Corn/Bean Varieties Now Available or Available Soon

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.

‘Informationals’:
– 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)
– Gaspe
– 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)

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
– Teaching Drum #18
– Teaching Drum #21
– Teaching Drum #27
– Hyote
– Mohawk Bush
– Powhatan
– Norridgewock
– Indian Hannah
– Duane Baptiste Potato Bean
– Odawa
– Blue Shackamaxon
– Seneca Cornstalk
– Munsee Wampum
– Potawatomi Pole Lima
– Cornplanter Purple ‘Silverbear Strain’

Others:
– 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):
Corn
– Elon Webster Flour
– Puhwem/Delaware White
– King Philip Improved

Crops for 2018:
N/A, Not Planned Yet

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WANTED LIST (I will swap my seeds for things on this list, or buy these at just about any non-astronomical price):
Corn
– 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)

Beans
– 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.

Rare Corn Varieties

As hinted at in the last post, I have been growing and preserving extremely rare corn varieties in the past few years. I am currently a steward of multiple hyper-rare varieties of which I most recently grew out four : Gigi Hill, Seneca Hominy, Mohawk Round Nose, and New York Red Robin. I have begun a chin-marked selection of Painted Mountain and a mottled/’cow speckled’ selection from a mixed gene pool.

Here are some notes on the four.

Gigi Hill – Flint. Tuscarora Reservation near Buffalo, NY. Mostly blue or dark blue, with some purple, pink, and clear kernels mixed in. Cobs white, husks green. Plant height approximately 5-6′, no lodging noted, most plants with 2 cobs but some producing unusual clusters of up to 6 cob-lets. 8 rows, irregular lengths – my best cob was probably 8″ or so but the typical was more like 5″. Some cobs seem to display some underdeveloped glumes, especially at the bases of the cobs, and these dry out to be pretty sharp and can be a bit rough on the hands for those hand-shelling! Recommend a sheller for this one. Matures a few days after Seneca Hominy.

Seneca Hominy/Ha-Go-Wa – Flint. Steamburg, NY. Mostly white, with some blue, pink, and purple kernels mixed in. Some cobs are about 50/50 white/blue. Cob base white, husks green. Plant height approximately 5-6′, minimal lodging. Most plants have two cobs, or one larger cob. 8 rows, usual length about 4-6″. Dries easily, shells easily, comes freely from the cob when hand-shelled. The quickest to maturity of the four; matured a few days faster than Painted Mountain flint.

Mohawk Round Nose – Flour. Rooseveltown, NY. Overall white, a few with a pink cast. Most cobs white, a few red. Very thick cobs, the thickest I’ve seen, and large kernels just a little too stumpy to match Hickory King in size. Plant height approximately 5′ in poor soil, no lodging. Most plants with one well developed cob, usual length 5-6″. No glumes on mine, but not easy to hand shell as the large kernels seem to catch one another – best with a sheller. Third in maturity of these four, after Gigi Hill.

New York Red Robin – Dent. Unlike the above three, not an Iroquois variety of corn, but was collected in Cassadaga NY nonetheless and is an old variety. Very stocky cobs and robust plants, no lodging noted. Plant height approximately 7′, cobs about 8″ long but very fat, 10-14 rows. Kernels varying shades of light to dark red with a creamy cap, cobs mostly red. The deepest red ones are absolutely stunning. This is the highest yielding among the four. I shelled mine before it really should’ve been, so no comments on the ease. The last to maturity of these four, a few days behind Round Nose.

I am willing to distribute or trade some of the seeds I have produced from the four described above; I already have distributed or promised some of them. Quantities are limited. For educational purposes, colleges, etc. there would be no cost for samples in most cases, depending on the project. Please do not be offended if I ask you questions or “vet” you before offering/selling you seed – it is nothing personal! It is simply very important to me that these varieties end up in semi-responsible and informed hands, so that hopefully such hands are helping me ensure that said varieties do not go extinct.

If trading, I am mostly interested in other rare varieties of corn. Right now I am particularly looking for unusually spotted corns like Big Horse Spotted and Winnebago Spotted, though I am happy to consider any rare variety I don’t already have. I will make an even exchange for other rare corns or beans, especially ones from NY or PA. At this point I am NOT interested in obtaining anymore ‘common’ varieties ex. Bloody Butcher or the like.

The current plan for plantings next season include the varieties Katie Wheeler, Six Nations Blue, Tuscarora White (Meadowview strain), Navajo Robin’s Egg, and Warners. Seed will be available of these in late 2016 and into 2017.

Posting this up so the whole of the internet can see it. If you are interested – please contact me via the Contact Form or the farm Facebook page. Thanks.

Sorry, but I am only willing to ship seeds to the lower 48 US States (basic flat-rate $7.15, your rate may be higher or lower depending on quantity and whether or not you’re close enough to qualify for Regional Rates instead)… No shipping to countries outside the US, or to AK/HI, things get too tricky and expensive this way and I don’t want to deal with that or wind up with people disappointed and seeds lost because an order got seized by customs or something.