SHERCK SEEDS IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED. UNFORTUNATELY I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RESUME TAKING ORDERS UNTIL LATE SUMMER FOR FALL PLANTED WHEAT. ALL OTHER CROPS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN NOVEMBER PER MY REGULAR SCHEDULE.
* I do not ship outside the USA, and I do not have quantities available larger than the listed packet sizes.
Welcome to Sherck Seeds. It is my hope that this website can assist local sustainable gardeners and homesteaders in their ongoing agricultural adventures. My goal is to provide a regionalized source of open-pollinated seed, for staple crops like rice, wheat, barley, dry beans, and many others. This website gives customers a place to browse, learn about, and purchase this seed. Within the last couple years I have needed to expand my primary mission of “local adapted seeds” to now, also include some rare varieties specifically for the purpose of seed preservation. While not my initial plan, over time, I have seen the need for preserving some of these landrace and heritage crops (specifically wheat and barley types) that are not well suited to growing here in Midwest. I have been working with my friend and “seed steward” Kevin Payne from Southern California to help in growing out and maintaining those varieties that are better suited to his region (mild winters, hot and arid summers). Kevin is committed to raising crops using organic methods and his seed quality is impeccable. Any specific seed variety I offer that has been grown by Kevin is listed in that varieties description. All other seed has been grown by me here on my farm in Northern Indiana.
This website is not intended as a resource for survivalists anticipating a global apocalypse. There is no quick and easy way to be self-sufficient or sustainable. My vision is one of a long-term and generous commitment of time, labor, and interest in learning to grow well, and to grow an abundance of nutritious, healthy food. I also periodically post information on what I have learned about growing, harvesting, storing, saving seed, and of course, cooking with these crops. I try to share simple and inexpensive methods to accomplish these goals. I strongly support the “free exchange” of seeds, with no proprietary notions of exclusivity or patented ownership. In addition to selling seed (which covers the basic expenses of operating the farm), I also frequently share and swap seed with individuals engaged in efforts to secure biodiversity and traditional farming practices. Learning to save, select and adapt your own seed is crucial to the future of food security here in Indiana and across the globe. I look forward to serving and/or networking with growers from other neighborhoods here on our groovy planet.