PLEASE NOTE: If you sent me contact form messages throughout mid-2016 and into February 2017, I did not receive them; most were being accidentally marked as spam and deleted. I have now fixed the issue. Unfortunately, I cannot recover the messages. Sorry! If you sent a message a long time ago and never got an answer, please send a new one. For the fastest responses, you can also contact me on Facebook (this is a link, click me).
The below post is current and updated as of November 15th, 2017. I understand the below details are long, but I encourage you to read all of them before sending a request.
– Most varieties are in small quantities you will need to increase yourself. I generally cannot provide larger amounts unless marked. Some corn varieties are available in 1lb. lots at a rate of $15-25 per pound depending on variety (this does NOT include shipping, which is an additional $7 or so). No larger lots of any beans are available. A normal distribution of corn is 200 seeds. A normal bean distribution is 25-30.
– All sample packets are $5 each. This includes shipping. Orders that are for only ONE (1) packet incur an additional $1 small order surcharge due to the cost of shipping supplies. Preferred payments are Cash or Paypal. If you wish to have Paypal’s buyer protections you must accept an added 6% charge to cover Paypal’s transaction fees, or the payments can be sent ‘Friends and Family’ (this does not include buyer protections). I can also accept checks, but it will delay processing. The cost for locals is less because no shipping is needed; if you are local, contact me for an appointment.
– I can custom-grow larger quantities of seed, though this must be pre-arranged by contract and is only open to select varieties.
– 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 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, I probably don’t need it.
The ‘rules’, so to speak:
– Shipping is to the lower 48 U.S. states only. I will generally only make exceptions to this for Canadian indigenous people. Shipping elsewhere is too expensive, or too risky due to customs.
– Indigenous seed banks/food sovereignty projects that my seeds ‘belong’ to are welcome to contact me for low-cost seed or 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 any private individuals. Please understand that any seed cost is to help alleviate my expenses in production, processing, and packaging; I do everything by hand, it takes a huge time investment, and I’m not turning a profit on these.
– Please understand I am only one person, working full time off the farm. It may be several days before your seeds get shipped – I cannot rush orders. Good things come to those who wait.
– Unless I already trust you, you will probably be questioned/vetted. Expect this, and know that it is not meant as an insult. I am looking for responsible stewards, not just people who covet my seed for the rarity. It does no good for a variety to be grown by a bunch of people if none are caring for it properly. Beans are fairly easy to save, but some of them still require an experienced and culturally sensitive hand. Corn in particular is a crop that is very ‘advanced’ on the scale of seed-saving difficulty and is not for beginners. If you contact me, I’m going to ask you an array of things such as where the seed will be grown, what makes you seek it, intentions for what you want to do with it later, and a rundown of any experience you have with growing heritage seed in the past (you can include some of this in the initial message if you want to save part of a step). If you are asked these questions and do not respond to them, you will not be considered to receive seed.
Any inquiries or questions – or requests for variety descriptions if none can be found – are completely welcomed. I am happy to address all questions even if no purchases are being made.
Corn available for distribution:
– Tuscarora White
– Navajo Robin’s Egg (Limit 1 sample packet)
– Katie Wheeler/Iroquois Calico (2-3 1lb. lots available)
– Six Nations Blue
– Warners (several 1lb. lots available)
– Gigi Hill
– New York Red Robin
– Mohawk Roundnose (two 1lb. lots available)
– Seneca Hominy
– Ganondagon (two 1lb. lots available)
– Painted Mountain
– Dakota Black
– Oneida (Only have 2-3 samples to share – to obtain it, you must re-offer it on the Seed Savers Exchange or enter into a contract to send some back to me after you grow it)
– 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
– Teaching Drum #18
– Teaching Drum #21
– Teaching Drum #27
– Mohawk Bush
– Indian Hannah
– Duane Baptiste Potato Bean
– Blue Shackamaxon
– Seneca Cornstalk
– Munsee Wampum
– Potawatomi Pole Lima
– Cornplanter Purple ‘Silverbear Strain’
– Seneca landrace Sunflower
– Cornplanter Tobacco
– Titan Sunflower
– Holstein Cowpea
– Good Mother Stallard Bean
– Mitla Black Bean
– Tigger Melon
– Gagon Cucumber
– Red-seeded Watermelon
– Native Milkweed (A. syriaca)
– Lakota Squash
– Sugar Magnolia Pea
– Spring Blush Pea
– Faust Hulless Barley
– Tobacco mix (misc. N. tabacum 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)
In processing now (still undergoing drying/shelling/germ. tests/etc. – cannot be requested yet):
– Elon Webster Flour
– Puhwem/Delaware White
– King Philip Improved
Crops for 2018:
N/A, Not Planned Yet
WANTED LIST (I will swap my seeds for things on this list, or buy these at just about any non-astronomical price):
– Mohawk Red
– 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)
– 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!