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Up and Coming Permie Starting a Food Forest, WANTED: Tree Seeds

 
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Me and my family want to start a food forest on a small to medium sized acreage in Maryland. We are currently living in NJ. I want to start to try and establish some trees and shrubs from seed. I am looking for handouts as far as pioneer species, nitrogen fixing species, and food producing species if possible. I am willing to share my experiences with anyone willing to donate. Seeds/Seedlings/Cuttings VIA sase/postage or pickup would be greatly appreciated. I am looking forward to establishing my own roots into the world of permaculture. Any help would be really appreciated.

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The absolute best source of free tree seeds you can get is the local bird population. Drive a post (even just a simple bamboo pole would work) into the ground where you think you want a tree. The birds will plant locally adapted fruiting trees and shrubs and give them a starter packet of fertilizer while they're at it. The more frequently you visit the property, the more easily you can weed out all but your favorite species.

For more traditional crops, I think most stone fruits (peach, plum, apricots) come easily from seed. If you're eating them anyways, it's cheap to plant a lot until you get some that can thrive in your climate. If you have access to fruit trees in your area, there are also a lot that can be grown from cuttings.

 
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I agree with Casie. In our region, and I'm sure others, there are a number of wild fruit trees that appear if you just protect an area for a few years.
 
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Pm me with address and I'll send you some antonovka Apple seeds and some crabapple seeds
 
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Hi Joseph,
Where in NJ are you? I'm in Western NJ. I have a few seedling plants/trees you can get started with. You would probably have to pick those up as most are starting to leaf out. I also have some various other tree seeds: Cherry, Apple, seaberry, black locust, sumac, etc.
Let me know if you have any interest.
 
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Dave Hunt wrote:Hi Joseph,
Where in NJ are you?  I'm in Western NJ.  I have a few seedling plants/trees you can get started with.  You would probably have to pick those up as most are starting to leaf out.  I also have some various other tree seeds: Cherry, Apple, seaberry, black locust, sumac, etc.  
Let me know if you have any interest.  



Hey Dave, Thanks you for the reply. Sorry i have been busy these past few months and haven't been online. I am still very interested in any extra plants/trees i can get my hands on if we can keep in touch. Thanks again and god bless.  
 
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Hey Joseph,
Everything is starting to go dormant here.  If you are still looking to get some extra plants let me know.  I have a some of mulberry, elderberry, persimmon, and goumi trees/plants I can give you.
Everything else we have right now would be seeds (paw paw, cherry, apple, pear, seaberry, etc.)  
Let me know if you have any interest.
 
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Dave I am interested in persimmon and seaberry...seeds or plants, i'm in NY, catskill foothills, I have hot pepper seeds, beans(my home grown, heirloom seeds, many or if not all are Native American herilooms) to trade
 
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