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Northern Wild Plant and Seed Cooperative
The Northern Wild Plant and Seed Cooperative is a grassroots group in the Eastern Upper Peninsula concerned about our native species. Understanding land stewardship is extremely important if you are interested in caring for your land and leaving it in good shape for future generations. Working to maintain and preserve species is an important component of this stewardship. Our mission is to promote propagate and protect native plants.
To ensure that our native plant/trees/shrubs do not disappear, we would like to encourage you to call us if:
- You are building a home and want us to help identify and preserve native species from your site.
- You are doing construction of any sort and see that native species are going to be destroyed because of the construction.
- You have native species on your property and you are willing to let us collect either the seed or the root for propogation purposes.
Click here to view the wildflower brochure prepared by the Cooperative.
To contact the Northern Wild Plant and Seed Cooperative:
- To encourage the use of native species of wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and trees.
- To provide education on native and exotic plants.
- To supply affordable native species both as seeds and plants.
- To increase the variety of available native species.
- To provide educational and marketing opportunities.
- To develop an exchange system to supply a final product.
- To support community and agency projects.
- To allow for and assist in individual business growth and opportunities.
- To establish quality standards for members.
- To rescue plants threatened due to to construction and development.
- To provide a "pool" for collection and distribution of products.
Why choose native plants?
- Water efficient
- Soil improvement
- Save time
- Low maintenance
- Save money
- Provide a natural look to your home or business
- Hardy and durable
- Preserve regional gene pools
- Preserve bio-diversity
- Provide habitat
The coop was formed by a group of people having a common interest in collecting, growing, establishing new colonies, and selling local native plants. The coop intends to collect local wild seed stock and establish grounds for future distribution as well as market their products collectively.
When work is done on our roads and campgrounds, government offices seek out sources of local seed stock to replant in those areas. When the Chippewa/Luce/Mackinac Conservation District has its annual tree sale, they seek out local seed stock first. When landowners want to plant to attract wildlife and birds, they seek out local stock first. The coop decided to collectively work together to establish areas to collect from and jointly work on marketing this highly unique product.
One of the coop's main focuses is education. We need to educate ourselves on the nature of wild plants, when to collect the seeds, and the best way to propogate them. We also need to educate the public about what we are doing and why our product is best for the land, climate, and the sustainabliity of the region.
Helping preserve the gene pools of our local area is important for our own health, which in turn improves the health of our planet and all the other beings on it. All plants on this earth have a purpose and all fit into the overall oneness of all. Let's help preserve these plants and trees for future generations.
EUP Gardeners Can Join the Fight Against Alien Plants; Neil Moran, March 2011
Native Plants Away From Our Backyard; Ann Arbor.com, by Rick Meader
Wendy Wagoner, Savior of Native Plants; MyNorth.com; May 4, 2008
Green Landscaping: Greenacres; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, April 2008
Landscape Alternatives for Invasive Plants of the Midwest; Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN) Brochure
Supplier's Directory - UP Resource Conservation and Development Council
Eastern Resource List for Native Plants; Compiled by Don C. Dagnan, US Forest Service
Want to participate?
There are many ways to participate in the Northern Wild Plant & Seed Cooperative. You can volunteer your time, participate in field work, attend education programs, or just become a member - your support will be appreciated.
If you are a landowner and want to participate in plant rescue, there are a couple of steps:
- Contact our group. We will contact the appropriate agencies and obtain permits.
- Give us written permission to collect on your land. This insures that your rights are protected and that no hasty removal of vegetation occurs without your permission.
- Set date and time for the rescue
General Membership (per year) - $15
Producer Membership (one time only) - $100
Make check payable to:
Northern Wild Plant and Seed Coop
2847 Ashmun Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 49783
Please be sure to include a phone number and/or an e-mail address with your membership check.