Cherokee Nation offering heirloom seeds to citizens

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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 20 plants that have been identified as historically being with the Cherokee people for generations, from beans that resemble snakes to giant squash.”

The Cherokee Nation Natural Resources Department has been obtaining and growing a variety of heirloom Cherokee plants for the past several years.  Although the seed stock was gathered from throughout the United States, its origins come from the Cherokee Nation’s ancestral lands in the southeast.


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