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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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Questions for Tim Peters

Next up in our series of Homegrown Goodness interviews with independent plant breeders and preservationists is Tim Peters of Peters Seed Research. Tim is an expert when it comes to grains and most importantly Perennial Grains, any questions you might have for Tim you can leave in the comments below! Give us a hand in exploring the amazing world that Tim has helped to build!


Leigh said...

Wow - anything Tim Peters has to say about his work would be fascinating. I'd especially like to hear about his kales - I have offspring of some of them naturalized in my garden (zone 3-4). Reading his catalog and growing out his seeds was a great inspiration to me.
I do have a question for Tim and any other folks who are trying to make a living breeding OP plants and/or selling seed (such as yourself, Alan). What is your opinion of plant patenting, and do you have any thoughts about how OP plant breeders and stewards can be supported in their efforts? How can we encourage a broader, more diverse base of plant stewardship and breeding activity?

Bishops Homegrown said...

Howdy Leigh, somehow I missed out on this reply, good questions though and I will definitely ask them!

Anyhow, to answer for myself, I am strictly against plant patenting and the pillage of genes from traditional farmers and indigiouous peoples as well as seed savers. Patenting only further reinforces the "bottom line" of big-ag and seperates all of humanity from the property that is rightfully theirs, placing the power of plants and animal nutrition into consolidated hands where it can be manipulated by genetic modification and tied up in a "novel" breeding program.

These genes and varieties don't belong to anyone. They were here before we were and they were parlayed into useful sets of genes long ago by our ancestral agrarian societies, we don't own them, we only steward them for our own use and for the future of our civilization and race.

Hope that was clear enough my friend! Thanks for the questions!