Seeds are living forms which require on-going detailed care. The Kusa Seed organization’s
work is an effort to assure the survival of many ancient, rare, and endangered edible seedcrop
strains. The focus is on seedcrops whose grain can be used as staple food and which can also be
saved as seed. The success of this work is dependent on the participation of those concerned.
We offer you the “real thing”; planting-seeds for edible seedcrops. In the view of the Kusa Seed
organization, the plants themselves are teachers. Enroll yourself in a “study course” at your own
home! Simply invite one of our esteemed faculty members to come and grow at your place; you
plant the seed and the “study course” will unfold before your eyes. Our faculty hail from the far
corners of the earth’s storied mountains, valleys, and plains — from Afghanistan; India; Iraq;
Italy; Japan; Korea; Poland; Russia; Tibet and other places.
The Kusa Seed organization believes that the rare, hard-to-get cereal seedstocks listed in this
catalog carry within them the potential of a personal and social renaissance, due to their uniquely
desirable grain for human nutrition. All proceeds from the sale of seeds and literature go to
further the work of the non-profit Kusa Seed Research Foundation. Purchasing seed or literature
is a way of supporting the work of the Kusa Seed organization and expressing preference for
natural-genetic-pattern (non-GMO) seeds for human nutrition.
A Note on Seed Production
The Kusa Seed organization has nearly 30 years of hands-on seed production experience. All seed
production is carried out on a small scale using careful attention and hand methods. Seed grown
under the supervision of the Kusa Seed organization is the best quality that nature, humanity,
and circumstance, working together can create. In its seed production work, the Kusa Seed
organization uses natural methods exclusively with no chemical fertilizer or synthetic biocides
applied to the crop. Similarly, the Kusa Seed organization does not apply chemical treatments to
the seed after harvest. The Kusa Seed organization does not propagate or distribute GMO-type
seedstocks (genetically-modified organisms).
All seed offered in this Catalog is sold free and clear of intellectual-property claims, and/or
proprietary ownership rights. You, the receiver of seed from this Catalog, own it and the produce
of its harvests. You are a seed freeholder, owner of the seed, free and clear. All seed sold in
this catalog is experimental. Effort is made to provide the best possible seed, but customers
purchasing seed agree that all seed ordered from this catalog is experimental and without
commercial warranty. Open-source from the house of master code.
Seed packets contain 50 seeds unless noted otherwise in this Catalog. In order to ensure the
widest, most equitable distribution of extremely limited and rare seedstocks, the Kusa Seed
organization reserves the right to refuse large orders involving duplicate packets to a single
customer. A single seed, successfully grown and harvested, typically produces several hundred
of its kind. By the third generation harvest, a grower can acquire many dozens of pounds of live
seed, adequate for large-scale field experiments.
The Kusa Seed organization is not yet able to fill requests for bulk amounts of seed. The
majority of the seedstocks listed in this Catalog are extremely rare, belonging to crops not being
grown commercially in the United States or perhaps anywhere. Bulk amounts of seed are not available
at this time.
Planting and Growing Instructions
All seed orders are shipped with detailed planting and growing instructions.
Attention! Seed Purchasers Outside the USA and its Possessions
Dear international friends, thank you for your interest in this seedwork. At the present time, the
Kusa Seed organization does not ship seed to addresses outside of the United States. Foreign
seed orders must provide a United States ship-to address (the address of a friend or acquaintance
in the United States who can receive packages for you; someone able to assume the responsibility
of forwarding the package(s) to you). Literature orders can be mailed internationally, directly
to foreign addresses. In summary: all seed orders must have a United States ship-to address.
Literature orders can be mailed to international destinations.
Payment for seeds or literature must be made in United States funds, drawn on a United States
Bank (payments in foreign currencies are not accepted). Any order lacking payment in United
States funds will be refused.
Show me the Order Form.
All proceeds from the sale of the below Seed Offers go to support the work of The Kusa Seed
Society. Purchasing seeds is a way of supporting the society’s work. Your support is greatly
appreciated. Orders accepted only on the official Order Form available on the last page of this
To read a detailed description of an Offer, click on it'sname.
The majority of the following pieces of literary-art have been written by Lorenz K. Schaller, founder of The Kusa
Seed Research Foundation, during the course of the past two decades. Under a grant of rights to The Kusa Seed
Society, all proceeds from the sale of the below publications go to support the Society’s work. Purchasing these
publications is a way of supporting the work of The Kusa Seed Society. Your support is greatly appreciated. Orders
accepted only on the official Order Form available at the end of this document.
To read a descriptive Abstract of a specific item of literary-art, click on its title.
Awnless Wheat Offer Order Code: SS-AWO Price $14.95
The Awnless Wheat Offer consists of five (5) packets of awnless wheat (Triticum vulgare). As
noted by Percival (Wheats of Great Britain, 2nd Edn, 1948). “Awns are scabrid and greatly
irritate the eyes, nostrils, and tongues of cattle and horses to which such chaff is fed. In Great
Britain and indeed western Europe generally, the wheats in cultivation are awnless because the
chaff of awnless varieties is useful food for farm animals” (while the grain is useful food for
human animals! -editors note).
Also known under the names “Russian” and “Early Russian.” This is a spring growth-habit
wheat with hard grain, red kernel color and white chaff (glumes). It exhibited straw strength
during the Kusa Seed organization’s grow-outs with average plant height of 44” to a maximum
of 65”. It was exposed in the field in Ojai, California, to multiple nights of 16° F. at 30 days of
age, with no harm to the seedlings. It arrived in the United States from the Volga River district
of Russia. Thousands of acres of the grain were grown in western North Dakota around the last
turn-of-the-century (1900). Its kernels are said to be larger and softer than Red Fife.
T. vulgare var. lutescens (Percival). This is a spring growth-habit wheat with yellowish-red
kernel color. It exhibited straw strength during the Kusa Seed grow-outs with a plant height
of 35-45.” It is a British heritage variety. In England it was called “Red Marvel” and closely
resembles Red Admiral. It was imported to England about 1904 from the famous seedhouse
firm Messrs. Vilmorin in Paris, France, who selected it in 1892 for its good yields and other
properties. This is a wheat from long before the days of herbicides, a wheat which made the
artisan breads baked in the wood-fired ovens of France, in the days of carriages and candlelight,
when food was still made by hand! The name Japhet is a christening originating with Messrs.
PACIFIC BLUESTEM NO. 16
This is a spring growth-habit wheat with hard, white-color kernels. It is a descendant from
the legendary White Lamma variety of England. White Lamma was the leading wheat variety
when wheat production began in Australia. It exhibited straw strength during the Kusa Seed
organization’s grow-outs with average height of 60”. It was exposed in the field in Ojai,
California, to multiple nights of 16° F. at 50 days of age, with no harm to the seedlings. It was
extensively grown in California about 100 years ago where it acquired a reputation for excellent
baking quality. It was more extensively grown for a time in California than any other wheat
variety, long before the age of chemical herbicides. Commercial production then spread to the
states of Washington and Oregon. No one knows why the name “bluestem” was chosen for this
variety, as the stems are not blue at all. To distinguish it from many other bluestem varieties, it
was christened “Pacific.” It reached California from Australia about 1850.
Red Bobs is a spring growth-habit wheat with hard, red-color kernels. Do Canadians know how
to party? Never doubt that they do. With their big winters Canadians are masters of the “wild
weekend” (sleep-over). According to official accounts, Red Bobs “originated” (discreet term)
in a field of Bobs, a Canadian white wheat in the year 1910, “probably as a result of a natural
field cross.” Red Bobs soon headed south however, crossing the border into the United States on
a moonless night. So it came to pass that in 1924 the United States Department of Agriculture
(USDA) wrote of Red Bobs: “A first-class milling and bread-making wheat!” (USDA Bulletin
1183). Party animal! Invite him for a sleep-over at your place! Red Bobs has dance steps you
may not yet have seen.
