We had a surprise visit yesterday at the Roughwood Seed Collection from Joseph Simcox (aka the Botanical Explorer) and Anthony Rodriguez (aka Revolution of Thought) as part of their Gardens Across America tour. Anthony and I have been communicating through Tumblr for a year and it was awesome to finally meet face to face! And I’m growing some seeds this year from Joe Simcox’s collection in the Baker Creek catalogue, and had seen some of his Youtube videos - it was great to meet the (very tall) man in person. 

Joe and Anthony came in with a video camera and walked the gardens with enthusiasm and big ideas. They unboxed some incredible biodiversity, shared some beautiful seeds with us (see last photo), and were on their way. We promised to grow out some seed to return to Joe, which is one of my favorite types of relationships. I’m growing seed for several friends around the country, and several friends are growing seeds for me. 

Keep seeds! And keep their stories! The stories, recipes, and culture imbedded in the seed is as important as the seed itself. 

revofthought  asked:

So what Inspired you to make a blog about oats?

Short answer: oats are great.

Long answer, in two parts: First, oatmeal has been my work-week lunch for awhile. At my previous job my co-workers took notice of my lunch choice, also known as ‘oat time’ or ‘time for oats’. Now we’re all in different places so this was, in some ways, a comical way of keeping in touch with all of them.

Second, because oats are great. They’re easy, super healthy, satisfying, versatile, and affordable.


Joseph Simcox Speaks At Baker Creek Heirloom Festival 2014

Joseph Simcox Speaks at Baker Creek"s 4th annual Heirloom Festival. In this lecture he cover Genetic Diversity and why GMO’s are not necessary because of the amount of genetic diversity in the plant world. Very Informative & Enlightening.


The Botanical Explorer Finds One Of the World’s Smallest Cacti

Texas is home to an array of endemic plants many of them cacti. While driving through the vast deserts of west Texas, Joe stops to find one of the smallest Cacti in Texas. It’s called Escobaria minima! Added to the endangered species list in 1979 due to enthusiast over collecting, it has become an extremely elusive plant. But although it is a highly endangered species in the wild today, Joe’s trained eye is still able to spot this tiny plant.