Alfred Reed Bishop and Doris William Butler

The picture above is the very tap root of Bishop's Homegrown/Face Of The Earth Seed. My grandparents shortly after moving to Pekin Indiana from Greensburg KY in 1947 where they purchased the farm that is now Bishop's Homegrown. This picture was taken in Pekin in front of the old co-op next to the old railroad depot, neither of which exist today.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Native Seeds/SEARCH

For those in the process of ordering seeds for this season, don't pass up the valuable landraces and genetics available via Native Seeds/SEARCH out in Arizona. Lots of beautiful Native American varieties from the southwest are available there including a couple of nice primitive sweet corns and a ton of beautiful beans and Amaranth varieties. Most of these varieties are very drought tolerant and send out deep roots. We have had some difficulty in growing some of these crops here in the humid and wet Ohio Valley but we have also had some real winners and made some great crosses that have given us the traits which we were seeking. There are lots of "sacred" landraces used for ceremonies available, diversity is also extensive!.

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