Cherokee Nation Offering Heirloom Seed ExchangeThese juvenile rattlesnake beans are just one of the more than twenty varieties of historic Cherokee plants that can be grown as part of the Cherokee Nation’s heirloom seed exchange program.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla.— In recent years many area gardeners have begun looking to the past for the inspiration for their crops by cultivating heirloom plants. To help celebrate and promote this special type of living history, the Cherokee Nation is offering a limited quantity of uniquely Cherokee seeds to its tribal citizens.
“The idea behind the seed exchange was to let Cherokee Nation citizens become part of the heirloom plant project by giving seeds out so people could grow their own bit of Cherokee history,” said Pat Gwin, Cherokee Nation Natural Resources Director. “More than twenty plants that have been identified as historically being with the Cherokee people for generations, from beans that resemble snakes to giant squash.”
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