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2017 Seed List

This list is from a previous year, many of the items may not be currently available. Please request seeds from current seed list.

  Lofthouse-Oliverson Landrace Muskmelon

I have some low-germination seed that I can share as a gift if are already getting something else, or if you cover the postage.

A great tasting muskmelon with a heavenly aroma and taste: musky, sweet, and soft. An unsophisticated eater might not even realize that this is the same species as what restaurants and grocery stores sell! Best picked just as the fruits are starting to turn yellow, and when the fruit slips from the vine when pulled gently. Limiting water after the first fruits start to ripen leads to higher quality. Developed to thrive under subsitence level growing conditions without cides nor fertilizers. Adapted to a short-season cold-nighted high-altitude mountain valley. This variety has done well in hot climates because it comes on early and produces fruit before the worst of the summer heat and diseases. ~75 to 90 days. Orange fleshed. Netted skin. Fruits about 3 to 5 pounds. Direct seed after danger of frost has passed. Descended from about 80 named varieties of cantaloupes and muskmelons. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse and Susan Oliverson in Cache Valley Utah/Idaho. OSSI-pledged. ~40 seeds.

landrace seeds
Long Island Seed Project

landrace muskmelon
  Lofthouse Landrace Watermelon

Out of seed.

This landrace is the result of a long breeding project involving around a dozen growers, about 300 named cultivars, and thousands of new promiscuously pollinated hybrids. There is lots of variety in shape, skin color, and size. I have selected for mostly yellow-fleshed fruits because they are sweeter tasting under my growing conditions. I recommend soaking seeds for 16 hours prior to planting, sowing heavily, and that slow germinating or slow growing plants be culled early in the growing season. Pre-germinating the seeds in pots of coconut coir or vermiculite is a good way to screen for quick germination. (I'm serious that you should chop out any plants that germiante or grow slowly.) Plant after danger of frost has passed. Fruits about 5 to 10 pounds. ~90 DTM. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse with significant contributions from Andrew Barney, Susan Oliverson, Alan Bishop, Diane Speed, Soren Holt, and other collaborators. ~40 seeds.

landrace seeds
Bishop's Homegrown Goodness
Hoggy Seed Swap

watermelon landrace
  Lofthouse-Astronomy Sweet Corn

su. Promiscuously pollinated. Multi-colored. Mid-season (~65 to 75 days). Selected for colorful cobs at milk stage and for resistance to predation by birds and small mammals. It has that fabulous old-fashioned corn taste: Chewy and flavorful without being overly sweet. A robust landrace that is reliable and easy to grow. Developed for subsistence level growing conditions without cides nor fertilizers. An excellent choice for tough growing conditions and for people wanting to save their own seeds or to develop their own variety of sweet corn. I consider this to be the best sweet corn I have to offer for an emergency survival stash. Descended from Alan Bishop's Astronomy Domine Sweet Corn which is descended from hundreds of varieties of heirloom and modern sweet corns. It has been in my garden for a long time, and has drifted significantly away from the original, so a new name seems appropriate. Very tolerant of cold spring soil. I plant 3 weeks before average last frost date. OSSI-pledged. ~100 seeds.

astronomy domine sweet corn
  Harmony Grain Corn

A union between a hybrid swarm of North American grain corns and a synthetic composite of 6 races of South American grain corns: Tuxpeno, Coastal Tropical Flint-Dent, Southern Cateto, Cuzco, Coroico, and high-altitude Andean. Harmony was developed to reunite various races of corn and to create a strong genetic base from which to conduct plant selection and breeding. Contains flint, dent, flour, pop and a small amount of sweet corn. Adapted to temperate growing conditions. Not day-length sensitive. About 85 to 115 DTM to grain stage. Selected for resistance to predation by birds and small mammals. OSSI-pledged. ~100 seeds.

North American and South American Corns: Synthetic composite
  Unity Flour Corn

A selection from Harmony Grain Corn which contains only soft-kerneled flour corns. Selected for tall plants that bear their cobs at heights of about 4 to 6 feet. I think this corn is better for human food, and harmony is better for poultry. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse, (and as with all other crops that I grow), a multitude of illiterate seed savers stretching back thousands of years. OSSI-Pledged. ~100 seeds.

Unity Flour Corn
  Orange Sweet Corn

Out of Seed until about October 2017.

