I love this concept. I'm on board! Let's do it!
This is the first year that I have managed to save ALL the seed we need for the farm for the next couple of years. After last springs blitz by casual food growers depleted seed supplies, I realized I needed to step up my game for seed saving and allowing things to cross breed and then saving from the most delicious and best suited. I'm in the tiny, infant stages of landrace food growing, but it's excited to think about where it's going.
I guess I've already done this with squash (the "gateway" food for landrace perpetuation) but I'm excited to try it this year with corn. And we've been doing that with garlic and potatoes for years now, I just never put a term to it. I just keep the best performers for seed and go from there.
I've also brought in some white Tepary beans from Ramona Farms (https://www.ramonafarms.com/
) down in AZ to boost up my drought tolerant seed game. They aren't a seed house - they sell beans and corn for food, but considering the long shelf life of the Tepary beans, I figure I can get a harvest out of them. These do not need a ton of water, and thrive in the desert, so I wanted to start introducing them to our summers here in the PNW - which can range from hot and dry to lukewarm and dry (such as summer 2020 - or as I call it - "the summer that never was"). I'd like to really center our food growing on drought and cold tolerant crops. And then select for the best cultivars out of the already specialized group.
Time, right? Time and patience and attention and then a bit more time.