Heirloom Seeds Our Cultural Past

Natural Resources Conservation Service Louisiana Many Field Office District Conservationist E. John Rogers 1st Revision – October 24, 2011  Excellent resource for the importance of saving our Native American heritage through seed saving.  

Have you ever wonder where your food comes from? Well thank the American Indians (North, Middle and South America)! Over 60% of all the food that the entire world eats today was originated and developed by American Indian people? It's true!
Tuscarora Flour Corn
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SEED GARLIC - Availabe for fall 2016 planting.  

If you see the following garlic harvesting and storage instructions please do not follow: "In late summer, bend over tops to hasten yellowing and drying of tops.  Pull up the plants and allow to dry in the sun a few hours.  Spread out in a well-ventilated place until tops are thoroughly dry (2 - 3 weeks).  Cut tops off 1-2" above bulbs, or braid tops together into strings.  Store loose bulbs in  a dry, cool, airy place in baskets; hang garlic strings".  


Garlic Safe Methods to Store, Preserve and Enjoy


  Bloody Butcher Corn 100-110 days

Known in the U.S. since 1845; originally from Virginia.  Plants grow up to 12' tall and have at least two ears per stalk; each ear is 8-12" long.  Striking maroon and red-black kernels. Used for flour, cornmeal, or corn-on-the-cob when young.  Good drought tolerance.  Great for fall decorations.

         50 seed $2.75          4 oz $4.75          8 oz $7.75           1 lb $15.00  Available Fall 2018

CORN Zea mays 

DENT CORN 

FLOUR CORN 

 Tuscarora Flour Corn  HEIRLOOM  120 days

It is used almost exclusively for corn flour.  The plants are 6 to 8 feet tall, and produce 12 inch red cobs with 8 rows of large white kernels.  The young corn can be used as sweet corn.  The flour resultant from the mature kernels is white and extremely soft.  Originally domesticated by Mesoamericans, it is a staple food with many other traditional uses.  Plant seeds 1 inch deep in rows or clumps, two weeks after the last frost date.  Corn needs rich soil, full sun and adequate moisture to produce good ears.  It is wind pollinated, so if you want to save seed, you will need to either stagger the planting time of different varieties, or plant them 1/4 mile apart.  Water deeply.

300 seed equals ~.23-.25 lb $12.50  limited quantity

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POPCORN 

Dakota Black Popcorn 100 days  Complete Crop Failure due to Weather 2016

A truly unique, long maturing popcorn with nearly black, pointed seeds that make delicious white popcorn with black centers.  This variety must dry fully in the field for maximum popping.  Compact plants with one ear each.  Exceptional eating quality.  Great for fall decorations.

                   50 seed $3.50          4 oz $6.00          8 oz $12.00          1 lb $20.00