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The excess seeds grown on my farm are available to home gardeners, small-scale farmers, and public-domain open-source plant breeders. I am growing promiscuously pollinated (PP) locally-adapted land-race adaptivar populations that are specially suited to thrive on my Northern Utah farm with it's unique climate and pests: super-dry air, sunlight-drenched, cold radiant-cooled nights, short-season, pesticide-free, less than perfect weeding, high altitude, clayish limestone-based lake-bottom soil, and philosophy towards diversity. The more of those conditions you share with me the better my seeds are likely to do for you.Suitability
My seed is most suitable for growers who live close to me and share a similar climate and philosophy towards growing. Home gardeners, plant breeders, and small market growers who welcome diversity of shape, taste, texture, color, size, and maturity dates may love my seeds. My seeds are unsuitable for commercial farms or large operations that require uniformity, predictibility, or stability. My seeds are especially suitable for seed savers who want to develop their own varieties or to diversify their current landraces. Due to the wide genetic diversity, these seeds make an excellent emergency seed stash.Status
This list was last updated 7 April 2013. The list does not contain all of my breeding lines. If you would like seeds from one of my breeding lines, or from something you have read about that is not listed here, please write.
If a variety carries my name, or the name of my village, or family, I have poured my money, my time, and my soul into developing that variety, and I believe it to be the best possible variety for my garden.
|Joseph's Best Cantaloupe Landrace: Seeds from the earliest fruits and the most productive plants in my garden. ~75 to 90 days. Orange fleshed. Selected for great taste, (which to me means musky and sweet). [Lot#: 2012. Germination 88%, 2012-12. MyFolia#: 26az-286346]||
|Watermelon, Landrace: This landrace is the result of a multi-year 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 fruit color. Yellow colored fruits are very sweet tasting. [ Lot#: 2012PS. MyFolia#: akmj-286267 ]||
|Watermelon, Presumed Tetraploid: I attempted to convert my daddy's sub-variety of Charleston Gray to tetraploid. These seeds are from the first generation of plants believed to be tetraploids. There may still be some diploids, or seedless triploids, or other ploids in this population. These were the earliest melons to mature fruit in my garden in 2012. If growing this variety, I recommend planting in pots indoors and weeding out the plants with the smallest leaves before transplanting into the garden. I also recommend selecting for plants with the hairiest vines. [ Lot#: 2012 MyFolia#: r8kq-381315 ]||
|Astronomy Domine: su. Open pollinated. Mulit-colored. Mid-season The most colorful cobs at milk stage, selected from the 2008 Ozark strain, the 2010 Mendon strain, and the F5 Pekin strain. A sub-strain selected for quicker maturity. That old fashioned corn taste: Chewy and flavorful without being overly sweet. Very tolerant of cold spring soil. I plant 4 weeks before average last frost date. A robust landrace that is reliable and easy to grow. An excellent choice for tough growing conditions and for people wanting to save their own seeds. I consider this to be the best sweet corn I have to offer for an emergency survival stash. [ Germination: 81%, 2012-11 Lot#: 2012. MyFolia #: m5x9-285783 ]||
|LISP Ashworth Sweet Corn, su, su/se, se+ (breeding program): If you only grow one of my sweet corns this year, this is the one that I recommend. It's a lovely blend of reliability, sweetness, and great old fashioned corn taste. The earliest sweet corn that I grow. Good tolerance for cold soil, but sweeter if planted in warm soil. For extra sweetness plant next to a 65 day se+ sweet corn and detassel the Ashworth. To select your own se+ variety save seeds from the sweetest tasting plants each year. [Lot #: 2012. Germination: 94% 2012-10. MyFolia #: 2f6y-320257]||
Paradise Sweet Corn, se+:
|Diverse Sweet Corn Breeding Lines, su, su/se, se+: Contains seed from all of the breeding lines in my sweet corn breeding project. Normal sweet corn, sugary enhanced sweet corn, and segregating sweet corn. Multicolored. Contains lots of Indian corn genes. This is my most genetically diverse landrace of sweet corn. Only a few sample lines are shown, so write if you are looking for anything in particular. I have separated some of this seed into breeding lines based on kernel color: red pericarp, white kernels, gray aleurone, yellow kernels, yellow kernels with a pink pericarp (orange), purple cob, etc... [Lot#: 2011, 2112. MyFolia#: bm25-286348]||
|Landrace Popcorn: To add colors and a robust flavor to my popcorn I crossed it with Indian corn. These are the F4 seeds. The population includes Glass Gem, and Cherokee Popcorn. If you are looking for flavor this is the popcorn for you! Expansion ratio (microwaved dry) is approximately 19X to 24X v/v. Higher ratios are obtained if popped in oil. For best expansion, popcorn should be adjusted to 14% moisture prior to popping. [Lot#: 2012. MyFolia#: wtn6-306574]|
