In 1983, Mountain Valley Growers was
incorporated with the goal of providing organically grown pots of herbs to
retail nurseries and grocery stores. There were a whopping 7 varieties then. In 1990,
we brought these same plants to the retail consumer through mail order. By then,
we supplied about 300 varieties. In 1992, we began publishing a quarterly
newsletter, Mountain Valley Views, to inform and share our experiences
with others. In 1993, our specialty herb gardens hit the market to make
choosing from so many plants a cinch. In 1995, we began
drop-shipping organic plants for other companies.
By 1997, the internet was a
reality and we introduced ourselves online with over 200 pages of
information. In 1998, the nursery, in keeping with its original goals, became
certified organic by the state of California and we launched our newsletter via email.
Keeping in touch by email helped us launch our first annual Fall Extravaganza.
The year 2000 saw the
creation of a weekly availability list that made getting the plants you wanted
when you wanted them even easier.
In 2002, we became certified organic by
the USDA; our website contained over 450 pages; and our varieties numbered near
400. In 2004, we expanded our
Grower's Assortments to offer more plants at great prices and paired our
Specialty Herb Gardens with Special Books. In 2006, we became the
first nursery to offer certified organic strawberry plants by mail. In 2008, we created our
Organic Farmstand Collection
of vegetables, a line of over 40 organically grown vegetable plants. In 2010, we added
Twitter to our list of internet tools
and it has become a great way to communicate our tried and true tips
quickly to help you garden successfully. In 2013,
we added common name sorting to our in stock availability list which
lets you locate plants faster when only the common name is known.
2013 also saw us creating a lot of
interesting boards on
Pinterest which became a
great way to share knowledge others have about the plants we grow. In
2014, we created a new division to allow you to order certified
organic plug trays
online. This division,
PlugTrays.com, allowed for easier access to plug trays and
provided a notification system for out of stock varieties. In 2017, we
expanded our lavender fields so we could have access to more parent
stock from which to satisfy the demand for organic lavender plug trays.
2018 saw the celebration of our 20th Fall
Extravaganza and our 35th year of providing certified organic plants to the entire United
States. Thanks to all of you who support our efforts. We couldn't do it