Plant Breeding

Building resilience and maintaining food security and food sovereignty are important in an era of instability. We work to breed OSSI registered vegetable crops and breeding material. I am selecting tomatoes for exserted stigmas for increased natural crossing. I am also collaborating on a tomato which should be obligate outcrossing as tomatillos are now. So far, we have registered the following:

Exserted Orange Hill tomato an offspring of Big Hill (HX9) x Unknown Orange selected for an exserted stigma and orange color. One use for this tomato is that when planted near your favorite tomato varieties natural crosses are likely when you save seed. Thus, facilitating casual plant breeding which will enhance the resilience of your garden.

Exserted Tiger tomato an offspring of Blue Ambrosia x Amurski Tigr selected for exserted stigmas. May be red with stripes or yellow with stripes and some individuals may have anthocyanin skin. I have grown this tomato and its parents direct seeded without season extension here in Ronan Montana. One use for this tomato is that when planted near your favorite tomato varieties natural crosses are likely when you save seed. Thus, facilitating casual plant breeding which will enhance the resilience of your garden. The stripes seem to be recessive so individual plants without striped fruits may be outcrossed and their seed should be saved separately for your own breeding projects.

Montana Rainbow fava bean a gene pool mix derived from Lofthouse Landrace, Ianto‚Äôs Return, Frog Island Nation, Early Windsor, and Windsor favas. I plan to add Andean mix and a fingerprint fava into the gene pool this year. Good for cover crop, if planted with snow melt, which is often in March, it is very resilient here and therefore favas may be preadapted to grow well here in the Mission Valley of Western Montana.