Enjoying more customer feedback!

“Our customers have let us know that they love the look of our packing material and appreciate that the material is natural and can be disposed of or burned without reservation.  The material does a great job of supporting the heavy steel pans that we ship and the items do not move around the box in transit. In full, the material is beautiful, functional, and feels better to use than synthetic or hazardous packing alternatives.”

Thank you Blanc Creatives!

Blanc Creatives & Sylvacurl

Getting great reviews!

Our friends at Potlicker Kitchen​ get a lot of great feedback about their BEER JELLY SET (not a bad idea for Father’s Day…), and we’re proud to note that they also receive kudos for our packaging!

“Product came in a very substantial box and had wood shavings as packing on the inside. All around very cool packaging which makes the product even more of a quality gift. Very pleased with this purchase.”

“The box took a tumble down our apartment’s stairs when the mailman delivered it… and still didn’t get damaged!”

“The packaging was wonderful and really kept the jelly jars from hitting each other during processing and delivery. They arrived looking perfect as could be!”

(More reviews can be found here.)Potlicker & Curl

Dangerous micro-plastic

This article from the BBC is just one of many that detail how our over-use of plastics adversely affects our environment. We at Sylvacurl are eager to help reduce that waste!

Washed Ashore Exhibit

In similar news, the Washed Ashore Project will bring their traveling Art and Educational Exhibit to your aquarium, zoo, science center or museum. It features everything from life-sized humpback whale rib cages (made of plastic bottles) to faux-coral reefs and sea anemones. :

“Seeing is believing. The Washed Ashore traveling exhibit attracts attention by virtue of its scale and artistry … and it goes on to educate people on the problems with signage that teaches them how they can help.

So far, the Washed Ashore traveling exhibit and sculptures have appeared at numerous venues including The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, Newport Visual Arts Center, Portland Community College, America’s Cup Healthy Oceans Exhibit, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Mystic CT Aquarium, San Francisco Zoo and SeaWorld Parks in San Diego, San Antonio, and Orlando.”

Scrumptious!

Our friends at Scrumptious Secrets of Vermont had this to say:

“I hope all is well! I wanted to send some pictures of my packages. My customers love finding your curls :)”

We hope all is well with you too, thank you for the feedback!

Sylvacurl & Scrumptious Secrets of VT

Two Spiritual Dangers in Not Owning a Farm…

Happy Earth Day!

Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t throw anything away, there is no ‘away'”?

We haven’t found a black hole in space to chuck our waste into, which is why when you open a box that is overflowing with plastic packaging, you should immediately imagine it all floating in our oceans or strangling tree roots underground.

Earth Day can be a fun day to celebrate our beautiful planet and plant a tree or pick up litter, but it should also act as a sober reminder that even our smallest decisions every day effect the health of the land, sky, animals, and other humans we care about.

Courtesy of Earth Day Sacramento

Courtesy of Earth Day Sacramento

If you’ve ever wondered how much of an impact your family has on the environment, here’s your chance to find out. The Earth Day Network site has a Footprint Calculator, a fun and interesting interactive quiz that will show you how your lifestyle affects the planet. Taking the quiz will be an eye opener for you and your kids. Once you know the extent of your footprint, explore a few of the suggestions and activities on this list with an eye toward reducing waste and reusing or recycling valuable resources.

News from the Farm

Photo courtesy of John Hadden - check out his Vermont photography here: http://johnhaddenphotography.com/

Photo courtesy of John Hadden – check out his Vermont photography here: http://johnhaddenphotography.com/

This week as we looked out on the fields at Eastview Farm we saw a few harbingers of spring – like tom turkeys, red winged blackbirds, and robins bending low to the ground in search of grubs and worms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Views of Vermont’s highest peak, Mt. Mansfield, show that things are melting and moving!

Photo courtesy of Sterling College

Photo courtesy of Sterling College

Are you ready?

Mother’s Day is exactly one month away!

How are you packing gift baskets for your customers?

Here’s a nice gift for the gardener in your life,

High Mowing Organic Seeds surrounded by highly mulch-able Sylvacurl!

Seeds gift basket

photo courtesy of Sue Kelley Harkey of Barn Angels

Recycle it, and watch it grow!

Don’t forget that leftover Sylvacurl makes an excellent mulch for your spring garden. (This is a summer photo, but you get the idea.)

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We’re melting!

photo courtesy of www.fattoadfarm.com/

photo courtesy of www.fattoadfarm.com/

This is what spring looks like up in Sylvacurl country…

Mud season begins while the frost is still in the ground. Meltwater floats on the top of the soil, rather than seeping into it. Robert Frost put it perfectly in his 1934 poem

Two Tramps in Mud Time:

The water for which we may have to look

In summertime with a witching wand,

In every wheel rut’s now a brook

In every print of a hoof a pond.

We hope you had a lovely Holiday weekend! We spent Sunday feeling encouraged by the customers who chose to use Sylvacurl in their Easter baskets rather than plastic grass. They looked so spring-like and sweet. We couldn’t find a seder plate, but there’s always next year!

Eastview Farm has been transplanting greens into the greenhouse, our animals keep eating hay and hay and hay… the sun is out and we will make it to green grass in May.

I’m no Robert Frost, but I try.