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Newbie here ...plant exchange anyone?

 
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Hi, I'm new to this forum. Was totally blown away by permaculture when I first read about it in The Mother Earth News back in the 70's. The truth and common sense of it resonates strongly with my mind and soul! So all that's been simmering for the interim years and I now have a very good opportunity to put these ideals into practice on 40 beautiful and already bountiful acres in east central Alabama. I'll soon be contending with the initial infrastructure and terra forming processes which will likely take some time. Luckily I have reliable water and plan to go ahead and get the nursery going.

So specifically I was wondering if anyone had seeds of a hybridized American chestnut such as a Dunstan (though I wouldn't turn my nose up at seeds of any sort of blight resistant variety at all!). Of course with seeds there's no telling what you will get but I have enough land to plant scads of chestnuts and whatever else, then cull as appropriate. I searched the forum but didn't find anything relevant.

Pondering on this, I also searched and didn't see mention of an online based seed exchange/plant swap. Saw several posts relating to local events, but it seems like having permies sharing resources such as seeds and cuttings, etc., would be a great thing. I know the money is in selling plants and grafted trees (which I will definitely have worked into my system!), but for those getting started it can be quite expensive even just in getting a diversity of initial 'mother' species. Sorry in advance if that type of thing is already available and I overlooked it - I expect that may be the case !

Thanks, -S.


 
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Hi Scott! Welcome to permies!

We have a forum dedicated to Seed Saving, Seed Exchanges, and Plant Breeding!

For help finding resources for getting seeds, there is the permies Seed and Plant Source Review Grid.
In general, there is the Seed Savers Exchange and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.
A good first place to start gettign seeds would be to find a local seed library in your area.

In Alabama, there is the Sand Mountain Seed Bank. I'm finding more stuff in North Carolina than Alabama. Near Asheville, NC, there is the Black Mountain Library, UNC Ashevilla Library, and Digging Durham Seed Library.

Now, for trees, there is the North American Scion Exchange Public Group. You might also try the North American Nut Growers Association and see if they have an exchange.

Yeah, I'm not quite finding anything specific on exchanging chestnuts, but I'm sure something will come up eventually.
 
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Hey Dave, thanks for the welcome and I really appreciate your sharing of appropriate links with me.  I don't expect that you recalled them directly from memory :), so I especially appreciate the help!
I noticed at least one other poster who made the same mistake as I: to assume that the forum list on the left of the page is comprehensive. After reading your reply I looked for anything I may have missed earlier and yep, there it was...the 'All Forums' button.  Aah head slap..live and learn! Thanks, -S.

 
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Dave Burton wrote:Yeah, I'm not quite finding anything specific on exchanging chestnuts, but I'm sure something will come up eventually.



Facebook: All about Chestnuts
 
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Thanks Joseph, that link definitely helps!

I followed the link to your seed catalog, and I think the landrace tactic is great.
 
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