Raintree Nursery, Inc. has been supplying flavorful, disease resistant fruit varieties to backyard gardeners for 32 years. The nursery, located in rural Morton Washington, maintains excellent relationships with its customers, employees and the local community. By providing up to 35 jobs during the peak of the season, the company makes a significant contribution to the local economy. A number of people have been employed at the nursery for over 15 years. Raintree hires based on ability, not just degrees. Turnover is very low.
Sam Benowitz, owner of Raintree Nursery, enjoys advising customers about everything from which plants are suitable for the customer’s region of the country to the state of government funding for stone fruit research. Customers are also loyal because of the attention paid to customer service and the money back guaranty.
Raintree systematically works to find easier, cheaper, less energy intensive ways to operate on an ongoing basis. They are not organic, but are very low input in terms of pesticides, using the minimum for phytosanitary reasons, and otherwise running as an organic operation. Sam says they are in the process of switching their diesel truck and tractors to run on bio diesel. Raintree is working with the National Park Service to renew historic orchards around the country with the original strains of fruit trees. They teach permaculture and general gardening seminars,.
Raintree’s community-based work is also impressive: they routinely donate fruit trees to Habitat for Humanity. At the end of each year, the nursery donates all leftover trees to churches, schools, community gardens, tribes and so on.
ShoreBank Pacific is proud to feature Sam and Raintree Nursery as a great example of how ShoreBank Pacific puts customers’ deposits to work in local communities.