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Looking for open-pollinated seed sources in Central America

Some of our members in Central America are looking for local sources of seeds, specifically for relief after the recent hurricanes. We thought it would be great to have a list of seed sources in Central America that we can share with you all. Please respond here if you know of any good quality open-pollinated seed sources in Central America. Thanks!

There is one open pollinated seed bank located in Honduras, but I can’t for the life of me remember the name.

CATIE https://www.catie.ac.cr has a huge germ plasm bank in Costa Rica. The have a presence in Guatemala, but I don’t think they have a seed bank there.

There are a couple of ag development organizations in Guatemala. I will pass their information on as I encounter them.

The office of Agricultural affairs in Guatemala is https://www.fas.usda.gov/offices/office-agricultural-affairs-guatemala-city

https://seedprograms.org/component/tags/tag/guatemala

I will pass along more as I find them.

I ordered a box of seeds from Senacri GT here in Guatemala, and so far I’ve been really happy with the quality of their seeds. They promote a lot of creole and native seed varieties, and from what I can gather, all of their seeds are open pollinated. They are located in Chichicastenango, but they also have a market stand in Antigua, which is where I picked up my seed order. They also can ship seeds, but I’m not sure if they ship to places outside of of Guatemala. They do most of their marketing and communicating through their Facebook page, and if you contact them they will send you a beautiful digital seed catalogue. https://m.facebook.com/senacrichja

Great, thank you David!

Thanks Kelly! That place sounds amazing!