Bountiful Gardens seed company in Willits closing down
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Local seed company Bountiful Gardens will not operate in 2018, executive director John Jeavons announced Monday. “Bountiful Gardens was started as an educational non-profit business in 1985 to provide access to vanishing heirloom seeds, and to raise awareness of the importance of seed-saving, organic methods, and open-pollinated (heirloom) seeds,” said Jeavons.“Now these are all household words. Dozens of heirloom seed companies now exist. Our mission is accomplished. The non-profit will continue its mission to teach sustainable food production in other ways. ”
The company decided to close after packing many of its seeds for the 2018 season, and will have seeds packed for 2018 on sale at www.bountifulgardens.org. The website and store will operate until December 13. Bountiful Gardens is located in the Evergreen Shopping Center, next to the laundromat.
The announcement is consistent with trends in the seed industry. The past few years have seen the advent of local micro-companies and seed libraries, while a few large companies increasingly dominate the internet and catalog sales. Mid-size seed companies across the country find themselves hard-pressed.
Bountiful Gardens is a project of Ecology Action, a non-profit that trains people in sustainable farming. EA’s primary focus is on teaching 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 been able to learn to grow their own food supply, seed supply, and fertilizer. In America, the method is widely taught in workshops, online, and in Jeavon’s best-selling book How to Grow More Vegetables.
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