A spring growth-habit wheat with hard, red-color kernels. It exhibited weak straw strength
during the Kusa Seed organization’s grow-outs with plant heights of 40-71”. It was exposed
in the field in Ojai, California, to multiple nights of 16° F. at 50 days of age, with no harm
to the seedlings. Accounts differ about its arrival in the United States. One states it arrived
from Scotland, coming there from Danzig and Poland. Another states that the original came
from Russia and Poland into Canada (1845), arriving in Wisconsin about 1860. It became the
founder crop of the great flour industry of Minneapolis (Pillsbury, etc.) after the introduction of
the roller-mill and the purifier. For some time it stood as the “number one” commercial hard
spring wheat of the United States, commanding the highest price. (Roller-milling technology
was stolen out of Hungary in an incident of industrial espionage [i.e. bald theft] and became the
chief element in the commercialization of the United States flour milling industry; the end of
whole, unrefined wheat flour and the come-uppance of white, “purified” wheat flour. See the
Literature item in this Catalog, The Architecture of Whole Grain).
Chushi Gangdruk Population Offer Order Code: SS-CGP Price: $17.95
The Chushi Gangdruk Population is a set of seven (7) seed packets containing a composite
population of landrace Tibetan naked-barley strains (Hordeum vulgare, var. nudum). There are
at least several dozen genetically and morphologically distinct (visually different) traditional
Tibetan barleys alive and resident in this population; individual tall and mostly stiff-stemmed
strains. These have been bred for countless generations for easy threshability using simple
hand methods, with superb results. Growers of this population can gradually select-out those
strains best adapted to their site and tastes. The composite is mostly brewing barleys with a
few possible food-barley types. Chushi Gangdruk is a traditional Tibetan place name which
translates as “Four Rivers, Six Ranges.” This was an epithet for the (now former) provinces
of Kham and Amdo prior to the Communist Chinese military invasion of the Tibetan plateau.
The XIV Dalai Lama was born in Amdo, the storied land of the equestrian-loving Amdoans and
Khampas. These are plants like you’ve never seen; endangered cereal grasses from the “Roof
of the World.” The large, mature heads of grain bristle with huge, oversize, long awns, reaching
7-inches in length on many heads. As they sway in the wind these ripening grains resemble
untamed wild animals parading across the mountain snowfields above the powerful rushing
rivers of the “Land of Snows.” Leaves, glumes, and awns are richly pigmented with russet
shades of anthocyanin, “the colors of health.”
Late of an evening, when the fire has died low to glowing coals, you may hear in the far distance
the faint whinnying of ponies and the staccato beat of approaching hoofbeats. If so, it is the
Tibetan chieftains, who have come riding on a night wind, desiring to check on their crops. A
slight breeze may rustle past your elbow and you may feel a strange shiver as the air around you
seems to thicken with the hushed presence of once-vanished, now-returned, Tibetan chieftains.
For such are the stories that barley carries and late of an evening when the fire has died to low
coals, these teachers may gather round invisibly and yet fill the atmosphere with their palpable
presence. For grain dies yet lives again and was long ago recognized and respected as a vehicle
for pure spirit. The vanished Khampa and Amdoan chieftains — master equestrians with
turquoise-and-silver jewelry, wild hair and homemade felt boots — attempted to defend their
homeland against the superior arms and might of the invading industrialized Chinese communist
military. The chieftains and their wives, paragons of Asian beauty, failed and were vanquished
forever. But their staple food and beverage grain, naked-barley, lives on, available for planting at
your homeplace today. The chieftains named their homespun, under-gunned, guerrilla resistance
and defense-league organization Chushi Gangdruk in tribute to their beloved homeland. In the
early spring of 1959, members of the organization escorted their spiritual leader, the youthful
XIV Dalai Lama (aged 23 years) to the Tibetan frontier in a desperate flight. The Dalai Lama
safely crossed the border and found exile in India in that year. At the frontier crossing-place,
His Holiness’ escorts turned back into Tibet, wheeling their ponies back out into the black night,
and vanished forever into the Tibetan wilderness. Their way of life was over, but their barleys
live on. When the crop is standing tall, in the rustle of these barley leaves you just may hear the
whispers and the faint staccato of hoofbeats, as the heart-felt truths of Chushi Gangdruk’s brave
and heroic, patriotic acts of derring-do, spill from the ripening, star-blessed, heads of grain. To
those who quietly listen, barley talks and tells its stories.
Embassy Wheat Suite Offer Order Code: SS-EWS Price $19.95
The Embassy Wheat Suite Offer consists of seven (7) packets of very rare, individually
spectacular wheats which flourished long before the age of chemical herbicides, when horse,
mule, oxen, and human power ruled the fields.
Baart Early is a spring growth-habit wheat (Triticum vulgare) with large, semi-hard, white-color
kernels and white glumes. It reached heights of up to 48 inches in the Kusa Seed organization growouts.
Baart Early was imported into Australia from South Africa in 1880 and came to the United
States in 1900. It became well established in Arizona, then spread to the Pacific Coast states.
About 500,000 acres were grown in 1919, while the 1939 records show 890,000 acres grown on
the dry and irrigated lands of the West. A widely-grown, pre-modern bread wheat.
GLOBE WHEAT STRAIN 1506
Globe Wheat (Triticum sphaerococcum) is a spring growth-habit wheat with small, spherical
(round) kernels. The shape of the kernels is quite distinctive and memorable. The stems are
very stiff on 24-inch plants whose leaves are all stiffly erect. The seeds have fast germination
and emergence. Globe wheat filled the bread basket of pre-industrial colonial India where grain
from the plants furnished the flour for the delicious native chapatis and countless other wheaten
foods, probably for many long centuries. This crop tillers vigorously even when crowded and
has an excellent agronomic appearance by “modern” plant-architecture standards. All heads
have short awns. Start with a few seeds and get to 80-pounds with the third-generation harvest.
The harvest from the 80-pounds will produce enough grain to feed a whole village.
Huron is a spring growth-habit wheat grown commercially as a bread wheat in the United States
about 100 years ago. Huron was selected in Canada about 1888. Height ranges from 44-62 inches.
Huron was exposed in the field in Ojai, California to multiple nights of 16° F. temperatures at
50 days of age without harm.
This is a landrace wheat from ancient Afghanistan (Triticum turgidum). This race of wheat
acquired the common names “Cone” and “Rivet” wheat in England, when they were “somewhat
widely” grown in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. This is a spring growth habit
wheat with its own way of going about the business of “growing up” (have you ever had
teenagers living at your place?). Cone and Rivet wheats are best if planted in the autumn, in
regions with temperate winters. When sown in the spring, they ripen very late and the kernels
struggle to properly mature. According to Percival (an authority on ancient wheats), this is the
tallest of all the wheats and in the Kusa Seed organization’s grow-outs, Mauri Black-Awned
reached heights of seven-feet. The plants have very attractive, erect leaves and the appearance
is one of a very successful and productive-looking crop. Stem strength is modest; the grower
should support the plot to prevent lodging. This is an ancient wheat of remarkable beauty. “The
productive power of most varieties of Triticum turgidum is greater than that of any other race of
wheat when the soil is suitable and the climate allows for a long growing period for the crop”
wrote Percival in his monograph The Wheat Plant (1920). This wheat has black awns and white
glumes and nice hollow stems (drinking straws).
This is a landrace wheat of spring growth-habit (Triticum polonicum) from Portugal. Milagre
has very distinctive, long glumes and long, narrow kernels. Milagre belongs to one of the tallest
races of wheat. In the Kusa Seed organization grow-outs, Milagre reached heights of 7 feet (84inches).
Milagre has very large grain heads and broad, droopy leaves. This wheat has nice hollow stems,
used for drinking straws in the old days. This wheat pre-dates the industrial revolution and is
highly scenic. Anticipate possible lodging by furnishing support. A most esteemed faculty
member with a historic portfolio.
This is a landrace wheat of spring growth-habit (Triticum polonicum) from ancient Italy.
Mirabella has “elphantic” length glumes and tremendous height potential. In Kusa Seed growouts,
height varied from 30-84 inches with some stiff stems exhibited at times. The height expression
depends on the soil, climate, growing-term, and other factors (how it likes your place; the local
hospitality factor). Once you meet Mirabella, you’ll want to squire her, no doubt. A real,
honest-to-goodness beauty queen with a clean and decent soul. Be sure and have your camera
on hand when you grow Mirabella, and plenty of film or memory. You likely have never seen
anything so fetching before. This is real grain. Nice hollow stems.