Descended from a cross between [LISP Asworth or Astronomy Domine] and Cateto, a South American race of corn with high carotene levels. I really adore the taste of carotenes in my food, so I am hyped about the taste of this corn, and about it's potential for improved nutrition. About 65 to 80 DTM. This corn is newly developed, and is still a bit rough around the edges, but because of the great taste and potential for better nutrition I want to release it as soon as possible into the hands of as many potential seed savers as possible. Selection is ongoing for oranger coloration. Variety preservation protocol: Cull any cobs with white kernels or colored pericarp. Cull any kernels with purple or gray coloration. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. OSSI-pledged. ~50 seeds.

high carotene sweet corn
  High Carotene Flint Corn

Out of Seed until about October 2017.

A sister-line selected from Harmony Grain Corn. An ancestor was Cateto, a South American race of corn with high carotene levels. The most exciting trait offered by this corn is high concentrations of carotenes. I speculate that this improves the nutritional content of the corn: Especially for poultry. Selection is ongoing for oranger coloration. Variety preservation protocol: Cull any cobs with white kernels or colored pericarp. Cull any kernels with purple or gray coloration. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. OSSI-pledged. ~50 seeds.

high carotene flint corn
  Northern Teosinte

Out of seed.

A day-neutral, quick-maturing Zea mays mexicana teosinte that flowers and sets seed in northern gardens. The seed was grown in the same field as sugary enhanced sweet corn and flour corn, so there may be a few hybrids with modern corn. Descended from Ames 21855. ~90 DTM. This is the first year that I have grown this seed, so packets are limited to about 20 seeds. This is a wild species, so germination may be erratic. New for 2017.

Zea mays, teosinte

Descendants of a cross between domesticated corn and Zea diploperennis. A day-neutral selection that is short-season enough to set seeds in my garden. The plants are highly branched with many shanks per plant, and many cobs per shank. Because of the high variability of silking and tasseling times, this corn gets pollinated better when planted in blocks. Because one of the ancestors has rhizomous roots, it's possible that some plants may be perennial in warm climates. I'd love to receive seeds back from any plants with rhizomous roots. ~110 DTM and/or may have some day-length sensitivity. Descended from Ames 13502/13503. ~50 seeds. New for 2017.

Teosinte cross
Tomatoes & Kin   I am selecting for landraces and promiscuously pollinating tomatoes. I am releasing segregating hybrids. Therefore, offspring may differ from the following descriptions.

  Lofthouse Short Season Tomato Landrace

Out of seed.

A landrace containing the best performing tomatoes in my garden. Fruit from every plant is tasted before saving seeds from it. Only fruits with good taste and texture are used for seed. Includes slicers, canners, saladettes, heirlooms, segregating hybrids, descendants of crosses to wild species, and a few cherries. 3 to 10 oz fruits are typical. I'm not aiming for huge show tomatoes with this landrace. These are selected for subsistence level growing conditions without the use of cides nor fertilizers. Any plant that struggles with bugs or diseases is culled. I do not tolerate blossom end rot. My target is early highly productive small to medium sized tomatoes that taste good. Does not include paste tomatoes nor purple tomatoes because I haven't found any that pass the taste test. Fruits are red, yellow, orange, striped, and multi-colored. Hundreds of named varieties have been trialed over the years. Most of them failed spectacularly. The primary survival-of-the-fittest selection criteria is that they must produce fruit in my garden in spite of the short season and cold nights. Secondary selection criteria include taste and tolerance to frost and cold. Generally medium vine length. Mostly determinate to semi-determinate. This landrace contains seeds from all of my tomato breeding projects including those for: promiscuous pollination, cold/frost tolerance, heirloom adaptation, and crosses to wild species of tomatoes. Selected by Joseph Lofthouse. ~50 seeds.

Lofthouse short season landrace tomatoes.
  Big Hill Out of seed.

Previously called HX-9. Big Hill tomato was my first attempt to breed a promiscuously pollinating tomato. The anther cone is open and the anthers are loosely attached to each other. The stigma is exposed. It has a bold floral display, and the flowers are open to the sky and not buried in foliage. It is determinate. The extra-large fruits are bi-colored: red and yellow. Taste is great. One of the parents of the cross from which HX-9 was derived is Jagodka, a Russian variety that took the grand prize a few years ago in my trials of cold tolerant tomatoes. Jagodka is my primary market tomato. HX-9 takes after Jagodka by being early and highly productive. HX-9 is highly susceptible to cross pollination. Promiscuous pollination is what makes this variety unique. Closed flowers are a dominant trait. Therefore any offspring that have closed flowers are off-type and should not be called HX-9. I would love to receive seeds from any descendents of this variety with closed flowers since they are hybrids and would further my breeding project. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. OSSI-pledged. ~20 seeds.

