Pretty neat article on Mary Ann Fox. I remember being at that vary SSE Conference/Campout when her beans were being given away. I picked one of her beans but it didn't grow the next summer when I planted it. Her beans were in Pepsi bottles and jars under a tent but the sun was shinning on most of those containers and it seemed like those beans just sort of slow cooked all afternoon in those bottles. I got one of Mary Ann Fox's beans when she was still alive. It was her Money bean. She sent me that same photo of her by here horse that's in the article. I don't know if anyone got any of those beans of her's to grow the next summer in 2014.
Mary Ann was my source for several beans; I still grow Madeira (a pole dry bean) and "Tucomares Chocolate" (a brown-seeded runner bean) obtained from her in 2006. She was among those who first inspired me to increase my own efforts, along with Will Bonsall and Robert Lobitz. It is always a sad day, when we lose such dedicated seed stewards... we have lost too many of those in recent years, often leaving their precious collections to perish untended.
A shame indeed; a good idea, but poorly executed.that would be a shame if none of them grew for anyone.
i'm curious, would it be better to put them right back in the freezer until right before you plan on planting them? you can take your pics when they come out for planting.I got some good news on the remainder of my original named beans from the early 1980's that have been in Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm's bean collections for who knows how many years. They have been in frozen storage and I'm sure will germinate well. They are going to send them to me. When they arrive I will photo them and put up the photos here on the Little Easy Bean Network Thread.
The names of these are beans are
Little Ernie's Eye - Bush dry
Fox - Bush dry
Humason's Lite - Bush dry
Buster Brown - Bush dry
White Bird - Semi Runner dry
Black Bird - Semi Runner dry
Speckled Goose - Pole dry
Saturn - Semi Runner dry
I will probably put these beans in the freezer shortly after I photo them. All my bean ground is all planned out for this year. So will probably grow these out next year in 2021.i'm curious, would it be better to put them right back in the freezer until right before you plan on planting them? you can take your pics when they come out for planting.
Seed requests keep coming at a nice rate. The week the website was down I got emails requesting beans from people who had seen the site just before it went down. They must have made a list of what they wanted and emailed their lists to me.are you getting more seed requests now?