Joseph Lofthouse, Landrace Seedsman
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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 landrace populations that are specially suited to thrive on my subsistence level farm with it's unique climate and pests: irrigated desert, super-dry air, sunlight-drenched, cold radiant-cooled nights, short-season, no pesticides nor fertilizers, sporatic 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.
My seed is most suitable for growers who live close to me and share a similar climate and philosophy towards growing. All of my varieties have been developed for subsistence level growing conditions without the use of cides nor fertilizers. Home gardeners, plant breeders, and small-scale 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. There is so much genetic diversity among my seeds that some family type or other is likely to thrive wherever they are planted. Save the seeds and select for those families that do best in your conditions. The foreign climate that has most surprised me where my varieties tend to do well have summers that are so blazing hot that vegetables tend to croak in the heat. My varieties are typically short-season, so when planted early in the spring or later in the summer, they may produce a crop before the worst of the summer heat and pests would ruin a longer-season crop.

I love grow reports, and taste reports. Negative reports are particularly valuable to me because they give clues about what traits to work on during the coming years.
Pricing is one silver dime per packet of seeds, or $5 paper currency. (No checks.)

usa shipping is $3 per shipment which covers postage and a bubble envelope.

If your shipment includes only a few packets of tomatoes, potatoes, mullein, breadseeds, and/or tobacco then a single first class postage stamp is sufficient postage. If your shipment includes 4 or more packets of corn or beans, or more than about 20 packets total, please send a few extra dollars towards postage.

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I have lived under a vow of poverty for 17 years, and have operated a food pantry for longer than that. I welcome donations to help me continue feeding my community and being a subsistence farmer breeding new varieties to enhance food security through common sense and traditional methods.

Open Source Seed Initiative
Some of my varieties are pledged to the open source seed initiative: You have the freedom to use these OSSI-Pledged seeds in any way you choose. In return, you pledge not to restrict others' use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents or other means, and to include this pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives.
Sell my Seeds
You are welcome to grow my varieties and sell the seeds. I ask a 5% royalty as a free-will offering to the plant breeder. If you are a market farmer and use my seed as the foundation for one of your crops, I ask that you remember the plant breeder with an honorarium.
I'm currently accepting request for seeds until April 30th. After that farming will occupy my time. I expect seeds and plants to be available during May at the Logan gardener's market. This list was last updated on 2016-03-28 to indicate seeds that I no longer have in sufficient quantity for sharing.

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 ask.

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.

  Lofthouse-Oliverson Landrace Muskmelon

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 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 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. Fruits about 3 to 5 pounds. Plant after danger of frost has passed. Descended from about 80 named varieties of cantaloupes and muskmelons. OSSI-pledged. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse and Susan Oliverson in Cache Valley Utah/Idaho. ~40 seeds.

landrace seeds
Long Island Seed Project
landrace muskmelon
  Lofthouse Landrace Watermelon

Out of seed for sharing for this year. I expect to have plants for the farmer's market.

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. (Sorry that the photo is a couple years outdated and shows some red melons.) 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 major 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, 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. One of the most exciting traits offered by this corn is high concentrations of carotenes. I speculate that this improves the nutritional content of the corn: Especially for poultry. OSSI-pledged. ~100 seeds.

North American and South American Corns: Synthetic composite
  High Carotene Sweet Corn

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. This is the first year I have sufficient seed to share so packet size is ~50 seeds.

high carotene sweet corn
  Lofthouse Short Season Tomato Landrace

A landrace conataining the best performing tomatoes in my garden. Every fruit 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 or 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 because I haven't found one that passes the taste test. Fruits are red, yellow, orange, 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. (Around 10% to 50% get killed by frost each year, leaving behind the most cold tolerant.) 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.

My favorite tomato, and primary market tomato. Red saladette sized fruits (2-3 ounces). Very early and productive. Strongly determinate - so the fruit ripens quickly and the plant croaks. Scored well for cold tolerance. Medium score on frost tolerance. This variety is highly attractive to bumblebees, so it may not come true to the original Jagodka phenotype. I am using this as one of the progenitors of a promiscuously pollinating tomato landrace. Bred in Russia by the Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry (VIR) in St. Peterburg. ~20 seeds.

  Tomato HX-9

HX-9 tomato is the star-child of my attempts to breed a population of promiscuously pollinating tomatoes. 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. OSSI-pledged. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. ~20 seeds.

HX-9 Tomato
  Tomato DXX-M

DXX-M 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 friend 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. The pedigree can be traced back even further through Marglobe, (Marvel X Globe). Genetic analysis seems to indicate that is has Solanum pimpinellifolium in it's ancestry. 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. 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 --> DXX-M. OSSI-Pledged. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse, and a host of other plant breeders stretching back to time immemorial. ~20 seeds.

HX-9 Tomato
Small Grains      
  Feral Winter Rye

Out of seed for sharing for this spring.

