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Rio Thomas was born loving food. She's grown much of her family's food for over 30 years, and worked on local organic farms for over 15 years. During that time she developed and directed a local gleaning effort, Small Potatoes Gleaning Project, which continues today as a project of the Bellingham Food Bank. The early inspiration for Season’s Gleanings came while making thank you cards for farmers and volunteers involved in the project. The first thank you card, made for this purpose, is still available today.

Season’s Gleanings greeting cards continue to be inspired by the vibrant diversity of crops that grow in Whatcom county in northwest Washington state. Designs are created using fruits, vegetables, and other gathered plants from forest edge to river bank, then photographed to make cards that bring delight to young and old, for any occasion, all year round…

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  • Joined December 29, 2010

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fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, blossoms, buds, pods, tendrils, found or wildcrafted native plants, locally milled wood, fabrics, recycled papers, wonder

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Rio Thomas was born loving food. She's grown much of her family's food for over 30 years, and worked on local organic farms for over 15 years. During that time she developed and directed a local gleaning effort, Small Potatoes Gleaning Project, which continues today as a project of the Bellingham Food Bank. The early inspiration for Season’s Gleanings came while making thank you cards for farmers and volunteers involved in the project. The first thank you card, made for this purpose, is still available today.

Season’s Gleanings greeting cards continue to be inspired by the vibrant diversity of crops that grow in Whatcom county in northwest Washington state. Designs are created using fruits, vegetables, and other gathered plants from forest edge to river bank, then photographed to make cards that bring delight to young and old, for any occasion, all year round.

The messages of Season’s Gleanings greeting cards are enduring, and made with joy and a deep reverence for the planet that sustains us, along with the hope that cards will be kept or shared for years of continued enjoyment.

Rio is unabashedly obsessed with garden and farm grown food; You will surely find her sowing, growing, preparing, sharing, eating, creating with or photographing it!

As part of commitment to sustainability, materials and services are sourced locally whenever possible. Cards are printed on 100% PCW recycled stock, and envelopes are 100% PCW recycled. Sleeved cards are sent in an Eco Clear Bag, a sustainable alternative to traditional packaging. Made with EarthFirst® PLA film from Ingeo™ that is certified compostable by the Biodegradable Product Institute (BPI).

*Season’s Gleanings is committed to food justice and donates a percentage of profits to local projects working to strengthen our food system so that all may be nourished.

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