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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
– 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)
– 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
– 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:
– Elon Webster Flour
– Mohawk Roundnose
– Puhwem/Delaware White
– King Philip Improved?
– Teaching Drum #18
– Teaching Drum #21
– Teaching Drum #27
– Munsee Wampum
– Six Nations
– Octarora Cornfield
– Algonquin Fisher
– Seneca Cornstalk
– Miami Potawatomi
– Mohawk Bush
– Kahnawake Mohawk
– Odawa Indian
WANTED LIST (I will swap my seeds for things on this list, or buy these at just about any non-astronomical price):
– 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)
– 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!