Heirloom Seeds & Poultry
1878 230th Street, Calamus, IA 52729
UPDATED FOR 2023
7 Packets for $9.00
This collection will contain 1 packet each of Large Mix Zinnia, Blacktail MountainWatermelon, Little Indian Pickling Popcorn, Black Diamond Cucumber, Idaho Gem Pumpkin, Spring Radish Mix and Lettuce Mix.
RAINBOW TOMATO COLLECTION
7 Packets for $10.00
This collection will be the followingvarieties: a red - Alaskan Fancy: pink - Bradly County Pink: yellow - Manyel: green - Evergreen: white - Beaute Blanche du Canada: black - Violet jasper and cherry - Ester Hess Yellow Cherry tomato.
NATIVE AMERICAN REGIONAL GARDEN SEED COLLECTIONS
As a second grader I got into trouble for the first time for sneaking into the older kids book section and reading a series of books on each of the many different Indian tribes of North America. It was the late 1960's and our school enrollment was up and my class of second graders was put in the junior high building in a vacant room so they brought a few kiddie books for us and we were supposed to stay in that little corner of the library and not go around the shelves and look at the junior high level books. I was not the least bit interested in Dr. Seuss and would creep around the shelves and read these books then get scolded. I was fascinated with the Native Americans that had farming interests and as a result once I started this crazy habit of collecting seed varieties and searched for as many Native American types as I could. I have put together these collections to help any who want to repeat some of the 3 Sisters Agriculture for their area plus a few other items in the collections as close to authentic as I could find. Our hope is that a little history can be learned and an appreciation for the contributions that these varieties have made to future development of modern sorts from all of the wonderful traits that have. In some cases the varieties are not true to that group but are very similar to ones grown by them.
NATIVE AMERICAN PLAINS GARDEN COLLECTION
5 Packets for $10.00
This collection will contain 1 packet each of Great Plains Rainbow Corn, Hidatsa Indian Red Bean, and Omaha Pumpkin, Arikara Watermelon, Hopi Dye Sunflower( Arikara was consumed by birds in 2022)
NATIVE AMERICAN IROQUOIS GARDEN COLLECTION
3 Packets for $7.00
This will contain 1 packet each of Mohawk Red Corn, Iroquois Bean, Guatemalan Blue Squash
NATIVE AMERICAN CHEROKEE GARDEN COLLECTION
3 Packets for $7.00
This will contain 1 packet each of Cherokee Squaw corn, Cherokee Cornfield Bean, Old Time Cornfield pumpkin
NATIVE AMERICAN HOPI GARDEN COLLECTION
5 Packets for $10.00
This will contain 1 packet each of Hootavilla Blue Corn, Hopi Yellow Lima, Hopi Cushaw squash,Hopi Pale Grey Squash, Hopi Dye Sunflower
NATIVE AMERICAN NAVAJO GARDEN COLLECTION
4 Packets for $8.00
This will contain 1 packet each of Navajo Yellow Flour Corn, White Tepary Bean, Yakima Marblehead Squash, Cochiti Mix or Cochiti pueblo melon
NATIVE AMERICAN SOUTHEAST GARDEN COLLECTION
4 Packets for $8.00
This will contain 1 packet each of All Purpose Dent Corn, Black Jungle Lima, Seminole pumpkin, Black Sweet Potato squash
OTHER GARDEN SEED COLLECTIONS
CIVIL WAR ERA GARDEN COLLECTION
These are all varieties that are close to or the same as varieties from this time frame.
12 Packets for $21.00
This collection will contain 1 packet each of Georgia Green Collards, Pigott Family Cowpea, Black Valentine Bean, Pink Tip Cornfield Bean, Tennessee Red Cob Corn, Black Aztec Corn, Alabama Red Okra, North Carolina Heirloom Pickling Cucumber, Turkey Muskmelon, Scaley Bark Watermelon, Tennessee Sweet Potato Squash, Old Timey Cornfield Pumpkin.
