This season I have expanded the selections of Upland Rice, Wheat and Barley. Improved grow outs have enabled me to offer larger packets of some items like the Hourani and Dika Wheat, as well as some of the KUSA barley varietals. I am excited to offer 3 new upland rice varieties this season, Amaura, Zerwachanica and Italian Carnaroli rice. The Carnaroli is one of a group of heritage seeds sent to me from Italy last winter. In addition to this famous risotto rice, I also am offering Italian Marano corn (for perfect polenta), Italian Timilia Wheat and an Italian bean called Badda di Polizzi. I hope to incorporate more Italian crops in the coming seasons.
I also have added Bnugzegnug (Walpole Island White) flour corn. It has been a real privilege to be able to offer some of the traditional crops grown by the Potawatomi Indians. Bnugzegnug takes it’s place along side the Mskigwat flint corn, Potawatomi Rabbit Beans and Potawatomi Pole Lima Beans.
In addition, there are also a couple new “rare” lima beans, North Star and Red Calico. Two new “Old World” rye varieties from a “seed” friend in Estonia, Tvengsberg Midsummers Rye and Sangaste’. I also have a new barley, Trysilbygg, from seed sent to me from Norway, and 2 new strains of Einkorn Wheat; one from the Austrian Alps and another from the Balkans. Last but not least, I have added a Belorussian processing tomato called Permoga (seed from Estonia) and for those who love Gaspe’ corn as much as I do; I have a new strain to offer in addition to the one I have offered the last two years. My hope is to broaden the genetics for Gaspe’.
It was a good year but with a few flops. I had really hoped to offer both a red and a black upland rice variety this season. They both turned out to be problematic. I have plans to trial some “better suited”, red and black upland rice varieties next summer. I also lost a crop of Norwegian wheat to rust (a fungal disease); and of course, daily battles with crazy rabbits and hungry, persistent birds Otherwise, it was a successful year and I greatly appreciate all my customers from last season and look forward to providing quality seed to any new. Already this Fall, I have had a series of wonderful phone conversations with folks from South Carolina, Louisiana, Delaware and Minnesota, to name just a few. Many of these calls were from farmers (rice and wheat). These conversations have provided me with tons of insights about these crops. To think, 5 years ago when I started selling seed, I was simply excited than I could grow one rice variety (Duborskian), successfully here in northern Indiana. Now I am up to 10 varieties and realize that I am just scratching the surface. Biodiversity is an amazing and important concept to wrap your mind around!
- Please check out the Resources and Community section on this website. I have added a lot of information about regional seed saving organizations, as well as information about equipment and links to websites dealing with specific crops.