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Free 10 Heirloom Corn Seeds

 Sustainable Living Center of Lincoln City takes threats to biodiversity seriously. We are starting to build a Tsunami Seed Bank of select varieties that will grow on the Oregon Coast, so we can feed ourselves before and after, if we ever get hit by a Tsunami.

We offer free seeds to people who promise they will grow, document and harvest the seeds from one plant and returned the seeds from that plant back to the Center.

Presently, there is 10 different varieties in our Corn Bank. If you have a Corn that is not on our list, we accept donations.

Corn, Smoke Signals this popcorn’s kernels are a rainbow of colors

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  • Grows to 8 feet tall
  • Multiple ears per stalk
  • Multicolor kernels
  • Popcorn

This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.  Corn, or maize, is thought to have been domesticated by the Olmec and Mayans and trade helped to spread the crop through much of the Americas by 2500 BCE. Corn and maize spread throughout the world after European explorers and traders brought it home with them.

Tom Thumb is a dwarfing popcorn variety for small gardens and small servings

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  • Grows to 3-4 feet tall
  • Produces 1-2 ears that grow to 4″
  • Short season and tolerates coastal areas
  • Popcorn

This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.  This ornamental popcorn was bred by Professor Elwyn Meader and the University of New Hampshire. It is also known as “Hulless”, “Dwarf Rice” and “Squirrel Tooth” popcorn.

Corn, or maize, is thought to have been domesticated by the Olmec and Mayans and trade helped to spread the crop through much of the Americas by 2500 BCE. Corn and maize spread throughout the world after European explorers and traders brought it home with them.

Seneda Red Stalker is a purple-red stalks and husks of this flint corn are a vibrant addition to any garden

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  • Multicolor kernels
  • Purple-red stalks and husks
  • Flint corn

This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.

This flint corn originated with the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Corn, or maize, is thought to have been domesticated by the Olmec and Mayans and trade helped to spread the crop through much of the Americas by 2500 BCE. Corn and maize spread throughout the world after European explorers and traders brought it home with them.

Mandan Bride is a organic flour corn with jewel-toned and striped kernels

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  • Multicolor kernels
  • Plants grow to 6 feet
  • Flint corn

This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.  This heirloom corn is thought to have been developed by the Mandan Indians of North Dakota.

Corn, or maize, is thought to have been domesticated by the Olmec and Mayans and trade helped to spread the crop through much of the Americas by 2500 BCE. Corn and maize spread throughout the world after European explorers and traders brought it home with them.

Two Inch Strawberry is a varieties red kernels that are good for popping and fall decorations

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  • Plants grow to 5-6 feet
  • Produces 2-4 ears per stalk
  • Strawberry shaped red ears

This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States. Corn, or maize, is thought to have been domesticated by the Olmec and Mayans and trade helped to spread the crop through much of the Americas by 2500 BCE. Corn and maize spread throughout the world after European explorers and traders brought it home with them.

 

It’s rare to see corn in urban gardens, because few sweet corns do well in containers. But ‘Blue Jade’–aka ‘Blue Baby’–corn

blue-jadeThis handsome heirloom grows only 2 to 3 feet tall, making it ideal for small spaces. Expect two to three ears of steel-blue corn on each plant after 70 to 80 days. The delicious cobs turn jade-blue when cooked. For best results, grow corn in clumps, rather than one long row.  Plant this warm-season vegetable directly into the soil two weeks after your average last-frost date. Sow 1 inch deep, 8 to 12 inches apart. Crops require full sun, ample water and deep rich organic soil to perform well.

Harvest ears three weeks after tassels appear. Look for brown silks, dark green husks and plump kernels that squirt “milky” liquid when pinched; clear juice is immature.

Stowell’s Evergreen is a leading white heirloom sweet corn and a favorite

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  • Ears grow to 8-9 inches
  • Produces 1-2 ears per stalk
  • Sweet corn

This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.  In the early 1800s Nathaniel Newman Stowell spent years refining this strain of corn. After some consideration – and with the promise that it was only for personal, private use – he sold two ears of seed corn to a friend for $4.00.

That friend went on to sell the seed to a commercial enterprise for $20,000, which is perhaps the reason we are able to grow it today.

Corn, or maize, is thought to have been domesticated by the Olmec and Mayans and trade helped to spread the crop through much of the Americas by 2500 BCE. Corn and maize spread throughout the world after European explorers and traders brought it home with them.

Bear Paw is a delicious and tender popcorn with delightful flattened ears

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  • Grows to 4-5 feet tall
  • Ears grow to 4-5″ and are flattened giving a “paw” appearance
  • Popcorn

This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.  Bear Paw is an heirloom popcorn developed by Glenn Thomson of Vermont. He grew and distributed the variety from the 1930s to the mid-1960s when his health declined.

This popular variety was served in New England homes and movie theaters and was even featured in the Vermont exhibit at the World’s Fair.

Glenn’s daughter, Ginny, shared stories of how her father would serve cocoa and cupcakes to the local boys hired to help harvest the corn in the fall. She would sit on her father’s lap as a batch of Bear Paw corn was popping over a coal burning stove.

Corn, or maize, is thought to have been domesticated by the Olmec and Mayans and trade helped to spread the crop through much of the Americas by 2500 BCE. Corn and maize spread throughout the world after European explorers and traders brought it home with them.

Country Gentleman is a beautiful corn for fresh eating with irregular white kernels

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  • Plants grow to 7-8 feet
  • Multiple 7-8 inch ears per stalk
  • “Shoe-peg” kernels (non-rowed)
  • Sweet corn

This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.  This heirloom corn was introduced in 1890 by S.D. Woodruff & Sons of Orange, Connecticut.

Corn, or maize, is thought to have been domesticated by the Olmec and Mayans and trade helped to spread the crop through much of the Americas by 2500 BCE. Corn and maize spread throughout the world after European explorers and traders brought it home with them.

This heirloom corn was introduced in 1890 by S.D. Woodruff & Sons of Orange, Connecticut.

Corn, or maize, is thought to have been domesticated by the Olmec and Mayans and trade helped to spread the crop through much of the Americas by 2500 BCE. Corn and maize spread throughout the world after European explorers and traders brought it home with them.

Japonica Striped Maize is a ornamental corn from Japan makes a beautiful border in flower gardens

  • japonica-striped-maize-corn-organicVariegated leaves
  • Green, white, yellow, and pink stripes
  • Dark purple tassels and burgundy kernels

This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States. This ornamental corn was known in the 1890s as “Striped-Leafed Japanese Maize”.

Corn, or maize, is thought to have been domesticated by the Olmec and Mayans and trade helped to spread the crop through much of the Americas by 2500 BCE. Corn and maize spread throughout the world after European explorers and traders brought it home with them.

 

 

 

 

 

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