SIN EL PHEEL
This is a landrace wheat (Triticum polonicum) of spring growth-habit from ancient Iraq. What a
faculty member to have on staff! Huge heads of grain; “elephant size.” Moderately stiff stems.
A magnificent specimen of ancient wheat. If the neighbors see it, you’ll have to put up a fence
with a strong padlock on the gate. Good for pasta, bread, other culinary items and curative for
the “wimp factor” that car-driving and web-surfing inescapably thrust upon us. Height in the
Kusa Seed organization grow-outs ranged from 30-84 inches. Imagine a giant towering over you;
that’s Sin El Pheel at its best form. Nature has some surprise secrets to share with you and this
faculty member comes with a briefcase full of them.
Wheat Ancestors Offer Order Code: SS-WAO Price $14.95
Packet size: 25 spikelets per packet.
The Wheat Ancestors Offer consists of five (5) packets of ancient-pedigree wheat-ancestors.
The kernels of each of these wheats are enrobed in thick husks or “coverings.” In botanical
language, these are “covered-wheats” (as distinct from “naked-wheats”). Each seed-unit is
called a “spikelet” and contains (usually) two seeds, hidden beneath the husks. (For planting,
the seeds do not have to be freed from the enclosing husks; the spikelet can be planted whole).
For table-use, covered-wheats have to be de-husked (toast the spikelets lightly to make them
very dry and brittle, then pound with a wooden mortar and pestle and winnow; beats a visit to the
gym or exercise club; actually, far superior). Because of the thick protecting husks, the skins
of the naked kernels are (in culinary terms) very thin (the husks are inedible to humans). Such “covered” grains, many millennia ago set the standard for culinary excellence and nutritional
integrity, as they are superb for use as whole grains (cooked like rice). Cooked, their skins easily
become tender and melt. Mouth-feel, digestion, and nutrient bio-availability are optimized. The
plants emerge very fast from the planted spikelets. In the Kusa Seed organization grow-outs,
green shoots were visible in 5 days with 2-inch high growth at 12 days. That, is fast. After all,
these are overlooked, endangered cereal grasses. They’ve been done an injustice and they want
to catch-up to modern times to show what they’re made of. None of the modern large milling
or industrial food corporations have been able to replace or surpass the original, authentic,
standards for culinary and nutritional excellence, established by these ancient grains.
SPRING DINKEL WHEAT (Triticum spelta)
This is a spring growth-habit wheat with legendary bread-making properties. The artisan breads
of the European renaissance came from grain like this. The spikelets are golden-tan. The spring
growth-habit genetic trait is unusual and extremely rare.
WINTER DINKEL WHEAT (Triticum spelta)
This is the customary type of dinkel wheat with winter growth-habit. Travel back in time with
this grain which earned its reputation and stripes many centuries ago as “the rice of Europe.”
Think cobbled lanes, soaring cathedrals with buttressed arches, storybook rivers with floating
barges; you get the picture.
EINKORN WHEAT (Triticum monococcum)
This is a spring growth-habit wheat whose spikelets contain one single seed (einkorn= German “one grain”). If you think herringbone weave is an attractive garment fabric, wait ‘till you see
the architecture of this golden einkorn wheat. Each head is a herringbone-weave masterwork of
symmetry with each spikelet pointing the way up, to heaven. As they say, “upwardly mobile.”
Yes, this is a heavenly grain of the most ancient provenance (aka “Stone Age Wheat”). It is a
very undemanding wheat, quite happy and fully content in soils which you’d swear have zero
organic-matter content and nitrogen. If you have a dry, stony, arid wasteland, you might be
surprised to find einkorn standing there very contentedly and without complaint, some future
year — having slipped away from your garden to pursue its own heartfelt freedoms. This is a
grain to come to know, both nutritionally and agronomically. Taxi to heaven.
GOLDEN EMMER WHEAT (Triticum dicoccum)
This is a spring growth-habit wheat with plump spikelets of golden grain; a very handsome
article indeed. And grain pedigrees don’t come more ancient than this. This is a grain that
gave birth to human civilization. The scholars have found and identified it again and again at
some of the earliest sites of civilization. It was found in the earliest farming sites in Turkey,
and fueled the minds and hearts which produced the wonders of Classical Greece. This wheat
knows the tangy fog and sun of the Aegean Sea and is most eager to fully demonstrate its sunkissed
and felicitous nature before your very eyes. It well knows that modern eyes need some
re-convincing regarding the practical merit, value, and integrity of ancient things. This is a
wheat with a mission: a faculty member ready to teach lessons about beauty and nutritional
BLACK WINTER EMMER (Triticum dicoccum)
This is a winter growth-habit wheat with “knock your socks off” beauty. It will impress the
most modern of cereal breeders with its totally erect leaf architecture. Its stems are stiff and
lodging-resistant. Heavenly? It reached the amazing and very memorable height of 84 inches in
grow-outs conducted by the Kusa Seed organization. It knows where it’s going and it will take
you there, too. For this ancient wheat ancestor, you definitely want to bring a photographer
onto your place. Its panicles have the exquisite lacy architectural appearance of wild grasses
and when it begins to flower, the flower-parts are a light-show of brilliant gold trembling against
pale russet florets. When the heads are finishing with their plump spikelets coloring-up to black,
you will find early of a morning, beads of silver dew rolling like drops of molten solder down
the obsidian walls of one of creation’s masterpieces.
Establishment Wheat Offer Order Code: SS-EWO Price $14.95
The Establishment Wheat Offer consists of a set of six (6) packets containing different varieties of
wheat. Brand names. High octane. Things you can trust. This is where the establishment steps
in. After all, genetic-science is complicated, serious stuff, and so can be agronomy, and cereal
science. Do you want to go with a winner? Do you feel something around high-horsepower
models, “muscle cars,” and Porsche’s silver bullet? Yes? Do you want grains that have had
every nuance poured-over by PhD’s? Grains that have been officiously blessed by deans and
chancellors — grains produced by an intellectualized army of highly-paid, highly-educated
specialists? Things you can trust? Industrial-strength grains, whose agronomy can be managed
from aircraft by radio, whose output fills 18-wheel trucks and steel railroad hopper cars? Yes?
Grains you can trust? After all, “ancient grains” are full of curves. Seasons, soils, bugs, weeds — a thousand things can come along and absolutely erase everything you hoped to gain. “That’s
farming,” some say. Establishment grains are highly-bred super-performers designed from the
ground up to eliminate more of the risks so that you come out “looking good” and smelling
like a rose. Does that sound attractive? The Establishment Wheat Offer is composed of highperformance,
modern grains; superstars from the superpower of the planet, the USA. These are
very useful to become familiar with. Really essential; as basic as a hammer and a screwdriver.
These degreed faculty members are like psychiatrists. They can be used like weather vanes.
They’ll help you to probe your inner-self to discover the correct path for you to take: “ancient
grains” or something a tad more modern? Does your “inner child” resemble Timothy Leary?
Or is its personality more along the lines of Alan Greenspan? These faculty members can help
you to find out. If you are a first-time grain-grower (or even a second or third time), these are
really the best classroom to begin your education in.
A spring growth-habit wheat with hard, red kernels and “green revolution” plant architecture.
Len was the most widely grown variety in North Dakota in 1988.
A spring growth-habit wheat with hard, red kernels and “green revolution” (genetic dwarf) plant
architecture. A modern, commercial wheat cultivar.
A winter growth-habit wheat with hard, white kernels. A genetic-dwarf with lodging resistance.
Phoenix was a joint release of the California Agricultural Experiment Station and the University
of Melbourne (Australia) in 1981. It is an “industrial strength” wheat with “good milling quality”
and “high flour yields.”
A spring growth-habit wheat with hard, red kernels. A pure-line selection released by the
California Agricultural Experiment Station in 1988. Serra is adapted for fall planting in the
large temperate valleys of California and other climes. Serra is another genetic-dwarf with
A spring growth-habit wheat with hard, red kernels. A pure-line selection released by the
California Agricultural Experiment Station in 1984 from a cross originally made at UC Davis
in 1970. Adapted for fall planting in the large temperate valleys of California and other climes. “Good milling characteristics for general-purpose flour.”
