I grew Continental Red sweet potato a few years ago, and it was my favorite. I propagated it a couple years but had a crop failure and then I stopped gardening for a while. I want to grow it again and steward the variety, but Sand Hill Preservation Center had a major crop failure in 2020 and lost many varieties, including this one. I have been asking around to people I thought might be stewarding it, but I haven't had any luck finding it. I hope someone here grows it. It's a very special variety with chestnut flavor with pink-red skin and light orange flesh, cut leaves, and produces an above-average yield early in the season from semi-bush plants.
Do you feel the place you mentioned is the only supplier of Continent Red sweet Potatoes? Or the only one you have been about to find?
It looks they lost a lot of their sweet potato varieties:
We are very sorry for all of the unavailable varieties. On August 9,2020 we tilled between the rows in anticipation of an upcoming rain storm. As we plant on black plastic and our soil is very sandy it makes planning for tillage before a rain a necessity to make the best use of the moisture. Our soil is quirky and if not disturbed after a rain will actually hold the moisture down a few inches very well but if tilled after a rain will wick out the moisture quickly. On August 10 we had a Derecho or land hurricane that gave us 100 mph winds for close to an hour and the devastation was great.
Sand Hill lost this variety and others in 2020, as I said. They will not get it back unless someone gives them propagation material. I have checked other places that I have found that once grew it. I have asked stewards of other varieties. I was just checking if anyone here grows it. It is very likely extinct, but I am checking everywhere for the slight chance that it is not.
I have some that came from Sandhill; I'd be happy to share what I can if people remind me in May or so. I don't have a huge amount but I can set out all I have for slips.
I've been randomly reading permies off and on and listening to Paul's podcasts since they were in the double digits at least, but I haven't got the hang of navigating the site. Is https://permies.com/forums/forums/show/90/19 the best place to beg/trade for seed? I'll find out how to format links and what not later.