Have you received surprise seeds in the mail? Several NH, (Including Keene), residents have recently reported receiving packages of seeds in the mail that they did not order. Often the packages come with a return address from China, or are misidentified as containing other small items. This has occurred in other states as well and appears to be part of a scam known as “brushing”. Be aware that seeds are highly regulated to protect plant health. If you are a NH resident and have received seeds in the mail that you did not order, please:
• Do not plant them.
• Keep the seeds and the original packing material until contacted by an agricultural inspector.
• Email the NH Dept. Agriculture, Markets & Food: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the report include that you have received seeds, your full name, town, and contact information – telephone, email, or both (preferred)!
You can also contact the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Anti-smuggling Hotline by calling 1-800-877-3835.