The Seed of the Year program started in 2019 as a collaboration between City Sprouts, The Big Garden, Big Muddy Urban Farm, and Omaha Public Library. The goal of the program is to increase the amount of locally saved seed available in Omaha and to encourage Omaha residents’ ability and confidence around saving seed.

Each year, a specific type of seed is selected by the community through an online poll. In 2019 it was Rattlesnake Bean and in 2020 it is the Swiss Giant Snow Pea! A seed packet is then provided free of charge along with a growing and saving guide at any of the partner locations.

By the end of the season, the seed has been locally grown and saved and is redistributed to community members, stocked at our organizations for future use, and becomes part of the Omaha Public Library Common Soil Seed Library! 

Annual Seed of the Year Seed Events


Seed Share

Gifford Park Elementary

February 15, 2020 10AM - 2 PM

Neighbors sharing seeds is a time-honored tradition that strengthens local food security. We will have empty seed packets and folks available to assist you. Please make sure to label all seeds that you plan to share. Even if you don’t have seeds to share, you are welcome to attend; we will have plenty of seeds to go around!

Seed of the Year Seed Saving Class

Benson Branch Library

May 6th, 2020 6-8 PM

Learn how to save seeds through the Seed of the Year program! Come get your free packet of Swiss Giant Snow Peas and learn the basics of growing, caring for and saving these seeds!

Seed School

October 2020 - TBD

In the fall, we hold a 2-day, intensive course on seed saving, called Seed School, which includes a community seed cleaning party. At the seed cleaning, folks can bring their Seed of the Year and learn how to process and package them for the following season for sharing with neighbors, stocking the Common Soil Seed Library, and using in your own garden year after year! 



Schweizer Riesen (Swiss Giant) Snow Pea


Rattlesnake Beans

©2020 GROWING GARDENERS workshop series 

by City Sprouts & The Big Garden