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. 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. 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. The 2010 growing season was 88 days long. 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. 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. OSSI-pledged. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. ~40 seeds.

landrace moschata squash
  Lofthouse Landrace Moschata, Small

A sister line selected out of the medium sized moschata population. Fruit size of the mothers was about 1 to 3 pounds. These have been grown in isolation from the main patch for two generations, but some medium sized fruits are still showing up. Fruits are mostly butternuts and pumpkins. On average, these don't keep as well as the medium sized fruits. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. Due to the limited amount of seed, packet size is ~20 seeds.

landrace moschata squash
  Lofthouse Landrace Moschata, Extra Large

Out of seed for this year...

A sister line selected out of the general moschata population. Fruits around 20 pounds or larger. The split occurred 2 generations ago, so a lot of medium sized fruits are still showing up. Necked squash, butternuts, and Moschata pumpkins. Yellow to orange flesh. Selecting each year for: Short season, larger fruits, and oranger flesh. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse ~40 seeds.

landrace moschata squash
  Lofthouse Buttercup Squash

This is my favorite tasting squash. Fruits around 3 pounds. ~75 to 90 DTM. My earliest winter squash. Selected for small size, and sweet, dry, spicy taste. Grown in semi-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. ~40 seeds.

small landrace buttercup squash
  Landrace Maxima, Medium

Fruits around 10 to 15 pounds. Promiscously pollinated. Selected for: Short season, great taste, dry flesh, soft leathery skin, medium sized fruits, productivity, and long storage. ~40 seeds.

  Landrace Maxima, Small

Out of seed for this year.

Fruits around 3 to 5 pounds. Promiscously pollinated. The seeds from the smallest fruits in the general Maxima patch were collected into this lot, so there will be some medium sized fruits among the offspring, but they tend towards smaller fruits. Selected for: Short season, great taste, dry flesh, soft leathery skin, small fruits, and long storage. ~40 seeds.

  Lofthouse Landrace Cucumber

A genetically diverse cucumber 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. OSSI-pledged. ~50 seeds.

landrace cucumbers
  Lofthouse 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. ~40 seeds.

landrace crookneck summer squash
  Lofthouse Landrace Zucchini

Contains mostly bush types with a few percent semi-sprawling type vines. Fruits may be green, yellow, orange, tan, or striped. ~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 decorative pumpkins. I grew the mixta seed in the next row over from moschata squash last growing season, intending to generate a few inter-species crosses. I'm hoping that some crosses will help to improve the taste and texture of the mixtas. Rigorously selected for early maturity in spite of the cold-nighted mountain climate. ~90 DTM. ~40 seeds.

mixta squash
  Lofthouse Landrace Lagenaria Squash

Birdhouse gourds and snake gourds. These are 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. This is another variety that I grow primarily for the sake of genetic diversity and to expand the range of the species. So far my breeding program has focused almost exclusively on survival-of-the-fittest. I need them to grow really well here, and mature viable seeds before I can start working on more subtle traits like taste. Seed saving tip: Harvest mature squash more that 60 days after flowering. Ferment in anerobic conditions for 10 days. Select out orange seeds for planting. ~100 DTM. ~40 seeds.

lagenaria squash
  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. I'd appreciate the return of a few seeds from any plant that is a pole-bean with scarlet flowers. (They might be inter-species hybrids with runner beans.) OSSI-pledged. Survival pack containing about 100 seeds.

  Joseph's Landrace Shelling Peas

Out of seed for this year.

Short vined shelling peas. Can be planted in my garden the day after the snow melts. I prefer to plant into soil prepared the previous fall. 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. Seed saving tip regarding bugs that eat out the insides of peas, and make a round hole to escape: Harvest the peas as soon as they near maturity. Shell them and dry quickly. As soon as they shatter when hit by a hammer, put them in the freezer for 3 days. This will kill the eggs and small larva of the weevils. After that, the peas can be stored at room temperature. ~50 seeds.

landrace shelling peas
  Joseph's Earliest Shelling Peas

Out of seed for this year.

Short vined (dwarf) shelling pea. Produces mature pods about 10 days earlier than my main season shelling peas. Production is low, about 1/3 that of main season peas.

Earliest Shelling Pea
  Red Podded Soup Pea

Crop failure in 2015. Not sharing seed this year.

The segregating descendants of a cross between a yellow snow pea and a purple snap pea. I am able to share bulk unsorted F3 seed which may contain all possible types and combinations, or F4 seed selected for red-podded soup peas. There is not currently enough seed to share the mange-tout varieties, though some may show up in the bulk seed.

Red podded pea breeding project
  Tepary Beans

Out of seed to share for this year.

Gray-speckled and golden tepary beans that were short enough season to produce mature seed in my garden. The seed pods shatter explosively. To harvest I recommend cutting the vine off just above ground level, finish drying on a tarp, and then beating or stomping the vines to release the seed. ~100 seeds.

Golden and Gray Speckled tepary beans
  Runner Bean Grex

The beginning stage of my attempt to breed a landrace of runner beans for my farm. These have grown in my garden for 1 to 3 generations. They are just now getting well enough acclimatized that I can share seed. ~25 seeds.

landrace runner beans
  Fava Bean Grex

Out of seed to share for this year.

