Joseph Simcox

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c/o Steve Brack, 58 Greer Road Belen, New Mexico 87002

As a Botanical Explorer, I am dedicated to sharing my experience of the vast diversity of the plant world with as many people as possible. The future of mankind is inextricably linked to us developing a symbiotic relationship with plants and nature.

w: explorewithjoseph.com

e: view email simcox2@mac.com

Additional Information

Joe asked for squash for his 7th birthday!


In what I do I try to share one thing: "The reason why!" Why should we get excited? Why should we be amazed? How can we help others to appreciate what we are so fortunate to see?


Nature really is the font and thrill of our existence, we depend on it despite all the trappings of "modernity" and we will depend on it till the end of time.


I would like to see little corporate scientists retrain their passions and apply their techniques of value to diversity rather than a few corporate conformed agendas like engineering "new" corn!


  • African Violets: A Boy’s Passion 
  • Agaves, Beschornerias, Furcraeas, Hesperaloes, Hechtias 
  • Agriculture in the Desert 
  • Agroecology: Man, Animal and Plants in Harmony 
  • America's Garden Unsung Garden Geniuses
  • Arctic Berries 
  • Artocarpus the “Mulberries” of the Asian Tropics 
  • Aurucarias Around the World 
  • Beer, Food and the Japanese 
  • Bugs from Plant to Table 
  • Buseras of Mexico 
  • Cacti as Fruit Sources, Outside the Presently Cultivated 
  • Conservation and Plant Protection Myths 
  • Cooperatives and Food Hubs: The Wave of Americas New Agriculture 
  • Culinary Agriculture 
  • Culinary Botany 
  • Culinary Ethnobotany 
  • Culinary Food Trends 
  • Deadly: But Delicious 
  • Diospyros the Species, Observations 
  • Diversity and Plant Conservation Issues 
  • Edible Aroids of the World 
  • Edible Asclepids 
  • Edible Begonias 
  • Edible Cucurbiits of the World 
  • Edible Euphorbiaceae of the World 
  • Edible Succulents 
  • Edible Umbellifers 
  • Endangered Species of Plants the True Story 
  • Figs and Friends 
  • Flowers to Eat and Enjoy 
  • Food Bearing Desert Plants 
  • Food from the Desert 
  • Food Plant Domestication 
  • Food Plants of the Arctic 
  • Food Retrovation: The New ‘Innovation’ 
  • Foraging in Armenia 
  • Foraging in Borneo 
  • Foraging in Madagascar 
  • Foraging in New Guinea 
  • Foraging in Oman 
  • Forgotten Oils 
  • Giant and Edible Aroids 
  • Green Corridors and Green Roofs: Cities of the Future 
  • Greening the Desert with Minimal Technology 
  • In Search of the Strobiliform Puyas 
  • Indigenous Food Plants 
  • Innovation in the Kitchen 
  • Invasive Species Examined in the Light of Man's Disruption of Natural Environments 
  • Joseph Simcox’s Philosophy of Beauty: A Theory On Development 
  • Mangoes of Borneo 
  • Musas of Borneo 
  • New Sweeteners with the Sugar from Nature 
  • Niche Market Farming for the Small American Grower 
  • North American Native Fruits 
  • North American Root Crops 
  • Nuts of the World 
  • Our Elders and Their Seed Secrets 
  • Ornamental Desert Plants 
  • Pandanus of New Caledonia 
  • Pandanus of the World 
  • Parasitic Plants You Can Eat 
  • Primitive Conifers 
  • Remnant Conifers of Mexico 
  • Riophytic Conifers of New Caledonia 
  • Russian Plant Geniuses 
  • Saps and Sweets from Trees 
  • Searching for Melons in the Middle East 
  • Searching for Spices 
  • Searching with Sticks: Tuber Diggers Across the Globe
  • Seed Collecting Around the World 
  • Specialty Foods from the Forest 
  • Square Watermelons and Perfect Peaches: The Japanese Obsession with Form 
  • Starting Economies with New Crops 
  • Strategic Horticulture for Profit 
  • Tea Plants of the World
  • Teas used by native peoples as Afrodisiacs
  • Tea a world survey
  • Tea plants, discoveries along the expedition trail.
  • Teas and the people who drink them, an ethnobotanical survey of useful plant based beverages.
  • Ten People Who Will Help Feed the World in the Future 
  • The Cyphosperma Tanga Expedition 
  • The Future of Animal Proteins 
  • The Lauvoxia Expedition 
  • The Lives of the Plantsmen of Old 
  • The Musa Ingens Expedition 
  • The Papaya and Company: The New Caricaceae 
  • The Rob Baan Model of Horticultural innovation: A Lesson from Holland 
  • The Story of Beans 
  • The Story of Melons 
  • The Story of Peas 
  • The Story of Plant Domestication 
  • The Story of Squash 
  • The Story of the Andean Rainbow Root Crops 
  • Things You Never Thought to Eat 
  • Tree Ferns of the World 
  • Tuber Crops for the North 
  • What Would Have Been the American Staple Crop if Solanum Tuberosum Had Not Made it Here? 
  • What You Can Eat Under the Bark


I am always traveling. It is best to secure talks at least a couple of months in advance.

Photo Gallery

  • Collecting wild fruit species in Armenia
  • Andean resin bearing plant
  • Agave havardiana
  • Willughbeia fruits in Borneo

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VNC/Rivers End Presentation

Daniel from Weslaco,TX - 04/02/2019 10:19:41

Joe wants you engaged and excited about the amazing world of plants that he has only scratched the surface of! And you should be! Left the event he spoke at feeling inspired to pursue my work in increasing plant biodiversity and sharing the beauty that rare seeds, plants and fruit offer in their hope for a greener future. If you get a chance to hear a presentation from Joe, don’t miss it!!!!

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A real treat

Alan Flowers from Bayview, Texas - 04/01/2019 11:00:47

I couldn’t help but feel that my efforts in my small back yard orchard were well worthwhile after Mr. Simcox’s presentation. Mr. Simcox brought a global perspective to the Rio Grande Valley on the diversity of food sources from edible plants from around the world. His talk was entertaining, educational, and motivational. His perspective is from reality, not cluttered with the hyperbole of climate change. His depth of knowledge on so many different plants was expressed at a level of detail that inspires you to learn more. His passion for what he does is apparent. Very few have accomplished what he has, we were extremely fortunate to have Mr. Simcox spend the afternoon with us.

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Valorizing Wild Food Plants

Erika Rodriguez from Weslaco - 03/27/2019 15:36:37

Joesph was a great and passionate speaker. He educated and entertained the audience. He is very dedicated to his work and encourages the audience to think outside the box. Very motivating presentation that makes one want to go visit nature. Pictures and stories were awesome!

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