Keeping Transparent About Sponsors

Posted on Jul 18 2011 - 2:30am by Mike Lieberman

This is post that I was debating about writing or just letting it pass. I decided to write it because I have been so vocal about having sponsorships. I thought it was only fair.

Last week, I wrote the post about Miracle-Gro being organic and how I didn’t care. In the comments of the Facebook thread, someone mentioned that one of my sponsors was selling Round-Up.

If you’ve been following along the discussions, you would know that this is a product of chemical gardening that I speak out against (some might say too often). When I checked out the link provided for me, sure enough MasterGardening is selling Round-Up.

As I bring new sponsors on, I usually do my due diligence to look into them and what they are offering. Their offering of Round-Up is something that I completely missed. It was a mistake on my end. I don’t fault or blame MasterGardening. They were not trying to trick me. I accept full responsibility.

As soon as I found this out, I cut off ties with MasterGardening and have refunded them. I have nothing against them and appreciate them wanting to be a sponsor. If I would have realized from the beginning that they were selling Round-Up, I wouldn’t have started the relationship.

The reason that I am writing this is because I want to be upfront and honest with you about what’s going on. I don’t want to just sweep it under the table and act like nothing happened. By doing that I think it would be a disservice and disrespectful to you.

What do you think about the situation?

  • http://www.anotherkindofdrew.com anotherkindofdrew

    Dignity, honesty, value, is a collection of things missing both in RL and in the virtual. Thank you for restoring some of that and keepin’ it real!

  • Violetlin2011

    I think you handled the situation appropriately and I’m glad you aren’t a sellout! :-)

  • Suzy

    Thanks! It’s awesome that  you stand so firmly on your principles.

  • http://profiles.google.com/bodynsoil Bodyn Soil

    You check your sources, as you say, but one got in under the fence. I don’t fault you for  it, as soon as you learned of the Monsanto Link you did what you needed to do. I enjoy your writing and your work, you are a solid resource for information.

  • http://Thenickell.com Kip

    Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/spirithorseherb Spirit Horse Herbals

    Two words. You. Rock.

  • MicronCat

    Miracle Gro is Organic?

  • MicronCat

    Miracle Gro is Organic?

  • MicronCat

    Miracle Gro is Organic?

  • http://woodstreetsgardens.blogspot.com/ Julie

    Appreciate your integrity.

  • http://marysgardeningendeavors.blogspot.com Mary C.

    I applaud you for it. Shows your integrity, also gives us UOG followers a chance to delete that sponsor from our bookmarks ;)

  • ali titus

    i agree with everyone else, it shows your integrity and honesty.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks bro. I do my best while maintaining sanity.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks. I’m glad too.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    I do my best. Thanks for the support.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thank you much.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    No problem.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Two words – Thank you!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    They do have some product that are organic.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Appreciate your support.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks. I enjoyed my relationship with them and dont’ have any hard feelings.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Doin my best.

  • Anonymous

    Great work, Mike!

  • Mike

    I think you acted admirably. It takes integrity and honor to turn down cash, so you can stand by your principles. 

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks Helen.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    That’s what I’m hoping for…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1408646956 Juanita Wright

    You did great, sweetie.  I’m proud of you..for being up front with us all and for standing up for yourself and your beliefs.  So good to see such commitment and honesty.  Hugs to you. :) 

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Hugs back. Thanks.

  • Tris

    You did what you said you would do from the start.  I sure wish more people would take a page out of your book.  Keeping oneself true to their word and responsible for their actions is what we should all be striving for.  Thank you for setting a good example, Mike.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks doin my best to be honest and turn a buck ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1233395807 Kirsten Opland

    I think its good that you’re willing to reevaluate your sponsors. Thank you for being so honest with your readers, it makes me trust this site as a reliable source of info.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1233395807 Kirsten Opland

    I think its good that you’re willing to reevaluate your sponsors. Thank you for being so honest with your readers, it makes me trust this site as a reliable source of info.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thank you Kristen.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IN46RCR3EENZEHMIZ6OBNLRZLY Dawn Mischler

    Thank you so much for such a strong statement of honesty.  THIS folks is what INTEGRITY looks like.  Kudos Mike.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Appreciate it Dawn.

  • Dreamkiller

    Mike- I think you approached this in a very professional way.  You were fair to the sponsor, but also to yourself & your cause. I think not only will this sponsor get the message, but this also sends a very clear message to other groups that organic gardening isn’t just a “fad” or a “whim”.  It’s a conscious choice, a way of life and it’s more than just a mission statement.  My mom used to always tell me to “protest with my feet” when I wasn’t happy with a situation- whether it was dealing with an out of touch political representative or a power-hungry professor- kudos for the social leadership.  Hopefully more will follow your lead. 

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thank you for the kind words and comment. It was something that I wasn’t sure whether to address or not, but thought it best to keep open about it.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thank you for the kind words and comment. It was something that I wasn’t sure whether to address or not, but thought it best to keep open about it.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Good catch. I haven’t been associate with them for months now ;-)

  • Connie

    Work at westlake and both miracle grow and round up are Scott’s products how funny is that guess they are playing on both sides of the team