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 9, 2011

2011 Seed Repetoir Part 2.

Monday I spent nearly 12 hours just lining out the seed collection for 2011 (not including all the perrinials and grafted stuff). The pictures below give a good idea of the diversity I'll be looking through in 2011. Granted, not nearly all the seed here will be planted (maybe 10% of some things, 100% of others, like the corns) but this encompasses a good portion of everything being grown.

May not look as huge as most collections in terms of varieties, but since everything here is either a genepool, grex, synthetic population, segregating hybrid, or working landrace there is likely more diversity in this small place than you would find in most other collections.
As an example, Amanda Palmer Dent corn on the far left is composed of 15 varieties originaly and seed for 7 new varieties has been added. Astronomy Domine is also in there, now well over 200 parents into the growout.
The unfortunate looking pill bottles are mostly tomatoes and peppers, some of the mixes therin containing hundreds of segregating crosses, open pollinated types, and heirlooms.

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