R.L. Alexander variety description
R.L. Alexander variety history
From James Alexander of Laurel, Mississippi. This collard variety was grown and saved by James’ father, R. L. Alexander (b. 1908, d. 1985), who grew many vegetables on his farm just outside Laurel. Before he died, R.L. requested of James that the variety be maintained somehow. Because James is not a gardener, he has honored his dad’s wishes by sharing seeds from R.L.’s 1983 seed harvest with various friends, who grow them in the Jones County area and enjoy them. In 2006, James gave seeds to Dr. Edward Davis, a professor of geography at Emory & Henry College, who was collecting heirloom collard strains for preservation on behalf of the USDA Accession. Seed Savers Exchange requested this variety in 2016 from the USDA Accession collection (G 33030).
D-pack means that the seeds are available through the Seed Savers Exchange. Regeneration project are underway with some varieties to build up enough sharable seed stock. We are actively looking for more seed stewards willing to regenerate and steward these varieties. Please get in touch if you are interested.