Pictured are proceeds from my first official seed sale. If people are going to pay me in dark chocolate, this is definitely the business for me!
Really, this is a small landmark in my life. I’ve been saying for years that I will hold a seed and plant sale. Each year I start getting everything ready and I never follow through. The plant sale has been challenging as I’ve built up my little greenhouse system over the past few seasons. (I swear this year the plant labels will NOT get mixed up).
I’ve had no such excuses for the seed sales. I’ve got a good organizing system in place, I have a good storage system and I’ve got at least a few contacts interested in buying seed from me. That’s the problem, I know these folks. It’s really hard for me to ask for money from my friends. It seems so silly to ask for a dollar or two in exchange for these little packets of life. I’d just as soon share. That gets to the heart of why I’ve never put together a successful business, whether it’s childcare, editing, seeds and plant, graphic design, research assistance, community organizing, fundraising, the list goes on. I’d rather give myself away than ask for pay. I don’t like feeling commodified.
It was really hard to resist the temptation, when my friends asked how much they should send for their seeds, to say, “Don’t worry about it. They are my gift to you, because I love you and value your friendship.” I told myself if I don’t do this, if I don’t start now I will never start. Somebody has to pay the first dollar and they aren’t going to think you are an asshole for asking for it.
Lo and behold, I got $5 and a chocolate bar! Now that is a fine tip and inspiration to carry on. With any luck, I will gross $8 and some candy by seasons end.
swap and sale stash