HX-9 Tomato
  Hamsonita Out of seed. Plants available at Cache Valley Gardener's Market.

Previously called DXX-M. Hamsonita tomato clade is a family of short-season determinate tomatoes that are descended from a cross between DX52-12 and Jagodka. DX52-12 is an old heirloom variety, developed by my mentor Alvin Hamson, to supply the Campbell's soup company in the cold mountain valleys of northern Utah. It is descended from Moscow tomatoes (a mispronunciation of a Japanese farmer's name) which were the most widely planted tomatoes in the area before being replaced by DX52-12. My best guess on a partial family history of this tomato is: French variety Merville des March├ęs (which may have S. pimpinellifolium in it's ancestry) --> Marvel --> Marglobe --> Moscow --> DX52-12 --> Hamsonita. Jagodka is a super-early highly-productive red saladette tomato from Russia. It took the grand prize in a cold tolerance trial conducted in my garden. The union between these two great varieties resulted in offspring that are earlier than DX52-12 and that have larger fruits than Jagodka. Taste is delicious. Seed Saving: To maintain the genetic diversity of the variety it is recommended to save seeds from many different plants. I would love to receive seeds from any descendant of this variety that has wide open flowers or a highly exerted stigma. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse, and a host of other plant breeders stretching back to time immemorial. OSSI-Pledged. ~30 seeds.

HX-9 Tomato
  Wild Zebra Out of seed.

Perhaps the tastiest tomato to emerge from my plant breeding efforts. And pretty! Indeterminate plants that produce about 2 ounce striped red/brown/green fruits. Prone to cracking if watered unevenly. ~20 seeds. New for 2017.

Wild Zebra Tomato
  Frosty Tomatoes Out of seed.

Seeds from domestic tomatoes that have a family history of surviving the harshest of the spring cold/frost trials on my farm. The survivors of the current seed lot were all yellow/orange fruited. Fruit size about 1 to 3 ounces. These are from families that have done well in frost trials in previous years. ~20 seeds. New for 2017.

  Yellow Stump Tomato Out of seed.

Yellow Fruits about 8 to 10 ounces. A sister line selected from out of the landrace tomatoes. It produces reliably and consistently. Taste is mild. ~20 seeds. New for 2017.

Yellow tomato
  Panamorous Tomatoes

Out of seed for now. More seed expected by spring and/or fall 2017. If you'd like to grow out some plants and return some seed to me, let me know, and I'll put you on a waiting list.

Tomatoes with open flowers and/or exerted stigmas. Highly attractive to pollinators. Facultatively allogamous. Primary selection criteria is that the flowers must be wide open to cross-pollination. Secondary selection criteria is for large flower petals, bold floral display, and split anther cones. Variety perservation protocol is to grow this variety in isolation from tomatoes with closed flowers, and cull plants early in the growing season if the stigma is not clearly visible on the outside of the anther cone. ~50 seeds.

Panamorous Tomato
  Polyamorous Tomatoes

Out of seed for now. Seeds expected by fall 2017. If you'd like to grow out some plants and return some seed to me, let me know, and I'll put you on a waiting list.

This variety is self-incompatible, therefore a number of plants should be grown close together. Performs best in organic systems with thriving populations of insects. If you spray insecticides on your garden, this variety isn't a good fit. Each seed in each generation is a new F1 hybrid. That means that the DNA is constantly being mixed, thus allowing quicker adaptation to diseases, pests, growing conditions, and the farmer's habits. I consider this variety to be the crowning acheivement of my plant breeding efforts. ~50 seeds.

polyamourous tomato

I have some low-germination seed that I can share as a gift if are already getting something else, or if you cover the postage.

Solanum habrochaites: a closely related wild tomato species that can act as a pollen donor to domesticated tomatoes. I have combined multiple accessions into a single population. It has done very well in both spring and fall frost/cold tolerance trails in my garden. It may contain other important traits that were lost during domestication. This population has huge showy flowers, and looks great in a flower garden. The stigmas are exerted for easier cross pollination. It appears that this population is self-incompatible, so a number of plants should be grown together for proper cross-pollination. I am using this species in my promiscous pollination project. Indeterminate. This is a wild species, so germination may be erratic. ~50 seeds. New for 2017.

