Corn/Bean Varieties Now Available or Available Soon

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVE SENT ME ANY EMAILED/CONTACT FORM MESSAGES ABOUT MY SEEDS BEFORE, BUT HAVE NOT GOTTEN A REPLY, IT WAS NOT BECAUSE I WAS IGNORING YOU. FOR SOME REASON, MOST OF THE MESSAGES WERE BEING MARKED AS SPAM AND DELETED. I have now fixed the issue. Unfortunately, I do not know how long this was going on, and I cannot recover any of the ones that may have ended up this way. I only have access to a few recent ones. If you sent a message a long time ago and never got an answer, please send a new one. Apologies.

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The below post is current and updated as of March 30, 2017.

Seed processing is complete and seed is available for distribution.
– Most varieties are in small quantities you will be responsible for growing out and increasing; I generally cannot provide large amounts. A few 1 lb. lots are available of some corn varieties at a rate of $20 per pound. I have no large bean lots available. A normal distribution of corn is 200 seeds, sometimes 300. A normal bean distribution is 25-30. You may order two packets/a double sample if you feel you need more of something (unless noted).
– Samples are $5 each. This includes shipping, in most cases. Single packet orders incur an added $1 small order surcharge due to the cost of shipping supplies. Preferred payments are Cash and Paypal (Paypal payments add 6% to cover Paypal’s fees). I can also accept checks, but it is not preferred – it can be hard for me to get to the bank. The cost for locals (with no shipping needed) is $1/100 seeds of corn, and $1/10 seeds of beans, with a minimum packet charge of $2.
– I can custom-grow larger quantities of seed, though this would have to be pre-arranged by contract, and is not open to all of my varieties as some of them are very special and must be treated as such.
– I will trade these seeds straight up for other seeds at no additional charge. I am most looking for ones I don’t have that have a NY/PA origin, though I will also steward rare indigenous varieties from anywhere in the country. I am focused almost entirely on saving endangered and heritage varieties from extinction – so if it’s available from multiple seed companies already, odds are I probably don’t need it.

The ‘rules’, so to speak:
– Lower 48 U.S. states only – at this time I cannot negotiate on this, sorry – doing otherwise is too expensive and too risky for my tastes. I will only make exceptions to this for indigenous people.
– Indigenous seed banks/food projects that my seeds ‘belong’ to should feel welcome to contact me for low-cost seed or other special arrangements. I will review other educational projects, etc. on a case by case basis. I am generally unable to distribute free seeds to most other situations, or to private individuals. Seed cost is mostly to help alleviate my expenses in production, processing, and packaging; I do everything by hand, and it takes a huge time investment. I’m not turning a profit on these nor am I trying to.
– Please understand I am only one person, working full time off-farm, and it may be several days before your seeds get shipped – I cannot rush orders except in truly extreme circumstances. Good things come to those who wait.
– Unless I already trust you, you will likely be questioned/vetted a bit. Expect this, and please do not consider it an insult or offense. Understand that I want to make sure these varieties are going to responsible stewards, not just those who covet them for their rarity. Beans are fairly easy, but corn in particular is a crop that is very ‘advanced’ on the scale of seed-saving difficulty. It needs a fairly sizable population for genetic health reasons, and is also extremely subject to cross-pollination contamination. As a result, it is not for beginners.

Any inquiries or questions – or requests for variety descriptions if none can be found – are completely welcomed.

Corn available for distribution:
– Tuscarora White
– Navajo Robin’s Egg (Limit 1)
– Katie Wheeler/Iroquois Calico
– Six Nations Blue
– Warners
– Gigi Hill
– New York Red Robin
– Mohawk Roundnose (Limited quantity – limit 1, possibly Trades Only soon)
– Seneca Hominy
– Painted Mountain
– Dakota Black
– Oneida (Only have 2-3 samples to share – to obtain it, you must vow to re-offer it on Seed Savers Exchange, or promise to send me back a fresh sample after you grow it)

Beans available:
– Skunk/Chester/Flagg
– Seneca Bear Paw
– Wild Pigeon
– Seneca Bird Egg
– Seneca Allegany Pinto
– Early Mohawk Pole
– Cattaraugus Cranberry
– Seneca Stripe
– Cornplanter Purple
– Ga Ga Hut
– Iroquois Corn Bread/Tuscarora Bread Bean/Skarure Bread (Limit 1)
– Deseronto Potato

Others:
– Seneca landrace sunflower
– Titan sunflower
– Holstein cowpea
– Good Mother Stallard bean
– Mitla Black bean
– Tobacco mix (misc. varieties grown here such as Adonis, Japan 8, Connecticut Broadleaf, Red Russian, etc. – mixed, no choice, sample is just a pinch due to tiny seed size – this can be had for $2.50 or $2 + SASE)

Tentative plantings for next season:
Corn
– Ganondagon
– Elon Webster Flour
– Mohawk Roundnose
– Puhwem/Delaware White
– King Philip Improved?
– ?

Beans
– Teaching Drum #18
– Teaching Drum #21
– Teaching Drum #27
– Munsee Wampum
– Six Nations
– Octarora Cornfield
– Algonquin Fisher
– Seneca Cornstalk
– Etowah
– Hyote
– Miami Potawatomi
– Mohawk Bush
– Kahnawake Mohawk
– Powhatan
– Odawa Indian
– ?

WANTED LIST (I will swap my seeds for things on this list, or buy these at just about any non-astronomical price):
Corn
– Unusual spotted or speckled corns, such as Winnebago Spotted, Bighorse Spotted
– Any rare Northeastern native varieties or heritage NY/PA developed varieties not on my SSE list (my whole SSE list is available for review, upon request)

Beans
– Norridgewock
– Tonawanda Seneca
– Mohawk Vermont
– Hodson’s Silver Wax
– Any of the rest of the Teaching Drum series
– Any rare Northeastern native or heritage NY/PA developed varieties not on my SSE list

Please feel free to use the contact form if interested and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks!

2016 Final Note

Frost took the most tender plants over the night of 10/10/16 into the morning of 10/11/16. The rest of the tender vegetation was killed the night of October 25th into the 26th. Only the hardy crops such as kale, beets, and celery remain. The growing season is now over, and all significant harvests here are currently completed. The 2016 growing season was one of our best on record, and does a lot to help make up for the last two years of absolute heartache and devastation. This is despite a season-long D2-D3 drought, which crippled many farmers in the area. However, we were able to irrigate enough to battle this.