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I grow my own variety of genetically diverse open pollinated land-race shelling peas on my farm.Benefits
Commercial varieties of garden peas are bred to mature on the same day so that they can be harvested by machine. My peas are hand picked and mature over a few weeks so I don't get a huge overabundance on one day and nothing the next.Pea Breeding
My peas are a genetically diverse population which increases the chances that during adverse growing conditions or unexpected pest attacks that at least some of the crop will thrive.
I am currently doing cross pollination experiments by hand in order to add yellow, purple, and red podded peas to my landrace.Progress Report 2011
During the 2011 growing season I identified and separated out a sub-landrace that matures about 10 days earlier than the first of the main season peas.Obtaining seed
To obtain seed samples send one silver dime, dated 1964 or earlier, to my post office box for each variety desired. That was the retail price of a packet of seeds in 1860 when my great-great-great grandmother started farming in Paradise. I'm still farming in the same village and asking the same price more than 150 years later. I accept other denominations of silver coins dated 1964 or earlier, and modern silver eagles that are 0.999 fine. Include four dollars cash per shipment to cover the shipping costs. [Please, if you send anything other than paper put it in a padded or bubble envelope, or tape dimes securely to a piece of cardstock inside an envelope.]
My Other Landraces
Landrace garden crops
Blog: Mother Earth News -- Landrace Gardening.
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