🌱 From Party Inspiration to European Delivery: The Humble Journey of MP SEEDS🌍
Hi microgreeners, Mat here. I am the proud founder of MP SEEDS, your one-stop shop for all things microgreens.
Growing plants is the most calm and relaxing thing that you can do, even if you do this for business, right? Well, I thought the same 8 years ago.
In this article, I want you to know me closer, and to share with you the rollercoaster journey that led me to where I am today, growing and shipping seeds to over 40 countries worldwide. 🚀
🌿 A Seed of Inspiration: From Party Chats to Business Plans 🌱
Back in 2015, I found myself at a party, chatting with an old high school friend. She mentioned that she had to import microgreens all the way from Israel for her cooking workshops in Poland. Crazy right?🌿 That got my entrepreneurial wheels turning, and I thought, "Hey, this could be a great business opportunity!".
So the very next day, I dove headfirst into researching the technicalities of microgreens production, watching the youtube videos till 2 after midnight, and ordering a book “Seed production”. There was almost nothing there, but anyway two days later, I placed my first order for seeds and growing supplies. 🌱
💡 A Humble Beginning: From Mom's Back Room to Urban Farming 🌿
With the help of my trusty father and the unused back room of my mother's shop, I set up my very own urban farm. It wasn't the most glamorous location, but hey, you've got to start somewhere, right? Soon enough, I started selling my homegrown microgreens to local restaurants, and business was maybe not booming but growing step by step for sure. 💥
☀️ No Vacations, Just Green Adventures: Tending to Microgreens 🏖️
Now, I must confess, being a microgreens farmer isn't exactly a job that allows for extended vacations. Plants are like pets—they need constant care and attention. So while others were jetting off to tropical destinations, I was busy tending to my leafy green buddies. 🌿🏖️
😱 Pandemic Plot Twist: When COVID-19 Struck 🎉
Just when everything seemed to be falling perfectly into place, fate had a different plan. Enter COVID-19, the uninvited guest that crashed our party. 🎉 The pandemic hit hard, and with restaurants closing their doors and restrictions in place, our orders took a nosedive. I left with the seeds, and room of ready microgreens. It felt like we were standing in a field of wilted dreams. 😔
🍋 Making Lemonade: Expanding Online and Shipping abroad 🌍
But you know what they say—when life gives you a pandemic, make the best damn lemonade you can! 🍋💪 I thought, maybe there were more folks across Europe looking to start their own urban farms during these challenging times. So, I rolled up my sleeves, developed an online shop, still grew some microgreens, and even had a full-on photoshoot to show what comes from our seeds. 📸
🌍 From Local to Continental: Shipping Seeds in Europe 🌱
And guess what? It worked! Today, MP SEEDS team ships our precious seeds to green-thumbed enthusiasts in approximately 40 countries each year. 🌍 However, let me make one thing clear: we're not aiming to be a massive corporation. No, sir! We take pride in being a small company because it allows us to maintain quality control and ensure that every order and batch of seeds meets our high standards. 👨🌾
🔍 Quality Seeds Check: Every Batch, Every Time 🌱🔍
We go the extra mile for you, dear customers! We diligently check every batch of seeds we send out because we know just how vital it is to your gardening success. 🌱🔍 Speaking of going the extra mile, let me introduce you to our dedicated team.
🎩 Meet Karolina: Our Marketing Magician ✨
First up, we have Karolina, our marketing magician. With her background in marketing agencies, she joined us to create something less commercial and more down-to-earth. Karolina takes charge of our newsletter, articles, promotions, Facebook, Instagram—basically, all things marketing! She's the creative genius behind our brand's online presence. And you know what? She loves to hear you feedback 🎩✨
📦 Andrey: The Master of Order Preparation and Packing 🌱
Then, there's Andrey, our order preparation and packing extraordinaire. Hailing from Ukraine and armed with a degree in graphic design, he ensures that your precious seeds are handled with the utmost care before they make their way to your doorstep. Personally, I am very grateful for him 📦🌱
🌿 Mat: The Green Enthusiasts and Jack-of-All-Trades 🌱
Finally, there's yours truly—yep, that's me! I'm the guy who wears many hats around here, taking care of the plants, seeds, deliveries, and pretty much everything else. I appreciate each and every order that comes through our doors. 😊🌱
💚 Growing a Greener Future: Microgreens and Beyond 🌿💚
Above all, I have an unwavering love for growing microgreens, and I truly believe they hold the key to a greener future. 🌿💚 It's not just about selling seeds.
It's about empowering people to embrace urban farming, connect with nature, and make a positive impact on our planet.
🌱 Sow the Seeds of Success with MP SEEDS! 🌍
So, my fellow green thumbs, if you're looking to embark on your own microgreen adventure or simply want to take your gardening skills to the next level, remember that MP SEEDS is here to provide you with top-notch seeds and unrivaled customer care. Together, let's sow the seeds of a greener tomorrow! 🌱🌍
Until next time, keep growing and keep smiling! 😄🌱
Founder and Chief Green Enthusiast of MP SEEDS