Solanum habrochaites
  Solanum pimpinellifolium

Current tomato. Red fruits about 3/8" in diameter. A wild variety that has done very well in my garden during several years of spring frost/cold tolerance trails. Originally collected from a locally-feral population. Indeterminate. Smallish plants. This is a wild species, so germination may be erratic. ~20 seeds. New for 2017.

Solanum pimpinellifolium
  Solanum peruvianum

A self-incompatible species of wild tomato. Stigmas are highly exerted. Clusters of big flowers are carried above the foliage producing a bold flower display which earns this tomato a place in a flower garden. These are part of my promiscuous pollination project so there is a possibility that some seeds might have been pollinated by S. habrochaites, S. pennellii, or S. corneliomullerii. The plants that produced these seeds received high scores in spring frost/cold tolerance testing. Indeterminate. This is a wild species, so germination may be erratic. ~50 seeds. New for 2017.

Solanum peruvianum
  Lofthouse Tomatillos

These tomatillos originated as four locally-adapted feral landraces which were combined together. I have selected for larger, sweeter, prettier fruits. For best eating, I recommend allowing the fruits to fall off the plant before harvest. This population shows good cold/frost tolerance. Tomatillos are self-incompatible, so I recommend growing at least three plants, even if they are placed into the same hole. ~50 seeds. OSSI-tentative. New for 2017.

Physalis philadelphica
  Sprawling Ground Cherry

Small tomatillo-like fruits that are among my favorite tasting annual fruits. Sweet and tart. A delight to my primate senses. Plants spread low to the ground. Fruits taste best after they have naturally fallen from the vine. Species unkown. Looks like Physalis pruinosa. This is a near wild species, so germination may be erratic. Pinch of seeds. New for 2017.

Ground Cherry
Small Grains      
  Cache Valley Rye

Collected along about 40 miles of back-roads in the northern Utah wheat growing belt. Landrace. Grows about 4 to 6 feet tall in my garden. This would make a great thatching straw. Can be grown as a spring crop. For best results, plant in late summer or early fall. Selection criteria included: Growing feral without irrigation or cultivation; Ease of threshing. If you grow this variety, please consider submitting grow reports to the Rocky Mountain Heritage Grain Trials Project being conducted by the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and collaborators. Selected by Joseph Lofthouse. ~100 seeds.

landrace winter rye
  Lofthouse Wheat

A family heirloom that was developed on my family's farm by my great-great-grandfather. It was first released in 1890. The family story is that James was walking through his wheat field and noticed one plant that was growing better than any of the others. He marked it and saved seed from it to grow in his home garden. At one time, it was the most widely planted wheat in Northern Utah and Southern Idaho. Can be spring planted. For highest yield, plant in early fall. If you grow this variety, please consider submitting grow reports to the Rocky Mountain Heritage Grain Trials Project being conducted by the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and collaborators. Bred by James Lofthouse in the 1880s. ~100 seeds.

landrace winter rye
  Lofthouse Landrace Moschata, Medium:

This is the squash featured in Carol Deppe's book "The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. Butternut squash, Moschata pumpkins, long necked squash, etc. Medium sized. About 5 to 15 pounds. Yellow or orange flesh. I am selecting for oranger and drier flesh each year. I select against super-sweetness. I select for good keeping qualities. Some of the ancestors of this seed came out of the amazingly genetically diverse Long Island Seed Project. Other ancestors are modern hybrids and old-time favorite heirlooms. These have been intensively selected for short season. My seed saving protocol specifies that 10% of the saved seeds are from pumpkins and the rest are from butternuts or necked squash. Plant after danger of frost has passed. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. OSSI-pledged. ~40 seeds.

landrace moschata squash
  Lofthouse Buttercup Squash

Out of seed.

This is my favorite tasting squash. Fruits around 2-3 pounds. ~75 to 90 DTM. My earliest winter squash. Selected for small size, and sweet, dry, spicy taste. Grown in isolation from my other maximas. Productivity is low which can be forgiven because of the glorious taste. Seed saving protocol is to not save seeds from off-type fruits. Plant after danger of frost is past. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. OSSI-pledged. ~40 seeds.

small landrace buttercup squash
  Lofthouse Landrace Maxima, Medium

Fruits around 5 to 15 pounds. Promiscously pollinated. Selected for: Short season, great taste, dry flesh, soft leathery skin, medium sized fruits, productivity, and long storage. These have been grown for many generations without crop protection chemicals nor fertilizer. So they thrive in spite of our bugs and diseases. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. OSSI-tentative. ~40 seeds.

