ECHO Seed Bank Frequently Asked Questions
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Is the ECHO Seed Bank a business or seed company?
No…ECHO is a non-profit organization with a vision to honor God by providing sustainable hunger solutions to small holder farmers and gardeners, primarily in the developing world. The Seed Bank is part of this global ministry. The Seed Bank’s purpose is to provide TRIAL PACKETS OF SEEDS to individuals and organizations working directly with resource poor farmers and gardeners, not to provide seed to gardeners in the US.
I am a gardener in the US, how can I order seeds from ECHO?
The seeds in ECHO’s Global Seed Bank listings are intended only for overseas network members actively engaged in community development. Seed sales to individual gardeners in the United States are available through the ECHO bookstore and online bookstore website. You can also join ECHO Community as an "Basic" member and gain access our seed catalog for a nominal fee. Instructions for that fee are provided in an email following registration.
Where can I find larger quantities of the seeds you offer?
We offer bulk quantities of Moringa oleifera. Many of the species we have in our listing come from research stations or international seed banks and are not available in large quantities. Some species we propagate on our research and demonstration farm in Florida. Others are purchased from local seed companies. Contact us at email@example.com if you have questions about where to find larger quantities of certain seeds.
What seeds are allowed into my country?
This varies from country to country depending on each country's importation regulations. Contact your ministry of agriculture for a list of prohibited or restricted plant species. Sometimes seeds are allowed even when plant material is not. You may also contact the ECHO seed bank for assistance - we can usually help you find out. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I bring vegetable seeds to Haiti?
For people wanting to bring seeds into Haiti, vegetable seeds are unrestricted and do not require a phytosanitary certificiate. Cuttings and non-vegetable seeds require a phytosanitary certificate. (Note: this import information applies to the country of Haiti)
How do I obtain a phytosanitary certificate?
We are able to obtain phytosanitary certificates for seeds being exported from ECHO's seed bank. This process takes at least two weeks, so please allow time for order processing as well as certification. Often it is necessary to obtain a seed import permit from the importing country before a phytosanitary certificate can be issued. If you think you require a phytosanitary certificate, please contact the seed bank directly and we will be happy to assist. Contact us at email@example.com.