A spring growth-habit durum wheat (Triticum durum) with hard, amber kernels and black awns.
This is a genetic-dwarf with lodging resistance adapted for fall planting in the temperate desert
valleys of California and other climes. Originated from the National Agricultural Research
Institute of Mexico in 1979.
FOOD-BARLEY OFFER No. 1 Order Code: SS-FB01 Price $19.95
Food-Barley Offer No. 1 consists of seven (7) packets of naked-barley (Hordeum vulgare var.
nudum). These rare, valuable, endangered cereal grasses have been ignored by modernity (they
are not in cultivation anywhere, to the best of the Kusa Seed organization’s knowledge), despite
serious, authentic, culinary, nutritional, medicinal, and agronomic strengths. These are all “folk
level” food-barleys; treasures of the earth.
Gopal (KSA 108-069) is a spring growth-habit, two-row, naked-barley from India with very
interesting properties and attributes. Gopal’s two-row heads are of delicate structure and
are graced by long, beautiful awns that averaged 7inches in length in the Kusa Seed organization
grow-outs. The crop is not tall and the stems are not strong, therefore be prepared to provide
supplemental support against lodging (you’ll thank yourself for every minute invested in this
crop). The glumes and grains of Gopal are purple at maturity; richly pigmented with anthocyanic
compounds (“anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic, antimicrobial, antiviral; they are found to reduce
cholesterol, promote connective tissue regeneration, stimulate collagen formation, improve
circulation, enhance vision, boost immune function and reduce inflammation” —Botanical
Preservation Corps. The pigments are also thought to be linked to a plant’s ability to germinate
its seeds under cold temperatures). A deep, richly-pigmented, water-extract of the grains can
readily be prepared (simply by soaking the kernels in water) which contains health-safe natural
dyes, safe for food-coloring, fabrics, and as a medicinal beverage. Gopal is a culinary oddity.
Not only do the grains have a magical, deeply exotic, health-safe coloration, they also upon
contact with moisture, discharge the aroma (scent) of ripe, sun-warmed blackberries (sweet,
dense and summery) along with an accompanying taste-note (flavor) that is aptly described as “fruity.” This is a grain that no one else on your block is likely to yet own. This faculty member,
with an impressive background and credentials, can be your very own heirloom variety. A really
beautiful, 2-row food-barley; a grain to get to know better.
MASAN NAKED 1
Masan Naked 1 is a spring growth-habit, six-row, naked food-barley from Japan. Masan Naked
1 has black-purple seed which could fairly be called “blue.” This barley has nicely barbed awns
and vigorous growth. Bring this faculty member to teach and lecture at your place and Masan
Naked 1 will pour-out side-shoots (“tillers”) for you like there’s no tomorrow. It is teaching you
that it wants to feed your entire family, and then some.
Sumire Mochi is a spring growth-habit, naked food-barley from Japan with purplish-colored
grain and dynamic, vigorous tillering (production of grain-bearing side-shoots). Glutinous-trait
food-barleys are very, very rare, and this is one of them. Its kernels contain the highly nutritious,
efficiently assimilative, amylopectin starch. A very rare grain with outstanding agronomic
performance and potential plus invaluable human-nutrition properties.
(Strain KSA 112-470). A spring growth-habit model with good lines and an attractive paint
job. Plants bear compact, dense, club-type heads on 26 inches high stems with overall high yield
(Strain KSA 113-204). A spring growth-habit, six-row barley with racing potential, given a
good driver. Height varied from 36-62 inches in the Kusa Seed organization grow-outs, with a high
yield potential. Set-up for drag-racing on the mini-farm. A possible series winner. Turn off that
TV right now, grab some seed and start planting! Nice legs.
(Strain KSA 113-834). A spring growth-habit, six-row barley, 34 inches tall with stiff stems.
A naked, spring growth-habit, six-row barley from Korea (“the land of the morning calm”). 36 inches
tall, thin stems of modest strength. Never underestimate Professor Wase Shu. The professor
hails from an ancient land whose skilled mini-farmers long ago mastered ginseng farming and
where barley tea is even today a national drink.
FOOD-BARLEY OFFER No. 02 Order Code: SS-FB02 Price $14.95
Food-Barley Offer No. 2 consists of six (6) packets of naked-barley (Hordeum vulgare var.
nudum). These rare, valuable, endangered cereal grasses have been ignored by modernity (they
are not in cultivation anywhere, to the best of the Kusa Seed organization’s knowledge), despite
serious, authentic, culinary, nutritional, medicinal, and agronomic strengths. These are all “folk
level” food-barleys; treasures of the earth.
“AUSTRALIAN BALD SKINLESS BARLEY”
“Australian Bald Skinless Barley” is a spring growth-habit, awnless, naked-barley which
exhibited good stem strength during the Kusa Seed organization grow-outs. The small-sized
grain of this strain produced plants that were exposed to multiple nights of 16° F. temperatures,
at 30 days of age, without harm.
Dango Mugi is a spring growth-habit, six-row, glutinous-starch traited naked-barley from Japan.
It has blonde grains and vigorous growth with dynamic tillering activity. This is an exceptionally
rare food-barley. (See the “Sumire Mochi” entry in Food Barley Offer No 1 for more details on
the very-rare glutinous-starch trait).
(Strain KSA 108-414). A spring growth-habit, six-row barley, 43 inches tall with stiff stems.
(Strain KSA 111-585). A spring growth-habit, six-row barley, 38 inches tall with stiff stems, of Indian
(Strain KSA 111-621). A spring growth-habit, six-row barley, 32 inches tall with stiff stems, of Indian
(Strain KSA 113-545). A spring growth-habit, six-row barley, 24 inches tall.
“Miracle Seeds” Barley Offer Order Code: SS-MSB Price $ 19.95
The “Miracle Seeds” Barley Offer consists of five (5) packets of naked-barley (Hordeum
vulgare var. nudum). Each of the five individual cultivars is of outstanding agronomic and
culinary quality. All of the cultivars are spring growth-habit. These are food-quality barleys
with fast maturity and high yield potential (5,000lbs/ac). The grain can be eaten whole like
rice, put whole into soups, milled into flour for bread, noodles, sauces, porridges and dessert
preparations. One-third of the world’s 850-million hungry people are located in India. These “Miracle Seeded” food-barleys were created by an Indian agricultural genius 25 years ago
(using “old school,” low-tech, classical plant-breeding methods of hand-crossing and selection),
and were intentionally designed (“from the ground up”) to add millions of tons of grain to
the national pool annually to ameliorate India’s hunger problem. The plants are small and
miniaturized, lodging-proof (they have double the stem-strength of “green-revolution” wheats),
and are richer in protein than the best, top-of-the-line, green-revolution bread wheat. The
plants are superbly suited to mini-farming under natural conditions, as they possess high inputconversion
efficiency, including a more-efficient tapping of solar-energy and other enhanced
plant-function factors. The plants’ nitrogen-conversion efficiency is higher than that of India’s
commercial “green-revolution” wheats. The project that produced these special and rare foodbarley
cultivars originated at the top-levels of the national government of India. But when
the project resulted in a “landmark invention” (the high-quality barleys featured in this Offer)
things began to go very, very wrong. The highly successful project was abruptly stopped in
mid-stride. The genetic genius in charge of the project, the man who created the barleys with
the dream of eradicating both India’s and the world’s hunger, was “scientifically assassinated”
(his career up-ended). All of the scientifically nurtured barley genetic stocks (thousands of
advanced lines of food-barley) were intentionally destroyed in an act of malice by forces deadset
on suppressing the invention. Only these five cultivars listed in this Offer survived (sent to
the Kusa Seed organization in a diplomatic bag before the assassination). This “seed story of
the century” with its tragic ending is told in complete detail in the paper India’s Miracle Seeds (see the Literature section of this Catalog for ordering information). India’s Miracle Seeds, a
true story, is recommended reading. Each of the below five cultivars were exposed in the field
in Ojai, California, to multiple nights of 16° F. temperatures at 30 days of age without harm. All
varieties have lustrous grain, amber-wheatish in color. The limited circulation of some of these
seeds in the mini-farming community of the United States during the past ten years has set-off a
cult-like buzz about these phenomenal plants. The five varieties are offered here intact as a set
for the first time. These are true “survivors.”