  Lofthouse Landrace Maxima, Small

Fruits around 3 to 5 pounds. Promiscously pollinated. A sister line selected from my maxima landrace. Selected for: Short season, great taste, dry flesh, soft leathery skin, small fruits, long storage, and resistance to bugs and diseases. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. OSSI-tentative. ~40 seeds.

  Lofthouse Landrace Qukumber

A genetically diverse qukumber landrace. Dual purpose so can be used for fresh eating or pickling. The skin color at fresh eating stage is light yellow to dark green. Seed saving protocol is to taste a piece of the skin from near the stem, and then only save seeds from non-bitter fruits. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. OSSI-pledged. ~50 seeds.

landrace cucumbers
  Lofthouse Landrace Krookneck

I keep squash shape and color consistent with the traditional krookneck phenotype. I allow diversity of other traits like leaf shape, inter-node length, and days-to-maturity. Contains mostly bush types with a few percent semi-sprawling type vines. ~40 seeds.

landrace crookneck summer squash
  Lofthouse Landrace Zukini

Contains mostly bush types with a few percent semi-sprawling type vines. Fruits may be green, yellow, orange, tan, or striped. OSSI-tentative. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. ~40 seeds.

landrace zucchini summer squash
  Lofthouse Landrace Mixta Squash

I don't care for the taste of mixta squash, but I aim to grow every species of squash that I can coax to grow on my farm. That way, if a pest, disease, or weather problem takes out all members of a species, or four, of squash, perhaps I will still have other species available with which to feed my community. People from more southern areas that buy these squash at the farmer's market are primarily interested in them for the large, tasty seeds. These also make great interesting-looking decorative pumpkins. A few interspecies hybrids with moschata squash show up in this population. Rigorously selected for early maturity in spite of the cold-nighted mountain climate. ~90 DTM. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. OSSI-tentative. ~25 seeds.

mixta squash
  Mospermia Squash

Descended from inter-species hybrids between landraces of C. moschata and C. argyrosperma. Some of the plants that produced this seed demonstrated tremendous hybrid vigor. Includes segregating hybrids, and back crosses in each direction. These two species have a reputation for being the most resistant to bugs and diseases, making this population ideal for selecting strains that might thrive under tough southern growing conditions. I have selected for quick maturity, and resistance to my modest infestations of pests and diseases. Taste is akin to acorn squash. I look forward to receiving grow reports from southern growers! Germination rate is around 40% on this seed. I'm thrilled that it is so high considering the wide genetic differences between the ancestors. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. ~90 DTM. OSSI-pledged. ~40 seeds.

Cucurbita lofthousii
  Lofthouse Landrace Lagenaria Squash

These may be eaten as summer squash while still young and tender. They are used decoratively or as containers when mature. The smell of the raw fruits can be off-putting to western noses. I get a lot of people from the orient that smile huge smiles when they see these squash on the table at the farmer's market. These have been rigorously selected for short season. Seed saving tip for any lagenaria squash: Harvest mature squash more that 60 days after flowering. Ferment in anerobic conditions for ~10 days, or until the flesh has turned to mush. Save and dry only the deep orange seeds. If you want high germination, letting the fruits rot or get frozen in the field is not the way to go. ~70 DTM to summer squash ~100 DTM to gourds. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. OSSI-tentative. ~40 seeds.

lagenaria squash
  Summer Snake Squash

I have some low-germination seed that I can share as a gift if are already getting something else, or if you cover the postage.

Lagenaria squash, selected for long-skinny fruits for eating as summer squash while still young and tender. Rigorously selected for short season. A sister line selected out of the landrace lagenaria squash. ~70 DTM. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. ~40 seeds. OSSI-tentative.

lagenaria snake squash
  Hull-free Pumpkin Seeds

The seeds of this pepo squash do not have hulls, making them trivial to prepare for eating, since they don't need to be shelled. Remove the seeds from the fruit, rinse, and dry. It's a bad idea to remove the protective coating from a seed, so I recommend germinating in more controlled conditions than an open field. Even then, germination is likley to be spotty, so plant about 3X more seed than typical and cull if necessary. ~40 seeds. New for 2017.

