The spring of 2020 has seemed like an unreal nightmare with all of the craziness of a worldwide epidemic. Covid-19 or coronavirus has taken over the world and I am not even sure it is a real thing. I know no one who has it or who knows anyone who has it; do you? I do know that you can't buy toilet paper, wipes of any kind, rubbing alcohol, bleach, hand sanitizer, or antibacterial soap. Everyone keeps saying wash your hands and sanitize things, but how?
We are an essential business so we are not hibernating like most of the United States. People are panic buying seeds which keeps us busy seven days a week. This has been going on for about three weeks now. Really, our lives consist of getting up early, leaving for work in the dark and getting home as it is getting dark, seven days a week because Amazon, who used to fill most of our orders is no longer accepting seeds for its FBA sales.
Honestly, the entire week was pretty much the same as the past few weeks have been, filling orders. We are grateful to our many new customers for their business but we will be happy when Amazon starts up their FBA program with our company again!
We are an agricultural business so we are deemed essential. However, some of our employees have been afraid to come to work because they think they will get Coronavirus. So they are staying home which puts more work on the rest of us.
Happy Monday! We left the farm at 6am and headed to the office, arriving at 7am. I was able to print all of my Sunday night orders and early Monday orders and pull them before the staff arrived. I spent most of the day filling and mailing out orders and we left at 6pm.
Today was payday so I spent part of the day writing paychecks and we had a surprise for our loyal employees. Since this whole seed panic buying started, our orders have been through the roof. As a way to thank our employees for working hard, we handed out incentive bonus checks along with the paychecks.
I have read that everyone is starting Coronavirus Victory Gardens.
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Today, we filled hundreds of seed orders, but they just keep pouring in. We have about six thousand that are always there, waiting to be filled. We are starting to run out of some seeds and, it seems that everyone else is running out of them too. We are doing our best to fill seed orders. When we are out of seeds, we are refunding them. Today, the guys out at the farm finished painting the new store.
Today was another day of filling orders and listening to the President update us on Covid-19.
As usual, we filled orders all day long and stayed late. Apparently, handing out bonus checks on Monday was not enough to keep our people coming to work. Several have decided they are just too afraid to come in due to Covid-19.
When the President made his Covid-19 update, he said the CDC now
recommends wearing masks but President Trump says he chooses not to.
Some cities and states are demanding that people wear them just to step
outside. It seems our freedoms are being stripped one by one.
Today as we pulled orders and filled them, we decided to treat our employees who showed up with lunch brought in from Salt Grass. We appreciate their help and willingness to work hard on getting our seeds out to all of our loyal customers.
Salt Grass is taking phone orders due to Covid-19 but you still have to drive into the parking lot to pick up the food. We have done this several times to support them since they are so good to us once a month when we take our whole company over there for a two hour lunch that we pay for.
Today, our manager and a small crew pulled and filled orders for eight hours. I took the day off to do laundry and clean up. Honestly, I am tired of ten and twelve hour days, working seven days a week and I really needed some clean clothes. I wanted to plant some seeds on the farm, but it poured all day long.
Today was Palm Sunday but since no churches are open anywhere, we came to work and spent the day pulling orders. There were only three of us as none of our employees would come in. We got here in the office early in the morning and watched two church services on the internet while we worked. When we finished late in the day, there were about 1000 more orders than when we started early on Sunday morning.
We had not been grocery shopping all week long, so we stopped by a neighborhood Walmart just down the road on the way back to the farm. Surprisingly, they had a lot of food on the shelves considering how late it was. Everyone but us was wearing masks. But we scored a lot of groceries instead of the few I would find out in the country. There was no toilet paper or antibacterial soap or wipes or bleach but there was food.
This was David's first time to go into a store since this whole Covid-19 thing began and he said it looked like we were in Communist Russia. I told him this store looked pretty good compared to all of the other grocery stores I have been in over the past three weeks.
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