A lot has changed this past year for the world and Foundroot has felt the repercussions of the global pandemic along with you. We experienced a huge rush on seeds in March 2020 and thus the stock of our more rare varieties was depleted. This includes our back stock of Alaska grown seeds from our farm.
Last spring, we purchased a piece of equipment that would have allowed us to make small hoop houses on our field and protect our seed crops. Due to interrupted supply lines from Covid-19, this never arrived. In addition, we had record rainfall in the summer months which is our greatest challenge to getting seeds to dry to maturity. Without protection, our seed crops were poor and we won't have surplus to sell of many of the varieties we had planned on.
In addition, we are seeing a huge spike in cost in the organic seed we source from last season to this one, anywhere from two to eight times the cost. We still have some organic seed in our back stock but we had to resupply with mostly conventional seed this year. It was more important to us to make sure the varieties you rely on stayed available.
So, when you shop with us this year, you will see some seeds missing, less organic and Alaska grown varieties, and limited quantities of some of our more rare varieties. What we do have, we have loads of and we finally have the infrastructure and labor available to make seed production a top priority in 2021. As always, we are so grateful for your support so we can continue this work.