WinterSown.org also is a seedbank of sorts, in that they accept donations of seeds (veggies, fruits, flowers, trees) and provides 6 free small-count seed packs of their choice to gardeners, or 12 seed packs for a small donation through their SASE program. They also distributes the seeds in bulk to worthy organizations (school, youth group, senior center, garden club etc.) I just love an organization that promotes gardening for pennies, and encourages you to do so with low costs such as recycled containers and free seeds. It just re-emphasizes that anyone can start a garden, it doesn't have to be an expensive hobby. If you have extra viable seeds you want to donate, you can see their donating instructions here.
They also have a SASE program for different types of tomatoes. How the SASE program for tomatoes work is that you fill out their seed selection form and send them a Self Address Stamped Envelope with two stamps on the envelope. They will send you 6 varieties of tomato seed packs free. All packs are small count seed packs that contain a minimum of six seeds each pack. Many of my packs had more than 6 seeds. If you are like us and are tomato growing newbies, this is a great way to grow different kinds of tomato varieties and taste them without committing to spending a lot of money buying seed packets of something you might not like. If you want to try more than 6 varieties, you can send them a monetary donation that starts at $5. $5 donation for a gift of 10 Varieties (6 choices & 4 defaults). A $10 donation for a gift of 20 Varieties (12 choices & 8 defaults) and so on and so forth. All donations are tax-deductible. I really encourage you to donate to this non-profit. What they are doing is wonderful and the money will keep them going. Here's more info about WinterSown.org.
I sent them my $5.00 and requested these tomato varieties. I was so giddy when I received my SASE from WinterSown in the mail today.
- Black Mystery ~ Beautiful brick-tone fruits, nice for slice or salad, most weigh a half-pound, delicious, IND, 72+ DTM
- Beefsteak ~ Classic heirloom, meaty fruits usually weigh over a pound, IND, 80 DTM
- German Johnson ~ Virginia heirloom makes large deep pink beefsteaks, yum and pretty, IND, about 80 DTM
- Giant Belgium ~ Deep pink beefsteaks can weigh up to two pounds, meaty fruits have excellent flavor, 80+ DTM, IND
- Tiny Tim ~ Abundant, yum red cherries on dwarf plants, nice for containers and planters, DET, 58+ DTM
- Rutgers ~ Red fruits weigh about 6 ounces, well known reliable cropper, DET, 75 DTM
- Chocolate Cherry ~ Clusters of maroon-brown fruits, 1" each, delicious, IND, 70 DTM
- Manitoba ~ Favorite for short seasons, produces loads of good tasting red fruits, 4 - 6 ounces each, DET, about 70 DTM
- Isis Candy ~ Warm yellow cherries are uniquely marbled with a red blush to full streaks, lovely and delicious, IND, 80 DTM
- Jaune Flamme ~ French heirloom has golden-orange fruits, about three ounces each, delicious and pretty, IND, 70+ DTM
- Hovarth ~ Red fruit, IND, 80+ DTM
- Druzba ~ Bulgarian heirloom has pretty red globes, can weigh over a half-pound, great flavor, IND, 80+ DTM
- Palmira's Northern Italian ~ 75-85 days, IND, regular leaf, 6'+ plants, up to 2+ lb red fruit, good tomato taste, slightly more acid than sweet, few splits, very vigorous, productive, 40 lbs/plant.
- Romanian Sweet Pepper ~ Pretty pepper, ripes from ivory, to orange and then red.