Seed Bank Guidelines and Policies
Seed Bank Policy
Specifics to keep in mind as you select and experiment with seeds from our catalog.
• Seeds in our seed bank may already be available in the country where you work.
• All seeds in ECHO’s seed bank are declared to be in the public domain for the good of mankind. (In the rare occasion where we may have purchased seeds for distribution that are already legally protected, this information will be identified on the packet. If you or we learn that, unknown to ECHO, a plant accession we were given was patented before we acquired it, then naturally pertinent legal restrictions would apply.)
• Most accessions of seed in ECHO’s seed bank have initially come from (1) plant enthusiasts or nurseries in the United States who for decades have brought promising plants to this country or (2) research stations and international seed banks. ECHO follows laws of the United States in seed imports and exports.
• ECHO reserves the right to remove any of the varieties mentioned in this seed listing if seed becomes unavailable, we determine that a species is of minimal interest to our network, or we learn that a species has unexpected weed potential.
• ECHO encourages study, experimentation, and cooperation with local/national agricultural organizations prior to establishing any large-scale plantings. Recipients of seeds from ECHO agree to:
- Assume all responsibility and liability for unintended consequences of introducing a new crop (e.g. should the plant become a weed)
- Monitor the initial planting (and not widely distribute seed) until h/she is convinced there is no obvious risk to the environment and to destroy that planting if such a risk becomes apparent. [Note: High potential for weediness is indicated in descriptions for certain species of which we are aware of a potential risk. ECHO is not liable in any situation in which seeds we provide result in detrimental effects to the environment.]
- Obtain any permits that may be required in the recipient’s country and advise ECHO if a phytosanitary certificate is needed. Please see the FAQs section for more information.
Please Note: You are responsible for obtaining any phytosanitary documentation that is required for importing seed and/or cuttings into the country in which they will be planted.