After growing our first crop of super-hot peppers, we were hooked. We made hot jams, hot sauces, dried peppers, pickled peppers, salsas, and enjoyed our first pepper harvest all winter long. We shared all of this with our friends and got them hooked, too! We knew we had to expand and bring the crazy love for these tasty, painful vegetables to everyone!
We believe growing tasty food well doesn’t have to impact the environment. At Blue Ridge Pepper Patch, we strive to reduce negative effects on the environment in multiple ways:
- Water collection and water-saving irrigation methods
- Reusing nursery pots when available, and take-back of nursery pots for reuse
- Sowing seedlings in biodegradable trays
- Utilizing natural compost instead of chemical fertilizers as often as possible
- Refraining from harsh chemical pesticides and only using options approved for organic production
- Using mechanical methods such as barriers and good ol' elbow grease for weed control, instead of herbicides
- Utilizing recycled paper for shipping and handling as often as possible
Supporting our community and our world
Each season, we select a charity to highlight and pledge a portion of that season's profits to. Early this year, we suffered the loss of our beloved Siberian Husky, Vega. As a new couple, getting him was one of the first major decisions that we shared. He loved us, and loved life, and his zeal for doing nearly everything at the maximum was contagious. Even on his last day, when he was weak and dazed with pain meds, he insisted on taking us for a walk. We are grateful for the time we had with him, and for the ability to send him into doggie Valhalla peacefully thanks to Lap of Love of the Triangle. We cherish the memories we made with him.
We choose to donate a portion of our revenue for 2022 to two charities in his honor. First, Southern Siberian Rescue. Many people desire to own a beautiful husky, but are unaware of what is truly required to give this breed a loving home while maintaining one's own sanity. Thus, huskies are one of the breeds surrendered to shelters most often. Southern Siberian Rescue aims to rescue huskies from shelters, move them into foster homes until they are adopted, and prevent the shelter-euthanasia of this breed.
Second is the AKC Hemangiosarcoma Research Initiative. While everything happened somewhat fast with Vega's condition, it's believed that this is what he had. Understanding cancer in dogs and developing new ways to treat it not only improves the quality of life for dogs, but often also leads to a better understanding and treatment possibilities of cancer in people.
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