Richo Cech started his professional work as an archaeologist and ethnobotanist in East Africa. Upon returning to the United States in 1978, he and his wife, Mayche, began cultivating and saving the seed of medicinal plants. Through the years, their gardens have become the basis for Strictly Medicinal Seeds, growers of organic, open-pollinated, and GMO-free seed and plants of medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, succulents, trees, and garden vegetables. The Cech family produces a popular, biyearly, hand-illustrated seed catalog that provides access to this collection of common, quirky, eclectic, and bizarre seeds and plants. Richo has botanized in China and Africa, resulting in the introduction of unusual and helpful medicinal herb species to gardeners throughout the world.Richo will be speaking at the Oregon Fairs
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