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August 1, 2022

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 …

August 1, 2022

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 …

July 30, 2022

Briana Apricots Harvested this Year from Three Generations of Trees Mention growing apricot and watch people run away. “Not apricots, they flower too early” they will will say. But at the same time you will gather a crowd of curious on lookers.  Is it possible? How do they taste?   It shares a long history with …

March 8, 2022

        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 …

February 22, 2022

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 …

December 18, 2021

  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 …

November 20, 2021

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 …

November 7, 2021

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. …

November 5, 2021

Everyday is a reminder to me that more has to be done to improve the worlds health and well being.  A little bit of news in the morning is enough. There are so many avenues to take. What to do?  I have noticed a great surge in new protein crops over the last few years. …

October 7, 2021

Enjoy this podcast I made with the folks at Partisan Gardens where we discuss edible acorns, tree crops and my personal experiences with growing plants. Thank you Partisan Gardens. The Oikos Vision for Tree Crops Partisan Gardens September 2021