i would start with some sunchokes helianthus tuberosus i believe
varities: PJ's Wild Jerusalem Artichoke, Red Feseau
Chinese Artichokes or Stachys Affinis
i dont know of any varieties that are superior or preferred to my eyes, i think there may be one named variety
linden tree seeds
perennial, hardy greens, plus its a tree so its got tons of benefits with it
nettle, id personally prefer the full sting variety because i'd be afraid of losing some of the good stuff if oyu will that comes with the already natural, wild state of nettle
i'd also get some fodder beets and some daikon radishes for building soil and breaking hardpan and stuff
keep it small so as not to ask too much but if there's no limit, just go crazy and get your whole list for your site - also list will be different depending on your climate, for my climate though, thats my list
My list would probably include a lot of invasives and non-natives, and I would be looking for non-GMO organic stock, preferably from the northernmost latitudes in which they will grow for hardiness' sake.
Western Red Cedar, Sitka Spruce, Coast Redwood, Doug Fir, viable soil samples for each, Quercus Macrocarpa, Siberian Pea Shrub, Russian Olive, Red Mulberry, Green Alder (preferably at least two subspecies, crispa and sinuata), a few raspberry and blackberry types, preferably with an aim to have each bearing successively, Hawthorne, a selection of apple, peach, pear, plum, and apricot seeds and/or stones, again preferably selected for winter/frost hardiness where possible, Blight-resistant American Chestnut, Sugar Maple, Red Pine, White Pine, Korean Pine, Sugar Pine, three species of Yew (Taxus baccata, Taxus brevifolia, Taxus canadensis), Black Walnut, phyllostachys edulis (a type of lumber bamboo), black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) and some of the lesser-cultivated berries like Serviceberry, Bayberry, and Bearberry, although these might not all be shrubs. That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
I would love to get a selection of different varieties of grape, both varieties usually cultivated for food and those prized for viticulture. I would also want as many prairie denzien species as I can get, both tall and short grass, with a focus on natural foraging of ruminants and browsers both. I would also love a diversity of wild blueberry seeds and cultivated ones, and some currant species.
If I had space in the cargo container, I'd fill it up with cold-hardy varieties of buckwheat, hull-less oats, barley, and rye.
Free is a good price. This, by the way, probably isn't an exhaustive list for what I am planning. "What if" is one of the most powerful questions in any language.
EDIT: The moment I hit the Submit button, I realised I had no hops. And (I stress THIS part is not a request, but its utility in a permaculture setting is hard to dismiss) Cannabis (just some varieties suitable for fibre, seed, and for animal fodder/forage, I don't have a problem finding the medical variety ).
EDIT2: Amaranth, quinoa, spelt.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
Dwarf coconuts from India, diverse corn varieties from Chiapas, Mexico, papaya from Bali, peach palm, pilinut, diverse nitrogen fixers, a garlic that grows well in the sub tropics, perennial onions, dragons blood tree, palo santo, coco de mer, and Caribbean hot peppers-
"A thatched hut is home for a country man; Horse or carriage seldom pass my gate: Forests so still all the birds come to roost, Broad valley streams always full of fish. I pick wild fruit in hand with my child, Till the hillside fields with my wife. And in my house what do I have? Only a bed piled high with books." - Cold Mountain
My family had a pink beefsteak that dated back to my grandmother almost a hundred years ago. Seeds were saved every year all those many years. The summer before my mother died all the tomatoes she planted came up as cherry tomatoes. The tomato was pink as I said. It was kind of oblong, longer than wide and slightly flattened. It was very meaty, with small seed cavities. The stem went extremely neatly into the tomato. There were never any cracks. The bottom was also perfect. The skin wrapped around the sides and across the bottom with no buttons or marks of any kind.
I never realized what we had, that it wasn't a known variety. I've been searching for a few years for that tomato and can't find it. It's kinda like Dester, or Tennessee Heirloom, but more perfect.
I'd be happy with a few seeds from that tomato, The familyname Perfect Pink Beefsteak.
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