|Joseph's Frosty Sweet Corn: The most cold tolerant sweet corn survivors (about a dozen plants) from among tens of thousands of seeds that were screened. Contains only sweet corn. Selected in 2012 for sweetness. Short season to mid season. [Lot#: 2012. MyFolia#: mm26-286688]||
|Zea Mays: Hybrid swarm A hybrid swarm of corn which contains parent types, and offspring types, and intermediate types all mingled together, and back-crossing, and cross pollinating each other. This hybrid swarm is characterized by huge phenotypic differences between individuals. Maturity very late to very early. Mostly flint, flour, and popcorn with a small percentage of sweet corn. My most genetically diverse corn population.||
|Joseph's Earliest Tomato: Seeds from the earliest tomatoes I have ever grown. Fruits average one ounce. In 2011 the first fruit was harvested 32 days after transplanting 10 week old plants into the field. Potato leafed. [Lot#: 2012. MyFolia#: 4z5h-286341]|
|Joseph's Earliest Slicing Tomato: The earliest slicing tomato in my garden. Fruits ~ 2" in diameter. Medium length vines that produce all season long. [Lot#: 2012. Germination: 87% 2012-11. MyFolia#: 2zx2-360385 ]|
|Joseph's Short Season Tomato Landrace: A landrace of the best performing tomatoes in my garden. Includes slicers, canners, cherry tomatoes, paste tomatoes, heirlooms, and segregating hybrids. Hundreds of varieties have been trialed over the last few years: The primary selection criteria is that they must produce fruit in my garden in spite of the short season. Secondary selection criteria is for tolerance to frost and cold. Generally medium vine length. Six to ten ounce fruits are typical. The DX52-12 tomato is the standard by which tomatoes in this landrace are judged. [Lot#: 2012. Germination: 75% 2012-11. MyFolia#: tyez-360472]|
|Potatoes||True Botanical Seeds|
|Due to the very delicate stems of potato seedlings, I recommend sowing seed indoors in 1/2" shallow soil, and adding soil to the pot as it grows. 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. I start transplants about 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.|
|Bountiful Potato: The most prolifically fruiting potato I have ever grown. The mother is a red skinned potato with white flesh that produces large tubers. Some years they suffer from wire-worm damage in my garden. [Lot#: 2012B. Germination: 82%, 2013-01. MyFolia#: h23p-286251]|
|Grains||Wheat and Rye|
|Feral Winter (Rye), Tall: 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. [Lot#: 2011. MyFolia#: k2zr-286724]|
|Feral Winter Wheat, Short: Landrace. Collected along about 40 miles of back-roads in the Northern Utah wheat growing belt. Can be grown as a spring crop. For best results, plant in late summer or early fall. Grows about 2.5 feet tall in my garden. Selection criteria included: Growing feral without irrigation or cultivation; Ease of threshing. Typical looking hexaploid. Mostly hard red. [Lot#: 2012. Germination: 100% 2012-12 MyFolia#: n2fn-286694]|
|Enikorn Wheat: One of the oldest cultivars of wheat. A diploid with husks that are held tightly to the grain. [Lot#: 2012. Germination: 97%, 2012-12 MyFolia#: vdwf-337472 ]|
|Joseph's Landrace Moschata, Small/Medium: Butternut squash, Moschata pumpkins, long necked squash, etc. Medium sized. Yellow or orange flesh. I am selecting for oranger flesh each year. 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. The 2010 growing season was 88 days long. All of these seeds are descendants of the survivors. It sucked to have 75% of my butternut crop fail to produce mature fruit, but it sure is a great way to select for earliness. The 2012 growing season had 84 frost free days. [Lot#: 2012. MyFolia#: dyq3-286349]||
|Joseph's Landrace Moschata, Extra Large Fruits: Fruits around 20 pounds or larger. Necked squash, Moschata pumpkins, Long of Naples, etc. Yellow to orange flesh. Selecting each year for: Short season, large fruits, and oranger flesh. [Lot#: 2012. MyFolia#: dyq3-286349]|
|Landrace Crookneck: I keep squash shape and color consistent with the traditional crookneck 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. [Lot #: 2012A. Germination: 88% 2012-12. MyFolia#: hkak-287080]||
|Joseph's Landrace Shelling Peas: Short vined shelling peas. Can be planted in my garden the day after the snow melts. Harvest lasts for about 3 weeks. The ancestors of these seeds include modern cultivars and old-time favorite heirlooms. The Long Island Seed Project contributed heavily to this population. [Lot#: 2012. Germination 84% 2012-11. MyFolia#: zkde-286247]||
||Joseph's Earliest Shelling Peas: Short vined (dwarf) shelling pea. Produces mature pods about 10 days earlier than my main season shelling peas. Seed stock is limited, so I'll send only 11 seeds. [Lot#: 2012, MyFolia#: 4nag-286369]||
