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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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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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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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The Value of Plants

The value of plants and their potential uses are infinite. The direction you take might be a good idea even if not useful to modern day agribusiness.

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Time to Prune: Stem Density and the Life of the Pawpaw Colony

Pawpaws are easy to grow but what happens in the course of thirty years could create a challenge. What is going on in that pawpaw grove?

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Beach Plums – The Durable and Delicious Species Plum

Beach plums can grow inland throughout most of North America and thrive under drought conditions and survive late frosts.

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The Oaks: Acorns Create a New World

Collecting acorns and growing a wide variety of oaks has been a mission of mine since the beginning of Oikos Tree Crops. Here are a few discoveries surrounding the Quercus genus.

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Chinquapin and the Ecos Red Apple

Our August newsletter featuring the chinquapin chestnut and our very own Ecos Red apple.

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Chestnut Trees-Dropping Nuts From Great Altitudes

The above image shows a young fawn going back and forth from a protected cove on the neighbors property filled with lush vegetation to our rather open property on a hillside planted with hybrid oaks and chestnuts.  Even the turkeys like this area.  When we started planting chestnuts we never knew how long it would …

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Farm to Table Part IV: Roasted Sunchokes

Supercluster  – Now called Red GiantUsually I do my own thing with fresh fruit and veggies, but for the sunchokes, I was curious to know what others had attempted. As usual, I aim to keep things simple. A quick google search instantly pulled up a simple recipe and I decided to give it a try. …