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2012 listings are uploaded | New World Seeds & Tubers

It was a challenge getting these listed. I won’t trouble you with the details of all the obstacles, except to mention that our shopping cart software requires a great deal of tedious one-by-one processing of items. I went over everything multiple times but if an item has the wrong button on it let me know and I’ll fix it. There must be an easier way to do this, but I bet it costs more money than the shopping cart we’re using. I went looking for an upgrade, took one look at the prices, and kept the one we’ve got! (Designcart.net)

I should also mention that I’m out of labels. I’ll see what I can do about making some more this weekend. If push comes to shove you might get a hand-written envelop or two. Luckily my handwriting is more legible than Tom’s (sorry Bud).

We will probably have more seed come trickling in, though it depends on Tom’s health, and tubers will show up later this month. There is some built-up demand so I expect everything to sell out quickly; apologies for any disappointments. We will continue to do the small potato packs, but might discontinue the big ones, due to cost (to both you and us) and effort compared to how much time we have to get other things done. There are plenty of companies doing tubers and we’re one of the few doing true seed. True seed is a godsend to home growers because it creates the option of rotating potatoes out completely before disease builds up, and saving the seeds in storage for later planting. It’s also a more sanitary and economical way to buy and ship genetic resources.

I (Rob) am currently looking for someone interested in growing out tomatoes on contract, to either sell to a bigger seed company and give us our cut, or to use in some other way and give us back the seeds. The purpose is to get more seed of our best varieties available to you, in a more efficient manner than our current system, so that we can handle it with our limited human resources. We have a huge backlog of varieties that could be grown out. The intent is to make this a profitable and worthwhile venture for all parties involved. We believe in “win-win or no deal”, and will do what it takes from our side to make it happen.

Tom eating lemon-gingersnap ice cream

As for Tom, I wish I had better news, but I don’t. I’ll go see him the next possible occasion and see what I can do to make life easier for him while I’m there. In the picture he’s eating the ice cream I brought over last time I was there. Thanks, everyone, who have sent along your warm thoughts and prayers. We appreciate that.

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One Response to “2012 listings are uploaded”

  1. Hello Rob,

    Thanks for all your hard work. I’m very happy to get an order in. I have some varieties of Tom’s tomatoes I grew last year that I would be happy to send you some seeds of. The tomatoes are Dancing with Smurfs, Searching for Blue Zebra, and Seattle’s Woolly Blue Mammoth. I probably have 200 or so seeds I could send. I’m not in the tomato business so to speak, but if it would help in any way, I’m off to the post office. Just give me an address where to send. I’d be happy to do some grow outs for you, I only have an acre and couldn’t to a large number. I’m an avid seedsaver. If I can help in any way I’m very happy to do so. Best Regards, Sandra.

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