I have found you can get just about any type of seed you can think of with a little reasearch. If you are intrested in other seeds (besides peppers) go to this site- http://www.ars-grin.gov/npgs/stats/ -and follow the instructions for getting pepper seeds... I know it sounds complicated, I can't even pronounce most of the scientific names for these seeds, but they are free... if you can figure out the process... I just stuck with the free pepper seeds.

    -I requested 12 different types of pepper seeds and have since recieved and planted all of them-

    *Hint* She then lists how to request the seeds.....

    go here http://www.ars-grin.gov/npgs/stats/ lets say that you want some lettuce seeds. click lettuce,,Lactuca sativa L is normal romaine lettuce if i remember correctly, a google search will straighten out the confuse with scientific names. now if you went to lactuca sativa l click where it says 1162 accessions, these are just like different orgins for the seeds,http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npg...html.pl?1431630 i just happen to pick this one for example...and i want it so i wrote down the PI number PI 536694 now once i select everything i want send Ill send an email here orders@ars-grin.gov using this format

    Your name – Joe Schmoe
    Organization – Leave Blank
    Address – Put your full mailing address including zip code
    Phone Number – full phone number including area code
    Any special handling instructions – Don’t put anything down
    Accession identifiers desired – List your Grif or PI numbers that you want then you get them about a month or so later.
     
  2. Terri

    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    What is a grif or a pi number?
     

  3. CraftyDiva

    CraftyDiva Is anybody here?

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    Wild guess....... the seed ID # ? As in stock number.
     
  4. CraftyDiva

    CraftyDiva Is anybody here?

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    You can still get cold crop seeds, ie.....cabbage, lettuce, brussle sprouts ......you know the drill. :)