The Long Island

Regional Seed Consortium

 A not-for-profit organization dedicated to education, advocacy, and research to foster and nurture local seed systems.


Without local seed production, local food is missing a critical and fundamental link in the chain.  We believe in the seed sovereignty and open source maintenance of seed that is available to everyone.  It is the right of every person to save seed and improve on varieties as he/she sees fit.  Seed saving increases biodiversity through personal choice and agency.

The LIRSC works closely with breeders, farmers, chefs, gardeners and other organizations to spread the word about the importance of biodiversity, regional varieties and seed saving. Through various projects like The Long Island Cheese Pumpkin Project, the annual seed swap and seed library launching and support, we strive to bring the importance of a sustainable food culture to the forefront.


Through our on-farm research, we are evaluating, trialing and actively breeding new varieties for the Long Island region.

Also, part of our initiative will be comprehensively providing historical data and information of Long Island and regional varieties. While some of these varieties are lost forever or on the verge of extinction it is important to have a record of them. We aim to make this compilation of historical ephemera and information available to everyone; from scholars to school gardens. It absolutely critical that a tangible written history be maintained so food culture can be passed on to future generations in addition to being celebrated now, rather than being lost to time.

Upcoming Events

3rd Annual LIRSC Seed Swap

saturday February 11, 2017

Save the date!  More information about talks, classes and SWAPPING!