Sequoiah grew up on a two acre hobby farm in the San Francisco Bay Area with chickens, horses, goats, and her own flower and vegetable garden. She began gardening at age 6 and hasn’t stopped since. At age 24 she began to learn Permaculture principles and got certified in Landscape Design and Construction at Merritt College in Oakland, CA. This is where she became enamored with plant propagation and soil science. Seventeen years ago Sequoiah purchased a purple tree collard plant for her urban quarter acre farm. She noticed that anytime the garden was scant on greens, the purple tree collards always were a reliable mainstay. In winter storms, frosty nights, and hot fall days, the tree collards were always beautiful, delicious, and plentiful. Tree collards are the plant that keeps on giving. She noticed that tree collards were difficult to find for sale and wanted to make these amazing plants reliably available to people far and wide.
After her 20 year career in garden design, Sequoiah founded Project Tree Collard and studied medicinal herbs at Vital Ways in Portland, OR. Nursery work has uncovered her passion for cross-pollinating perennial collards and kales, growing out the seed, and coming up with the best new varieties. Sequoiah loves actively searching for varieties with shorter bloom times, higher production, larger leaf size, less attractive to aphids, good flavor and texture, and of course aesthetics!!! She also propagates medicinal herbs and other perennial plants that complement Tree Collards in the garden.
Project Tree Collard aims to help communities move toward food security by reliably providing access to different types of tree collards in areas that don’t have them. By sharing perennial gardening information on the website and the Youtube channel, we hope to be a hub of everything tree collard.
We try hard to continually improve our packaging to minimize impact on the environment while getting the plants to their destination safe and sound. If you order cuttings or plants from Project Tree Collard, the greens are donated to a local shelter, which typically amounts to two large boxes a week.
If you are involved in a school garden or charitable organization and need some tree collard cuttings or seeds, please let us know and we will do our best to work out a discount on those items for you. Please use the form below to reach Project Tree Collard.
Sequoiah and Family