Seed Trials Exchange Program (S.T.E.P.)

Requirements for Seed Trials Exchange Program:
  • 1+ Years Experience in Gardening
  • Dedicated growing area (Raised Bed, Weed Free Ground, Large Containers)
  • Reliable water source (Watering Can, Faucet, Hose)
  • 6 to 8+ hours sunlight at grow site (no trees, fences or walls)
S.T.E.P has 3 specific meetings/visits:
  1. Planting Site Evaluations and Seed Exchange/Discussion. Staff at Sari Sari Gardens will help you determine what unique vegetable crop you can grow for your site.
  2. Maintenance Lessons: How to care for crops. Pest and Disease Treatments. Harvesting tips.
  3. Seed Saving Lessons: Learning how to harvest, cure and store seeds & donating back to the seed bank.
S.T.E.P. is a cooperative style program that seeks to improve Filipino/Asian food crops to become adaptive/resilient in our zone 9B climate. Saving locally grown seeds means easier access to these harder to find varieties as they will get use to our soil and climate conditions.

S.T.E.P. is essential to build up seed stock for Sari Sari Gardens. By joining S.T.E.P. you help educate the local Filipino, Filipino-American and non-Filipino communities on the importance of a diet & garden that includes Filipino and Asian vegetables, herbs, spices and fruits.

For more information on S.T.E.P. please refer to our CONTACT US page.

Current seed trials:
1) Long Bottle Gourd/Upo
2) Scarlet Runner "Achievement" Bean
3) "Lady Godiva" Pumpkin Squash (hull-less seed)
4) "Orange Glo" Watermelon
5) "Bonanza" Angled Sponge Gourd/Patola
6) Oblong Winter Wax Melon/Kundol
7) "Canton Giant" Winter Wax Melon/Kundol
8) "Charentais" Melon
9) Philippine Lady Finger Okra
10) "Mammoth Greystripe" Sunflower
11) "Purple Moon" Hyacinth Bean/Lablab, Bataw, Parda Bean
12) Yardlong Bean Mix
13) "Day Neutral" Winged Bean/Sigarilyas
14) Bush Okra/Saluyot
15) Chinese Amaranth (Red Green)
16) Red Stem Malabar Spinach/Alugbati