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Ep. 48: Vitalize Seed and Soil Conservation with Jared Van Hees and Al James

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Release Date: 04/25/2022

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Ep. 48: Vitalize Seed and Soil Conservation with Jared Van Hees and Al James show art Ep. 48: Vitalize Seed and Soil Conservation with Jared Van Hees and Al James

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In today's episode, we're talking with Jared Van Hees and Al James about the launch of their new seed company, Vitalize Seed. Al and Jared share with us what motivated them to start their own seed company, and what makes Vitalize Seed different from other seed companies on the market. Placing a focus on soil health and conservation, Vitalize Seed makes diverse seed blends that help build healthy soil, and benefit all wildlife species from bucks to birds to bees and everything in between. 

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In today's episode, we're talking with Jared Van Hees and Al James about the launch of their new seed company, Vitalize Seed. Al and Jared share with us what motivated them to start their own seed company, and what makes Vitalize Seed different from other seed companies on the market. Placing a focus on soil health and conservation, Vitalize Seed makes diverse seed blends that help build healthy soil, and benefit all wildlife species from bucks to birds to bees and everything in between.