Our family wants to take a moment to thank you all for your support and patronage. Since opening up our products and herbal remedies to the public in 2018, we've had a tremendous response which has taken us all by surprise. We never thought we'd be in the position we are today, but alas, here we are...
We've sold over 5,000 products since setting up at our local farmers market on a whim and an idea. As you know, we've promised to plant tree seeds for every item sold, and so we have some work ahead of us this spring. With your patronage, we've raised enough from our sales to plant 5,451 trees. Not all trees will sprout, and not all will live on to become a vibrant member of an Ohio forest, but we will continue to do our best to help curb the negative effects deforestation has had on our planet.
For 2020, our family has decided to switch gears for one year to also shine a light on the disastrous impact our culture has had on the bee population. Bees are perhaps the most important creatures in our living world because they are the pollinators. Without them, our food supply takes a major hit, which in turn would affect human population in terrifying and catastrophic ways.
"Believe it or not, you have a bee to thank for every one in three bites of food you eat.
Honey bees — wild and domestic — perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees. Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops — which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition — are pollinated by bees.
Worldwide bee colony collapse is not as big a mystery as the chemical industry claims.
The systemic nature of the problem makes it complex, but not impenetrable. Scientists know that bees are dying from a variety of factors—pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution, global warming and more. Many of these causes are interrelated. The bottom line is that we know humans are largely responsible for the two most prominent causes: pesticides and habitat loss." –GreenPeace.org
Our family has been talking and we decided to try and make the biggest impact we can with what resources we have available. While we love trees, we may love herbs and flowers more. Trees are notoriously difficult to grow and success rates can be low, so while we nurse our beloved seedlings from the past two years, we turn toward a new year with a new goal in mind.
We have set aside an acre of previously deforested land for which we will plant 100 wildflower seeds for every item sold for the year of 2020. We will garden for the pollinators, focusing on plants that bloom from early spring to late fall. Our seed selection will be a mix of organic North American native wildflowers. With your support, we can grow a better tomorrow.