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PhilSeneca April 17, 2015 04:07 PM

The sick mind behind Good Mind Seeds
Skano, my name is Phil Seneca and I am a tomato breeder and seed keeper from Onodowaga nation, split by the US/canada border, a member nation of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee confederacy.

I center my seed keeping efforts around the preservation and restoration of staple indigenous food plants like corn, beans, squash, sunroot, sunflower, amaranth, apios, and others, and incorporate other crops from elsewhere in Turtle Island like tomato which has become a bit of an obsession for me.

Working on keeping precolumbian domesticated tomato gene pools adapted to modern diseases, incorporation of novel alleles from wild and species tomato introgression, expanding on the founder genetics of the OSU and striped cultivars, and micro-dwarf development are some of my top priorities next to basic selection of flavor and productivity.

Last year I released Grungy in the Sky Bicolor, which won 1st place at the 2014 Buffalo/Niagara annual tomato competition, for best tomato flavor overall. A collaborative effort, the late Valerie (Grungy) McMurray developed one of the parent lines, and the other was Skykomish developed by Tom Wagner, who preformed the original cross pollination between them. Since then I have been selecting for color, production, flavor, and inheritance of strong late blight resistance due to the homozygous recessive PH2 and PH3 genes from Skykomish. It seems that all of our mutual effort resulted in a future classic, something truly special. In addition to Grungy in the Sky I have recently released a number of other unique and exclusive cultivars which I hope you take the time to investigate at tatiana's TOMATObase.

I am grateful for the support I have received in my work with tomatoes and hope to find others here with interests similar to my own.

Onah ki wahi, skennen.
-Phil Seneca

peppero April 17, 2015 08:04 PM

Welcome to T'ville.


PhilSeneca April 17, 2015 08:12 PM

Grungy in the Sky Bicolor:

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PhilSeneca April 17, 2015 08:12 PM


Originally Posted by peppero (Post 465384)
Welcome to T'ville.


Thanks Jon!

PhilSeneca April 17, 2015 08:13 PM

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PhilaGardener April 17, 2015 08:28 PM

Welcome, Phil Seneca! You might want to post in the Seed and Plant Sources part of the forum as well. We hope to see more of you here!

efisakov April 17, 2015 08:32 PM

Welcome to TV!

heirloomtomaguy April 17, 2015 09:18 PM

I retract my praise

PhilSeneca April 17, 2015 09:45 PM


Originally Posted by efisakov (Post 465406)
Welcome to TV!

im on TV!? lol


Originally Posted by heirloomtomaguy (Post 465416)
Hello Phil I have purchased several tomato varieties from your website. You are one of the few seed vendors i will actually buy from. Glad to see you made your way to tomatoville. Welcome and hello from a fellow preserver/breeder.

wow thanks for the high praise tomaguy. im glad to be here too.

efisakov April 17, 2015 09:58 PM

TV is short for Tomatoville...

PhilSeneca April 17, 2015 10:20 PM


Originally Posted by efisakov (Post 465430)
TV is short for Tomatoville...

the only "TV" that matters! (or maters for that matter)

heirloomtomaguy April 17, 2015 11:14 PM

Hey Phil One Quick Question
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Sorry to put you on the spot but is this you in both the picks.

PhilSeneca April 17, 2015 11:18 PM

no you can tell by the mustache that it is clearly my evil twin.

PhilSeneca April 17, 2015 11:24 PM

now that you have exposed me i may as well put a link to the article the photograph is from

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heirloomtomaguy April 17, 2015 11:37 PM

Why do you assume he is evil? I had another link from the "guy" on the right. I sure hope you are truthful because the guy on the right is one racist, baker creek, and Tomatoville HATER! Here are the links i found

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