Happy New Year Overgrow!!!
Welcome to the Freaker’s Ball Seed Collective, (FBSC).
The mission of the FBSC is the preservation of verified, authentic rare landrace/heirloom/hybrid cannabis genetics by mass replication and distribution to the OG community.
The FBSC was founded in August 2020 from a group of OG seed Freaks who pooled funds to purchase some Vietnamese Dalat, and Vietnamese Black seeds from Snowhigh Seeds. Due to the cost involved, those seeds came with numerous free packs, so it was decided to preserve those strains, and the FBSC was born to facilitate those preservations. John with Snowhigh has given us his permission to preserve any of his strains we have now, or come into possession of in the future. Thanks John.
As the FBSC idea developed, several Freaks came forward who had amassed significant collections of Landrace genetics. Those collections include many threatened, and endangered strains that need to be preserved. These exceptionally freaky individuals have very generously donated them to the FBSC catalog. Currently the FBSC vault holds almost 180 strains. (See below for the current list)
This influx of genetics required a rethinking of FBSC membership requirements, and this was the solution arrived at. The original 20 people who purchased the Dalat/VB seeds will still receive a share of the seeds when the free Snowhigh packs are grown out.
Full membership in the FBSC will be by invitation only. A standing invitation is extended to all of the original 20 OGers who started this, provided they meet the requirements, and agree to the guidelines. In addition to the general guidelines, Freaks must also agree to the following:
Full open pollination utilizing all viable plants with no selections for phenotypical expression.
Agree to do at least 2 seed runs per year.
Exception Anyone who agrees to grow out a long-flowering strain, (16+ weeks), is exempted from this requirement for that year.
That being said, Full members get benefits. Freaks in good standing will receive a pack from every FBSC seed run, and priority choice from the vault. Full members can nominate new members, and have full voting rights.
PLEASE NOTE: These requirements only apply to those who want to be full members in the FBSC. You do NOT have to be a Freak to grow an FBSC strain.
Any member with either the Regular, or Regular Emeritus badges, OR any TL2 member who has been active on the site for at least 6 months, can apply to become an affiliated grower, and be allowed access to the FBSC vault.
Affiliated members are not held to the full OP requirement, nor are they on the hook to do 2 runs a year. The down side is that you will only get seeds from the run(s) you grow.
PLEASE NOTE: All holders of the Overgrower badge are automatically approved as affiliate growers should they wish to participate, provided they agree to the guidelines.
For TL2 members without the badges, and with less than six months on the site, you can still apply to be an affiliate grower, but there’s a 120 day probationary period. Probi growers are not allowed to choose strains from the Master list. You’ll be assigned a strain from a probi pool. The strains available in that pool will be whatever we have the most of.
The clock starts when the seeds arrive. The run must be completed during that 120 day time period, and you’ll need to be prepared to post a log of the grow.
When the member receives the Overgrower badge for a completed seed run, the probi period is over, and they are automatically promoted to a full affiliate with access to the strain list.
Given the number of strains we have to preserve, we need growers, so we don’t want to exclude anyone, or cause any hurt feelings. But the truth of it is some of the strains in the FBSC vault are extremely rare, and we have very limited stock.
The Freaks feel it’s a great honor to be entrusted with the responsibility of preserving these strains. We take that responsibility VERY seriously, and we feel it would be very poor stewardship indeed to send the only 10 seeds of a rare, or endangered strain to a grower who has only been a member for 1 month.
PLEASE NOTE: We had discussions with Team OG regarding the FBSC. They told us that, as long as we don’t violate any of OG’s rules, they neither have, nor want anything to do with internal groups formed by members. As a result, the FBSC is completely autonomous, and all of its decisions are final. We reserve the right to change these rules as needed, and to grant exceptions to them on a case-by-case basis, for any reason whatsoever.
ALL FBSC preservation runs must be conducted according to FBSC guidelines as listed below.
PLEASE NOTE: The FBSC reserves the right to modify these guidelines as needed.
For 10 packs or fewer, the entire pack must be planted prior to any pollination activities. They do not have to be planted all together, in fact a staggered germination is a good idea, but before they’re put into flower, all viable seeds need to be up and growing.
Growers agree to halt all non-preservation pollination activities once the preservation run is placed into flower. Pollen chucks are encouraged, just no non-preservation males in flower during the run.
Exception If you have a separate breeding area, that’s completely isolated from your flowering area, this doesn’t apply to you.
If you are one of these individuals, please speak up. You’re just the kind of Freak we’re looking for.
The FBSC utilizes an open pollination, (OP), methodology, utilizing all viable plants obtained from the available seeds, with no selections made for phenotypical expression. The preferred method is a full OP with the goal of producing as many seeds as possible. All male pollen is collected and fully applied to all females.
In some situations the preferred method isn’t a viable option. In those cases a limited OP is acceptable, (for affiliated growers only), with the goal of making between 1000-1500 seeds per run. As with the full OP, pollen is collected from all viable males and selectively applied to specific branches on all females.
A Word About Fems
Generally speaking, only verified authentic strains of regular M/F seeds are eligible for FBSC preservation runs, and the FBSC only distributes regular M/F seeds. Selfed, or feminized seeds are not eligible for FBSC runs, and no selfed seeds will made during the initial preservation run.
Exception If no viable males are produced from the seeds we have, and we are unable to locate more seeds or pollen. In that event a reversal would be needed in order to preserve the female side of the genome until more seeds, or a suitable pollen donor became available.
The FBSC accepts donations of verifiable authentic pure landrace/heirloom strains. While our focus is on landrace preservation, we do love a good hybrid, so we also accept donations of rare landrace/heirloom hybrids from verifiable sources. All donors will receive a breeders pack of their strain(s) when the runs are completed.
The FBSC Philosophy
The FBSC is rooted in the idea that weed is fun!! It’s fun to grow, it’s fun to share, and it’s really fun to consume, especially with a bunch of freaks.
We want to share that fun, but we also want to be a positive force for the preservation/liberation of the cannabis genome for ourselves, and especially for future generations.
We believe that by reproducing and distributing these unique genetics to the community, the FBSC is achieving that goal, giving Weed Inc. a nice shot in the sack, and doing our bit to further OG’s mission to…
OVERGROW THE WORLD!!!
So, smear your body up with butter, and start freakin’ with the Freaker’s Ball Seed Collective!!
Current FBSC Preservation Runs
Edit: 01/05/2021 Updated Master Strain List (added new strains)
Edit: 01/07/2021 Updated Membership Section
Edit: 01/08/2021 Updated Master Strain List (added new strains)
Edit: 01/08/2021 Updated Master Strain List (built links to strain descriptions where available.)
Edit 03/05/2021 Moved the Strain List to Google Sheets.