Plants of Karan-3 tiller vigorously, reaching a height of about 20-28 inches. In the Kusa Seed
organization grow-outs, the grain-heads were visible (“exerted”) in 60 days with the ripe grain
harvest-ready at 90 days after planting. Kernel protein is 16 percent. Successful under limited
irrigation and inputs. Can perform on sick soils with saline-alkaline deposits. 3.5-3.8 percent
kernel lysine content. Very good threshability.
Plants of Karan-16 tiller vigorously, reaching a height of 12-14inches. In the Kusa Seed organization
grow-out the plants matured (harvest ready) in less than 80 days. Agronomically successful
under limited irrigation and inputs. 12.58 percent kernel protein.
“Star performer” in the Kusa Seed organization grow-outs. 115-119 days. Semi-dwarf stature.
Successful under limited irrigation and inputs. Successful on non-irrigated drylands. Can
perform on sick soils with saline-alkaline deposits. 14 percent kernel protein.
115-120 days. Dwarf stature. 16 percent kernel protein. Successful under limited irrigation and
inputs. 3.5-3.8 percent kernel lysine content. Very good threshability.
115-120 days. Dwarf stature. Does not sprout in ear. High-yielding. Averages 250 seeds per
plant (plant one seed, receive 250). Plant 250 seeds, receive 62,500. How’s that for divine, noncapitalist,
Millet Offer Order Code: SS-MIL Price $9.95
The Millet Offer consists of three (3) packets. Millets do not have winter cold-tolerance and
must be spring-planted. Prolific grain producers.
“TOBI” BREAD MILLET
Panicum miliaceum, also called “proso millet,” “common millet,” and “broomcorn millet.” A
very, very ancient and nutritious cereal. “Tobi” is an extremely-rare glutinous-trait (amylopectin
starch) folk-cultivar from Japan (where it probably arrived sometime in the ancient past from
Korea or China). This is a true foodgrain, an extremely productive cereal-strain. The maturing
crop has a fragrance that drives the birds absolutely wild with passionate hunger. Protect all
plants at heading-up from bird predation.
(Strain KSA-PI-391691), Setaria italica, also called “Italian millet.” Specimens of this cereal
have been recovered by archaeologists from Neolithic tombs in China, attesting to its ancient
provenance as one of humanity’s important foodgrains. The earliest-known recovery of ancient,
desiccated noodles, were associated with this grain. It has yielded a beautiful, nourishing, golden
porridge in northern China for millennia. The name “foxtail” derives from the long, pendulous,
heads of grain.
DRAGON’S CLAW MILLET
(Eleusine coracana). Also called “ragi millet” and “birdsfoot millet.” An important brewing
(malting) and food-use grain (the grain must be milled into flour for food use). This is the
preferred staple food of the hardest-working outdoor laborers due to its nutritional strength.
Amazing tillering properties (prolific production of side-shoots). A mythic and important cereal
grain with very fine-sized seeds.
Lentil Offer Order Code: SS-LEN Price $19.95
The Lentil Offer consists of seven (7) packets of different lentil cultivars. Each packet contains
approximately 100 seeds, enough to plant a plot approximately 3’ x 5’ in size.
Lentils are an ancient grain-legume crop with a long and fascinating history. They are considered
one of the most delicious and nutritious of the grain-legumes. Rich in protein and minerals, their
edible grains have been an important nutritional resource for thousands of years. Lentils have
modern importance and significance as a health-positive fitness food. The lentil is an outstanding
grain-legume closely associated with some of the most ancient sites of cereal agriculture. For
thousands of years, lentils have co-evolved with and accompanied the cereal grasses as the latter
have played their transformational role in human history.
Commercial lentil cropping in the United States is relatively recent, dating to the 1940s. Lentils
were introduced into the United States at a much earlier date but for decades their culture was
chiefly in home gardens. Lentils are easily grown in the garden and on the mini-farm and are
rewarding subjects for the effort and attention of today’s organic gardener.
Culture of lentils is similar to peas. They can be direct-seeded or transplanted after raising in
trays. Lentils are cold-hardy and can be planted before danger of frost is past.
The lentil genera are divided into two main groups. Each group has different, distinct,
recognizable grain. The names of the two groups are Microsperma (“Persian or Turkish type”)
and Macrosperma (“Chilean or Spanish type”). Microsperma types produce small globular
or roundish seeds. Macrosperma types produce larger, flattened seeds whose grains are lens-shaped.
Botanically, Macrosperma arose out of Microsperma, and the latter is regarded as the
more ancient of the two types.
This Lentil Offer features lentil seed varieties with good performance potential for the minifarm.
Individual lentil varieties respond differently to climate, soil, date-of-sowing and other
environmental factors. For those and other reasons, gardeners and mini-farmers will find it
worthwhile to experiment with several different varieties when growing lentils at the homeplace
for the first time.
Following, are descriptions of the seven lentil varieties contained in the Lentil Offer.
BREWER LENTIL (Macrosperma: ‘Chilean type’)
Large flat seeds, beige seedcoat color with some brown marbling, some seedcoats have a rosy
hue. Inner meat yellow in color. Plants are semi-upright with large leaves and profusely
branched. Has yielded 20 percent higher than ‘Common Chilean’ cultivar.
CRIMSON LENTIL (Microsperma: ‘Persian Type’)
Inner meat is bright orange. Tiny oval seeds. Strain originated in Giza, Egypt. Seedcoat color
is uniformly light brown in color. Grains are similar to ‘Spanish’ but ‘Spanish’ inner meat is
yellow. Plants are erect, moderately branched and pods contain 1-2 seeds.
REDCHIEF LENTIL (Macrosperma: ‘Chilean Type’)
Large, flat seeds. Bright-red inner meat. Plants are semi-upright and profusely branched with
strong root systems. Very uniform in height and in days-to-maturity.
SPANISH LENTIL (Microsperma: ‘Persian Type’)
Old landrace mixture of similar but slightly different varieties. Seed coat color ranges from
mostly brown, through creams to black. Some seedcoats have greenish hues. Some mottling
with black peppering of sports. Inner meat color is yellow.
VANGARD LENTIL (Macrosperma: ‘Chilean Type’)
Seeds are extra-large in size and flat. Seedcoats are greenish-tan without mottling. ‘Chilean
type’ lentil with yellow inner meat color.
LENTILLES PETITE (Microsperma: ‘Persian Type’)
French gourmet strain with tiny oval seeds owl-gray to green-black in seedcoat color. Many
seeds are beautifully marbled in greenish-bluish-black hues resembling NASA photos of earth
as viewed from space. Similar in size to Crimson. Inner meat is yellow in color.
BLACK SYRIAN LENTILS (Microsperma: ‘Persian Type’)
This cultivar has tiny oval seeds with a jet-black seedcoat color. Inner meat is yellow in color.
The dried matured fruits of this grain-legume are quick-cooking, melting down into a delicious
paste with outstanding culinary attributes.
(See the Literature section of this Catalog for ordering information for two lentil publications:
Lentils for the Organic Garden and Mini-Farm, A Cultural History and Guide, and Lentils:
Ancient Nutrition and Modern Cookery. Both publications are recommended reading to
obtain the fullest enjoyment and benefits of working with this ancient, time-honored, edible
“Everything You Got” Offer Order Code: SS-EYG Price: $ 159.00
The “Everything You Got” Seed Offer consists of all the Seed Offers listed in this Catalog (ten
Offers total, containing 58 different seed packets).
Literature Offers: Abstracts
TITLE: The Architecture of Whole Grain
Order Code: LIT-AWG
Abstract: This short but thought-provoking paper was written to serve as the introductory
preface for one of the three volumes of a handbook covering the “Lost Arts” of human foodgrain.