hullless pumpkin seeds
  Lofthouse Landrace Dry Beans

A landrace containing hundreds of varieties of dry beans. Bred to mature quickly in a cold mountain valley. Contains old heirlooms and new segregating hybrids. Growth habit tends toward bush beans or short-vines which don't climb poles. Plants with super-long or twining vines are culled. The beans mature in about 75 to 90 days. I often harvest the food crop about ten days after the plants are killed by fall frost. These have been selected for easy threshing using human scale techniques like beating with a stick or stomping with feet. I typically harvest and thresh at the same time by pulling up the dry plant and beating it against the inside of a garbage can. These are great used in chili, bean soup, or refried beans. When used in soups, some seeds stay firm no matter how long they are cooked while others disintegrate to make a rich broth. I plant a week or two after the last expected spring frosts. This variety is a plant breeder's dream. There is so much diversity that something is likely to do well anywhere that it is grown. There are plenty of traits, colors, textures, and tastes from which to select while using this as the progenitor of new varieties. Selected by Joseph Lofthouse to thrive under subsistence level growing conditions without pesticides nor fertilizers. OSSI-pledged. ~100 seeds.

  Lofthouse Landrace Tepary Beans Out of seed.

Short season, landrace tepary beans. I have selected for pods that do not shatter in the field, but that shatter easily after harvest. To harvest I recommend pulling the plant whole and hitting it against the inside of a garbage can. Avoid picking individual pods due to shattering. I also harvest by cutting the vine off just above ground level, finish drying on a tarp, and then beating or stomping the vines to release the seed. Selected by Joseph Lofthouse. OSSI-tentative. ~100 seeds.

Landrace tepary beans
  Lofthouse Landrace Runner Beans

Out of seed.

Runner beans. Holly Dumont provided the landrace seed that had enough genetic diversity in it to make this variety possible. OSSI-tentative. ~25 seeds.

landrace runner beans
  Lofthouse Landrace Fava Beans

For best results in Cache valley, germinate the seeds indoors about 3 weeks before expected snow melt, move them to a cold-frame, then plant them out into fall-prepared soil a couple days after the snow melts. The transplanting helps because the weather here turns quickly from cold to hot and the favas don't set seed well in hot weather. They can also be direct seeded a few days before winter snow-cover arrives. Growers in warmer climates, USDA Zone 8 or warmer, may get better results by direct seeding in the fall. OSSI-tentative. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. ~25 seeds.

landrace fava beans
  Lofthouse Landrace Cowpeas Out of seed.

Cowpeas selected to thrive in a short-season cold-nighted mountain valley. Selected for bushy growth habit. OSSI-tentative. ~50 seeds.

landrace cowpeas

Lentils selected to grow well in my garden. Plant in very early spring. ~50 seeds.

  Lofthouse Landrace Garbanzo Beans Out of seed.

Mostly small seeded, so cooking time is reduced. Plant in very early spring. ~50 seeds.

landrace garbanze beans, chickpeas
  Segregating Beans

I have some low-germination seed that I can share as a gift if are already getting something else, or if you cover the postage.

Phaseolus vulgaris. When I discover naturally occurring common bean hybrids, I add their offspring to this population, which ends up beig a mish-mash of bush beans, and pole beans. There is a lot of diversity in growth patterns, and colors. These beans may or may not breed true to type. I often discover amazing new beans in this population. OSSI-pledged. ~50 seeds.

segregating beans
  Swiss Chard Landrace

Out of seed.

A landrace with colorful stems and leaves. Swiss chard can grow in cool weather, and hot, so it ends up being the longest season green in my garden, and the most commonly eaten. ~50 seed pods.

multicolored landrace Swiss chard

A variety of silantro that I have been growing for a few years. ~50 seeds.


Mixed varieties of lettuce. Descended from a Frank Morton mix. Plant in late fall, or very early spring. Pinch of seeds. New for 2017.

  Bok/Pak Choi Grex

The beginnings of a project to adapt Bok/Pak choi to my climate. Eventually I may split this into a spring landrace, and a summer landrace. For now this is a promiscuously pollinating grex of every variety of open pollinated (non-male-sterile) bok and pak choi that I could get my hands on. ~100 seeds.

bok choi, pak choi
  True Garlic Seeds

No more seeds or bulbils to share.

During the fall, I may be able to share bulbils or cloves from the plants I am using in my project to grow true pollinated garlic seeds.

