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.

Search This Blog

Thursday, December 10, 2009

For those asking about reserach editorials and some other big news.

I will begin writing some of my yearly farm research editorials shortly, I have a ton of topics to expand upon and look forward to it, just waiting for the time to make itself available. Before I can think about it I must first begin re-stocking "The Wyrm" composting project with fresh bedding and harvest the old bedding and take the poject to capacity to ensure adequate compost for next season, and then the conversion of the old Rion hobby greenhouse into a turkey shed and the building of three further rabbit hutches and burning of brush in the Food Forrest project. Surely by then my intelectual fires will be burning hot and I'll find the time to do a bit more elaboration on our many projects here at bishops homegrown.

In the mean time you can check out the new Bishop's Homegrown Farm web-site at it will be aimed mostly at local audiences and more for information than anything else, but hey, at least I made an effort!

In other news there is the possibility of a massive project involving Michael Lachaume, myself, Hip-Gnosis Seed Development/Homegrown Goodness and many other well known plant breeding personalities in coordination with a massive research facility in the coming months....more on that later.

Some more fantastic online resources.

Thanks to my friend MJC over at the Homegrown Goodness Message Board (come visit us friends!) I'm adding a couple more great resources here.

The Biodiversity Library and where you can check out several thousand old publications full of vast agricultural knowledge. Why not spend some time studying this winter, it will make that first lush growth of spring look that much more beautiful!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Peace Seeds Planetary Genepool Resource Library vol. 2

Is Here. Consists of scans of three of the Peace Seeds/Deep Diversity catalog covers, introduction articles, graphics, and special articles. More to be added soon.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Yeah, Yeah, I know, I joined the darkside.

But facebook makes political commentary so much more visible than blogger.

Another excellent google books article on turkeys.

Check it out here.

Also thought I'd add that more articles will be being uploaded to the Peace Seeds Planetary Genepool Resource library over the next several days.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Are GMO and Morgellons Disease related?

Check out this article.

Invaluable book for turkey fanciers......

Found "Turkeys and How to Grow Them" over on google books. Written in 1909 I believe, it is a fantastic read for anyone wishing to raise turkeys and full of more information than could be memorized in one setting. Enjoy.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Excellent 1909 turkey article

As an example of the usefulness of google books, this article is wonderful for the turkey enthusiast.


This winter when you hit the "doldrum" period (for me January 2'nd - Feb. 20 or so) and you've got nothing much going on, these links make for good reading and inspiration.

Luther Burbank his methods and discoveries and practical aplications

Thomas Jefferson's Garden Book

and spend a bit of time at google books, you never know what your going to find there, it has proven itself and excellent resource for agricultural bulletins and old public domain advertisements such as this

A Year in Search of Seeds and Hope! blog

Was exploring some links here on the site earlier tonight and came across an interesting blog, here, written by a Thomas J. Watson Fellow who used his grant to travel the world in search of seeds and sustainable agriculture. Most of the blogs are short and to the point, but some wonderful insight can be gained from reading them and the pictures are wonderful.

I'll have to contact this fellow and see just what seeds he manged to get back to the states, some interesting diversity is featured in the posts which once seed is increased could be of great value to sustainable farmers, seed savers, and independent plant breeders.

Interesting video on new legislation

My friend Dale Asberry sent me this link over on Facebook. Pretty interesting, good concepts, though I'm not much of one to believe in CO2 affecting our planet negatively, carbon sequestration can't be a bad thing and organic/sustainable agriculture is the answer to the negatives affecting our consumer culture, eco-systems, and dieteary disease issues. It's nice to see someone in politics actually taking a moment to use critical thinking to help provide a solution to our problems instead of just handing out money and power to their friends.

The Alan M Kapular Planetary Genepool Resource Library vol. 1

The first piece of the new Alan Kapuler Planetary Genepool Resource Library is online now with Free Amino Acids in our common fruits and vegetables, and invaluable resource. To view the scans, click on the link, click on a page, go over to the right side where there is the gray box with info on uploader, click the blue arrow to close this and then click on the magnify option, some margin words are cut off here and there, but well worth studying my friends. Enjoy and great thanks to Dr. Alan Kapuler.

The Alan Kapuler Resource Library Free Amino Acids Papers