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Just Discovered EFN

 
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Hoping this is a good spot for this post.

EFN = Experimental Farm Network
I went looking for additional perennial food and medicine plants, and sources for the famed potato onion I learned about here on Permies.com! While looking for the appropriate place to settle this post I chose EFN as my search term and found plenty of mentions. Did you know that the famous Joseph Lofthouse sells his seed through this site? Mind blown. Ok, I can handle this! ( a bit of fangirl!)

As some of you readers may be aware, my husband and I will be moving from Inland Empire (basically Riverside and San Bernardino Counties), Southern California to western West Virginia in a few years and I have been doing research on all the things we want to grow/raise when we get there, and the skills we will need to acquire along the way. Hubby is more along for the ride, bless his soul. I want to get more into raising all we could need, from fibers for clothing and such, to our own meat animals, and employing some of the permaculture lessons I'm picking up from all you Permies.

The concept of planting once and harvesting many is close to my heart. I'm a cook-once-and-eat-many sort of girl; pots of chili or soups, multiple meats on the BBQ, etc. Then I came across the thread on potato onions and have hunted You tube videos other than the ones linked in the threads. Now I've been online hunting for sources, prices, descriptions etc. I've learned that I will likely plant from seed and see what I get, maybe do my own experiments and creating of my own little landrace for the area we will be in.

And while I was visiting EFN and treating the various offerings like some folks treat the seed catalogs that come to them in late winter, early spring (You know exactly what I'm talking about, don't you? ) I found entries for Hablitzia Breeding Mix aka Caucasian Mountain Spinach that is a vine, needing a trellis, growing 6'-9' tall that is a perennial, as is the Good-King-Henry (another spinach alternative), and the Seombadi (Korean celery) that grows 6 feet with a flavor stronger than celery, but milder than lovage.

They have an entire couple of pages of Joseph Lofthouse's offerings from corn to tomatoes. You really have to check it out.... https://store.experimentalfarmnetwork.org/collections/perennial-vegetables

I learned there that the Hungarian Breadseed Poppy is the same as the opium poppy, and that it is illegal to score the seedpods so that the milky sap runs. I was surprised to find they carry Job's tears as I have long wanted to grow my own rosary beads, and I'm not even Catholic! Then there is the Emerald Naked Seeded Pumpkin; there are no coverings on the seeds inside, making them an easy source of protein, and you can still use the flesh of the squash like any other pumpkin! They are a pepo, so be wary of growing too near any other pepo variety of squash!!


Some of the many threads that mention EFN....

https://permies.com/t/119113/Pics-Greg-Forest-Garden
https://permies.com/t/wildhomesteading-patreon
https://permies.com/t/137341/perennial-vegetables/Caucasian-mountain-spinach
https://permies.com/t/161776/Growing-Pumpkins-Hull-Pumpkin-Seeds


Funny thing is that I sorta discovered EFN on my own, despite having likely read about it in some of these threads!! I guess it was just meant to be!! I'm making my list now, on paper, in a note book I've been keeping track of many thoughts and ideas, resources and lists; when I finally reach West Virginia I'll have all my ducks in some form of a row!! ( can one really line ducks up in a row? )

 
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