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Bountiful Gardens closing it's doors, all seeds 15% off

 
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Just got an email from the folks at Bountiful Gardens in Willits or Ukiah, CA. They are apparently ending their heirloom seed business after 32 years and going to continue as just an educational outfit. They are a great storehouse for heirloom seeds adapted to the inland northwest including a large number of staple crops (grains, oil seeds, fiber, sweetener, etc.) and at 15% off it would be a good time to grab some extras or some interesting genetics that might help your breeding project. Last day of seed sales is Dec. 13. Check them out at Bountiful Gardens, they are really great folks and super helpful if you have any questions. Sad to see them going but they say it is because, 32 years later, their goals of promoting organic methods, preserving heirloom seeds, and promoting a resilient food system, are well on their way and being carried on well by many many seed companies so they feel like the best contribution they can make is educational. So I suppose that's a plus.
 
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Also got that email.  Made me a little sad as they have been part of my garden for so many years.  They have also been part of my education so glad to read that Ecology Action and that education part will continue.
 
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I wanted to say thank you for posting this! I don't think I'd ever heard of Bountiful Gardens, and was impressed with their varieties. I generally only order from 1-2 companies (because otherwise I'd spend hundreds on trying out all sorts of fun plants :o ). When I saw they had pretty much every variety I was looking to grow this year, and at great prices, I did pretty much my whole seed order through them.

Thank you again!
 
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I got this email and I have been going through a mixture of emotions. On the one hand, I understand a mission and some missions come to an end when they are completed. Not that I generally take a business' mission statement as a final destination. Usually good businesses don't just disappear when they are doing well. On the other hand, I can't help feel betrayed to a degree. The way the email read to me was that the Director of the Ecology Action Executive, John Jeavons  was tired of running a business. Of course that's me putting words into his mouth, because he didn't specify that exactly. However, he does say that Bountiful Gardens has been very successful since 1985, so I don't understand why Ecology Action absolutely has to be in charge of it for Bountiful Gardens to continue doing good in the USA. Why not spin it off into its own stand alone business??? Why leave just because words like heirloom seeds are "household words" or because there are other seed catalogs out there??? Hasn't John Jeavons ever seen a seed competitor bought out by a faceless mega corporation? I don't believe we live in an age where our seeds are safe yet, and the work Bountiful Gardens was doing is top notch. We need more companies like them, not less.
In closing, I am saddened by the news that they are closing, and I will try to take advantage of the discount, but shame on them that they are closing the business rather than allowing it to continue onwards without them in charge.
 
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Bountiful Gardens wrote:An Important Announcement
from Bountiful Gardens
and Ecology Action


We are very sorry to tell you that Bountiful Gardens will be closing at the end of this year.

Ecology Action Executive Director John Jeavons announced today that our last day of sales will be December 13, 2017. We want to thank you for your support over the last 32 years.

Bountiful Gardens was started as an educational non-profit business in 1985 to preserve vanishing heirloom seeds, and to raise awareness of seed-saving and organic methods. Now these are household words. Dozens of heirloom seed outlets now exist. Our mission is accomplished. The non-profit will continue its mission to teach sustainable food production in other ways.


We packed seeds for 2018 before the decision was made to close, and have a good inventory on hand. This is a great time to get your garden seeds for 2018 at a discount.

All Seeds are now 15% off.


Most Books and DVDs are now 20% off

Bountiful Gardens is a project of Ecology Action, a non-profit that teaches people to grow a complete diet with no outside, purchased inputs. Using EA's biointensive method, millions of people in Africa and Latin America have learned to grow their own food supply, seed supply, and fertilizer. In America, the method is taught in workshops, online, and in John Jeavon's best-selling book How to Grow More Vegetables.

Our next gardening workshop will be March 3rd in Willits, CA. For registration, or to see all the wonderful EA projects around the world, go to:

www.growbiointensive.org

 
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We have been privileged to live next to Bill and Betsy Bruno for almost 14 years, they have been running bountiful gardens seed  program.

The most delightful people, it has been really beautiful being able to go to their tiny store in Willits and talk about the garden and plan...
We have been fortunate in that they have had many previously hard to find ancient grains etc.
Their shop will be greatly missed, but they will still
be our neighbors.
If you are not familiar with Ecology in action, the parent program here in Willits,ca , look them up and you will be amazed at all that has been accomplished literally around the world.
They will still have the demonstration garden nearby and will still be conducting the sustainable agriculture program here in Willits.
 
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skip wilkins wrote:We have been privileged to live next to Bill and Betsy Bruno for almost 14 years, they have been running bountiful gardens seed  program.

