Seeds for Sale

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All of the seed available through this website is grown on our small farm in Bristol, Indiana. All of the seed we offer is open-pollinated and the majority is heirloom. Some of the varieties are the result of the hard work of modern plant breeders. In the case of Painted Mountain, the breeder, Dave Christensen, worked with over 70 varieties of early, cold-hardy, Native American heirloom corns to produce this one, stabilized, open-pollinated variety. It took him over 30 years to accomplish this using “natural”, I would say “normal”, plant breeding techniques. His goal was not to monopolize the corn seed market for a season with a proprietary hybrid and reap piles of greenback. His goal was to “ensure that people all over the world have a hardy, easy-to-grow source of survival food they can grow themselves”. We wholeheartedly support this kind of plant breeding and are proud to offer this type of seed alongside our traditional heirlooms.

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.

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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.

If you are a local customer interested in buying seed, you can bypass the whole PayPal/shopping cart business and just drop me an e-mail regarding your order or give me a call. We can set up arrangements for you to get your seed in person here at the farm. I also plan to be at the Goshen Farmers Market starting in January.                                                                                                My e-mail is     My phone number is 574-848-4625




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25 Responses to Seeds for Sale

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  3. John jaya says:

    Will your upland rice grow in north florida. I would like to grow about a half acre how much seed would i need?

    • John Sherck says:

      Where you live you could probably grow just about any variety of rice, including all the varieties I offer! Seeding rates for large areas depends on the method you
      plan to use for growing the crop. Direct seeding will require much more seed than transplanting. How are you intending to plant?

  4. Charles Knatcal says:

    Hello I was wondering if you had any perennial leeks this year? I’m just looking threw what you have for this year. Charles Knatcal

  5. Rebecca Touboel says:

    When will Black Jet soy beans be for sale in 2017? I so need to grow them and I absolutely love this site!!!

  6. tim says:

    john do you have puhwem corn seeds delaware corn thanks

  7. Cindy Dutcher says:

    Hi Tim, love your work! What is the most north hardy rice you carry? We are in Michigan’s eastern UP. Cindy D.

    • John Sherck says:

      Hello Cindy. The earliest maturing variety I have is Hayayuki at about 90-95 days from transplant. It is a paddy rice but
      can be grown like an upland variety. Make sure the bed does not dry out until after flowering and the beginning of grain
      fill. Duborskian, Amaura and Zerwachanica are also fairly early at 100-110 days. (Duborskian might need 115 days if the
      summer is cool. Out of the 4 I would probably suggest the Amaura or Hayayuki.

  8. Daniel Hale says:

    I’m interested in growing a variety of grains as a winter food source for my free-range chickens. You have so many varieties available, are there any particular types that will do well in zone 7b (northwest Arkansas)

    • John Sherck says:

      Millet and sorghum are 2 easy to grow summer grains suitable for chickens. You do not have to thresh the grains. You can just give them the whole grain heads. Ba-Yi-Qi and Dale Sorghum are productive. Japanese Barnyard Millet is also very productive.

  9. Ron Bequeath says:

    John, are your 2020 seeds out on your website yet.

    • John Sherck says:

      Not yet. I am still conducting germination tests and creating new web content. I should be ready to go near the end of the month. Thanksgiving has always been my goal for wrapping up the preliminary work before selling for the new season.

  10. Ronald E Bequeath says:

    John, did my order go through? Ron Bequeath, I don’t know why but i can never tell with paypal. Thanks.

  11. Owen Davies says:

    Are squash seeds for sale this year? Also, miami ohio pole beans did very well for me this year and I would like to leave a good review if you are still selling them. Flavor is very nice and a lot like fava beans.

  12. Pam Pixley says:

    Hi John.
    Several years ago my husband and I purchased a packet of Cosmonaut Volkov tomato seeds from you. We live in Elkhart The tomatoes grew beautifully! And they tasted great. I have been using the seeds every year since then.
    We are looking forward to purchasing a variety of pepper seeds this year.
    It’s so nice to plant seeds with confidence knowing they will grow well here. We just have a small garden that we enjoy every year.
    Thanks for providing this service and all the info you shared with us that day we visited.

  13. Bernel Michael says:

    Hi John
    Im trying to purchase grain seeds on your site through PayPal but it won’t go through. Is there another way. I live in Oregon so cant come to your farm:) wish I could though. How else can I make a purchase?

  14. Hi John,

    We are quite sorry to see that you are not selling seeds anymore, but congratulations on deciding to grow and change the business in ways that are important. You have been a great resource to those of us learning to grow staple grains and we will miss your seed catalog! I hope you will consider archiving or listing those varieties that you grew as a resource to others. Many thanks for all your work and best of luck in your future endeavors!

    Jonathan Carr

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