They could sit at home in the cool, or an office somewhere, and do good for someone else. You came knowing it was going to be outside in the heat; knowing you would kneel and bend; knowing you would get dust in your nose and eyes; knowing that – as Rachel Carson said – “there is something beyond the bounds of our human existence” that matters.

Pollinators and pollinator attractants are very important to the success of any garden, so we jumped at the chance to connect the right people who share our passion for this project. Monarch butterflies have seen steady population declines across their native range since population monitoring first began in 1976.

Several 2012 reports show that Monarch numbers will drop almost 30 percent this year, continuing a decline that has lasted for the past decade.

I do know, from the simple fact that you involved yourselves in this effort, that you will one day spot a monarch butterfly and in that fleeting moment there will be a part of your soul that stirs and feels absolute content.

There is something right with the world – it may be ephemeral, and maybe you can’t articulate what it is, but that moment is enough for us.

As a small family owned heirloom seed company, we receive many requests for partnerships with or donations to some great causes.

Some of these are exceptional, as when the Xerces Society contacted us this past January about growing a specific species of milkweed that is native to our part of central Arizona.After some thought, we decided that Fiona Reid was the perfect fit for this project.Recently retired as Education Director from a natural history education center, she was already growing and saving milkweed seeds at her property – Painted Lady Vineyard!I don’t think we will get a harvest this year at all.Next year we will have to put our heads together to figure out how we take the next step – collection of the seed.We received this email from Fiona on Monday after the planting weekend.