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March 19, 2012 - Happy Spring! . . . and save 10% too!
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March Newsletter - Spring 2012, Gardener's Almanac, Focus On Our Work, Promotional Offer


Hello Friends,

It has been quite some time since my last newsletter.  I suppose that I am living up to the promise I made to not fill up your inbox with junk email.  However, if you are someone who is interested in keeping closer tabs on what is going on around the farm, I trust that you have found us on Facebook and Twitter.  And don't forget that I do occasionally update our blog.  More information about these opportunities is located on our web site and at the end of this newsletter.

This is normally the time of year when we get very, very busy and our order backlog can get long.  However, we are fully staffed for the season and the team is doing a good job of getting orders out quickly.  Even so, it is always a good idea to not wait until the last minute to place your seed orders.

In hopes of encouraging early ordering, listed below is a promotional offer.  Special offers are generally reserved for our slow times of the year so this really is a special opportunity.  We hope that you will not only take advantage of the savings offer, but also that you will share it with your friends and family.

Until next time, gardening success to you,

  

Mike Dunton
Victory Seed Company


Spring Officially Begins - Those of us who live where daylight savings time is observed have survived the annual transition.  The next big event on the gardener's calendar occurs tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20th.  Spring officially begins.  If you live where I do, there is not a lot we can do outside yet.  In other parts of the country, you are already experiencing really warm weather (I am jealous :).  For spring related gardening tasks, check out the April Almanac on our VintageVeggies.com website.


Focus On Our Work - If you have read our mission statement, you know that we do not exist as an organization to sell seeds.  We sell seeds to support our seed variety preservation work and keep rare, heirloom and open-pollinated varieties available to home gardeners.  This is a newsletter segment where I highlight one aspect about the work that we do that sets us apart from other seed companies.  This issue - historical research.

We get a lot of positive comments from folks about how they enjoy our variety descriptions.  When I started the company back in the 90s, I did not want to follow the common trend in the garden seed industry and present a lot of fluff and marketing hype.  I don't know if you have noticed, but a lot of seed catalog descriptions often sound vague and surprisingly similar from one company to the next.

My goal has been to present observationally based descriptions coupled with historical research using primary source material.  This means that we grow out varieties, document the results, compare to the historical documentation and report it back to our gardening friends and supporters.  This research often leads to information about the lineages and pedigrees of the varieties as well as the people and companies that bred and released them.  These are the kind of discoveries I love to dig up and share.

An ongoing effort, I am continually updating and improving the descriptions as additional documentation is uncovered.  This does involve a considerable commitment of both time and money, but it is my favorite part of our seed variety preservation efforts.  I believe that this commitment to accuracy has also helped to raise the bar for other seed companies.  I see more and more of them now using a similar format to mine and in some cases, even directly borrowing my research.

While on this subject, I would like to put out a request.  It is a way that you can actively participate in supporting our historical research.  Do you have old seed catalogs kicking around that you no longer need?  Perhaps a collection of old seed related documentation (seed catalogs, seed company documents, old agricultural bulletins, etc.)?  This type of documentation is a critical part of our research work.  We do have a limited budget for acquisitions, and donations are always greatly appreciated, so please keep us in mind when cleaning out the closet or while visiting garage sales and thrift shops.

Someday, I hope to get our archive available to folks in a digital format.  More information about that project is located at http://www.saveseeds.org.


Check out the promotional opportunity below to save on your next purchase.  By using the special code, the discount will be applied to your whole purchase whether you order seeds or hard goods or books or candy.


Current Promotional Opportunity

Looking forward to the gardening season? . . . Enter spring2 to earn 10% off of your next order.  For instructions on how to use the coupon code, Click here.  This limited, one-time use offer expires at midnight PST on March 31, 2012.

Please DO forward this email offer to all of your gardening friends and family.  Your word-of-mouth recommendations help promote our seed variety preservation work and are our primary form of advertising. Thank you!


Share Your Experience and Make Our Site Better - Although your orders are what keep our bills paid and directly support our seed variety preservation work, there are other ways that you can help.  For example, if you grew our 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, visit our support opportunity page at www.vintageveggies.com/support.html.  We really do appreciate you taking the time to do this.


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