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A life long passion for plants helped me create Oikos Tree Crops. A wise man once said only a new crop can come from new seed. My Ecos seed 'strains' represent the time tested tradition of growing plants outside the orchard and cultivated environment to create a healthier plant, environment and human. I still marvel at the power of the life giving properties of plants.

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  Free Offers+Use Code:  PLUM10 for 10 Percent Off Offer Expires 10-15-22 Free with all orders: 12 Iowa Peach Seeds-True to type northern wild peach. Orders over $400.00 receive either an all organic cotton t-shirt print from artwork from the Oikos Tree Crops catalog collection or 4 ounces of Wild Goose Plum jam made with …

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A life long passion for plants helped me create Oikos Tree Crops. A wise man once said only a new crop can come from new seed. My Ecos seed 'strains' represent the time tested tradition of growing plants outside the orchard and cultivated environment to create a healthier plant, environment and human. I still marvel at the power of the life giving properties of plants.

Briana Apricot-From Seed-One Great Fruit Nut Tree

Briana Apricots Harvested this Year from Three Generations of Trees Mention growing apricots in the north and often you will hear “Not apricots, they flower too early”. But at the same time the question of its possibilities and practicalities arises. The apricot shares a long history with humans as both the seeds and the fruit  …

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A life long passion for plants helped me create Oikos Tree Crops. A wise man once said only a new crop can come from new seed. My Ecos seed 'strains' represent the time tested tradition of growing plants outside the orchard and cultivated environment to create a healthier plant, environment and human. I still marvel at the power of the life giving properties of plants.

Plum Good: North American Plum Selections

Starting from beach plums, I began growing lots of plums at my farm in the early 1980’s.  I had no irrigation at the farm and filled 5 gallon buckets from my house 25 miles away. (I always had to take corners slowly!) I was a fan of yucca extract and humates and used them in …

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A life long passion for plants helped me create Oikos Tree Crops. A wise man once said only a new crop can come from new seed. My Ecos seed 'strains' represent the time tested tradition of growing plants outside the orchard and cultivated environment to create a healthier plant, environment and human. I still marvel at the power of the life giving properties of plants.

The Wild Goose Plum-From One Seed to Another

Wild plums are found everywhere in North America. Many of them look alike. Some are small shrubs like the beach plum. Others are tall trees to thirty feet like the Chickasaw plum. They thrive in the mountains. Some live in wetlands.  Others are found in the desert. I think I have grown them all. But …

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A life long passion for plants helped me create Oikos Tree Crops. A wise man once said only a new crop can come from new seed. My Ecos seed 'strains' represent the time tested tradition of growing plants outside the orchard and cultivated environment to create a healthier plant, environment and human. I still marvel at the power of the life giving properties of plants.

The “Madeline” Blueberry-The Wild is Brought Back

Finding blueberries is pretty easy in Michigan. Where I live in southwestern Michigan there are many farms dedicated to growing them. With one farm exception that uses massive irrigation on sandy soil with lots of mulch, they are grown in wetlands or were wetlands prior to their farming. As the image above of my family …

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A life long passion for plants helped me create Oikos Tree Crops. A wise man once said only a new crop can come from new seed. My Ecos seed 'strains' represent the time tested tradition of growing plants outside the orchard and cultivated environment to create a healthier plant, environment and human. I still marvel at the power of the life giving properties of plants.

How Does It Grow?

        It is a not the healthiest world we live in right now. Not everyone is accepting of others but sometimes in the midst of it all, there are break throughs of understanding and compassion. The same is true of our relationship with plants. In some ways, on some deep emotional level …

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A life long passion for plants helped me create Oikos Tree Crops. A wise man once said only a new crop can come from new seed. My Ecos seed 'strains' represent the time tested tradition of growing plants outside the orchard and cultivated environment to create a healthier plant, environment and human. I still marvel at the power of the life giving properties of plants.

The Expanding Plant Universe

Many years ago right after graduating from college, I began joining organizations and arboreta and played an active role in seed exchange. During that time, I found many like minded individuals that thought the best safety net for plants  is dispersion. I wanted to be the Seed Savers Exchange of woody plants. Without some sort …

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A life long passion for plants helped me create Oikos Tree Crops. A wise man once said only a new crop can come from new seed. My Ecos seed 'strains' represent the time tested tradition of growing plants outside the orchard and cultivated environment to create a healthier plant, environment and human. I still marvel at the power of the life giving properties of plants.

Full Expression Plant Discoveries-Find What You Are Looking For

  A work of art like this stone Egyptian water buffalo at the New York Met can last many lifetimes. Plant discoveries can create the same effect. By  contributing to that which has come before, it can make life easier for future generations.  A certain level of appreciation for the artist and scientist is generated …

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A life long passion for plants helped me create Oikos Tree Crops. A wise man once said only a new crop can come from new seed. My Ecos seed 'strains' represent the time tested tradition of growing plants outside the orchard and cultivated environment to create a healthier plant, environment and human. I still marvel at the power of the life giving properties of plants.

The American Persimmon in Michigan

The American Persimmon Defined When I first heard of the American Persimmon I had just graduated from college with an interest in starting  a fruit farm with my brother in southwestern Michigan. I had a small  landscape maintenance company trying to develop the concept of edible landscapes. In the winter I would work by pruning …

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A life long passion for plants helped me create Oikos Tree Crops. A wise man once said only a new crop can come from new seed. My Ecos seed 'strains' represent the time tested tradition of growing plants outside the orchard and cultivated environment to create a healthier plant, environment and human. I still marvel at the power of the life giving properties of plants.

The Groundnut-Weed, Protein and Global in Nature

When I first started growing groundnuts over 20 years ago, I had little information on how to produce the plant or use it. It was an edible wild plant I use to read about in high school. I remember ordering the tubers from  J.L. Hudson Seedsman and putting them in these long narrow paper pots. …