WALK YOUR PATH
At Plant Path Nursery we believe that nuts, fruits, and perennial vegetables, with a focus on natives, are the future of food.
We work hard to track down the best genetics, from the most delicious, nutritious, and productive plants around.
We are passionate about helping humanity transition from destructive factory farmed, petrochemical mono-crops, to a food system that is centered around long lived trees and perennial vegetables.
We want to see corn, wheat and soy be replaced with chestnuts, hazelnuts, and pecans, and the American lawn transformed into forest gardens and beds.
We are eager to help anyone who wants to transform their lawn into a garden, or their field into an orchard.
Together we can grow a regenerative future.
we manage our Wholesale Tree Nursery and food forest using Sustainable Methods
We recognize our inherent connection to nature and the world all around us and commit ourselves to stewardship and cultivating a harmonious and symbiotic relationship with the natural world. We do this by planting diverse and perennial food systems, helping to inspire others to connect with nature and striving to be as self sufficient and regenerative in our lives as possible.
Sustainability - is the ability to continue at a certain scale, pace, and timeline. Our view of sustainability is more aligned with the principles in Permaculture, which is the approach that we must design for a 'permanent agriculture' -- a way to grow food that can be pursued in a truly sustainable way indefinitely into the future.
Regeneration - farming adds more to the land and ecosystem than is taken away. We build and protect the soil by not tilling it, by growing green mulch, and by focusing on perennials instead of annuals. This enriches the soil and its layer of life, while capturing carbon from the air and locking it away in the ground.
Conservation - is using less resources to do more. We practice dense growing of a variety of species, and deep mulching to capture and conserve water. We don't use massive petroleum powered machinery to till, seed, maintain, or harvest. Our processing, packaging, inventory, and transportation footprint are all minimized.
Organic - there are no petrochemicals or other chemical nastiness added to our soil as pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. We use natural and non-toxic ingredients to make our own protective sprays, and we deter pests, manage weeds, and feed the soil health through a more holistic multi-step approach.
Local - food security starts with where you live. If we can help people to grow more local nutritious food, in their backyards, communities, and farms, we can build resiliency, relationships, and rewards. We also focus on cultivating and growing awareness for local species native to the mid-atlantic region.
We support each other in the patient and rewarding work of nurturing plants and soil.
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Eric Joseph Lewis
Meet our team on Market Days or Plant Walks. Join our team for Wednesday volunteer days.
We Grow Plants.
We grow a variety of perennial plants, which are those that yield year after year. Fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, herbs and roots -- we grow them!
Check out our selection of organically grown edible and medicinal plants!
We Teach about Plants.
Learn about permaculture, organic farming, and growing a food forest in your backyard with Plant Path Education.
Courses in person or online teach you the core essentials, and includes guest speakers, demonstrations, and projects.
Get Certified through Plant Path Education, or join us on a Plant Walk tour of the Nursery in Knoxville, Maryland.
We CONSULT ON Plants.
We believe in sharing knowledge about growing plants, so that we can all do it more effectively.
Plant Path offers professional Consultations on Nursery, Organic Farm and Food Forest systems.