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"An Address from Mike Dunton for 2010"


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Hello Friends!

As I wrote last year's address, it was obvious that our nation had started into a spiral of bad economic times. The conditions worsened throughout the year resulting in a full-blown recession second only to the Great Depression of the early 20th century. As I write this, a full ten percent of Americans are still unemployed.  I honestly feel that our government is not focusing on the right issues that will lead us back towards prosperity.

I am the kind of person who tries to see the glass as being half full.  As I look forward to 2010, it is scary. If we let it, the future always has the potential for being scary.  It is that fear of the unknown that can eat at us.  But there is also hope.  Tough times can either break folks or make us stronger.

Our philosophy has always been to "plan for the worst and hope for the best."  We continue to evaluate our business practices and operational procedures and make changes as necessary in order to keep fiscally strong.  Although most of the costs of business continue to rise, in these tough times, we are working to keep our Victory Seeds® affordable to our gardening friends.

Some of the steps we have taken for this year are:

  • We have begun to evaluate and streamline the number of inventory items we offer.  We won't cut selection of varieties - that is counter to our preservation mission.  However, to save labor, waste and cost, we are looking at offering only one packet size and keeping the pricing lower.

  • We were not able to add staff last year as we had hoped but do plan to add some help, perhaps seasonal, to get us through the busier times and keep order fulfillment times fast.

  • As was the case last year, in order to focus on order fulfillment, we must limit all activities that take away from these duties. We simply are not able to talk on the phone or answer mailed letters. Email works well as I can try and catch up in the wee hours of the morning. But please . . . please be patient. It may take me days to answer. Our work backlog can easily reach 10 to 15 business days from receipt to shipping. Check the main page for current information.

  • No printed catalogue again for 2010.  Discussed ad nauseam at this link - click here.  We are so sorry for the inconvenience.  We know folks like to hold something in their hands in the dead of winter, but it is just too costly in dollars and time and the return just isn't there.  You can download and print out a PDF version of our 2010 Seed Annual by clicking here.

  • We work at keeping the web site up to date on nearly a daily basis.  Since it worked so well this past year, we will continue to communicate news alerts that you may be interested in.

  • I am not yet sure how much time I will get, but I did get a blog installed and hope to use it to further keep lines of communication open.  It can be found by clicking here.

On a more personal note, as a family run organization, we continue to grow.  With the support of your orders and word of mouth recommendations, we were able to "stimulate the local economy" by having a new "seedhouse" built.  It is such a blessing to be in one large space.  For over a decade we have had all the various functions scattered about in several different old buildings on the farm.  Workflow is much more efficient now.

And on the subject of growing, our family has added two new members.  Our two eldest daughters and their husbands, both part of the work here, each had a baby since my last letter.  Denise and I now are the happy grandparents of a granddaughter and a grandson.  It is awesome.  They are the first of the sixth generation at the farm here.

I want to take this time to thank you for your past and continued support of our seed preservation work and truly hope that you find happiness, peace and prosperity this coming year.

~ Gardening (and personal) Success to You and Yours in 2010! ~

Mike Dunton

December 19, 2009

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