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Ann Arbor Seed Co expects business to blossom this spring

Ann Arbor Seed Co is in that part of the learning curve where things accelerate; specifically the growth of this fledgling agriculture company's business.

The Ann Arbor-based startup has gone from 10 varieties of produce for gardening last year to 27 this spring. It has more offerings for fruits, greens and root vegetables.

"We have a lot more seeds for sale," says Eric Kampe, founder of Ann Arbor Seed Co. "A lot more variety to offer."

Kampe is an environmentalist and seed-saving enthusiast with an eye for helping keep local ecosystems fresh and diverse with organic, native offerings. Seed savers will save and collect seeds for farming. That prompted him to start Ann Arbor Seed Co two years ago while he was also working a delivery truck. Now he is working on growing Ann Arbor Seed Co as his full-time job with the help of his wife, Meredith Kahn.

"This is my busiest time of the year," Kampe says.

Ann Arbor Seed Co sells its seeds at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Growing Hope in Ypsilanti and The Garden Mill in Chelsea. Kampe is also working to bring on a third piece of land to help him grow more fruits and vegetables so he can continue to expand his company’s product offerings.

"When you're saving seeds you're a steward of that variety," Kampe says.

Source: Eric Kampe, founder of Ann Arbor Seed Co
Writer: Jon Zemke
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