The Great Seed Corn Swap
So this is a thread about doing a cooperative seed corn swap so we each can develop our own individual landrace lines. The idea is to get as many varieties of seed corn together in one place as we can, then divvy them up and ship em out to the participants who then plant them all in a block. The corn cross-pollinates and what you have when you save the seeds from all those different crosses are a thousand hybrids with genes from who knows where. The following year you plant your seeds and begin the process of selecting seeds from the plants you like best.
The idea is to develop a line acclimated to you and your plot plus lots of diversity so when AGW or too-expensive inputs throw you a curve, your crop has a greater potential ability to adapt than an inbred heirloom or commercial hybrid.
--- There aren't any rules, here are some thoughts:
I'm not sure of the cost, if we have enough people to buy fractions of a pound instead of packets it would be great, heirloom seeds are around 10¢ each before shipping in packets.
This is really good! (PDF)
Another guys page about landrace seeds
So this is a thread about doing a cooperative seed corn swap...........
Yeah, I'm definitely interested; some of the reading I've been doing discusses the issue of the inbreeding of corn. However, I'm still on the low end of the learning curve in regards to gardening/agriculture so I'm still struggling a bit. Last year was our second year trying to grow anything, and the first time that we tried corn. Out of the dozen seeds we planted, only two grew and they were pathetic. In their (and my) defense however, they were a last minute attempt to take advantage of the dwindling growing season and weren't planted until late August, much to late I think.
But, with some guidance, I think I can participate in this Great Seed Corn Swap.
Count me in.
I don't have a place to grow corn, but I wanted to bring your attention to this corn that has enjoyed some successful trials.
It's an Italian Alpine land race corn designed for early harvests in about 100 days. Flints, with less water, apparently can survive cold better.
Floriani Red Flinthttp://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/Floriani-Red-Flint-Corn...
We have better than 40 bushels total of OP corn. Some is several generations removed from "J.reid" and "Wapsie valley", I'ld rate it a longer day corn than "Wapsie valley" certainly, and with less lodging problems than "Wapsie". However, it isn't the consistent yellow dent kernels that "Jreid" is faomus for.
Would deliver some for free local or allow pick-up, as I'm too lazy/busy to ship
Robie,husband,father,farmer,optometrist (south central VA)
Thanks for the responses, you guys are the most interested group so far!
Earthwise, we sometimes plant corn in the greenhouse in plug- flats to get an early start. It's much easier to control moisture and temp and bugs. In fact we start all the new heirloom seeds we buy either in plug trays or soil blocks.
I'll bump this up for a couple of weeks to see if we can get enough people to make it worthwhile.
My first year gardening in the South was a learing experience. We haven't tried corn yet in our garden (SC). I knew it would take some effort to make corn work here on the border of Zones 8/9 but am planning it next year. Is there a variety or two anyone recommends? That new strain mentioned sounds promising.
I used to grow corn in NY and I was a member of a seed saver exchange up there. I'd like to be a part of this exchange and contribute to biodiversity.
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