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How one Texas grower is inching toward the next wave of crop production
Sustainable food production is dependent on being close to its market. But, crops grow in seasons, which makes year-round access to a wide variety of nutritious fruits and vegetables impossible in most climates — unless we take the crops indoors and control their environment.
Marshall Hinsley experimented with indoor crop production in early 2014, and here's his take on the results:
Rescuing a crop from the brink of extinction, Victory Seed Company is reintroducing a variety corn in 2017, and it has a Texas connection.
With sturdy stalks that grow tall and produce ears that are eight inches long with sixteen to eighteen rows of kernels in varying colors, Petmecky corn is a flint or flour type of corn that can be harvested young and eaten as roasting ears.
Most commonly, though, its ornamental ears are allowed to dry so that the kernels may be ground into cornmeal.
In the past, this grain corn was sustenance to communities in the Texas Hill Country. Victory Seed Company founder Mike Dunton says word about the variety came to him back in 20015 when he was approached by C. B. "Hoppy" Hopkins of Fredericksburg, Texas.
According to Hopkins, German settlers entered the Texas Hill country in the mid 19th Century and signed a treaty with Native Americans in the area in 1847. At about that time, the Comanches gave the corn to the Pe…