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Fall 2015 Newsletter - Our Summer
Vacation, News from the Farm, Educational Resources, AllThingsPlants.com, Promotional Offer
Looking over my notes, this is the first
newsletter that I have produced in 2015 . . . and it is already the middle of October!
It has been a busy year and I doubt that you have the time for me to thoroughly
reminisce. When you signed up for the newsletter, I told you that my
impact on your email inbox would be minimal!
The growing season here in the Northern Willamette
Valley of Oregon was unusually hot and dry, but pleasantly long. For the
most part, we had a great growing season and with the harvest about 95%
complete, I have no real complaints. The extended summer-like weather has made
our garden cleanup and winter preparation work really nice. We are usually
fighting cool, wet, muddy conditions doing this work so 2015 will be one to
During the summer, we actually got away from the
farm for a couple of short trips. Most of them were seed related and tie
into our work, but they were still fun.
Mother Earth News Fair - As we have been
doing for several years now, we have staffed a booth at the West Coast edition
of the Mother Earth News Fair during the first weekend of June. This year it was
held in Albany, Oregon.
It was great to get face-to-face time with some of
our supporters as well as having the opportunity to introduce our biodiversity
preservation mission to new folks. If you attended, we hope that it was a
rewarding weekend for you. If you didn't come to the Fair this year, we were
told that it is going to be held in the same venue next year and hope to see you
We also attended the Seed Saver's Exchange Campout
and Conference, visited a botanical garden in Vancouver, B.C., and stopped at
the site of the earliest seed house in the Pacific Northwest. You can read
all about that (and see some photos) by visiting
our blog (click here).
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you again and until next time,
Victory Seed Company
News from the Farm - Here is a quick listing of
what has been going on around the farm and at Victory Seed Company since the
have begun the annual process of working on the "New
for 2016" variety page. We are
very excited about all of the "new" (old) varieties
that we will be offering for the 2016 gardening season. Some are old
family heirlooms whose protection and public introduction are at the core of our
part of our sustainable seed farm philosophy and efforts, the Victory Seed
Company has chosen to spend a little more for our electricity in order to help
support renewable energy projects in our region. The program is called "Green
Power Oregon" and we subscribe to the "Green Source" program to power our
personal life, farm and business with 98% of the energy being created from wind,
1% from geothermal and 1% from solar projects.
In the "we need your
support to do this work" department, I would like to take a moment to do
just that. I know that when it comes to garden seeds, there are nearly an
unlimited number of suppliers out there from whom you can choose. And let's
be honest, you only need so many seeds.
I just would like to ask you to actually look beyond the fancy color catalogs
and spectacularly coded websites and ask yourself a few questions about your
supplier before you choose. . . Who are they owned by, in allegiance with or
supplied by? Where do they get all of this money to be so fancy? Are
they really doing anything
socially responsible or are they simply selling seeds because they
don't sell something else? Is their address in a city or on an
have read our mission statement,
you know that we are not like most seed "companies" that sell repackaged
seeds purchased from mainstream seed industry sources simply to make money.
are a family owned and operated organization that works to keep rare and
threatened varieties available to home gardeners like you.
We actually do farm and raise seed and what we purchase, we do so from other
privately owned seed farmers. We are a very different from other seed
companies in this way, hope that you will choose us as your garden seed source,
and are thankful for your continued support.
Highlighting Educational Resources
- Spending time at our online store (www.VictorySeeds.com),
I hope that you get the impression that we care about history, true research and
documentation. On the product pages, we share what we learn about the
histories and pedigrees of the varieties that we offer. This is an ongoing
effort and variety information is updated as it is discovered. We also
have created other, purely educational, websites that you may find of interest.
- Our gardening information website. Although it primarily hosts a ton of North
American gardening information, I have started to assemble other country
specific pages. Check back from time to time.
SaveSeeds.org is a pet project of mine that I don't get a lot of time to
work on but one that I feel is very important. This is a direct offshoot
of the research work that we do as part of our seed variety preservation work.
Here you will find "The
Seedsman Hall of Fame," various
histories, and the online version of the "Victory
Things Plants - If you are a gardener, beginner or master, serious or
casual, vegetable or ornamental, you really need to check out Dave Whitinger's
complete gardening website appropriately entitled, "All
Things Plants (ATP)." Many of you will recognize Dave's name.
He is the creator of another gardening site but
Plants is truly his masterpiece.
the site's highlights include:
containing over 600,000 plants, are one of my favorite ATP resources.
I have volunteered and am actively administering several.
over 250,000 of them, are linked to the databases and a great tool for helping
to identify plants.
- Raffles are part of the fun at ATP.
- The ATP Podcast
audio program all about gardening, hosted by Dave and his wife Trish.
You might be asking yourself, "Why is the Victory Seed Company telling me
about this? What is their connection? What are they getting out of this?"
In a nutshell, Dave and Trish are good people, with complimentary values to
ours, and who also feel strongly about education, sharing information, and
making the world a little better place. I consider them friends, value the work
that they are doing, and want to see them succeed.
Although there are other gardening sites on the internet, ATP eclipses them.
For me, the plant databases are what I am involved with and use the most.
Others find the forums a great resource for learning and sharing, building
friendships, and creating communities. But the single most important thing that
you will notice, in contrast to most other public forums, is the atmosphere of
niceness. ATP seems to operate, quite successfully I might add, following the
"Golden Rule." That is, treat others how you want to be treated, and as my
Grandmother used to say to us kids, "If you can't say something nice, don't
say anything at all."
So, what does this all cost, you might ask? That is another wonderful
thing about ATP . . . all of these resources are FREE!
If you are not yet a member of the
website, use this link
to join and I will send you some "acorns." That statement will make more sense
when you start exploring ATP. :)
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this email offer to all of your gardening friends and family. Your word-of-mouth
recommendations help promote
our seed variety preservation work and is our primary form of
advertising. Thank you!
Even if you don't need any more seeds, there are no cost ways that
you can continue to help throughout the year!
Although your orders are what keep
the bills paid and directly support our
seed variety preservation work, there are other ways that you can help us
continue to increase the number of plant varieties we are protecting and grow
the number of
charitable organization we can help to support!
For example, if
we are missing a picture of a variety that you grew
Victory Seeds®, you can make the site more useful to
everyone by sharing pictures, your experiences and writing a review.
Reviewing a variety is simple.
Just revisit the variety's product page and look for the following link [
Review this item].
For more ideas on ways to help that not only don't
cost you money but may even earn you store credit in the form of
Victory Points, visit our
support opportunity page at
www.vintageveggies.com/support.html. We really do appreciate
you taking the time to do this and please, keep in mind that word-of-mouth
recommendations are our primary source of advertising.
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