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Joseph’s exuberance is infectious! He holds an intrinsic knowledge of plants that is beyond comprehension. He is a brilliant speaker that captures the hearts and minds of all those seeking plant wisdom.
His anecdotes of world travel allow the audience to live vicariously through his photos of jungles, rainforests, woodlands, prairies, deserts and savannahs around the globe. He brings culture to life, sharing stoic photographs of elders in which he sources the history and folklore behind each rare plant.
His mission is a game changer. His goal is to encourage biodiversity through the preservation of plant species worldwide. Joseph is intelligent, humorous and highly engaging. I have yet to witness a speaker so passionate about their work that it permeates the air in the room. Joseph is a true inspiration, a steward of the earth and an absolute pleasure to learn from. I now have become obsessed with learning and remembering the botanical names for plants and become extremely enthusiastic about growing some of the varieties of plants Joseph mentioned that grow well in our region.”
–Crystal Stevens, Godfrey, Illinois
“Joseph is an incredible speaker, but even better, he is a storyteller. Telling stories about travels, people, place and plants is one thing: Joe goes a step further and weaves it all together, illustrating relations! The unique interweaving of local ecology, people, place and the way in which those people particularly relate and utilize various plants for food, medicine, fiber, fodder, beauty and just plain old fun! What is even better is that many of the plants Joseph points to give those of us who live in drylands hope in growing more diverse crops that require far less inputs and water than conventional crops. Joseph is a walking encyclopedia! Don’t miss a chance to hear him speak.”
–Chris Lopez, Carmichael, California
“Joseph Simcox has visited our Centre two times. On his first visit, he gave a talk on underutilized tuber crops. His talk was so absorbing and the information flowing was so valuable that it kept all of us spell bound. While visiting our farm, he was fascinated by the potential of Elephant foot yam and suggested us to conduct an International conference on Aroids. We did conduct the Global Aroids Conference during 2012 and Joseph Simcox was kind enough to attend the conference. He presented two papers and chaired a session. He has god gifted power of a great speaker and he supplements it with his enormous knowledge about the plants, which he always keeps updating. Besides he has traveled almost every part of the globe during his exploration trips.”
–Dr. R.S. Misra, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India
“Listening to Joe Simcox’s tale of searching for and discovering edible, sustaining plants among indigenous populations around the world and seeing his fantastic slide show was mind-expanding! He is fascinating, incredibly knowledgeable, and unique among any speaker one would find at a Garden Show. He gave me an entire new view of “edibles” and aroused my curiosity to learn more!”
–Marilynn Gilmore, San Jose, California
“I had the privilege of hearing Joseph speak at a meeting of the Tropical Fruit Growers Association in Kona, Hawaii. It was mind blowing. Not only did Joseph open my mind to a whole world of plants and issues around biodiversity that I knew nothing about, he did so in a manner that was hilarious, easy to understand, and extremely erudite all at the same time. Crazy good. If you get a chance to hear him speak, just go. Even if you’re not all that into plants you will walk away smiling, and informed in a way you just can’t get from anyone else.”
–Derek Proudian, Santa Cruz, California
“I’m a green building specialist and I met Joseph few years ago when he visited Taiwan. I’ve never met any once like Joseph who is so passionate about rare plants and knows very well about how to implement green nature into the our living environment. Joseph also like to share his knowledge about plants and his unique and interesting presentation skill always motivate the audience and make them enjoy the learning.”
–Johnny Chen, Taipei, Taiwan
“Joseph is extremely passionate about his botanical finds throughout the world! I have seen him in action in the African desert plains finding rare plant species and then sharing his knowledge in a speaking engagement in Aruba in front of his own colleagues, as well as foreign leaders, and his communication skills and articulate speech make learning about the world of botany exciting!”
–Susan Stowe, President, TTU Productions, California
“I listened to Joseph at Comstock Ferre & Co, while touring his gardens. His knowledge and enthusiasm is truly amazing. He had a story for every plant that he walked by, the history, and how he came to get it. He shows great passion in sharing what he has learned and seen with others.”
–Tony Putkowski, Suffield, Connecticut
“I am a Director of Photography who has worked with many top international TV companies and their presenters over the past 25 years. Some of these networks and broadcasters include Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channels, BBC, Travel Channel USA and many more. I had the privilege of working on a TV show about plants that was presented by Joseph Simcox. His enthusiasm, passion and knowledge combined with his ability to enthrall the audience by bringing the story of plants to life was very impressive. Joseph Simcox certainly rates with some of the top TV presenters and contributors that I have worked with during my career. A man who can talk about flora and make it sound far more interesting and exciting than our fauna, with a passionate conservation message of high educational value, is a rare individual and speaker.”
–Greg Nelson, Cape Town, South Africa
“Mr. Simcox has a passion for talking about edibles that oozes through his pores. His mission is to share, share, share and teach us about food alternatives that go way beyond what is available at the supermarket. As if that wasn’t enough, he motivates us to plant and grow new varieties of edibles in our home gardens.
Completely engaging, you do not know where time goes when he is doing a presentation. He is so fascinating, and his stories about how he acquired his seeds are captivating.
Mr. Simcox shared a few colorful beans with me several weeks ago. I never knew edible beans could be so beautiful! I never knew anything like that existed. Little does he know that when he put those bean seeds in my open hand, he’d turn me into a serious bean collector immediately. I could not read enough about beans and learn enough about unknown varieties and their origins. It takes more than a good speaker to touch a life like that. Thank you so much, Mr. Simcox, for your commitment and dedication. You are truly an inspiration and it is an honor to live in your era.”
–Wanda Torres, Middletown, Connecticut
“Joseph gave me the impression that he is living his dream. It really shows that he is doing what he is passionate about, he is really knowledgeable about the topics of which he speaks of. The information that he makes available is essential to our progress as a species. He is talking about our sustenance, our connection with what keeps us alive. I think it is amazing that we have people like him in the world that are helping humanity regain consciousness to things that actually matter.
I fully support Mr. Simcox in his journey to find more sources of food, to expand our knowledge and palates from the conventional idea of our westernized diets to a more global diet that will allow us to keep our minds curious and our hearts pleased. Thank you Joseph for your contribution to bringing our society out of the dark ages, and into the age of enlightenment.”
–Peter Zapata, Bridgeport, Connecticut