Native plants are the foundation of a healthy ecosystem, supporting countless species of insects, birds, animals and other plant species. Native plants also play a tremendous role in the sequestration of carbon from our atmosphere.

Despite decades of research reinforcing the necessity for native plant communities, the destruction and loss of these endangered ecosystems continues. Careful collection and propagation of these genetic time capsules can ensure that 10,000+ years of evolutionary adaptation will not be wiped out by short-sighted human activity.

With your help native plants can once again populate areas where they once prospered.


One plant at a time, you will save species.

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Seed Packets

In addition to native plants and foundation seed we are now offering small-batch die cut seed packets and other letterpress printed goods. Our fifty-year-old icon of engineering, the 10×15 Heidelberg T-platen (windmill), prints and die cuts, but does not fold or glue. All pieces are hand-assembled in Wisconsin.


Please contact us for more information, including cost, turn-around and technical specifications.

 

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Native Plants

We believe that native plants should be grown with the upmost integrity and we refuse to compromise on our core beliefs.

  1. We grow plants using organic methods only.
  2. We always start plants from seed and never use wild dug roots.
  3. We only grow and sell native species, never cultivars or “nativars”.
  4. We always disclose the genetic origin of seed used to grow our plants.

Check out our current availability

 


Please contact us to inquire about future plant availability and pricing.

 

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Foundation Seed

We believe that native plants should handled with the upmost integrity and care. All of our seed is sustainably collected from native plant communities in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, as well as sites in Northern Illinois.

Sustainable seed collection means that we only collect 20–70% of the available seed, depending on stability and status of species, location and other ecological factors. In many cases we’re collecting from imperiled plant communities located along roadsides, which are susceptible to mowing, spraying or other disturbance.

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Roadsides represent the widespread dissection and fragmentation of contiguous functioning ecosystems.

In some situations the seed we’ve collected represents the last generational expression of a plants genetics, as these sites were later destroyed for the expansion of roads, agriculture or development. As a matter of principle we will always disclose the origin of our seed.

We prefer to restrain the distribution of foundation seed to locations within a reasonable proximity to the collected source.

Please contact us to inquire about native foundation seed availability and pricing.


In addition to the availability of foundation native plant seed we are now producing small-batch seed packets, both for the packaging of our seed, or for your custom needs.

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Ecological Photography

Ecological Photography

by Dan Barron

With over 300 species of native plants and hundreds of bird and insect species, my collection of ecological photographs and videos are growing. While my generalist eye is typically drawn to the living relationships of flora and fauna, I also find my eyes eager to capture the absurd and odious impacts of modern human life.

My images are available for print or publication, rights reserved, with a sliding scale of $0 to $1,000.00 per image. Approved non-profits or research institutions may be allowed to use my images indefinitely, for no charge providing a credit is always displayed with the work. Please contact us for the most current availability.


As of early 2019 I have started uploading limited groups of work to Adobe Stock. Additional collections of artistic work, including street photography, paintings, writing and letterpress printing are available by request or appointment only.