PATIO (ROOFTOP) GARDEN COLLECTION
5 Packets for $9.00
This collection is for the person who wants to grow vegetables in containers and will contain 1 packet each of Tom Thumb Pea, Tom Thumb Lettuce, Moscow tomato, Bush Pickle Cucumber, and Dwarf Romanian Pepper.
PIONEER GARDEN COLLECTION
This collection came from my reading lots of early pioneer books as a child. These varieties are either the same as those grown notes 1800's or very close to them.
20 Packets for $31.00
This collection will contain 1 packet each of Late Flat Dutch Cabbage, Black Seeded SimpsonLettuce, Crosby Egyptian Beet, Purple Top Globe Turnip, Autumn King Carrot, Round Black Spanish Radish, Alaska Peas, Black Mexican Corn, Ohio Cutshort Bean, Early Green Cluster Cucumber, Sugar Salmon Muskmelon, Red Seeded Citron Melon, Garden Huckleberry, Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry, Warted Green Hubbard Squash, Sugar Pie Pumpkin, Hollyhock, Mammoth Dill, Purple Top Rutabaga, and Texas Giant Watermelon.
HOMESTEADER (OFF THE GRID) COLLECTION
20 packets for $30.00
This collection is designed for the person who wants to store and preserve as much food as is possible. These are all varieties that extend the season one way or another to make surviving away from the supermarket easier. One packet each of Winterkeeper tomato, Purple Top Turnip, Black Spanish Round Radish, Alaska Pea, Riner bean, American Purple Top Rutabaga, Black Turtle Soup bean, Royal Chantenay carrot, Ruby Queen beet, Ukrainian Pickling cucumber, Piel de Sapo melon, Wintermelon, Hollow Crown parsnip, Brunswick cabbage, Black Aztec corn, Jones Multicolor popcorn, Mammoth dill, Idaho Gem pumpkin, Yakima Marblehead Squash, Gills Golden Pippen Squash
PLASTIC PLANT LABELS
It has become increasingly difficult to obtain plastic plant labels to mark your starting flats or varieties in the garden. We are going to offer at a reasonable price the following 3 sizes. Use a permanent marker to write the name and other information on the label to get a season long record.
4 inch long white labels 20 for $ 1.85
100 for $ 7.00
6 inch long white labels 20 for $ 2.50
100 for $ 10.00
8 inch long plastic labels 10 for $ 1.90
100 for $15.00
TASTY CHICKEN TREATS AND GARDEN SOIL BUILDERS
We cannot send these to non-U.S. addresses. We are very sorry, but the postage costs have caused too much of a price increase. Instructions for planting will be sent with the order. Note for 2023, with new postage rates we are forced to raise prices. I am sorry the biggest chunk of money from these goes to pay for postage,.
BROODER YARD GREENS - SPRING PACK
8 oz. $9.00 ; 1 lb $12.50 ; 3 lbs $30.00 ; 5 lbs $37.00 ; 10 lbs $50.00
Mixture of Essex Rape, Millet, Mustard. Sow in brooder runs when you get chicks, 4-6 weeks later the young birds have a forest of greens to pick. I till up the soil and then broadcast the seed , rake in lightly, water and wait.
BROODER YARD GREENS - FALL PACK
8 oz. $9.50 ; 1 lb $13.00 ; 3 lbs $32.00 ; 5 lbs $40.00 ; 10 lbs $60.00
Mixture of Essex Rape, Millet, Mustard, Turnips, Winter Radishes. Plant this in the poultry yards about late July or early August. Turn the birds in 6 weeks later.
DWARF ESSEX RAPE-
8 oz. $9.00 ; 1 lb $13.00 ; 3 lbs $30.00 A great crop to plant for cutting for greens. Plants are hardy to at least 10 deg. F.
PURPLE TOP TURNIPS-
1 lb $13.00 ; 3 lbs $30.00 We use these for soil building and livestock grazing.
