Appalachian Seed Swap
I wanted to let everyone know that I had an outstanding day this past Saturday in Berea Kentucky at the home of Bill Best of the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture center(www.heirlooms.org ), along with numerous other people, Brook elliot ( Gardenlad) Tony West, Cherokee Heirloom extrodinare, John Coykendal the Butter bean man and heirloom gardener/ preservationist at BlackBerry farm in Tenn and Jim Veteto former Manager of the Southern Legacy Seeds at the Univ of Georgia who is know working on his Doctorate and catologing Appalachian crops, along with many other appalachian seedsmen, growers and enthusiests.
There were hundreds of varieties of beans alone available for sell or trade plus hundreds of others seeds including corn, tomatoes, peas and Limas. I had to restrain myself and only brought home 8 new geasy beans and 1 regular bean and 12 new appalachian tomatoes to try. Plus John Coykendal is sending me some South Carolina peas he has that I don't. I have to check to see if I can rent my neighbors field for next year. I brought 56 varieties of Legumes mostly field peas to swap.
In all the years the AHSC was running I believe this was the biggest turnout of pure appalcahian seed enthusiast ever. I wanted to thank Tony West (BlueFlint) for getting it going and Bill Best for hosting and the plan is to continue the seed swap on the first Saturday in October of each year. So everyone needs to start making plans now for next year. Rodger
P.S John Coykendal made a comment to me later that evening as we were talking and admiring all of our new aquistions, that he has always enjoyed looking at seeds especially legumes during the cold days of winter anticipating spring, and especially new varieties recieved. And I thought I was the only one who did that.