Friday, July 1, 2011

corn jungle





















The corn hides Lulu, somewhat. This patch is Roy's Calais, a flint (or Indian) corn originally cultivated by the western Abenaki in Vermont, and subsequently grown and maintained by pioneer farmers. Flint corn is used for hominy or corn meal and will be enjoyed by both us humans and our chickens. This variety is open-pollinated, making it possible to save seeds. Because it's a short-season variety, it will be through the pollination phase before my sweet corn creates tassles, avoiding any inadvertent cross-pollination.

Roy's Calais is in the Slow Food Ark of Taste. Ms. Kingbird, only somewhat coincidentally, is the new Slow Food Governor for the Central Valley Region of California.


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