Heirlooms forum: landreth seed co in trouble

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Name: kacee
sun city and banning californ (Zone 9a)
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risingcreek
Sep 29, 2011 4:01 PM CST
hope this doesnt break any rules, was reported in huffington post . company is facing bankrupcy has been in business since the 1700s. lots of heirloom seeds great catalog. they need to sell 250.000 worth of catalogs by the end of the month.

Landreth Seed Co
‎$111,124 in orders ($9,600 from the festivals this past weekend!) and $6,530 via http://landrethseedco.chipin.com/ for a total of 23,531 catalogs. We are doing this, we still need to raise additional funds this week to get rid of the garnishment, please forward our story, articles, catalog page (http://www.landrethseeds.com/catalog/product_info.php?produc...) or chipin link (http://landrethseedco.chipin.com/) to help preserve history Landreth Seed Company for another 228 years!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jesse-kornbluth/could-a-beauti...
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Feb 8, 2012 3:36 PM CST
I purchased a catalog and some seeds from them and reporting:
the catalog is beautiful with tons of great information.

Thanks for the heads up Smiling
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Name: Marie
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Desertdenial
Feb 8, 2012 4:10 PM CST
I see the article was dated Sept of last year. Does anyone know if they reached their goal?
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Feb 8, 2012 5:13 PM CST
From the information I saw they did not reach their goal, but were grateful to all, and are open this year so maybe it is a year by year thing , I guess a lot of life is that way.
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Name: Connie White
Athens tn.
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TnWildflower
Aug 30, 2016 3:03 AM CST
Wow.. That company needs to be saved and in our future. Ive personally never heatd of it but will go see what this is all about
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Aug 30, 2016 5:28 AM CST
So sorry to report
the assets of the company were seized , in May assets were auctioned ,and it looks like the 2016 seeds were disposed of (trashed) what a shame Sad

There is a facebook page by the former owner with the story
You can look it up I do not know how to link *Blush*
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 30, 2016 10:12 PM CST
This was their last post on the Landreth Facebook page: ( https://www.facebook.com/LandrethSeedCo/ )

June 26, 2016
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Dear Friends of Landreth
This is my final Facebook post as the owner of Landreth.
As many of you know, several years ago I and Landreth were sued by a creditor, Stephen L. Brucker, a retired businessman who had been an entrepreneur that my former firm had invested in. I was never able to successfully conclude the suit.
In early March, Brucker seized the assets of Landreth, forbid me and the company from selling Landreth seeds and any Landreth assets and forbid Landreth from attending any of the spring shows the company often attended.
In May, the assets of the company were auctioned off. This past Friday, the assets that were not purchased in the auction were loaded into a storage container and, presumably, hauled off to a storage site.
At Brucker’s direction, the seed packed for 2016 was trashed along with other items deemed not to have value.
I apologize to all of you who have supported my efforts over the past 13 years to save this historic American company. I let you down.
I want all of you to know that guiding Landreth over these 13 years has been the greatest experience of my professional life.
Meeting so many of America’s gardeners, sharing your experiences, learning from you, laughing with you, crying with you – has enriched my life like no other circumstances in my past.
Landreth was and is America’s Company. No other corporation in the history of this country has touched more American lives for so many years. It is a company that was founded near the birth of our nation and has grown with this nation through its ups and its downs for over 2 centuries.
It was founded by men and women of principle who brought to this country in 1784 more than 400 years of horticultural experience. What a gift for our newly formed nation!
These men and women then took their knowledge and shared it with the families coming to America to build a new life. Landreth taught generations of Americans how to use preservation and conservation, innovation and exploration to live off the land and to live with the land.
Few families and few companies have done as much for this nation.
It was my great honor to have been a part of Landreth.
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Aug 31, 2016 12:01 PM CST
Thanks
I am woefully computer challenged Smiling
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 31, 2016 1:50 PM CST
LOL -- whether that's true or not, you more than make up for it with your gardening, Cinda!
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Aug 31, 2016 2:34 PM CST
Thumbs up
Dirt and I are old and good friends Smiling
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