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Welcome to Montana Morado Maize and Painted Mountain Corn

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These seeds, Montana Morado Maize and Painted Mountain Corn, is developed by Dave Christensen, who continues to advance its genetics every year.

The Montana Morado Maize is grown in partnership with Ole Norgaard of North Frontier Farms®, located in central Montana close to the small town of Shonkin and the Highwood Mountains. This is the only farm in the world where Montana Morado Maize is grown for seed and sold under Dave’s trademark “Seed We Need®”. 

The Painted Mountain corn is grown in partnership with organic farmers in Montana. These organic farms are the only place in the world where Painted Mountain is grown for seed under Dave’s supervision and sold under Dave’s trademark“Seed We Need®”.

Selling seed.

After years of preparation, we are now selling seed from Montana Morado Maize as well as Painted Mountain in partnership with Dave Christensen directly from the farmer by the farmer.

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Dave Christensen & the Anthocyanin Story


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A dream 50 years ago

“At the age of age of 17, I received a powerful unexpected dream from God.  I saw two thin ears of black corn.  I did not know why or how, but my soul was imprinted to develop this corn. Thus began my lifelong work with ancient corn varieties kept alive by Indian families & homesteaders.

30 years ago, I experimented with Navajo desert corn from Black Mesa, Arizona.  One plant produced two ears, and when I peeled back their husks, each glistened with shiny black kernels. I was elated to have found the sacred black corn of my dream. I introduced the black Navajo color into my work and developed Montana Morado Maize.

Recently, scientists have discovered that dark-purple corn contains extraordinarily high levels of anthocyanins. These compounds act as antioxidants, with many powerful health benefits. Now I understood why I was guided to create this.   

The sacred corn seed is the result of fifty years of exciting discovery and conscious breeding guided by a vision, grown in Montana with love, prayers and blessings for your health and well-being.”

– Heirloom corn breeder, Dave Christensen, Big Timber, Montana

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North Frontier Farms, Inc.
475 Vixen Ln
Shonkin, MT 59450


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