APPIN FORAGE TURNIPS-
1 lb $14.00 ; 3 lbs $33.00 Faster growing, much more foliage, not much for roots, but the small roots overwinter well and provide good early spring pasture.
BARKANT FORAGE TURNIPS-
1 lb $14.00 ; 3 lbs $33.00 Tankard shaped bulb, lots of leaf growth for feed and plow down.
1 lb $14.00- large rooted to help break up hard soils, plant in id summer and let rot over winter
1 lb $8.00 ; 5 lbs $21.00 ; 10 lbs $28.00 Stands drought well and works well in chicken range systems for foliage and later to eat grain heads.
1 lb $9.00 ; 5 lbs $28.00 ; 10 lbs $45.00 Very tall. Ours got to 13 feet. 12 to 18 inch seed heads, great bird feed and bedding.
1 lb $8.00 ; 5 lbs $20.00 ; 10 lbs $30.00 Birds will eat the seeds when mature. Otherwise, it provides good attraction for bees and other beneficials. We use as a soil builder.
WHITE GOLD MUSTARD-
1 lb $12.00 Used for a green manure and weed controller. Plants grow rapidly. We are currently experimenting with it to control thistles. More information on success rates in the future. Year three and it is working well. We do purchase this seed for resale.
PACIFIC GOLD MUSTARD-
1 lb $13.00 Use as a cover crop to mow down prior to seed set. incorporate freshly cut plants into soil as quickly as possible. This helps to control soil nematodes and fungi.
1 lb $8.00 ; 5 lbs $20.00 10 lbs $30.00 This makes an excellent mixture for young poultry. It may be used either when plants are young and green or as they mature and dry.
NORTHERN POULTRY FOOD PLOT
An early corn dent or flint chosen for your area, sunflower, winter squash, early watermelon, a sorghum, a swiss chard mix, Essex Rape, and a Mustard.
SOUTHERN POULTRY FOOD PLOT
A later dent corn chosen for your area, a sunflower, a winter squash, a watermelon, a sorghum, a swiss chard mix, Essex Rape, and a Mustard.
We will try to custom design these collections for your locality as best we can. The purpose of these Food Plot packages is to give the small hobby poultry raiser a chance to raise a portion of their own food - both grains, greens, and special snacks (melons).
OUR SOIL BUILDER SERIES
When I first purchased the farm it had been neglected and chemically abused. The sand was basically sterile in places. I used various mixes to plant and then mow down and till in to help build up the soil.
SPRING SOIL MIX-
1 lb $8.50 ; 5 lbs $20.00 ; 10 lbs. $30.00
Plant as early as possible by broadcasting and raking in. Water as needed. Mow down as the peas bloom. The mix is 20% Rape, 60% Oats, 10% Peas, and 10% Hairy Vetch.
SUMMER SOIL MIX-
1 lb $8.50 ; 5 lbs $20.00 ; 10 lbs $30.00
Follow the Spring Mix instructions in mid-July with this mix. The mix is 50% Buckwheat and 50% Millet. Mow down when Buckwheat blooms.
FALL SOIL MIX-
1 lb $14.00 ; 3 lbs $32.00
Plant this mix in late August to overwinter and till in the following Spring. The mix is 50% Turnips and 50% Rape.
SOIL CLEANUP MIXES
For this to work properly you need to let the Mustard reach flower stage, then chop (mow) and till in for the full effect of the natural fumigating properties.
SOIL CLEAN-UP MIX #1-
1 lb $8.50 ; 5 lbs $30.00 ; 10 lbs $38.00
Triticale and White Gold Mustard used for weed suppression, cycling naturals and adds organic matter. Use 5 lbs per 1,000 square feet.
White Gold and Pacific Gold mustards are both PVP varieties. This is why we must purchase the seed and it is not legal to save your own. We offer them because they are so beneficial to the organic farmer.
BOOKS AND SUCH:
We are phasing out of selling all of these except the 2 books I wrote and Katies notecards. Look here for closeout specials on what we have left. We cannot compete with the large internet sellers as postage kills us. When we started this back in the 1990's prior to internet and we had only a paper catalog we wanted to provide people with a source for good books. Times have changed.