This paper examines two important and significant separate human “culture elements”
architecture and cerealian agriculture focusing-in on the nexus of the elements’ respective
transition from the practices of the past into the period historians now term “modern.” The
central observation of this paper is the venerable argument that the baby was cast out along
with the bathwater. In architecture, “a 400 year-old tradition of beauty called renaissance
architecture” was unceremoniously abruptly discarded by “civilized” humanity. Whilst in
cerealian agriculture, during the same time-period, a “10,000 year-old human nutrient tradition
of biochemical, cerealian, wholegrain cellular beauty was entirely dismantled in a ‘sea change’
which saw the closure and disappearance from the landscape and social fabric of 12,000
wholegrain, stone (grist) mills in the United States. Thus the masters of the people were changed,
and therefore their destiny.” In this paper, a blacksmith named “History” stands working at his
forge. This paper visits the forge, describes the smith, and tells readers in memorable detail how
the hammer-blows fell and shaped the workpiece. For this paper, flying sparks were caught and
changed into words. A guide to the trailhead for those desiring to explore, hands-on, “ancient
grains” today. A “glowing coal” to light the fire of inspiration.
2,000 words. 14 footnotes. 5
bibliography entries. No illustrations. 2006.
TITLE: A Commentary on Culinary Maize
Order Code: LIT-CCM
Abstract: Keywords: 1. Cereal crops; culinary use. 2. Maize (Zea mays). 3. Corn. 4. Nixtamal. 5. Masa. 6. Tortillas. This paper critically examines maize culinary
working knowledge at the kitchen and consumer levels in the contemporary United States,
finding such knowledge severely wanting, “as if, in the space of 100 years, we had collectively
forgotten 5,000 years of past history.” This paper argues that the linkage which connects an
individual maize strain to its culinary end-use application, is stronger; more pronounced; of more
critical importance; and more conscribing in maize than in any other cereal crop. This paper
summarizes and briefly describes the five major types of maize, synopsizing and commenting
on their individual culinary applications. The heat-alkali maize food-processing technique
(nixtamalization) is presented and described in detail along with the separate but closely-related
technique of culinary-ash cooking. Blue corn, black corn, parching corn, tortillas, and corn-oil
are each discussed, including biochemical facts. Maize industrialism is scathingly criticized — the author calls it “a monster” and “a nightmare.” The paper includes a vignette of maize
athleticism in the orient (Tibet/China) and presents tortilla-consumption statistics for Mexico.
20,000 words. 134 footnotes, 54 bibliographic entries, illustrations. Glossary. 5 Appendixes,
including “Why is Maize ‘Sacred’?” Two valuable supplementary bibliographies are included,
one on the Hopi Native Americans (18 entries) and another “Corn of the Southwestern United
States and Northwestern Mexico; History, Nutrition, Cookery, and Classification” (44 entries).
TITLE: A Church of Grain
Order Code: Lit-COG
Abstract: This paper briefly describes the philosophical underpinnings behind the
establishment of a nonprofit, environmental-education organization. The Kusa Seed Research
Foundation was founded in 1980 in Ojai, California, its mission devoted to humanity’s edible seedcrop
nutritional-resources. The seed organization’s work is focused on the dual tasks of
crop-seed stewardship and public education. The central theme of this paper is an exploration of
the structural similarities shared by the novel seed organization and by religious organizations,
with their churches and temples. This document also serves as the launch vehicle for a fundraising
endowment campaign. As the paper explains, the purpose of the endowment campaign
is to make it possible for The Kusa Seed Research Foundation to open and operate its long-awaited
Seed Sanctuary. The Seed Sanctuary is a property dedicated to seed-renewal, seed
archiving, and edible seedcrop educational activities. Both the endowment campaign and the
work of The Kusa Seed Research Foundation are examined, explained, and reviewed in this
12,000 words, 26 pages. Bibliography and Notes. September 2002.
TITLE: Celebrating Thanksgiving
Order Code: Lit-CTS
Abstract: The “Thanksgiving” holiday of the USA (fourth Thursday in November) is
fondly regarded by many as a day of focus on family warmth and a shared communal meal.
The modern version of “Thanksgiving,” with turkey meat as the centerpiece of the meal, is a
far departure from the original celebration which took shape in the New World. The original
New World “Thanksgiving” was a recreation of a cerealian harvest festival rite, a tradition
with ancient European roots. Today’s Thanksgiving version is a distortion or perversion of the
original New World observance. The Old World version of the rite included a celebration of
the European concept of the Commons; a concept of considerable modern importance. This
short paper examines the historical roots of Thanksgiving as a cerealian rite while lamenting
the modern industrialization and distortion. “Behind the bloodless meats wrapped in plastic in
North American grocery stores, reverberates another story; the production and transformation
(or aberration) of a historical grain feast into a meat-eating rite.” Valuable and neglected
2 typescript pages. Illustrated. 1995.
TITLE: Delicious Plant Food Cuisine
Order Code: Lit-DPF
Price: $ 9.95
Abstract: This paper describes the contents of a dozen food dishes (menu items) comprised
entirely of plant-foods (no animal-food substances present), prepared for the graduation day of
a macrobiotic-cuisine cooking class in Japan (the class took place around the year 1990). The
dishes, pictured in a table-top food-photograph, are assigned numbers and a detailed description
of each pictured dish is given in text form. The term “macrobiotics” is given an in-depth
explanation. Historical details along with commentary on individual plants, foods, and social
patterns (veganism and Buddhism) are presented. The consumption of plant-foods among the
Inuit (Arctic) and Tibetan high-altitude nomads is mentioned briefly.
4,000 words, 11 typescript
pages, two color photographs. 27 footnotes, Glossary and Bibliography. April 2005.
TITLE: Einkorn Wheat, the Cereal of the Iceman!
Order Code: Lit-EWC
Abstract: In 1991 in the Italian alps, lost hikers traversing the melting edge of a glacier,
discovered “one of the best preserved mummified humans ever found. Discovery of ‘The Iceman’
as the mummy was quickly named, attracted fascinated interest worldwide, as the popular mind
seized upon the dramatic event of a 5,300 year-old visitor from the Copper Age returning to visit
modern times.” Fragments of the heads of Einkorn Wheat were recovered from the Iceman’s
belongings, fueling this paper’s description of that “Stone Age” wheat. “According to scholars,
during the Neolithic’s Copper Age, Einkorn Wheat was one of the chief wheats. It was grown
on mini-farms scattered all over central and western Europe. Across the Alps, it held a similar
status throughout the Mediterranean region of Europe.” Pull up a comfortable chair and settle
back with the amazing story of “Otzi” and his ancient wheat whose genetic purity remains intact
and untouched today. Perhaps you’ve bought the living seed (Wheat Ancestors Offer in the Seed
section of this Catalog) now read the life-story of this vital cereal. Educational! Accurate!
Help restore an endangered cereal grass to human nutritional relevance! 8 typescript pages.
TITLE: Food-Barley, A Key to the Peaceable Kingdom?
Order Code: Lit-FBK
Abstract: This paper examines the archaeological reportage and subsequent commentary
by thinkers, regarding humanity's first-ever city (6800 B.C., 7,000 inhabitants) and its social
conditions, a period of time during which “life was held in reverence and peace reigned for an
estimated 4,000 years.” This period coincides chronologically with the heyday of food-barley
mini-farming in Europe. Food-barley was the staple food, as documented by archaeobotanic
evidence from numerous sites. This paper offers a look into the positive side of human potential
and the transformational synergy between cereal grain and human biochemistry.
pages. 14 footnotes. Bibliography. 2004.
TITLE: Genetic Engineering of Seeds.
Order Code: Lit-GES
Price: $ 2.95
Abstract: This paper is the text of remarks delivered at “Food for Thought: Genetically
Modified Organisms in Agriculture and Food,” a Public Teach-In held in Ojai, California,
Saturday, April 8, 2000. Among the topics examined are the violence of “the gene gun” wielded
by the agronomic genetic engineers, along with their associated jargon of military-type terms;
a mindset whose overarching purpose is to “extend corporate dominance.” The perspective
of Buddhist philosophy is introduced and the sequencing of the human genome by the Celera
Corporation opined on. The remarks forecast the emergence of “biological war” as a new
second monster risen from the human psyche to stand in threatening dominance over humanity,
shoulder-to-shoulder and hand-in-hand with its dark murderous predecessor, thermonuclear
7 typescript pages. Footnotes. Bibliography. 2000.
