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).
This variety is low quantity in the Seed Savers Exchange collection and is currently being regenerated at Heritage Farm in Decorah, IA.