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I just visited Richters site after not going for a while and noticed that they have a new department called the Seed Zoo. They have collected rare species from all over the world, including some very interesting perennial food crops and others from every climate. I think it's worth a looksee.

https://www.richters.com/show.cgi?page=./SeedZoo/seedzoo.html
 
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Kota Dubois wrote:I just visited Richters site after not going for a while and noticed that they have a new department called the Seed Zoo. They have collected rare species from all over the world, including some very interesting perennial food crops and others from every climate. I think it's worth a looksee.

https://www.richters.com/show.cgi?page=./SeedZoo/seedzoo.html

 
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thanks for the seed source
 
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Wow. Some fascinating possibilities. That Armenian sorrel looks wonderful. Probably not for this year, but bookmarked for 2014!
 
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for finding new sources of seed within the US and Canada, i have found this site to be invaluable:
http://plantinfo.umn.edu/default.asp
 
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Thanks for the hint, Devon.

I have been using several sources as I plan for permaculture plantings in eastern Quebec:

http://www.seeds.ca/en.php (Seeds of Diversity, Canadian seed preservation organization)
http://www.seeds.ca/rl/rl.php (List of Canadian seed companies selling heirloom seeds)
http://www.seeds.ca/sl/csci/ (Plant list, with catalog sources for each species)

http://www.lasocietedesplantes.com/ (French only; heirloom seeds for northern climates; plus, they are just down the road a ways from us!)

http://www.seedsavers.org/ (Seed Savers in Decorah, Iowa; heirloom seed exchange; I visited their farm a few years back -- fabulous place)

 
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That is a good site Devon, but I still cannot find ulmus rubra (slippery elm).

Heidi, I've had great luck with la societe des plantes their seeds germinate very well.

I bought the Armenian sorrel and have researched it. It seems to be a land race of Dock (rumex spp.) It certainly looks like the one we have here. I wonder if they would hybridize? Anyway seems you harvest the leaves at the beginning of summer before they get too bitter, which they are anyway, but the drying process makes this go away. I stumbled upon an Armenian cooking blog which explains how to use them. I got lots of seed and could send you some if you want to experiment.
 
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kota, perhaps it was a computer related issue, i tried it here and got a list, though i did not CHECK each source for varification, and maybe that was your problem, has been for me before
http://plantinfo.umn.edu/sources/sourceresult.asp?plantid=&fgsid=35684&genusid=5710&searchType=sourceresult.asp&plantName=ulmus%20rubra

was that offer directed to anyone or open to thread participants? lol:D
 
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Thanks Devon, I guess I was just using too narrow a search (Canada). I've noticed over the last few years many seed companies are refusing to ship over the border as gov'ts apply new rules (none of which I know).

Is the offer you speak of my telling Heidi I'd send her some Armenian sorrel seeds? I only bought 1 packet which has a 100 or so seeds in it, but I think I could offer you a dozen or so if you want. They aren't too big or thick so I think they could slip through the mail without getting flagged (or am I just being paranoid?). Once established there should be ample seed to share around.
 
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i can wait until you get them all established thanks for offering though

and yes, those pesky criminals we call government...
 
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Might want to also consider Baker's Creek Heirloom Seeds for some rarer items. I know that they have collected seeds from all over the world. http://rareseeds.com/
 
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I came across another website. Their home page says that is about "Regenerative Perennial Agriculture for Temperate Climates." It also states that "The Apios Institute supports you to undertake ecological garden design, research, demonstration, and education. We support the mimicry of temperate deciduous forest ecosystems for the production of food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizers, farmaceuticals, and fun."

http://apiosinstitute.org/
 
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I have had success ordering seeds from Horizon Herbs here in Quebec.

www.horizonherbs.com

But shucks! I just checked their site to see if they carry Slippery Elm, they do but say specifically they cannot send the seeds to Canada

 
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