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Dr Gada's Palm Sunday

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

Among his many other honors our Regional Director Dr,. Francis P. Gada (Frank of, is a certified floral artist. He is also the Associate Rector of St. David's Protestant Episcopal Church in Yarmouth , Massachusetts .

These photos show his work gracing that Church for the…


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From John Sherck - Growing Amaranth in the North

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 8:52am 0 Comments

Amaranth is a grain named in Isiah 7:13. It comes from a family that produces a tumbleweed. It is also called the "resurrection plant" and the "rose of Jericho." The Greek word for amaranth means "unfading." This describes the bloom's ability to retain its color when dried. This meaning is used symbolically in (1 Peter 1:4) and (5:4), where the inheritance of the faithful is described as unfading. Thus, the amaranth became a symbol…


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If you seek a plant for Hanukkah, consider the crocus...

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Update from the Bristol Seed Man, John Sherck

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 9:25am 1 Comment

By John Sherck,,

As I sit here writing this, the rain is coming down in steady pockets; one after another. I checked my calendar, and we have had 28 rainy days (almost 1 month) since June 1st.  Probably not the wettest summer on record for Northern Indiana, but definitely one to remember. This has not all been bad. Given a well drained soil, excessive…


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At 12:04pm on June 20, 2014, John Sherck said…

These photos are from trial plots of barley and wheat varieties. I operate a small farm in Northern Indiana. Our (my wife Suzanne and I) farm is focused on raising staple crops like grains and dry beans. We want to find crops (strictly open pollinated and primarily heirloom) that can produce well in our region and then begin to offer them as seed to our local community. We raise everything using organic methods and plant, harvest and process using low-tek methods and equipment (scythe, sickle, treadle powered thresher, etc.).

 I am not specifically focused on Biblical crops but I do have a deep interest in Biblical history and archeology. This site has afforded me the opportunity to learn about and share about my two passions; the Bible and growing plants.

The Sin El Pheel wheat is from Iraq. It is one of eight wheat varietals that I am growing this season. The barley is from India. I would love to learn more about ancient crops from the Levant. Locating seed (quality seed!) can be difficult. We sell our own seed through our website but, love to share seed whenever the opportunity arises.

At 1:42pm on September 3, 2012, Debra Sourby said…

Hello, I sent you a message another way, but I'm not sure if you got it, as I am new to the navigation of this website...but yes, I am the sister of Charles Sourby and we share many of the same interests....Debra

At 12:01pm on February 11, 2012, Hannaniah Pinto said…

figs, grapes, pomegranates, plums, olives, mulberry,almonds and apricots. what also should be there as far as fruit trees? any ideas? remember it needs to grow on zone 8-9.

it will be great to see you at Explorations in Antiquity some time soon. maybe for a Passover meal.

blessings - Hannaniah

At 12:12am on February 10, 2012, Hannaniah Pinto said…

greetings my friend and Happy Tu b'shvat!  I just planted a bunch of biblical fruit trees at the Explorations in antiquity Center in LaGrange GA.  if you are in the area come and give me your approval.

Now I need to write some material about it, any ideas???   or



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