  Edible Dahlia Out of seed.

I'm working on developing a landrace of dahlias that produce large edible tubers. I am selectiong for promiscuous pollination via simple wide-open flowers that attract lots of pollinators. ~50 seeds. New for 2017.

Edible dahlias
  Lofthouse Onion

Descended primarily from Utah yellow Spanish with a few whites and purples thrown into the seed bed for diversity. In my garden these are direct seeded or transplanted in early spring and produce baseball to softball sized long-term-storage onions by fall. Selected for long-keeping ability (7 months indoors). They also make great scallions. Does well under the long day growing conditions on my farm. May produce some potato onions, shallots, and/or tree onions. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. ~100 seeds.

Long keeping storage onions.
  Potato: True Pollinated Seeds

A mix of the most prolifically fruiting potatoes on my farm. I highly recommend starting potato seedlings via the wintersown method. If starting indoors, I recommend sowing in 1/2" shallow soil, and adding soil to the pot as they grow. Or transplant the seedlings several times during early growth to bury the stem. Sprout in direct sunlight or under very bright grow lights to keep stems from getting spindly. Start indoor transplants no more than 6-8 weeks before last frost.

Because of my decision to eliminate cytoplasmic male sterility from my garden and to not spread it to others, I am only offering abundantly fruitful potato seeds. ~50 seeds.

True Potato Seeds
Bountiful Potato: True potato seeds
  Lofthouse Sunroot

Tubers may be available in October, November, and April. Email for details.

Lofthouse Sunroots (Helianthus tuberosus) originated as a cross between an improved population of feral sunroots collected in Kansas, and a commercial clone. They have been selected for vigor, productivity, and good agronomic and culinary properties like ease of digging and cleaning, larger seeds, bigger flowers, shorter stolons, etc. Because they are a genetically diverse population they set seeds prolifically. Collecting lots of seeds may require bagging the blossoms soon after petal drop to prevent predation by birds. This variety was developed for subsistence level growing without the use of fertilizers or cides. They are winter hardy in a cold mountain valley in USDA zone 4b. Sunroot tubers are very susceptible to dehydration, so roots are best stored in soil, or refrigerated in plastic. Plant seeds about the time that apple trees are blooming. Sunroots stored overwinter in the ground can be harvested whenever the soil isn't frozen. I typically cut stems off about a foot high in early winter to prevent winds from levering the tubers out of the ground. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. OSSI-Pledged.

lofthouse sunroot, jerusalem artichoke

Red beets. Like everything I offer, seed was grown by Joseph Lofthouse. ~50 seed pods.

red beets
Spices, Medicinals, & Herbs      
  Yellow Mustard Spice

A beautiful flowering plant that also produces yellow mustard spice. Direct seed in very early spring. Harvest seed when plants die and dry down. Does not shatter readily in the field, but is easily threshed by stomping or beating. Plants grow about 3 feet tall. ~100 seeds.

yellow mustard seeds
  Broad-leaved tobako

The leaves on this variety are huge. That simplifies picking and drying single leaves. The plants grow about 6 feet tall. The flowers on tobako are beautiful and showy. The combination of huge leaves, tall plants, and bold flower display make this a great plant to use for ornamental purposes. It is used by people in my valley for medicinal, veterinary, and pesticide applications. I'm not a smoker, so I'm not qualified to write about using it that way. I set out transplants, that I grow about like tomato plants, but I start them a bit earlier because tobako seeds are so tiny. Go easy on the seed when planting. A little bit goes a long ways. Packet size is a small pinch, which might be around a couple hundred seeds.

  Narrow-leaved tobako

I prefer this variety for ceremonial use. Plants grow about 5 feet tall in my garden. If the plants are chopped off at about 4 feet tall, they send out a profusion of new shoots that are easy to bind with thread for making smudge sticks. Packet size is a small pinch.


Not for sale, but I'll include a packet as a gift if I'm already sending a packet of something else to you, or if you send me a SASE.

Commonly used as a garden flower, for floral decorations, and to add a great taste to baked breads. These have a glorious flower which is very attractive to honeybees. Packet size is a small pinch.