TITLE: History Group
Order Code: Lit-HSG
Abstract. The History Group literature offer is comprised of eight individual pieces of
literature drawn from some of the lifespan of The Kusa Seed Research Foundation: (1) “Grain
from the Sun” 1986. Ten pages. Observations on the relationship between cereal grains and
the sun, with consideration of the spiritual significance of the sun. First edition of a treatise
urging restoration of the sun-drying, field-curing of grain. Referenced to folk-knowledge, the
ancient traditional practice of grain-curing or after-ripening is discussed and the unripeness
of modern-day cereals, especially unpolished rice, is considered. Important reading for those
eating grain as staple food; (2) “New Age Seeds” 1986. Seven pages. In-depth interview with
Lorenz K. Schaller, the founder of The Kusa Seed Research Foundation. Thoughts, opinions,
and observations about life and crops. Presents the thesis that grains actually are a dimension
of human intelligence; (3) “Cereal Grains of Peace” 1987. One page. Proffers a thesis that a
message of peace is being carried to humanity by the DNA of cereal grains; a message from the
core of life. Comments on the cereal-grain-staple lifestyle; (4) “Working for the Future” 1989.
Four pages. “Free Press” interview with Lorenz K. Schaller. Seed-thoughts on the cerealgrain-
lifestyle and biotechnology. Comments on the thesis that “cereal grains are the ultimate
subliminal tapes.” Interesting!; (5) “Growing With Grains” 1991. Five pages. Another
in-depth interview with Lorenz K. Schaller. Crop-breeding, life-force of food, religiosity of
agriculture, “the ancestral treasure-house,” happiness and freedom, and much more; (6) “Why
Plant Grains?” 1992. Four pages. A philosophical treatise of practical interest to gardeners,
mini-farmers, teachers, and educators. Revelations of modern myth-making, wisdom of the
ancients, extensive response to the question posed in the title. A paper originally prepared and
written for, Jungian depth-psychologists; (7) “Wheat Biodiversity” 1994. Two pages. Poetic
and technical paper. Includes clear and concise explanation of wheat terminology: winter/
spring; soft/hard; kernel colors; protein/gluten. Praised for its elucidation and clarity of its
topic; (8) “Survival Wisdom” 1995. Four pages. “Professor of Grain” comments on history
of macrobiotic cereal-cult in North America. Importance of rural lifeways, discussion of future
and Hopi prophecy. A hidden gem of a paper, much knowledge to ponder.
TITLE: India’s Miracle Seeds.
Order Code: Lit-IMS
Abstract. This is a true story about world hunger and the heroic accomplishments of
one human being, an agricultural-genetic genius, to deliver a practical solution. Beginning
with landrace stocks of indigenous food-barley and employing classical “old school” methods
of hand-crossing, a deep pool of agronomically-sophisticated food-barley plants was created,
then exhaustively scientifically tested and proofed. A pipeline was readied to deliver the seeds
for these plants to the poorest farmers on the planet. “The new plants were highly biologically
efficient capable of high grain yield under low-input and stress conditions. Nutritionally rich
in protein and lysine, the plants are adapted to low-fertility, poor irrigation, and tolerant of
alkaline and saline soils, with the capability of yielding 5,000 pounds of grain per acre.” A
major national scientific program had yielded a genuine solution to resolve national and global
hunger via a viable set of “miracle seeds” for dispossessed mini-farmers struggling to reach the
bottommost rung of the ladder. Inspected and confirmed by the elite accoladed leaders of Western
agronomy’s “green revolution,” the new agricultural invention shone bright with promise. And
then, the bottom fell out. Human avarice staged a violent “scientific assassination” (the scientific
creator of the plants had his career up-ended), production fields holding the irreplaceable seedling
genetic-stocks were tractored-down (disked-in at sunset) and the entire foodgrain project was
savagely destroyed. Five of the foodgrain “miracle barley” strains survived and are presented in
the Seed Section of this Catalog. Here is the true story of historic-scale, genuine “good work”
and the dark forces that rose up to stop it. A critical contribution to the literature on the issue
of world hunger. “The seed story of the century. A must read.”
11,000 words. 42 footnotes.
Bibliography. Profusely illustrated. 2000.
TITLE: Into A New World
Order Code: Lit-INW
Price: $ 7.95
Abstract. A millennial assessment of the past history and future well-being of the Kusa Seed
organization, as written-up by its founder, Lorenz K. Schaller, at the organization’s 25-year mark,
in 2005. The assessment opens with two penetrating quotations drawn from two of the leading
lights of the twentieth century: Jiddu Krishnamurti and Lima Ohsawa. The Kusa Seed founder
explains the inner personal background which caused him to found the seed organization and
why the name kusa, a word from the ancient Sanskrit language was chosen. The text discusses
the creation of two multi-purpose instruments; a set of “lost art” handbooks written for the
public which are also designed to act as propellants to carry the seed organization forward into
the new millennium. The assessment takes a look at the Buddhist philosophic tradition of vegan
food, using the vignette of a folktale from old Japan. The assessment (subtitle: “An interview
with Lorenz K. Schaller”) closes with a few questions and answers (protecting rare grains;
upland rice; and other topics).
5,000 words, 2 color photographic images, one black-and-white
photographic image. February 2005.
TITLE: Lentils: Ancient Nutrition and Modern Cookery
Order Code: Lit-LAN
Price: $ 9.95
Abstract. Abstract. This small but deep lentil culinary guidebook presents highlights of the crop's ancient history and reviews its slate of human food nutrients in modern scientific terms. Valuable how-to details for quick kitchen inspection and sorting (stone-proofing) are provided, along with health guidance information on culinary salt and the biological effects of the different types of cooking fire. Baking ovens and the ancient traditions surrounding "sacred lentils" are considered, accompanied by numerous illustrations. A unique and valuable contributed essay by California food writer Lynn Alley — "Lynn Alley on Ovens and Baking," is included. (Just the essay alone is worth the price of the book). The heart of the book consists of 30 individual lentil recipes containing no animal food products or added sweeteners. Original and creative recipes by Sara Zicherman include "Lentil Barley Momos," "Lentil Pizza," "Lentil Burgers," and 12 other all-natural "to die for" genius lentil recipes. 30 pages, 41 footnotes, Bibliography with 36 entries. First published 1992. Completely revised and expanded "Fine Art" illustrated edition, December 2011.
TITLE: Lentils for the Organic Garden and Mini-Farm, A Cultural History and Guide
Order Code: Lit-LOG
Abstract. Divided into four parts, this small but beautifully published book, details the lentil crop for the organic grower. Part I reviews the ancient history of the lentil crop, delves into its origins and examines its characteristics. Part II provides complete, practical, detailed, "how-to" techniques for successfully growing the crop using organic methods. Part III, "Lentil Life Stories" brings to print for the first time anywhere, the connection between lentils and the conception and birth of the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet and also the spectacular scholarship of the "Queen of the Lentils," the Russian agronomic scientist Helena Barulina, wife of Nikolai Vavilov, the famous bio-geographer. Part IV asks and answers the important timeless question: "Is the Lentil a Sacred Grain?" This Guide is of interest to anyone planting lentils or curious about the history of this important human edible seedcrop. Published by The Kusa Seed Research Foundation, 133 pages, illustrated with photographs and line-drawings. Appendix of ancient lentil archaeological sites. First published 1992. Completely revised and expanded "Fine Art" illustrated edition, December 2011.
TITLE: The Life Story of Chia, Food of the Vision Quest, Runner’s Porridge
Order Code: Lit-LSC
Price: $ 5.95
Abstract. The life story of chia (Salvia columbiare), an important edible seedcrop among
the Native Americans prior to the European arrival. 4 typescript pages. Poetic and technical.
Today’s “power bars” are a joke compared to this authentic, genuine, athletic fuel! 2000.
TITLE: The Life Story of Japanese Barnyard Millet
Order Code: Lit-LSJ
Abstract. The life story of Japanese Barnyard Millet , Echinocloa utilis (and also E.
frumentacea), also called (in the U.S.) “billion dollar grass.” 4 typescript pages. Rare info on a
neglected, important crop. 1998.
