What's an Eco-region?
Ecotypes are a distinct form of plant or animal species occupying a particular habitat in a particular region. These species of plants and animals have adapted and continue to adapt to local environmental conditions.
Ecoregions, as defined by the USDA, are large areas of similar climate where ecosystems recur in predictable patterns. See: https://www.fs.usda.gov/rmrs/ecoregions
When purchasing seeds and plants for your yard, it is best to select ecotypes, the wild species that are native to your region. So, for example, don’t purchase grass seed grown from grass of the Southwest when you intend to plant in the Northeast.
In Connecticut, eco59 is a collective of local farmers who produce and sell seed crops of native plants. By increasing the number of ecotype plants growing in local landscapes, this group of farmers is working to increase biodiversity and resilience in ecoregion 59. Learn more about eco59.
Ecoregions of the Northeast