  Opuntia humifusa

Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus. Fermented seeds. Bright yellow flowers. Hardy in USDA zone 4b in sandy soil. [Seed grown in 2013. Germination about 30% after 2 weeks at 80F.]

spineless prickly pear
  Lofthouse Giant Sunflower

A variety derived from my landrace sunflowers. Heavily selected for ease of threshing using human-labor. The seeds are held loosely in the disk, so they fall out readily when rubbed with (gloved) hands. My typical harvest strategy is to take a bucket into the field, and rub the seeds off the disks. Drying seeds is simpler for me than drying disks. The faces of the disks point towards the ground, so that bird predation is minimized. The plants grow robustly to amazing heights. Selected under subsistence level growing conditions without the use of crop protection chemicals nor fertilizers. Variety perservation protocol is to cull early in the season to remove any multi-headed plants before flowering, grow in large blocks (not a single row), and remove any domestic or wild sunflowers growing nearby. Plant about the time that apple trees are flowering. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. OSSI-tentative. ~100 seeds.

Giant Sunflower
  Lofthouse Okra

Out of seed for sharing.

Lofthouse Okra is adapted to a high-altitude mountain valley with cold radiant-cooled nights and a short growing season. It was developed for subsistence level conditions without fertilizers or cides. Much of the fruit from these plants is harvested after the start of cold fall weather. The plants might look bedraggled, but they continue fruiting. Recommended culture for short-season gardens is to start seeds about 3 weeks before planting out. Soak seeds overnight. Germinate at 90 F. Soon after germination cull plants that germinate or grow slowly. They do not respond well to pricking-out and potting-up. A lot of genetic diversity has been retained in spite of the heavy selection pressure for cold tolerance. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. OSSI-pledged. ~30 seeds.

  Fiber Flax Out of seed.

An annual variety that works great as a fiber flax. It also produces an abundance of large seeds, so can be grown for food as well. About 4 feet tall. ~50 seeds. New for 2017.

fiber flax
  Wild Perennial Flax

Out of seed.

Our local wild flax, Linum lewisii. Thrives in the nearby badlands on about 14" of precipitation per year. ~50 seeds. New for 2017.

Linum lewisii flax
  Yellow Yarrow

Tiny pinch of seeds. New for 2017.

yellow yarrow
  Other Seeds

I only posted the most glamorous and abundant seeds to this list. If you want other seeds, scions, or cuttings, or things from my breeding projects, or that I could collect from the wildlands, send me a message. Because they are small seed lots, and experimental, I don't do germination testing on seeds from the wildlands nor from my breeding projects other than planting them for my own use.


I am thankful for the donations of seed, equipment, and funds that have made it possible for me to develop so many glorious varieties. I love the tastes, smells, and colors of the vegetables. I am thankful that being a subsistence farmer, and living under a vow of poverty, allows me to donate tremendous amounts of food to those in need. I love you for your ongoing support and encouragement, as we collaborate together, to enhance food security through common sense and traditional methods.

Locally Adapted Landrace Locally Adapted Landrace. Great biodiversity and well adapted to my garden. Phenotype fairly consistent from year to year.
A grex A grex: Mixed cultivars and heritage. Not grown long enough in my garden to be considered a landrace.
Promiscuously Pollinated Promiscuously Pollinated: More biodiversity than an open pollinated cultivar. [Not locally adapted and/or not enough diversity to call it a landrace.]
An open pollinated (inbred) variety An open pollinated (inbred) variety. Low genetic diversity.
unstable breeding project Breeding project: Ustable seed
Ancestors Sourced from Hog Wild Seed Swap Ancestors included seeds obtained from the Hog Wild Seed Swap
Ancestors Included The Long Island Seed Project Ancestors included The Long Island Seed Project
Ancestors included Face of the Earth Seed from Bishop's Homegrown Ancestors included Face of the Earth Seed from Bishop's Homegrown
Ancestors included Peace Seeds by Alan Kapuler Ancestors included Peace Seeds by Alan Kapuler
Ancestors included GRIN: Germplasm Resources Information Network Ancestors included GRIN: Germplasm Resources Information Network
Pledged to the Open Sourse Seed Initiative Pledged to the Open Source Seed Initiative

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Food Freedom

In May 2018, Utah's Food Freedom law went into effect. It basically says that people can make/sell food to each other for home use, as long as the buyer is told that it wasn't inspected by the government, and that the seller discloses if their kitchen handles common allergens. Home produced rabbit and chicken meat were included, but not pork, or beef. Raw milk has wierd rules.

What this means in practical terms, is that it is now legal for us to make food at home and sell it to each other without government interference.

Here's what a sample lable looks like. Everything above my name is not required.