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Many of you have been following my adventures with the Gete okosomin squash seeds I obtained last year when we were in South Dakota. There are several stories going around about the origin of these seeds, they are also known as the 800 year old squash, but regardless they are an heirloom squash seed. These seeds have been grown by Native people in North America for hundreds of years. The squash produced is not only very large, up to 18 pounds, but extremely delicious! I’ve tried it oven roasted and in a soup and both were very tasty!gete okosomin


When I first wrote a post about the seeds I was swamped with requests. It wasn’t until after my small harvest that I had seeds to offer. Even then I didn’t have a lot of seeds to give away. Up until now the seeds have not been available commercially. However you can now purchase the seeds from the Whole Seed Catalog, put out by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.Gete okosomin


I have been working my way down my list contacting folks that originally expressed interest in the seeds. There have been a dozen or so people that have responded to my emails. I have been sending seeds out all over the place from Tennessee to Germany! One fellow I sent seeds to is married and his wife is Cherokee. They plan to share the seeds with the Cherokee Nation. Apparently the National Tribal Headquarters is just 25 miles from where they live.  I look forward to hearing back from these folks when they start growing their own seeds. I love when people are interested in growing heirloom vegetables and saving their own seeds, it’s so important!Gete okosomin


In the meantime for those of you who want seeds to plant this year I would suggest contacting Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Their catalog is beautiful and packed full of gorgeous pictures of heirloom vegetables!Gete okosomin


I hope you give these squash a try; you only need to harvest a few due to their large size! You’ll be glad you did! Plus if you order them from Baker Seeds they will be donating all proceeds from the sales of this squash to Native American non-profit organizations. Sounds like a win-win to me!Gete okosomin

8 comments on “Gete Okosomin Seeds Available

Daisy Debs on December 21, 2016 2:27 pm

Thanks Nancy , not sure if they will be able to send them over the sea to me here in England , also how much they might charge for the postage . …but I will go and check them out anyway . Happy Christmas to you all !

Nancy Wolff on December 21, 2016 2:37 pm

Merry Christmas to you too! I sent you an email!

One Grace Filled Life on December 22, 2016 11:36 am

Hi Nancy! I just got my 2017 Baker Seed Catalog in the mail, and I’m so excited by your recommendation of this squash! Merry Merry Christmas to you and yours! ????????

Nancy Wolff on December 22, 2016 11:46 am

One Grace Filled Life,
their catalog is so much fun to just read! I get a little carried away with what I want to grow! 🙂

Miguel Brito on April 22, 2017 2:48 pm

Hallo! I live in a farm near Sintra, Portugal – Europe, and have land in south portugal, Alentejo. I would be very happy to produce some seeds of Gete-okosomin to try old food resources. At this moment i have old traditional carnation flowers, wihch retains the smeel that news ones lost. Also roses from traditional houses, old ones, also with smeel that not exist in new ones. I would be pleased to contribute for dissemination of Gete-okosomin. Best regards, Miguel Brito

Jim Richeson on September 16, 2017 12:20 am

Thanks for the seeds! I’ve had a problem with fungus, but I have been staying ahead of it with 5 that are about 26″s and starting to change color. I’ve lost 8 which were 8″s or less. Keepin my fingers crossed!

Nancy Wolff on September 18, 2017 8:09 pm

I hope you have success, I’ve never had a problem with fungus but I’ve had many other challenges!

Jansen Herman on November 16, 2017 7:06 pm

Can you sent a few seeds to Belgium ???

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