Katie’s Assorted Note Cards- This is an assortment of 12 note cards (black and white) of the six (6) cover drawings Katie Weets has done for our Sand Hill Preservation Center catalog. This includes the drawing for the 2015 catalog cover. You will get at least one (1) of each of the six drawings with six (6) additional random assorted cards plus twelve (12) envelopes.
1 set of notecards - $10.00 (Postpaid)
Storey’s Guide to Raising Poultry (fourth edition) by Glenn Drowns. This book covers chickens, waterfowl, guineas, turkeys, as well as miscellaneous other fowl. It is complete with pen ideas, breeding plans, breed selecting, care and health issues as well as raising your own feed. This is all new material. 464 pages - $21.00 per copy (Please indicate if you would like for Glenn to autograph your copy.)
Showing Poultry by Glenn Drowns. For poultry raisers who want to show their best birds to others, this book offers all the guidance needed to be successful at exhibiting in county and state fairs and expositions. From selecting the best breeds to proper diet, care, and handling; cage training; and judging standards, author Glenn Drowns shares his expert advice. - $10.00 per copy. (Please indicate if you would like for Glenn to autograph your copy.)
ALL OF THE FOLLOWING WILL BE PHASED OUT AS THEY ARE SOLD WE WILL UPDATE THE WEBSITE AS ORDERS COME IN DELETING THEM AS THEY SELL OUT.
Epic Tomatoes - by Craig LeHoullier. Grow and harvest the best tomatoes ever with this practical and beautiful guide by tomato expert, Craig LeHoullier. Along the way, you’ll learn about this fruit’s fascinating history, and meet 33 of LeHoullier’s favorite varieties. $30.00 per copy
Heirloom Tomato by Amy Goldman. lots of great photography and historical information. $35.00 per copy
POULTRY AND FARM ANIMAL BOOKS
An Introduction To Heritage Breeds - by D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, Jeannette Beranger, and Alison Martin of The Livestock Conservancy. Heritage breeds matter, and they are often a better choice than conventional breeds for small farms and backyards. This eloquent, inviting, visual guide explains why conserving heritage breeds is important and shows you how you can raise these breeds yourself, helping to presrve them and benefiting from them at the same time. Written by three experts from the Livestock Conservancy, this book includes chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, pigs, sheep, goats, cattle, donkeys, and horses, detailing each breed’s specific needs and characteristics so that you can select the one that’s right for you. $23.00 per copy
Storey’s Guide to Raising Turkeys by Don Schrider. New version released in January, 2013. All new focus on turkey raising for the back yard and turkey diseases as well as how to butcher and cook the turkeys. - 6” x 9” - $10.00 per copy
Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds by Carol Ekarius. Presented here, breed by breed, are more than 120 barnyard fowl - - from chickens and turkeys to emus and pheasants. For each animal, readers will find stunning color photography, a brief history, and a detailed description. The identifying characteristics included for each breed are: class; size; appearance of comb, wattles, and earlobes; color; place of origin; conservation status; and special qualities. Author Carol Ekarius provides enough information to satisfy both the dedicated browser and the serious farmer weighing the pros and cons of multiple breeds. 224 pages - 8 1/2” x 10 7/8” - Paper $20.00 per copy
Chicken Encyclopedia- by Gail Damerow. $10.00 per copy
BOOKS FOR THE CHILDREN IN OUR LIVES
Nature’s Art Box - Written by Laura C. Martin with drawings by David Cain. From t-shirts to twig baskets, 65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere. 215 pages - paperback - $15.00 per copy
On The Farm Sticker Book (EyeLike Stickers) - Over 400 irresistible, reusable and collectible stickers. Whether on windows, notebooks, lunch boxes, or scrapbooks, these peel-and-place stickers are perfect for creating your own work of art. Beautiful photographic stickers of things found on the farm. - $7.00 per copy