||Soup Peas Large purple podded dry peas that hold their shape during cooking. I grow them sprawling, but they could also be trellised. [Lot #: 2012. Germination 87% 2012-11. MyFolia#: u5mt-360136]||Austrian Winter Peas. Peas that are planted in the fall, and overwinter as young plants or semi-sprouted seeds. Selection criteria is winter hardiness in Cache Valley. They are used as small soup peas that hold their shape during cooking. [Lot#: 2012. MyFolia#: nm8e-285864]||Tepary Beans A gray tepary bean that was short enough season to produce mature seed in my garden. The seed pods shatter explosively. [Lot#: 2012. Germination: MyFolia#: 2pqz-360989]||Dry Bean Landrace, Bush, Hot Weather, Quick Maturing: Contains several species and many varieties of pulses that produce a quick crop in hot weather. Used as a bean soup mix. I plant a week or two after the last expected frost. This seed is primarily descended from the 2011 Hoggy Seed Swap. [Lot #:2012. Germination 90%, 2012-11. MyFolia #:s9sk-308590]|
|True Garlic Seeds: During some seasons of the year, I may be able to share bulbils or cloves from the plants I am using in my project to grow true pollinated garlic seeds.||
|Purple-top White-globe Turnip: Adaptively selected to thrive in my garden. A pure open pollinated variety. [Lot #: 2011. Germination: >99% 2012-11. MyFolia#: sed4-286352]|
|Turnip Rooted Parsnip: A ball shaped parsnip ideal for growing in hard compact soil. Descended from Kral Russian with heavy selection pressure to adapt them to my higher altitude and drier desert climate. [Lot#: 2012. MyFolia#: 8gm7-286728]|
|Onion, Cepa Bulbing, Long-day, Long-Keeper: 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 in early spring and produce baseball sized long-term-storage onions by fall. Selected for long-keeping ability (7 months indoors). They also make great scallions. [Lot#: 2012. MyFolia#: 69pk-327166]|
|Joseph's Landrace Radish: I select for plants that produce edible roots early, that are slow to bolt, and that don't crack. To maintain genetic diversity I also select for unusual shapes and colors of leaves or roots. [Lot#: 2012, MyFolia#: ajpx-286353]||
|Swiss Chard: A landrace with colorful stems and leaves. [Lot#: 2010, Germination: >100% 2012-11. MyFolia#: 3xev-286354]||
|Spineless prickly pear (so called): Fermented seeds. Bright yellow flowers. Hardy in USDA zone 5. [Lot#: 2011. MyFolia#: x83r-285808]||
|Landrace Sunflowers: Grow 6-12 feet tall in my garden: Average about 8 feet. Mostly sunflower yellow blossoms with some reds, pale lemon-yellows, and oranges. Multi-headed. [Lot#: 2012. MyFolia#: bb6w-297274]||
|Other Seeds: I only posted the most glamorous seeds to this list. If you want to swap for other seeds from my breeding projects, send me a message. I also have a few additional seeds or cuttings listed for swap at: http://myfolia.com/gardener/JosephsGarden/swap_list|
Locally Adapted Landrace. Great biodiversity and well adapted to my garden. Phenotype fairly consistent from year to year.How to get seeds
A grex: Mixed cultivars and heritage. Not grown long enough in my garden to be considered a landrace.
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. Low genetic diversity.
Breeding project: Ustable seed
Ancestors included seeds obtained from the Hog Wild Seed Swap
Ancestors included The Long Island Seed Project
Ancestors included Face of the Earth Seed from Bishop's Homegrown
Ancestors included Peace Seeds by Alan Kapuler
Ancestors included GRIN: Germplasm Resources Information Network
By Mail: To obtain seed samples send one silver dime to my post office box for each variety desired. That was the retail price of a packet of seeds in 1888! Include three dollars cash per shipment to cover the shipping costs. Silver dimes are readily available at pawn shops and on eBay. [I would also accept 0.100 bitcoin per variety. Email me for a bitcoin address.]
In person: Drop by the Farmer's Market in Paradise or Logan.
By Collaboration: Help me by growing my seeds and returning a report or photos about how they grew for you.
By Donation: If you have experienced a disaster or family emergency (such as unemployment, flood, or divorce) let me know about it. I'll put together a package of seeds for you: My choice of varieties, whatever I have too much of. It might even include commercial seeds that I don't expect to plant.
By Exchange: I would be glad to swap for any of the following seeds, especially if they are from your own breeding projects. I do not want any commercial seeds, and especially not seeds with poison on them. In early winter I participate in the Hog Wild Seed Swap.
Zea diploperennis Zea interspecific crosses Tripsacum/Zea/Teosinte intergeneric crosses Corn from the Tropical Highlands or Peruvian races (Hopi, Posole, South-West, Mexican, Oaxacan (not green), Morado etc) True potato seeds (Abundantly fruitful only -- Around 200 berries per plant. No meagerly fruited) C. melo: Cantalupensis, spanspek, chito mango melon, conomon, makuwa Cold hardy cactus and succulents (Zone 5) Turmeric seeds Tetraploid Watermelon Short season angiosperma squash Genetically diverse land-race vegetables or grains of any kind Open pollinated seeds from vegetables or grains grown by sustenance farmers or Indians
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