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About Us

Southern Seed Legacy (SSL) Project was initiated in 1996 as a project dedicated to reversing the erosion of genetic diversity and cultural knowledge in the American South by encouraging and supporting local seed saving and exchange networks and in situ conservation of plant genetic resources. The project was supported for two years by a USDA Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education in Concert with the Environment (SARE/ACE) grant under the directorship of Dr. Robert Rhoades and Dr. Virginia Nazarea. In recent years SSL has evolved into a member supported organization.  In the Spring of 2011 the SSL moved into its new home at The Laboratory of Environmental Anthropology at The University of North Texas under the directorship of Dr. James Veteto.