I want to give a shout out the the Garden Hoard today. They do an amazing job growing and harvesting plants and seeds locally and we want to say thank you for sending us seeds to grow at our own home today. Here is a little bit of information about their business taken from their website gardenhoard.com:
About Garden Hoard
Garden Hoard propagates heirloom seeds for a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs while providing consumers with the knowledge and tools to grow healthy, safe produce and beautiful flowers.
We have grown every variety of seed we sell, organically. We collect seeds from our plants by hand, dry them, clean them and put them into inventory. We do not re-sell larger manufacturer’s seeds or contract out our seed growing. Our seed packets are also completely handmade. Each packet is designed, cut out, folded, and secured together by us, by hand, and every packet is made to order.
We take what we have learned from growing these many varieties of plants and compile how-to guides that we include with many of our seed packets. We love to teach and inspire, and hope that others will pass on what they have learned. The attention to detail with our hand-harvested seeds and how-to guides are part of why we are becoming a trusted seed brand.
Aside from selling our homegrown seeds online, we also sell at local farmers markets in the summer. We are a vendor at the Livonia Farmers Market at the Wilson Barn on Saturdays, and the Redford Farmers Market at the Marquee on Sundays.
Currently, Garden Hoard has urban farms in six locations in southeast Michigan. There is one in Livonia, one in Commerce Township, one in Walled Lake, and three in Redford. The farms are operated by Katie (me) on a daily basis and my husband, Christian, helps in his spare time. Collectively, we are farming on about 2 acres of land. At the urban farms, all kinds of heirloom fruits and vegetables are grown for food and seed production, and are isolated properly to keep seeds pure. We established the business in 2010, and have been expanding every year.
Managing the hoard is a big undertaking. We work at least 70 hours a week on a wide variety of tasks. Throughout the week, we ship out any seed orders that come in. We also continuously pot up plants, start seeds, harvest produce, transplant, dehydrate produce as well as keep all of the urban farms under control with regards to watering, weeding, trellising, and so on. During the off season, we clean the seeds that were harvested and keep the website up to date. We update our Facebook page on a daily basis, as well as our Twitter account. We also have an Instagram.
Planting flowers, fruits, and veggies is such a fun thing to do alone, with friends, or with children. My little birds had such a great time last night...we are starting with the basil for now and hopefully we will be able to watch our plants grow and use them to cook with in the very near future.
If you are looking to grow some plants of your own keep it local and check out The Garden Hoard seeds or find them at a local farmers market!
Have a wonderful Tuesday!