The most delightful people, it has been really beautiful being able to go to their tiny store in Willits and talk about the garden and plan...
We have been fortunate in that they have had many previously hard to find ancient grains etc.
Their shop will be greatly missed, but they will still
be our neighbors.
If you are not familiar with Ecology in action, the parent program here in Willits,ca , look them up and you will be amazed at all that has been accomplished literally around the world.
They will still have the demonstration garden nearby and will still be conducting the sustainable agriculture program here in Willits.




I really appreciate your post. I have no doubt that the people behind these organizations are amazing. But I still think the decision to close the doors on Bountiful Gardens is misguided, or short sighted. It would be great to hear from someone directly involved with Bountiful Gardens or Ecology Action, to discuss further why Bountiful Gardens couldn't succeed on its own, or why they couldn't create a new goal for Bountiful Gardens to reach for. An extended mission, if you will.
 
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Brett Aldrich wrote:

skip wilkins wrote:We have been privileged to live next to Bill and Betsy Bruno for almost 14 years, they have been running bountiful gardens seed  program.

The most delightful people, it has been really beautiful being able to go to their tiny store in Willits and talk about the garden and plan...
We have been fortunate in that they have had many previously hard to find ancient grains etc.
Their shop will be greatly missed, but they will still
be our neighbors.
If you are not familiar with Ecology in action, the parent program here in Willits,ca , look them up and you will be amazed at all that has been accomplished literally around the world.
They will still have the demonstration garden nearby and will still be conducting the sustainable agriculture program here in Willits.




I really appreciate your post. I have no doubt that the people behind these organizations are amazing. But I still think the decision to close the doors on Bountiful Gardens is misguided, or short sighted. It would be great to hear from someone directly involved with Bountiful Gardens or Ecology Action, to discuss further why Bountiful Gardens couldn't succeed on its own, or why they couldn't create a new goal for Bountiful Gardens to reach for. An extended mission, if you will.



I think that what you're missing is that it's not a business, it's a non-profit. If you've never been, Willits is a tiny community and it seems to me that BG has been a passion project for the people involved more so than a profitable business. My guess is that their seed business is beginning to consume more time and energy than they want and that their workshops and educational work is generating more revenue, making the seed business less important to their core mission of spreading this knowledge of food production. I'm sure if there were someone within their circle that was chomping at the bit to take over the seed business that would be the route they would take. You should contact them though if you are interested, maybe they haven't had any offers.
 
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stephen lowe wrote:

I think that what you're missing is that it's not a business, it's a non-profit. If you've never been, Willits is a tiny community and it seems to me that BG has been a passion project for the people involved more so than a profitable business. My guess is that their seed business is beginning to consume more time and energy than they want and that their workshops and educational work is generating more revenue, making the seed business less important to their core mission of spreading this knowledge of food production. I'm sure if there were someone within their circle that was chomping at the bit to take over the seed business that would be the route they would take. You should contact them though if you are interested, maybe they haven't had any offers.



I see the point you're trying to make, even though a non-profit is a business, just with a different focus. You can't run a non-profit that makes no money unless you're being subsidized. Now maybe Ecology Action was subsidizing Bountiful Gardens, but we are making a lot of assumptions. Especially if we're assuming that no one would step in to run the day to day operations of Bountiful Gardens. We can assume that the running of BG is a labor of love, but I doubt that the business makes no profit. Additionally, many businesses have started as a wing of a larger non-profit organization which was then spun off onto its own because it was making too much profit to keep the larger organization within it's legal tax status. Not saying that this is the exact situation with BG, but I wish there was some more info that shed some light. Maybe a blog post or something that spoke to the challenges they face and why this ultimately was the right decision for the community and for themselves. As it stands, the email essentially states mission accomplished and peace out while we do this other stuff we like to do.

And that's a great idea to contact them about taking over the biz myself 😁 Although I'm pretty situated on my property, here in the Willamette Valley of the PNW. I'm working on building a food forest, so I'm definitely not looking to move any time soon. Haha
 
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Brett Aldrich wrote:

stephen lowe wrote:

You should contact them though if you are interested, maybe they haven't had any offers.



And that's a great idea to contact them about taking over the biz myself 😁 Although I'm pretty situated on my property, here in the Willamette Valley of the PNW. I'm working on building a food forest, so I'm definitely not looking to move any time soon.



Brett Aldrich:
Would be interesting to see how they do things, perhaps their system can work from anywhere. They have the business, and the goodwill and contacts, maybe their seed part could be run from where you are
I'd love to see that happen. Hate to see them go.
Gets back to "not me, but SOMEONE should do this!" I say not me too, maybe someone will say "Oh Oh!! ME ME ME!!"
 
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Pearl Sutton wrote:Gets back to "not me, but SOMEONE should do this!" I say not me too, maybe someone will say "Oh Oh!! ME ME ME!!"



Haha just like NIMBY (Not in my back yard) 😁 Although I like YIMBY (YES in my back yard)

But that's not a bad idea, to see if the seed business would translate to my bio region.
 
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