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Seed Swaps for Genetic Diversity

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Hi all,

I'm starting this thread for people who have rare seeds and want to swap them with other people who have the same seeds.

Seems a bit strange I know, but this is so that the genetic diversity of the rare variety can be increased and reduce the possibility of inbreeding.

I'll start...

I have three rare malting barleys that I would like to exchange and diversify my gene pool.

I have Hana (from Morovia, not the Coors Morovian barley), Golden Promise, and Chevalier.

I have a rare wheat called Pacific Bluestem, Sonora soft white wheat, and Einkorn (I also have Khorasan Emmer, and Kubanka Durum).

My genetic stock comes from seeds that were decades old, and were not purchased online.
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Location: Athens, GA/Sunset, SC
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Definitely interested. Very interested in arcahic cererals
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Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
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I don't have any of those seeds, so I can't help you there.

I am delighted to see this proposal here on permies. Mankind has lost many great varieties of cereals due to modern farming practices, and not enough people growing these rare seeds to keep the genetic diversity sound.

Hopefully, you will find others with these same seeds, and the recovery process can begin.

I know that the Painted Mountain corn project has been going for 30 years, and that is once again a viable corn that can be grown in cold, high elevation, and short season regions.

We need more projects like this around the globe if we want to maintain food security.

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