TITLE: A Life on the Wild Side
Order Code: Lit-LWS
Price: $ 9.95
Abstract. The life-story of a North American wild grass (Muhlenbergia rigens) provides
a window of opportunity to discover and discuss some details of the earliest-known utilization
of wildcrafted edible seeds for human food, as practiced by the Native Americans living on the
continental edge facing California’s Santa Barbara Channel, in ancient times. “The harvesting
of grass seeds for food is the one singular human activity which gave birth to civilization
scholars worldwide are united and unanimous on this point. Cerealian acquisition is the great
dividing-line between savagery and sophistication, say the savants. Humanity’s acquisition
of grass-seed nutritional/culinary technology is the one single most transforming event in
the history of up-right walking man, homo erectus. And the ancient citizens of California
California’s “native children” were past masters of this epochal, transformative acquisition.
Basketry was a critical element intrinsic to the successful development of the native protocereal
technology. Not only were seed-beaters, transport-baskets, winnowing-trays, sieves
and granary containers sophisticatedly created, there were also many other forms of basketry.
Remarkable to this writer are the ancient’s parching-trays, their leak-proof water flasks, and
their cooking baskets. For many of these critical culinary-technology objects, coiled-basketry
was the architectural key and the core of that key was Muhlenbergia rigens. With parching-
trays (sturdy trays sometimes given a surface-paving of clay), seeds could be roasted, using
small hot stones or glowing coals of wood. The roasted seeds could then be milled. Milling
transformed the roasted seeds into edible pastes; ‘the tsampa of the shores and canyons’ of
early California. Here we have what scholars have identified as civilization’s first food. Edible
pastes are the earliest form of porridge and the bedrock of the cerealian way-of-life. Here is the
bridge humanity needed, to create civilization.” This paper examines the critical technological
inventions made by these skillful prehistoric peoples and awards high-marks to the health-safe
aspect of their food. In contrast to the ancients, our modern footprint presses down large and
hard on the natural resources of our only home. This paper is a sketch in an art gallery, depicting
the stage just before the appearance of cerealian agriculture, itself a development fundamentally
grounded in “prior art.”
12 typescript pages. Glossary. 26 footnotes. Appendixes. Bibliography.
TITLE: Planting & Growing Instructions
Order Code: Lit-PGI
Price: $ 1.95
Abstract. These are the guidelines shipped by The Kusa Seed Society with every purchase of
seed from this Catalog. The guidelines cover the basic steps in foodgrain propagation, from
start to finish. (If you have ordered seed from this Catalog, do not order this publication. It will
be shipped to you free of charge with the seed).
4 typescript pages. 2007.
TITLE: Preserving Seed Diversity
Order Code: Lit-PSD
Abstract. Course lecture by Lorenz K. Schaller, delivered May 10, 2000 to Course AGX215
(“Organic Agriculture”) at Cal Poly College of Agriculture, San Luis Obispo, California.
An examination of some of the changed landscape in seedcraft and society as a result of the
industrialization of agriculture and academia. One piece of evidence introduced is a publication
authored by one of California’s chief seed-certification agencies, located at the publicly supported
University of California at Davis, entitled “Ten Reasons Not to Save Your Wheat
Grain for Planting or Seed Sale.” The tract, issued from the top-tier of the establishment’s
power-pyramid, threatens grain producers with legal sanctions (5 of the “Ten Reasons”) in a piece
of baldly prejudicial counsel advocating complete dependence on proprietary, private-sector
seed companies. Land-grant colleges, originally the “friend of the farmer” have today become
advocates for overarching corporate dominance. Old-time farm values of self-sufficiency and
self-reliance, and the vital concept of a “Commons” in this most vital of all human activities
agriculture have fallen off the establishment’s agenda. Big job titles, high salaries, generous
pensions are contrasted with a bald display of moral turpitude, a dearth of social conscience,
failed public interest and direct opposition to the ideals of a human “Commons.” Extensively
footnoted. Bibliography. Appendixes. 15 typescript pages. 2000.
TITLE: What’s Up With Triticale?
Order Code: Lit-WUT
Price: $ 2.95
Abstract. This paper, written for small-scale grain-growers, discusses the cereal crop
Triticale, a wheat-rye amalgam. The natural history of the crop is reviewed, the moniker “the
first man-made cereal crop” is examined, and the philosophical and human-health aspects of
Triticale are opined on. Science’s “silver bullet” and “golden bullet,” projectiles shot from the
sidearms of well-paid agronomy-genetic gunslingers, have their trajectories traced in a piece of
forensic agronomy. This paper is potential reading material for Baby Boomers and anyone else
either entering or well-established in the craftwork of small-scale grain-production. The paper
has been called “one of the gems of mini-farming literature.” Plant sex! Exciting! A fly-on-the-wall’s view of modern agronomic science. 8 typescript pages. Bibliography with 9 entries.
TITLE: "Everything You Got"
Order Code: Lit-EYG
Abstract. "Everything You Got": consists of of all the literature sold in this Catalog, combined into one single Literature Offer.
Seed Storage Supplies
Seed Storage Pouches. These are the same pouches the Kusa Seed Society uses to store seed in its scientific
archive. Heat-seal with a clothes-iron set to “cotton-wool.” Foil-barrier wall for ultra-low
moisture transmission. Re-sealable (cut-away used portion with scissors and re-seal). Place a
label inside the pouch and label the exterior with a laundry-marker (large pouches) or a CD-pen
with writing covered by clear shipping tape (small pouches). Sold in packs of five (5) pouches
per pack. The small pouches measure 4” x 6” and are silver-foil with a varnish coating. The
large pouches measure 9” x 12” and are paper/poly/foil/poly with a white exterior.
Small Pouches (pack of 5)
Order Code: SSS-4x6
Large Pouches (pack of 5)
Order Code: SSS-9x12
The Kusa Seed Society Annual Membership
Friend. Good for one year. $45 (USA), $55 (All other countries). Receives the set of five “Life Story” brochures and a copy of The Cerealist, Issue No. One.
Sponsor. Good for one year. $100 (USA), $125 (All other countries). Receives the set of five “Life Story” brochures and a copy of The Cerealist, Issue No. One, plus Lentil Seed Offer (SS-LO) and two lentil publications: Lentils: Ancient Nutrition and Modern Cookery and Lentils for the Organic Garden & Mini-Farm, A Cultural History & Guide (Lit-LAN and Lit-LOG).
Patron. Good for ten years. $1,000. Receives the set of five “Life Story” brochures and a copy of The Cerealist, Issue No. One. Also includes all the Seed Offers listed in this Catalog and all items of Literature listed in this catalog (i.e. a complete package of everything in this Catalog).
(Attention! Members and customers in countries outside the USA. To receive your seed packets you must furnish a USA ship-to address).
“Life Story” Brochures and Cerealist Magazine
The “Life Story” brochure series is comprised of a set of five (5) individual fold-out brochures
detailed five individual “ancient grains”: grain-amaranth; kamut-brand wheat; quinoa; spelt wheat;
and t’ef. This set has been acclaimed as “the best writings ever published” explaining
these grains. This is a set of five gorgeously printed, poster-size brochures published in 1994.
Exquisite collector-item works of art. Illustrations in full color. Text typeset. Printed on archival quality
heavy-weight coated-stock. Overall size (folded-out) of each brochure is 9” x 24”. Six
panels per brochure, two columns per panel. Each brochure is profusely illustrated with grain
ethnography airbrush art-paintings by Texas’ “master of the air-brush,” Robert McSpadden.
Outstanding collectible, display, or gift item. These spectacular “Life Story” brochures are not
sold. They are sent to each new Kusa Seed Society member as a free gift as a way of saying “thank you” to Kusa Seed Society members for their membership support. Limited edition and
stocks. Limit: one set per member.
The Cerealist, Issue No. One. Historic magazine on edible seedcrops published in one issue in
1989 on archival paper, 20pp. Issue No. One is filled with articles, illustrations, book reviews,
and facts. This historic piece of literary-art is not sold. A copy is sent to each new Kusa Seed
Society member as a free gift as a way of saying “thank you” to Kusa Seed Society members for
their membership support. Limited edition and stock. Limit: one issue per member.