Annual Seed Distribution
Seed Distribution Program
Seeds that will be offered as part of the 2023 Citizen Distribution Program include the following:
- Midewin Nensema
- Potawatomi Muskmelon
- Potawatomi Rabbit Bean
- Bear Island Flint Corn
- Skyscraper Flower
Please note: all 2023 seeds require full sun for best results.
The Tribal Historic Preservation Office maintains and stewards the Tribe’s Seed Collection under its Archives and Collections Program. As part of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant received in 2020, the Department has developed a digital archives website that is accessible to Citizens to explore the Tribe's archival and collection materials, including the Heritage Seed Collection.
If you would like to learn more about the Heritage Seed Collection or other materials within the Tribal Collections, please contact Rebecca Rupe, Archives/Collections Coordinator, at 269.397.1780 or via email at email@example.com. Also, if you are a GLT Citizen and do not have an account set up to access the digital archives website, please contact Rebecca Rupe at the listed contact information above.
Program Forms and Resources
2022 Seed Grow Guides include the following:
- Nokomis Kosmin Squash
- Pottawatomi Pole Beans
- Walpole Island White Flour Corn
Please Note: All 2022 seeds require full sun for best results.
Resources for Participants
Gardening supplies you may need:
- Trowel, hoe or shovel to help you dig into the ground
- Sticks, strings or fencing for the beans to climb onto when they sprout
Soil Types: Clay, Sandy, Loam
Clay – Retains moisture well, susceptible to compaction, sticky, slippery, clings to garden tools
- Sphagnum peat moss: Aeration, Adds mass
- Organic compost: Adds structure, aeration, and nutrients
- Composted leaves, grass, woodchips: Adds texture, aeration, and drainage
Sandy – Drains quickly, doesn’t retain moisture or nutrients, course, doesn’t hold together
- Composted organic materials (composted manure, grass clippings, leaves, etc.): Water retention, increased nutrients
- Sphagnum peat moss: Water and nutrient retention
Loam – Ideal texture, moisture retention and soil drainage for gardening, holds shape when squeezed, easy to dig
Another common issue with soil is pH. This issue requires testing to understand where your soil is at. Soil Ph tests can be purchased at most hardware stores, farm stores, and department stores (seasonally). Once you know where your soil Ph is, you can add amendments to adjust it.
- High Ph level (Alkaline) – Add peat moss, leaf compost, and composted manures to add more acidity to the soil. Sulfates are the non-organic method to lowering Ph levels in soil.
- Low Ph level (Acidic) – Add Lime to soil to raise its Ph level. Finer particles will take effect faster than bigger particle limestone amendments.