Gurney's, Henry Field's, Ferry Morse, Michigan Bulb, Springhill Nursery, Scarlet Tanager, Monsanto

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I FINALLY received my strawberry plants and seeds from Henry Fields. 

Ordered 3/10/09 and now it's OVER a month later.   It took several emails and phone calls to figure out why the shipments were eventually returned undeliverable.  They finally promised to ship everything UPS (as they should have) to my home address, but incredibly, shipped the strawberry plants to my BILLING address.

To sum it up, it's more fun dealing with Chase Bank or Capital One than with these incompetent MORONS.

I noticed advertisements for Gurney's in the box.   I checked the shipping label. Yes, it's from Henry Field's. 

One of the ads is for the "spectacular growbox."  What's a growbox?  It's a $30 planter with "automatic feeding and watering."

"The Nutrient Patch cover constantly releases premium fertilizer, stops weeds, properly spaces your plants and keeps the correct temperature."  This "nutrient patch" is 8.95.  What is it?   I found no info.  And I don't want it anywhere near my house. 

However, it sure would be cool if someone MADE some of these growboxes with a water reservoir.  Obviously, we can use our organic fertilizer or grow in terra preta.  I'm still waiting for someone to build my revolving can storage.  

NONE of the unemployed have useful skills?

So I decided to look online what's going on with all these seed companies and apparently MOST mail order places are owned by some international corporations. 

From the Northside Gorilla Farmer:

Good, Better, Best: Some thoughts about seed companies & other things

From Countryside:

Do you know where your seeds come from?
You may be surprised...

It's great to see people doing the WORK and research who owns what.  Thanks!

The Safe Seed Pledge:

Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative.

We pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants.

Of course I've been aware of Monsanto and its desire to control all food, but I had NO idea that all these mail order companies are owned by a few big corporations.

Germany just prohibited the planting of GM corn.

Monsanto threatened to SUE the German government.  I sure hope that people vote with their money and simply don't do business with ANY company that doesn't pledge to not sell GM seeds.

I'll be ordering from organizations like and and I hope to be able to trade seeds and plants with locals.

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