The beginning stage of my attempt to breed a landrace of fava beans for my farm. These have grown for 1 to 3 generations on my farm, and are finally producing much more seed than goes into the ground. I get best results if I 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. ~25 seeds.

landrace fava beans
  Dutch Brown Dry Bean Cross

Descended from a naturally cross pollinated plant discovered in the garden of a collaborator. Non-vining habit. Tendrils about 18" long. Selected for short season. ~50 seeds.

landrace dry bush beans
  Spinach Landrace

Out of seed for this year.

A landrace of smooth-leaved, bug-resistant, quick-growing, bolt-resistant spinach. I have selected against thorny seeds. I know that lots of seed catalogs claim that their seed is slow-bolting. I have stewarded my variety for years, and I cull heavily to insure that only the most vigorous growing and slow bolting plants are allowed to flower and make seeds. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. ~100 seeds

landrace spinach
  Swiss Chard Landrace

A landrace with colorful stems and leaves. ~50 seed pods.

multicolored landrace Swiss chard
  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

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.

  Purple-top White-globe Turnip

Out of seed until summer 2016.

Adaptively selected to thrive in my garden. An open pollinated variety with limited genetic diversity. It does well here, so why mess with a good thing?

purple top white globe turnip
  Turnip Rooted Parsnip

Out of seed for 1 to 2 years.

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. Growth is slow. I have not found a way to do proper germination testing on this seed. If you want to try them I'll send seed as a gift.

Kral, turnip rooted parsnip
  Onion, Cepa Bulbing

Fresh seed expected to be available fall 2016.

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. Does well under the long day growing conditions on my farm. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse.

Long keeping storage onions.
  Lofthouse Landrace Carrots

Out of seed for this year.

Short and thick roots to be able to deal with my hard clayish soil. Mostly orange with some reds, yellows, and purples. Screened to eliminate cytoplasmic male sterility. Carrots are highly attractive to many species of pollinators. This variety has been selected to grow well in spite of fierce competition from weeds. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. ~200 seeds.

multicolored landrace Swiss chard
  Bountiful Potato: True Pollinated Seeds

Out of seed for this year.

The most prolifically fruiting potato I have ever grown. The mother is a red skinned potato with white flesh. Some years they suffer from wire-worm damage in my garden. 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

Out of seed to share for this year. I could dig some tubers, 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. OSSI-Pledged. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. This is the first year seeds are available so packets limited to ~25 seeds.

lofthouse sunroot, jerusalem artichoke
Spices, Medicinals, & Herbs      
  Yellow Mustard-seed

The beginnings of a project to adapt mustard-spice to my climate. It did OK here, but productivity was not as high as I would like. It was short-season enough. It tastes like mustard. It did not shatter readily in the field, but was easily threshed. ~50 seeds.

yellow mustard seeds

Out of seed for this year.

The beginnings of a project to adapt cilantro to my climate. Eventually I may split this into a landrace for greens, and one for seed. For now, they are just cilantro. ~50 seeds.

  Broad-leaved tobacco

The leaves on this variety are huge. That simplifies picking and drying single leaves. The plants grow about 6 feet tall. The flowers on tobacco 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 tobacco 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 tobacco

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.


Commonly used for decoration and great taste on baked breads. These have a glorious flower which is very attractive to honeybees. Packet size is a small pinch containing perhaps 100 seeds.

  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 Okra, Seconds

I have been working for 4 years on adapting okra to my cold climate and short season. The first year one plant out of a hundred managed to grow as high as my ankle and make some seeds. The next year a couple of plants grew as tall as my knee, and one plant survived the first fall frost. The next year, some of the plants grew taller than the farmer, and were still producing fruits months after the start of the fall frosts. Some of the plants in this year's crop grew 8 feet tall. I had an abundance of okra to eat, and to share with the community. I have enough seed now that I can start sharing. I am saving the best-of-the-best for the breeding program. If you want seed, I'll send ~5 seeds from the "best" (until they run out) and about 25 seeds from the "not quite as good" which still grow much better for me than off-the-shelf varieties of okra. If you want to grow out this variety for seed sales, I ask that you wait until seed is available from the 2016 crop. Or develop your own variety using this year's seed as a starting point, and give your variety a distinct name. 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 90F. 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. OSSI-pledged. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse. ~30 seeds.

  Other Seeds

I only posted the most glamorous seeds to this list. If you want other seeds 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
How to get seeds
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 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. Include three 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.] Silver dimes are readily available at pawn shops and on eBay. My vow of poverty precludes me from having a bank account so I don't accept checks nor electronic money. Frugal shoppers will notice the bargain pricing available for paying with silver (real money). My mailing address is in the photo at the bottom of this page.

In person: Drop by the Farmer's Market in Logan, or look for me at local seed swaps during the winter.

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.

Zea diploperennis (a variety that is not day-length sensitive)
Turmeric seeds
Sweet Potato seeds (not plants or tubers)
Tetraploid Watermelon
Wild tomato species
Hybrids between domesticated tomatoes and wild tomatoes

Warm Regards,

Blog: Mother Earth News -- Landrace Gardening.

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