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Fall Fundraiser—Order Spring Flowering Bulbs

Support our fall fundraiser and order your spring flowering bulbs for fall planting from JLMH. We took orders for beautiful bulbs from the Pantego, NC farms of Terra Ceia. Bulbs arrived at the Museum Shop in early November, and could may pick them up at the Visitors Center. Download the brochure and order form here: Fall_Fundraiser._2012-_Terra_Ceia_Farms_.pdf. Send payment with your order through the mail or call us with MasterCard or Visa. (See end of article for details.)

Why did we choose to do business with Terra Ceia Farms? Here is the family’s story: In 1938, Leendert Van Staalduinen left Holland with his wife, Cornelia, and their 10 children. Originally destined for the small Dutch enclave of Eastern North Carolina known as Terra Ceia, the family ended up spending 5 years in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada because of war-time immigration policies. Finally, the paperwork was in order for moving to the States, and in 1943, the family arrived in Pantego. It was here they would establish The Terra Ceia Farm to grow cut flowers.

As was typical at that time, growers would import fresh bulbs to plant in the Fall and harvest flowers from them in the Spring. Leendert realized that there was opportunity for selling bulbs as well as their bounty, and in 1950 he started a mail-order business as a sideline. When he was injured in a farm accident in 1960 and unable to do much work, he devoted himself entirely to this aspect of his business.

To make a long story short, through many blessings and much hard work, the business grew and has now been passed to the third generation (or ‘first generation American’ as the elder Van Staalduinen was fond of saying). During this time the farm has diversified by adding row crops and field-grown nursery production - currently 1250 acres devoted to row crops and 250 acres for the cut flowers and nursery.

To place an order, download the brochure here Fall_Fundraiser_2012-_Terra_Ceia_Farms.pdf. Send payment along with your order to JLMH, PO Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605, or phone 919-833-3431 to pay with MasterCard or Visa.

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