Saturday, October 13, 2018

Pruning underway

Our first freeze is coming late Sunday night, and we've been working 20+ hrs/day this week to prepare.

Pruning is going well, but there is still much winterization work to be done, including re-covering 10 tunnels with their greenhouse plastic.

There is no time for anything except these winter preparations right now, so all shipments, emails, etc are on hold until early next week.

Keep an eye out in your email inboxes, I'll be sending out order confirmations very soon.  (First I'll email you to ask if you want to edit your orders, then I'll make any necessary changes and email your invoices to you for you to pay online).


Saturday, October 6, 2018

How to get discounted fig cuttings (10%, 25%, and 50% off) and prioritized orders

The upcoming GreenFin Showcase concert series has a Donor Ticket program, whereby people can buy tickets and donate them to their choice of recipient:  farmers (Kansas Farmers Union), teachers (Kansas National Educators Association), cancer victims/survivors (K-State's Johnson Cancer Center), military veterans (American Legion), local students of music/writing/agriculture, etc.  Ticket purchasers just need to forward their receipt to us at greenfinshowcase@gmail.com and tell us which recipient they choose.

In return for helping worthy recipients be able to enjoy a fun concert, we'll give each donor a free download of the concert DVD (it will be filmed).  And if someone donates 10+ tickets, they'll receive a hard copy of the concert DVD signed by the performers.

I would like to contribute to that program by offering the additional benefits for donors:

1) Prioritization* on all personal fig cuttings orders placed throughout October
2) 10% discount on all personal** fig cuttings orders placed throughout November
3) 25% discount on all personal fig cuttings orders placed throughout December
4) 50% discount on all personal fig cuttings orders placed throughout January

Cuttings will be healthy and viable at all times: I don't prune my trees all the way when I start; I cover them in greenhouses and keep them warm enough that I can continue harvesting fresh cuttings from them well into the winter :)

*People who have already submitted pre-orders are already in line and will not be skipped.  But from now on, people who participate in the donor program will always get to move up to the front of the line as soon as their orders are placed.  For example, when I launch the fig cutting sale in a week or two, I expect a flood of new orders that will take me 2-3 extra weeks to work through.  Some varieties will sell out before I get to the later orders, but that problem will be much less common for donors, since they'll move up to the front of the line as soon as their order comes in.

**I say "personal" orders because I don't want everybody pooling their orders to take advantage of the discount received from buying 1 ticket, or something like that.

Here's the link to our concert tickets page; you can click through any of those showtimes to read the description, see the list of performers, and order tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/o/greenfin-gardens-17915606483

The performers are a collection of my friends and music heroes, and they're all coming together to help fund the GreenFin Gardens food project that I've been working on for the past 7 years.  They're donating 50% of net ticket sales to help fund a large pilot complex of GreenFin Gardens, which will feature ~10 acres of greenhouses for intensive food production, a fresh market, and a restaurant.  The market and restaurant will only sell foods that are grown on site (hundreds of gourmet varieties of fruits, vegetables, berries, tubers, fish, eggs, herbs, etc).

The idea is to try and create an entire network of complexes so that practically everyone around the country (and the world) can have easy and affordable access to an ideal human diet.

You can help with this project, and at the same time help ensure that we'll be able to build a complex for you in your neck of the woods, by participating in the donor program.  Or even by rounding up your family and coming yourself.

The shows will  probably sell out in a few more weeks (late October?), so if you want to participate in the donor program and receive the fig order discounts and prioritization, you'll have to order your tickets soon.

I promise the music will be great!  Mostly because I'll only be performing one song  :)

Friday, October 5, 2018

Refunds, part 2

Some of you have sent in your refund requests per the last update; thank you :)

However, I just tried to pay those refunds and found that they were "money requests" that don't have an option to allow me to pay with a credit card (it would only let me pay via a PayPal account, which I don't have).

Make sure you send an "invoice," not a "money request."  If you send me an invoice, I'll be able to use credit/debit cards, but I won't be able to pay a "money request" since I don't have a PayPal account I can use. 

