"The planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it." -David W. Orr
Though incredibly driven, it's safe to say that I've never really subscribed to societies definition of success. I attribute this to my parents and where they taught us to place value. Reconciling this with running a business is not always easy but now more than ever I feel compelled to make this business of Fern more than a plant shop, more than a home goods store, more than a workshop space... It is becoming increasingly important to me to be creating something of meaning.
You will start to see changes here including a #FernGives program where we will be donating portions of our sales to organizations that we believe strongly in. We are kicking off our give back program on Small Business Saturday. On Saturday, November 26, 2016 we will be donating 10% of our sales to Planned Parenthood as well as 10% of online sale for the whole weekend.
Moving forward we will have charitable pieces in the shop, where portions of every sale from that item will go directly to a specific charitable organization. We will be rolling this out on our website in the coming weeks.
If you have any suggestions for us as we continue to figure out ways in which we can give back we would love to hear them.
Thank you for your support!