In writing this annual address to you, the supporters of the biodiversity preservation work that we do, part of me wants to skip over the traditional review of the year that has recently ended, and quickly look forward to the New Year ahead. However, although 2020 was a rough year to live through, the lessons we all learned will hopefully make us stronger and wiser.
This increased interest in gardening, coupled with a pandemic-fueled fear of the unknown, led to an unprecedented flood of orders that overwhelmed our capacity to get orders filled and quickly mailed. This led to a very difficult decision for us to make … we had to cease accepting new orders as our dedicated and excellent staff worked nearly around the clock to get through the backlog. (Some of the history was captured in our "Pandemic Update" blog post that I continue to maintain.) We learned so much from this experience and over the summer worked to make changes to our processes, as well as to invest in some pieces of equipment, to increase our fulfillment capacity.
Once the local wildfire was under control, just as we were thinking we had made it, huge fires to the east of us threatened to overtake our whole area and we were required to evacuate the farm. For a total of about two weeks we were unable to work outdoors due to being temporarily relocated, or the air quality was too hazardous. It is hard to put into words how black and dark it was here; otherworldly comes to mind. As possible, we chipped away at harvest work and were able to pull off a decent growing season. Thankfully, we have a strong inventory available for your gardens including several "New for 2021" varieties for you to try.
Looking towards the future, by its very nature, is an exercise in faith and hope. As we learned in 2020, our future is not guaranteed, nor is it predictable, but we have to keep hope. We have to hope for good times. We have to hope in order to move forward and keep doing good. And in order to have hope, we must have faith that no matter what the future holds, we can adapt and endure it. Faith and hope are critical to our existence as civilized human beings, and as gardeners, a concept that we not only understand, but put into practice annually.
It is not a coincidence that throughout history many proverbs and parables have been written using gardening and seeds as their illustrative points. Seeds are the perfect metaphor for faith and hope. We sow seeds in faith, and hope for the harvest each one holds. Seeds are the foundation of our food chain and of life itself.
We truly believe that the work that we do preserving horticultural biodiversity is important. In this time when there are so many things to be thankful for – our health, our families, our nation, our planet – we are so thankful that you chose to support our work with your thoughts, prayers, and your orders this past year. We have faith that 2021 will be a great year for all of us, and hope to be of service to you, as your gardening partner, for decades to come.
Health, happiness, and gardening success to you,
January 20, 2021
P.S. – No 2021 Printed Catalog – For the reasons noted on the website, I am sorry to report that there will be no printed catalog for the 2021 gardening season. Our online store will be our only "catalog" this year. If you prefer not to place online orders, placing a mail order is easy and straight forward. Simply use our online shopping cart system like you are placing an online order, add items to your cart, and then while viewing your cart, use the shipping calculator to determine the shipping cost. You can then just use the information to write out an order or print that page and send it in, along with your address, phone number, email address and payment. You can find the instructions by clicking here.
If you place your order online, while viewing the cart, if you enter the code save5in21 in the "Apply Coupon" fields, you will save 5% off of the seed portion of your order. The code is not available with mail orders and cannot be applied after you submit your order. For help using coupon codes, click here.