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April 18, 2022

Every now and then you see a tree which captures your attention. You do not know why you found it, because you were not really looking for it. The tree captures your attention first, then you have that ‘aha’ moment. A few years ago, I found a massive pear rivaling the state champion near my …

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  

October 7, 2021

May 24th will be the last date of our nursery. I am retiring and closing the nursery. Oikos Tree Crops has been in existence since the early 1980’s.

September 22, 2021

New Seeds New Ideas and New Website