Annual Seed Distribution
Seed Distribution Program
Some of the seeds in the Collection include
- Bodéwadmi Nensema (Pottawatomi Tobacco),
- Mshwe Modesek (Pottawatomi Rabbit Bean)
- Wapeshkigwat (Pottawatomi White Flint Corn)
In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about the various types of seeds that are included in the Tribe’s Seed Collections, please contact Rebecca Rupe, Archives/Collections Coordinator, at 269.397.1780 or via email at email@example.com.
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.