My farm is located in Northern Indiana, just a few miles south of the Michigan state line. Initially all of the seed I offered was grown on our family farm. These last couple seasons, I have been working with a good friend, Kevin Payne in Southern California. His climate is better suited for growing certain crops like Largo wheat and Black and Tan naked einkorn, etc.. I have relied on Kevin to help stabilize and increase seed stock for some of these rare varieties. All of the rice, corn and peanut seed I offer is grown by me here on the farm in Indiana.
We are not plant breeders. Our goal is to take the finest staple crop varieties we can find and trial them out on our farm to see how they perform in Northern Indiana. If they are easy to grow, productive, and reasonably simple to harvest, process, and store, then we consider adding them to our seed grow-out. Other criteria would be–do they produce viable seed at the end of the season? Are they nutritious and/or high in calories? Are they adaptable to our ever-changing weather patterns? Are they easy to cook with? How can they play a role in soil building? Asking these questions, we have selected and grown out our first crops to offer as seed. Each year, we plan to add more suitable varieties and occasionally drop some. Each year we hope our farm-raised seed will produce plants that are increasingly more adapted to growing in this area. This is referred to as regionalization. Diversity is very important to us, but the constraints of space and proper isolation requirements allow for only so many types of plants we can grow and seed we can offer.
One of the main functions for our seed business is to offer locally grown seed for local gardeners and homesteaders. I hesitate to define what local is. A 25 mile radius? 50 miles or a 100? I don’t know and don’t particularly care. I’ll leave that for the grower to decide. What I do know is that the seasons and climate in Northern Indiana are somewhat different from Southern Indiana or the lake shore of Michigan’s mid-peninsula. In any case, we will gladly offer our seed to any grower in the U.S., but we do hope a good portion of our seed will be utilized here in our “more local” community.
We are not certified organic, but we have been growing, utilizing organic and sustainable inputs and methods for over 25 years. Our open-door policy at the farm welcomes anyone to stop in and see how we grow. Our seed is untreated and non GMO. All of our seed is open pollinated.
My e-mail is email@example.com