A couple of years ago I was told by a university researcher that a private citizen can order seeds from the USDA. I wanted a durum wheat that was suitable for our Pacific Northwest climate on the West side of the Mountains. It was total amazement when my assortment of about 30 varieties of durum wheat arrived in less that a week and no charge--not even postage. It isn't easy to navigate their site, but they do have an amazing assortment of seeds. If you type "wheat" into the search engine, you can select from about 100,000 varieties. And they have almost everything you could think of from sunflowers to einkorn to cabbage to pawpaw.
I've written up instructions about how to use the site at: http://billyandanuttama.wordpress.com/2010/08/21/how-to-get-free-seeds-from-the-government-seed-bank/
Robert Ray wrote:
One of the blueberry plants offered is from my favorite kayaking lake( Hosmer Blueberry) just a few miles from my house it is not a GMO cutting according to the Corvallis office I think they try to keep strains true for experimentation.
i got my seeds in the mail a few days ago!!!