This is our FAQ page to answer all of those frequently asked questions that customers always ask us in person, on social media or in emails about our business, David's Garden Seeds®.
Do you grow all of these seeds right here on this property?
Of course not. We have four acres. One acre is taken up with six business buildings, a parking lot, plus our home and backyard. The next two acres are a greenhouse, hoop houses, and the orchard. We do most of our gardening in the hoop houses and between the rows of trees in the orchard. We still have about an acre in the back that we will be putting animals on.
We grow some seeds here. We get some seeds from some of the farmers who are local. Other seeds come from reputable farmers and seed companies around the United States whom David has dealt with for decades. David has always been a seed snob. He never goes to Dollar Tree or Walmart for seeds. Most seed companies do not grow all of their own seeds. They would cross pollinate out in the field. Most seed companies buy from each other. We only deal with top of the line companies who have taken the Safe Seed Pledge and who have been in business for a good length of time.
Where do you get your seeds?
We get our seeds from reputable farmers and growers throughout the United States whom David has formed friendships and business relationships with throughout the past 25 years. We grow some of the seeds here on our own farm. All of our seeds are Non-GMO and are grown by those who have taken the Safe Seed Pledge, just as we have.
Are your seeds GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms)?
All of our seeds are Non-GMO. We do not have a license to sell GMO seeds, nor do we want one. We took the Safe Seed Pledge for our own health as well as for your health.
Tell me about your TV commercial. It was awesome!
Our TV commercial, shown on MeTV and KSAT in the San Antonio area was shot in September of 2021. Marken Media in Devine produced it. A videographer used a drone for most of the shots. All of the music, including the jingle, was written, played, and sung by our son, Matthew Schulze, a very talented musician. None of us were seen in the commercial as David decided. The man you see taking a selfie was the videographer.
In our next commercial, we will be in it. After all, when you come out for a visit, I am the one 99% of the time, who you are greeted by and helped by. Matthew is sometimes in the store and gives a lot of farm tours. Every once in a while, David comes over to the store to say hello or to give a tour. We are David's Garden Seeds®!
We should have made a commercial years ago because this commercial has brought hundreds and hundreds of people out to the farm since we started showing it at the end of January 2022. Thank you to all of the amazing visitors who come out to see and to shop! We would not be successful without our wonderful supporters who shop locally, visit our farm from surrounding areas, and our online shoppers. We appreciate and love you all!
What are all of these buildings for? Are they stores that I can go in? Are they houses that you rent out? Can I live in one of these buildings?
All of the buildings in front of our home serve a purpose at David's Garden Seeds®. No, you cannot live in them. They are filled with seeds, equipment, machinery, and people who work for us. No one lives in them. Our farm store is not the business. It is just frosting on the cake. The Production Building is where the seeds first go for processing. They may need to be cleaned. Then they are counted in our seed counting machines and packed in tiny ziplock bags.
The envelopes for each of the more than 2,000 seed varieties we have are printed on big printers. Then the bags of seeds are packed into the envelopes. The seeds are then moved over to the Fulfillment Building.
The Fulfillment Building is where packed seeds are stored and where they are shipped out to customers. Some orders are filled in our farm store when there are more than the Fulfillment crew can handle. Some of the seeds are moved to the Farm Store to hang up in there so our visitors can purchase them. We are now welcoming hundreds of visitors each week from Monday through Saturday. They shop, ask questions, discuss their gardening needs, and many of the visitors tour our farm and greenhouse.
The Kitchen Building will soon have a new name. For some reason, everyone thinks kitchen means restaurant. We do not have a restaurant on the premises. The Kitchen Building consists of David's office, the commercial kitchen where we do our food processing, like pickling, plus the employee breakroom and two bathrooms that are open to the public. The pickled food gets taken over to the store where we sell it to our visitors. We do not ship the food as it is in glass jars that tend to break when they are tossed around by our postal workers and shippers.
Are your seeds from China?
No, our seeds are not from China. Our seeds are from the United States of America. All of our growing is done right here in the United States. The seeds we sell do not leave the country for any type of growing, processing, or packaging. Counting and packaging the seeds is done right here on our farm just outside of Poteet, Texas by our wonderful team. We even make our own envelopes.
Do you have a paper catalog?
Why isn't your phone number listed on your website anymore?
Since we moved to the country, we have spotty internet. Unless you have AT&T, you don't have service here at the farm. That is the only network that people don't complain about so we prefer that you contact us by email. That way, your call does not get hung up in the middle of a sentence because the signal failed.
Why did you leave San Antonio?
For the last ten years or so, we wanted to buy a farm and move to the country so we could have a big garden instead of small beds in a tiny backyard. The city of San Antonio is beautiful but there are not many large yards where you could fit in 100 raised garden beds, an orchard, and a field full of plants.
We bought our farm on July 30, 2019 and moved to the farm on August 16, 2019. In July of 2020, we finally got our whole business moved to the farm. Now, instead of a one hour commute one way, we have a 30 second walk across the parking lot to our offices. Some of our team members who live in San Antonio did not make the move, but most of them did. Since then, we have already hired six local people to help us out.
We are loving the area and all of the locals who visit tell us that they love having us here. We love living here!
Why should I buy seeds from David's Garden Seeds® instead of the big box stores or dollar stores? Your seeds are so expensive.
We pack our seeds fresh every day right here on the farm by a team of just under 20 people. We hire good people who do their best to count, package, and ship your seeds accurately.
The seeds you buy at the big box stores and especially at the dollar stores are old, probably from a few years before you get them. You have no idea where your seeds have been. Some seed companies actually ship their seeds over to China to have them counted and packaged and then ship them back to the company before they are distributed to stores and/or shipped out to you.
David's Garden Seeds® does everything right here in Poteet, Texas on our farm. We even design and print our own envelopes. I (Juanita) oversee all of the website orders and I personally fill and ship many of them myself.
You get what you pay for and it costs a lot to keep Texans working but we feel it is worth every penny. We don't pay minimum wage to any of our team members. They deserve a living wage. When we treat our people right, they do a great job for you!
I am afraid to go to your seed store because of Covid. Can you ship the seeds to me?
Many are afraid to shop in person this year (2020). That is okay because we ship orders all over the United States, including San Antonio. If you spend more than $20, shipping is free to you. If we have everything in stock, you can expect to receive your package in three to five business days. If not, it may take a little longer.
We like to get our orders out the same day, but when we have hundreds of them in the queue, it may take a day or two more to get to your order. We try our best to get them out to you in a timely manner.
Also, remember that USPS is delivering a bit slower because they have more mail to ship since people all over the country are having items shipped to them a lot more than before Covid.
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