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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 06:09 PM
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Historic seed company in jeopardy

A 227-year-old New Freedom company that at one point supplied seed to George Washington and is one of the oldest continuously operating companies in America is in danger of going out of business.

Now staff members are using a fervent online campaign and plea for help to help support the D. Landreth Seed Co., which needs to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars this fall to remain open.

Landreth started in Philadelphia in 1784 and moved around the region until settling in New Freedom around 2006 after being purchased by Barb Melera and her husband, Peter.

Landreth has long been well-known in the gardening world for its heirloom seeds, Melera said. That's not to mention Landreth's introducing America to zinnias and the white-fleshed potato, among other achievements.

More at the link.

Here is the D. Landreth Seed Company website: /

If you care about local family-owned businesses, if you are interested in companies that preserve heirlooms, and if you are willing to take a gamble, please order a catalog for $5, or place an order (they are taking garlic orders right now), and if you are interested in making a donation, check out their website. I say take a gamble because that is how I see it. I do not know if they will be in business long enough for me to order from the catalog, and I normally will not pay for a catalog, but I do believe that these people need to stay in business.

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