Our environmental commitment runs very deep…
At Peaceful Heritage Nursery our environmental commitment runs very deep and is at the heart of who we are and is the foundation of how we do things on a daily basis. We tread as lightly as possible and aim to regenerate, through propagating and selling quality trees and plants, and thus aim to empower others to live a more regenerative and sustainable lifestyle. In 2016 we obtained our USDA Organic Certification to verify and acknowledge our deep environmental commitment and Earth-Steward values. We have never once in our lives sprayed synthetic pesticides, Roundup or herbicides on the earth, and we have been strictly organic growers since the early 2000s when we began undertaking horticulture and gardening.
We pack your order of plants in REUSED plastic wrapping such as used Organic fertilizer bags, used greenhouse plastic, and other repurposed materials. We are always figuring out ways to use less resources of all kinds in our business. For instance, we EMAIL our customers our detailed planting instructions, thus saving many thousands of sheets of paper per year.
We Do Not:
We do not currently mail paper catalogs, thus saving much waste, inks, paper and water.
We do not ever:
We do not ever use synthetic herbicides like Roundup which are verified by WHO to be cancer-causing (carcinogenic) and which definitely damage the ecosystem.
Only natural fertilizers
We utilize only natural fertilizers such as seaweed and rock minerals. No chemical fertilizers are ever used on the plants grown at our nursery.
- Automated drip irrigation and mist systems for most of our plants, which drastically reduces water use.
- Used plastic pots whenever we can and recycle broken pots.
- We use zero styrofoam in our packing material.
Nurturing Natives and Wildlife:
We propagate and sell native plant species, thus helping declining species, such as pawpaw, Kentucky Coffeetree and black locust, once again thrive in the American landscape.
Natural pest control comes by way of the many toads, praying mantises and ladybugs we nurture and protect, and also release. We also host a population of Monarch butterflies which reproduce on our many wild milkweed plants we protect on our farm. The above photo is a monarch propagating and being fed on our farm.
Reducing trash and imports:
We aim to produce as little trash waste as possible; composting virtually all organic matter, recycling every bit of plastic and cardboard we can, and reducing any unnecessary use of resources.
We cut our own locally-grown bamboo for our bamboo supports used in the nursery and when shipping your trees. We don’t ship in bamboo from China or anywhere else.
More About Our Commitment…
- We raise honeybees to pollinate our crops and to save the honeybee, as well as to provide local raw honey to our community. We use zero synthetic chemicals on our bees.
- We are so space efficient in our farming practices, that we can keep much of our open land in trees, extremely bio-diverse flowering meadows, and natural pasture.
- We use on occasion only organic approved sprays for pest and disease control, such as neem oil, soap and pyretherum (daisy) extracts.
- We acquire as much of our products such as pots, fertilizers and mulch as possible as locally and regionally as possible. We first purchase and utilize USA-made plastic pots when available.
- All of our greenhouses are unheated 99% of the time during the winter months.
- We use landscape fabric for weed control thus avoiding using fossil fuel machines, labor or chemicals for weed control.
- We absolutely avoid selling, using or propagating any GMO (genetically-modified organism) plant material, and avoid patented plants when possible.
- We do not own or use large tractors in our nursery, thus saving fossil fuel.
- We utilize a professional rechargeable electric string trimmer for weed control that uses zero gasoline or oil.
Verified Customer TestimonialS:
“Just got my order. Impressive! Some of the finest bare root stock that I have ever ordered. As the retired Grounds Supervisor of the University of Nebraska-Kearney, I believe that over the years I have purchased from more than a dozen companies, several 100 bare roots. These are some of the finest. You are my new go to company for my small farm. Congratulations on a job well done.”
-Larry R. Grand Island, NE
“Hi! We’re on our second year with the passion fruit as they survived our brutal Chicago winter! We’ve got 5-7 shoots coming up at each spot…Thank you so much! We love our passionfruit!”
– Jennifer C. Pallatine, IL
– Darla S. Stafford Springs, CT
“I wanted to let you all know that the KSU [ Chappell pawpaw tree I purchased ] from you all is doing great, and it’s easily the healthiest tree I purchased this past season. It’s doing well even in full sun! Thank you all so much for the great service and very high quality tree.”
-Nikhil U.Summerfield, NC
“Just wanted to drop you a note of thanks. I bought several pear and chestnut trees from you earlier this Spring. They are all leafing out now and look great. I just helped a friend plant 10 trees he purchased from another place and I cannot begin to describe how much different they are. Your pear trees were all about 4-6 feet tall and had about a 1 inch diameter trunk with a substantial root system. His trees looked like small twigs and were about 1 foot tall. The was a similar difference in the size of the chestnut trees. The odd thing is that these were similarly priced. I feel like I am at least a couple of years ahead with your stock. I will definitely recommend your nursery to any of my friends who might be thinking of planting fruit trees.” Ed B. Middletown, KY
“Last year (2016) I found your nursery and saw that your trees were sold bare root. I was interested in some of the varieties you offered, but I had tried planting bare root trees in the past that I ordered from other nurseries and every single tree soon died. I thought I was probably wasting my money getting trees from you. But, they sounded good, so I went ahead and ordered trees from you anyway. They have grown far better than any other trees I’ve gotten from other nurseries and want to make another order in 2017.”
Wilbert M., Richmond, Kentucky
“I just received my paw paws and I gotta say WOW! Packed very well, grafts nice and low on the plant, awesome! Thank you. Looking forward to more business with you.”
Glen L. NY
“Your plants have done so much better
than the potted ones from the local nursery; they survived.
And they look alive and vibrant!”
“Hello again, I just wanted to say thank you for my order and going out of your way to make it work. I really do appreciate it and your time. I look forward to ordering from you in the future to expand our orchard.?”
“Thank you….I received the shipment yesterday on the 21st of March ( only 3 days)…everything arrived safely, and I was able to plant immediately…Loved seeing the high grafts on the persimmon trees, and was impressed by the roots on all specimens. Thanks for the extensive information on planting that you sent with notice of shipment. The most detail I have seen yet from a supplier. Best to you!”
“I ordered five persimmon trees after reading a positive review on the ourfigs.com forum. I was so impressed by the size and quality that I had to order more. I wish I would have ordered even more now. I want to start an orchard of them…I will have to check your website again because I was thrilled with what I got so far and was impressed by the care and communication you give regarding orders. I will surely order again from Peaceful Heritage. “
“Thank you for the service you offer! I have some peach trees that I got from you a few years ago and they are absolutely thriving! They bore peaches for the first time last year right in time for my wedding and they were delicious!”
“Ordered three Hazelnut bushes. 1 yr old plants were in phenomenal shape! I’ve ordered plants from many, many different companies and these plants were among the best. Great root development! Will order from again.”
“Hi! I am so very pleased with the fig and mulberry trees I ordered last fall! Both leafed out well and the 3 figs and 1 mulberry that produced this first season had spectacular flavor.”
“I see your grafted pawpaws are back. My KSU-Atwood [from another nursery] hasn’t even fully leafed out this year, so I’m assuming the graft is failing. I’d love to replace it with one of yours, as you deal in superior plants.”
“[My Ultra-Select pawpaw trees I ordered] came in perfect condition. I just wanted to thank you guys for such a quick response, and for having awesome customer service. I think all nurseries should learn to operate like what you guys have going on. Thank you for everything, and I will definitely order from you guys again!”
“Received [my order of trees] today and planted! Both pear trees you sent last year are budded out nicely. Thanks for your great service.”