It's been that way ever since WillsC/ourfigs organized those 'call PayPal and tell crazy lies to try to get James banned' campaigns that were pushed under false pretenses (i.e. they were based on the outrageously false narrative about my estimated propagation rates being impossible, and me therefore being some kind of scammer trying to con people out of money, with Wills being some sort of 'hero' trying to destroy the propagation project to 'save' others from me---all of which was the complete opposite of the truth, and has been proven false now beyond any possible doubt; hence the unbelievable amount of pre-orders and apologies that are rolling in).

It might be the case that you have to upgrade from a personal PayPal account to a business PayPal account in order to have the option to send invoices (I don't know for sure, I'm just wondering if it might be the case).  I think it's free to upgrade your account like that, so please look into it and send me your invoices when you can.

Best regards,
James

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Refunds

If you've been waiting on a refund, I'll have enough income from cuttings sales to get you all taken care of this month.

I recently learned that the fastest way to get the refund to you (given that I don't use PayPal) is for you to send me an invoice for it from your PayPal account, and then I can pay it online via a debit card.

So if you're waiting on a refund, please send me an invoice for it so I can get you taken care of asap.

I'm very sorry about the long wait!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Fig cuttings season is almost here! (and other updates)

Pre-Orders
If you'd like to submit a pre-order at this time, you may do so.  You won't be charged yet, but you can get in line now.  There's already a big stack of pre-orders from other folks getting in line, which means it might be mid-October before I'll get to your order, so please be patient.  I'll email you and give you a chance to edit your order before I send the invoice for you to pay.


Pruning Schedule
I usually don't start pruning until a threat of frost enters the 10-day forecast.  That usually puts the start of pruning around October 1st.  This year it has remained hot and wet, and the weather forecast shows the lows still being above 50F ten days from now.  Here's a link to the forecast for my area, so you can follow along if you like:  https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/66535:4:US


Overdue Tree Orders & Refunds
The vast majority of the overdue tree orders and refunds have already been taken care of.  The rest of the refunds should go out in October.  Of the remaining overdue tree orders, most are from western US states that have quarantines in place requiring bare-root shipping.

However, I am happy to report that I am now licensed to ship to all states without having to bare-root the trees!  That means that I'll be able to ship baby trees to folks in western states in the same manner I ship them to everyone else with great results: undisturbed, safely rooted in their rooting cups with their potting mix.  The downside is that I can only ship newly rooted trees that are started over each winter, and I can only ship them up until June 1st.  That means I'm not allowed to ship any of my currently existing trees to western states without bare-rooting them.  But it also means that I'll be able to ship beautiful freshly rooted trees to folks in western states every year in the late winter and early spring.

Bare-rooting trees takes a tremendous amount of time, and I won't have any time for doing that this fall, so customers from western states who are waiting on overdue tree orders should plan on receiving their orders during the shipping window just described above.  I sincerely apologize for your long wait, and will include lots of free extras (of your choice) to make up for the long delay in completing your orders.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Suspending sales of 3gal and 7gal fig trees to get ready for cuttings season

Since fig cuttings season is almost here, I am temporarily suspending sales of 3gal and 7gal fig trees.

It takes a long time to package those bigger trees, and I won't have time to do it during cuttings season.

The loose plan is to prune everything back and distribute the cuttings, and then later hold a firesale to sell off all the pruned-back 3gal and 7gal trees at discounted rates.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Announcing FigForums.com

As alluded to in the previous update, there is a new forum available for the fig community at www.figforums.com

As fig forums go, FigForums.com will be much like the old figs4fun.  The emphasis will be on the hobby, on helping people learn, and on helping collectors to get all the varieties as cheaply and easily as possible.  The difference is that FigForums.com will have closer moderation than figs4fun in order to prevent the sort of massive crash and exodus that was caused there by self-appointed vigilantes several years ago, or the runaway trolling which finally finished it off last year. 

Since there will be competent moderation at FigForums.com, activities like libel, defamation, tortious interference, wrongful demonization, false accusations of fraud, etc, will not be tolerated.  In other words, FigForums.com will operate in accordance with common sense and the law. 

How 'bout them figs?