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Hope: A note from Sow True Seed

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We will be resting and renewing for the week of 12/24 to 1/2. The office and store will be closed during that time.

We want to thank all of our customers, Facebook fans, retailers, growers, staff, volunteers and friends for all of the support. It’s been an amazing year of growth and learning for us. We couldn’t have done it without you!

To close out 2011, I found a beautiful quote on the local garden blog The Milkweed Diaries, from Vaclav Havel, the poet president of the Czech Republic who recently passed away. The theme is hope, something we all need more of in this crazy world.

Hope is not a prognostication — it’s an orientation of the spirit. Each of us must find real, fundamental hope within himself. You can’t delegate that to anyone else. Hope in this deep and powerful sense is not the same as joy when things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but rather an ability to work for something to succeed. Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It’s not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. It is this hope, above all, that gives us strength to live and to continually try new things, even in conditions that seem as hopeless as ours do, here and now. In the face of this absurdity, life is too precious a thing to permit its devaluation by living pointlessly, emptily, without meaning, without love, and, finally, without hope.

~Vaclav Havel, from his essay Never Hope Against Hope

Holiday blessings of hope and peace!

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