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This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.

Did you know Utah ranks as the rooftop of the United States? The average elevation of our tallest peaks is over 11,000 feet — higher than the same average in any other state. This makes growing here a little more difficult, especially since we're also the second driest state in the nation. But, growing gardens is a tradition dating back to the state's founders, so we make it work.

If you're looking for the right seeds to plant in your garden or flower bed Robb Baumann and Lance Heaton of Mountain Valley Seed Company might be able to help you. This Salt Lake City company has been supporting Utah's gardeners for over 35 years. They specialize in flower, vegetable, herb and many other types of seeds.

One of the exciting parts of this company is their focus on the local nature of the business. They love to be a local seed company supporting local farmers and growers who've been excited to see the direction they're taking the company since they bought it a couple years ago. Many of their seeds are being used to grow produce sold at farmers markets and in community-supported agriculture programs. Buying your food locally is a smart idea because it usually has better flavor and longevity since it didn't travel thousands of miles to get to your table.

Another focus for this company is MicroGreens. These are plants you can grow right in your kitchen and then harvest in as little as a week to provide a flavorful addition to any meal. They're one of the hottest new gourmet greens, and many of the top restaurants are now cooking with the plants. Mountain Valley Seed Company already sells their MicroGreens to some of Salt Lake City's best restaurants, but they're also in the process of doing extensive growth trials to find the best methods, times and light requirements for home growers.

Since 1976, Mountain Valley Seed Company has been serving Utah's farmers and gardeners. The two owners continue to streamline the business to take it to the next level.

For Zions Bank, I'm Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.

Mountain Valley Seed Company 455 W. 1700 South Salt Lake City, UT 84115 801-486-0480

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