Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tuesdays with a Twist (no rules) LinkUp #160

Good Morning and welcome to another No Rules Party!

This month I shared Carl L Barnes and his Amazing Heirloom Corn and
 Using Coconut Coir Pellets fro Seed Starting
I've also added to my Planting Guide for 2016.  I'm really excited about our new garden expansion.  2016 will be our biggest garden ever! 



I've been busy learning and sharing about SOIL.  Find out more below!



Are you ready for the party?   We're your hosts 
Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
PLEASE welcome back JOYCE @ Heavenly Bodies



Add our button if you've been featured!


The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59am.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 
Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Carl L Barnes and his Amazing Heirloom Corn

Are you ready for our latest SEED ANNOUNCEMENT from Mary's Heirloom Seeds?
**NEW** GLASS GEM CORN




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We have updated our info on our website.  Hopefully it is easier to find what you're looking for.  If you have additional questions please ask. 
 

Remembering Carl L. Barnes 

 
From our recent article, 
Celebrating the Life of Carl L Barnes

Carl is of half Cherokee, half Scotch-Irish ancestry and was born in the family's original farmhouse about a half-mile from his current home. His father had moved the family west, where they acquired land and set up farming on the High Plains. Carl spent his childhood on this homestead, and the family lived through the 1930s Dust Bowl years, staying to survive the ordeal rather than leaving as many did at that time in our history. 


To a seed geek like myself, Carl L Barnes was a hero.  We were sad to hear of his passing on April 16th, 2016.

Seed Broadcast,
"Family, friends, and the seed saving community mourn the passing of Carl 'White Eagle' Barnes, who died in Grove, Oklahoma on Saturday morning, April 16. Carl was known for his years of work with heritage corn, enabling many Native tribes to recover and reunite with their sacred seeds."
"In the course of growing some of the older corn varieties still being farmed at that time, Carl began noticing ancestral types of corn re-appearing in his crops. As he isolated these, he found many of the variants to match up with traditional corns that had been lost to many of the Native tribes - particularly those peoples who had been relocated during the 1800s to what is now Oklahoma. Thus, he was able to re-introduce specific corn types to the elders of those tribes, and this helped their people in reclaiming their cultural identities. The corn is, to them, literally the same as their blood line, their language, and their sense of who they are."  Continue Reading

What are some of the Heirloom Corn varieties that Carl worked to "Back to Life"?
The Glass Gem Corn is probably the most popular variety at the moment.  A few others include the Painted Mountain Corn and the Cherokee Long Ear Popcorn.  These are some of the most stunning heirloom corn varieties I have ever seen!


This week we'll be highlighting our Heirloom Corn varieties.  If you have additional questions please ask!
***ALL of our Corn varieties are Heirloom, Non-GMO and Organic*** 
  
 

 Heirloom Sweet Corn traced back to 1864. Despite its name, it appears to have originated in upper NY, and was probably derived from Iroquois Black Puckers


Originally from Virginia and traced back to 1845.  Stalks grow 10-12 ft. tall producing 2 to 6 ears per stalk.
    
   A beautiful blend of brightly colored long ears, wonderful for fall decorations, and is great for popping. This beautiful corn was selected by Carl Barnes, a world-renowned Cherokee corn collector from Oklahoma.
 
   
DAKOTA BLACK POPCORN
     Beautiful 4½ in. ears, great flavor. 15 rows per ear. 6 ft. stalks, 1 ear per stalk, above-average pest resistance.
    

The ears reach 7-8 inches long and produce a sweet and delicious, white kernel.  The ears have no rows, as this is a shoepeg type, and kernels are packed in a zigzag pattern
 

*NEW*  GLASS GEM CORN
Produces a diversity of gorgeous translucent, jewel-colored ears, each one unique. A stunning corn variety selected over many years by Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee farmer and breeder from Oklahoma. Selected from crossing several traditional corn varieties and saving seed from the vivid, translucent kernels. Size of ears range from 3-8 inches


HOPI BLUE CORN
Considered a staple corn of the Hopi people, this corn can be eaten as a sweet corn when young, or allowed to dry it can be used to make flour.  
Hopi Blue has a higher protein content than a dent corn and makes wonderful tortillas. The 7 inch, dried blue ears also make great autumn decorations. Plants are 5-6 feet tall.  

