About The ECHO Global Seed Bank
COVID-19 Seed Shipping Disruptions
Please be aware that we may not be able to accept your seed order for processing at this time. Many countries are not accepting mail from the US at this time due to service impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can check information on your country at the US Postal Service's "International service disruptions" list.
The goal of the ECHO Global Seed Bank is to serve as a resource for development workers who wish to experiment with underutilized crops as they work to improve the lives of small scale farmers and gardeners. The seed bank maintains a collection of hard-to-find seeds that thrive under the often difficult growing conditions of the tropics and sub-tropics.
Free Trial Seeds For Development Workers
The seed bank provides small sample packets of seed to those working on behalf of the poor in developing countries. Trial seeds can be used to evaluate new species that may help to diversify food crop options, improve soil fertility, provide useful farm products and generate income for small scale farmers.
Active development workers who are members of ECHOcommunity may request up to 10 seed packets per year at no charge. Qualified individuals can register for a no-cost membership. If you do not qualify as an "Active Development Worker" seed services are offered through our "Individual Premium" membership at a nominal cost.
Due to the nature of the seed bank, these specialized seeds are not usually available to the general public.
To provide for people during the COVID-19 pandemic we have set up a special seed selection for those in the US and Canada.
Order Seeds For Use In The USA and Canada
Before Ordering Trial Seeds
Up to 10 packets of sample seeds are available free for active development workers in a calendar year. To find out if you qualify, and receive your "promotional code" to use when submitting your order, please fill out this form. Please order all 10 sample packets at once to save on processing and shipping costs. If you order more than two of any variety we reserve the right to limit the order to two packets depending on our supply. Please be aware that a response to your request for the promotional code may only be replied to during regular working hours (8a.m. - 5p.m, Monday through Friday EST).
NOTE: Please be aware that some countries require an Import Permit and/or a Phytosanitary Certificate in order to allow seeds into the country. If you want your seeds sent to a country that has these requirements, you are responsible for acquiring and paying for these documents. Most Western countries and many Central American countries have strict import laws. It is not ECHO's responsibility if your government confiscates the seeds. If you are not sure about your country's laws, ask your Department of Agriculture. We can obtain a Phytosanitary Certificate if you need one; it will cost you $61 US Dollars. Please e-mail us before you order seeds if you are unsure of your country's import regulations.
- Search the Online ECHO Global Seed Bank Catalog, for the items for your trial.
- Place up to 10 varieties in your cart (please no more than two packets per variety.)
- At checkout: Enter the promotional code you received from ECHO. (To request the promo code, fill out this form and an ECHO staff member will respond.)
- In some cases, you may wish to order additional seeds and pay for them. If you add more than 10 seed packets to your cart, you will be charged for them.
- Submit your order. Orders are generally shipped within 2 weeks.
Looking for help?
ECHO offers many species and varieties of underutilized food plants likely to grow well under difficult growing conditions. Many of these species may be new to you - we are here to help you choose the species that will best suit your needs and your area.