Bear with me friends, as I am a novice blogger. My name is Richard Chamberlin, president of the Harris Seeds Company. Allow me to welcome you to this new communication piece. I hope it will be fun. Over the term of this activity, I hope to provide you with some meaningful and interesting information on our company.
The Harris Seeds Company has a very strong tradition rooted in history, going back to 1879 when its first catalog was published. Around 1850, Joseph Harris, the original founder, emigrated from England to the fertile Genesee Valley of Western New York. His agricultural skills that he brought with him from England soon became well known with other growers in the area. Joseph Harris was very adept at selecting superior strains of grains and vegetables for future production. These superior strains soon became extremely popular with other growers in the region, and this demand for his seeds prompted Mr. Harris to start selling his seed products to other growers in 1879.
His business philosophy was quite simple…provide a high quality product at a fair price and my business shall succeed. And indeed it did. The company was guided through good and bad times by future generations of the Harris family. In the 1950s, the Harris Seeds plant breeding department was responsible for introducing many of the first market-leading vegetable hybrid varieties in the country. During this time, the company made a significant expansion in the professional vegetable marketplace throughout the country, all due to its hybrid vegetable seed program.
Joseph Harris, the grandson of the founder, was the last Harris to guide the family business. His long tenure at the company earned him the reputation as of one of the very best seedsmen in the country.
I started with Harris in 1981. My father, a long time Harris Seeds gardener, told me I was the luckiest man alive. It did not take me long to realize what he was talking about. I quickly fell in love with everything about the business and what it stood for. It was a far cry from my school teaching days. Harris Seeds was one of the most respected seed businesses in the country, fully vested in good principles and high quality standards. These high standards that I learned back in the beginning remain today.
As we move forward, I hope to share with my readers many of the values that have made our company one of the most trusted names in the seed business today…stay tuned!