PAINTED MOUNTAIN CORN
VERY RARE and hard to find corn variety. 
Painted corn is extremely cold and drought tolerant for a corn.   Painted Mountain corn grows about 5' tall producing ears about 7" long.


STOWELL'S EVERGREEN SWEET CORN
Released commercially in 1856.
This delicious white sweet corn is regarded as the "King of All White Sweet Corn Varieties", has been popular for over 160 years.  


STRAWBERRY POPCORN
The popular, cute, little ears look just like big strawberries, just 2"-3" long. The 4' plants produce 2-4 ears each; great for fall decorations or making delicious popcorn.

  HELPFUL LINKS:
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask.  We usually reply to emails within a few hours. 
Thank you and have a wonderful week!

Happy Planting,

Mary's Heirloom Seeds, P. O. Box 3763, Ramona, CA 92065

Every day I answer emails, phone calls and fb messages from people with garden-related and seed related questions.  If you have questions, I am happy to help.

-Mary


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Celebrating the Life of Carl L Barnes

To a seed geek like myself, Carl L Barnes was a hero.  We were sad to hear of his passing on April 16th, 2016.


Seed Braodcast,
"Family, friends, and the seed saving community mourn the passing of Carl ‘White Eagle’ Barnes, who died in Grove, Oklahoma on Saturday morning, April 16. Carl was known for his years of work with heritage corn, enabling many Native tribes to recover and reunite with their sacred seeds."


From Mother Earth News,
"Carl is of half Cherokee, half Scotch-Irish ancestry and was born in the family’s original farmhouse about a half-mile from his current home. His father had moved the family west, where they acquired land and set up farming on the High Plains. Carl spent his childhood on this homestead, and the family lived through the 1930s Dust Bowl years, staying to survive the ordeal rather than leaving as many did at that time in our history.

As a youth, Carl began to seek out his Cherokee roots, exploring the knowledge of his own ancestors and of Native American traditions in general, by learning from his grandfather. Much of this quest centered on the ceremonies surrounding planting, harvesting, and honoring seeds. Carl went on to earn a degree in Agricultural Education, and later in his adult years worked with the Cooperative Extension Service. He also spent several years serving with the Kansas Highway Patrol. Carl continued working the farm, along with his wife Karen, and they raised a family.

In the course of growing some of the older corn varieties still being farmed at that time, Carl began noticing ancestral types of corn re-appearing in his crops. As he isolated these, he found many of the variants to match up with traditional corns that had been lost to many of the Native tribes – particularly those peoples who had been relocated during the 1800s to what is now Oklahoma. Thus, he was able to re-introduce specific corn types to the elders of those tribes, and this helped their people in reclaiming their cultural identities. The corn is, to them, literally the same as their blood line, their language, and their sense of who they are."

What are some of the Heirloom Corn varieties that Carl worked to "Back to Life"?
The Glass Gem Corn is probably the most popular variety at the moment.  A few others include the Painted Mountain Corn and the Cherokee Long Ear Popcorn.  These are some of the most stunning heirloom corn varieties I have ever seen!

This week we'll be highlighting our Heirloom Corn varieties.  If you have additional questions please ask!
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marys-Heirloom-Seeds/229833070442449

Sign up for our E-Newsletter



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tuesdays with a Twsit #159 (no rules) LINKUP

Good Morning and welcome to another No Rules Party!

This month I shared Growing Organic SQUASH from Seed to Harvest and last month I announced NEW  COMPANION PLANTING KITS
I've also added to my Planting Guide for 2016.  I'm really excited about our new garden expansion.  2016 will be our biggest garden ever! 

Did you see our GIVEAWAY?


I've been busy learning and sharing about SOIL.  Find out more below!



Are you ready for the party?   We're your hosts 
Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
PLEASE welcome back JOYCE @ Heavenly Bodies



Add our button if you've been featured!


The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59am.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 
Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!