Friday, September 30, 2011

America's Oldest Seed Company

I really don't get into political issues on here these days, but I do feel strongly about Heirloom seeds, small businesses, and historical businesses... while I don't think that all businesses should necessarily stay around because of their age, I feel that this one should. Not only are they one of the nation's oldest companies, but preservation of heirloom seeds and heirloom seed purveyors is important - now more than ever. I highly encourage you to at least take a look at their company, and order a catalog if you can swing it.

If you're not sure of the definition of an heirloom variety, check this out. And this for why.

From Landreth Seed Company:

To All of Our Customers & Friends

All of you know the story of Landreth and most of you know me, Barb Melera. My husband, Peter, and I have been working to restore this historic American company for the past 8 years.

... We set about to restore this Company because it is the most historically important American small business in existence. It is the only American company, still operating daily, that existed when this country became a nation. Its founders were honorable men who helped establish and guide the agricultural and horticultural industries of this country in the 1700s, the 1800s and the 1900s. Landreth exemplifies American business and the ethics and integrity that built this nation.

On Wednesday, August 31, 2011, the Company’s accounts were frozen by a garnishment order. If this garnishment order is not satisfied within the next 30 days, Landreth will cease to exist and a part of America’s history will be lost forever. I need to sell 1 million 2012 catalogs to satisfy this garnishment and the cascade of other indebtedness which this order has now initiated.

If you want to help save this piece of America, if you love gardening and heirloom seeds, if you care about righting the injustices of a legal system badly in need of repair, then please help Landreth. Please purchase a Landreth catalog, and if you can afford it, purchase several for your friends. Please send this link to everyone you know, One million catalogs is a big number, but with the internet it is achievable. Please help us to save Landreth.

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Could A Beautiful $5 Catalogue Save America's Oldest Seed Company? - Jesse Kornbluth

1 comment:

Samantha Bangayan said...

Thanks for letting me know about this, Caitlin! Spread around the Internet! =)