Peaceful Valley sets 40th anniversary party May 7
Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply is throwing a 40th anniversary party from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7.
The public is invited to attend the event at the retail store and nursery at 125 Clydesdale Ct., Grass Valley.
The event will include 1970s music, dance and costume contest, food, prizes and special anniversary offers.
Free workshops will be given throughout the day on spring garden maintenance and planting.
In addition, there will be raffle for a 6-by-8-foot redwood greenhouse; winner to be announced at the end of May.
Tickets may be purchased at the store or through the nonprofit Sierra Harvest (sierraharvest.org, or 530-265-2343).
All of the proceeds will be donated to Sierra Harvest, which educates Nevada County households about fresh, local seasonal food and helps connect them to sources for such food.
Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply originated in 1976 on Peaceful Valley road in Nevada City.
The business started in a small garage and the owners sent out a four-page newsletter to growers.
As the business expanded, the business moved down Peaceful Valley Road where owners leased a few acres and a shed.
The shed was only about 12’ x 20’, and employees had to use an outhouse.
Since the business was in a rural area, owners were able to have a greenhouse and grow nursery plants to sell to local customers.
In 1985, the first year a complete catalog was published, PVFGS burned down and many of the records, information and inventory were lost.
A bigger building was then rebuilt, mainly through the help of its customers.
When the business grew, tiny, private Peaceful Valley Road got so congested that employees had to meet customers at the end of the road, 1/4 mile away, to help ease traffic.
In 1989, the founder of PVFGS sold the business, which was soon relocated to a business district near downtown Grass Valley.
The business moved another two times, within the same area to accommodate more growth.
Current owners Eric and Patricia Boudier acquired the business in July 1996.
The business, which moved into its current location in January 2005, now has tens of thousands of customers and almost 60 employees.
The business has a 2,500 square-foot-store, a 3,000-square-foot office building and a 15,500-square-foot warehouse with a loading dock and two bays.
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