Privacy Policy for Learn2Grow®

Learn2Grow is a Division of Preferred Commerce, Inc.

Learn2Grow® is operated by Preferred Commerce. We are headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida. Our contact information is provided below. The mission of Learn2Grow is to become the de facto source of information for the home gardener.

As the leading provider of solutions for the home gardener, we want you to feel comfortable searching and exchanging information on our site. We realize the importance of feeling safe online and are fully committed to ensuring that your privacy is respected and protected. Our Privacy Policy below outlines the type of information we typically request of you when you visit www.learn2grow.com, as well as ways in which we process and, sometimes, disseminate information collected from you. You are, of course, free to use the majority of our site without providing any personal information.

We will notify our members when we make any significant changes to our Privacy Policy that affect the use of any personally identifiable information we collect. We will not make new use of any personally identifiable information which Learn2Grow gathered from individual members or visitors prior to any such significant change in our Privacy Policy without first obtaining the member's or visitor's consent for any new uses. In instances where we ask for your personally identifiable information and we tell you the data we are collecting on that page will be shared with unaffiliated third parties, and in cases where a member, visitor or subscriber opts-in to share his/her information with third parties, those disclosures and opt-ins will override anything to the contrary in this Privacy Policy. In addition, Learn2Grow reserves the right to make non-significant changes to our Privacy Policy that will not affect Learn2Grow’s use of a user's personally identifiable information at any time without any notice to you other than posting any such changes in a revised Privacy Policy. We encourage you to periodically review our Privacy Policy to be sure you are familiar with the most current version. The Policy will include the most recent date in which any revision has been made.

Information that Learn2Grow collects

In order to use many of Learn2Grow’s features, tools and services, we ask you to register to become a member. During this member registration process, we will ask you for personally identifiable information such as your name, email address, zip code, phone number, gardening level, interests, member name and password.

We collect the domain name and email address (where possible) of visitors to our Web page, the email addresses of those who post messages to our forums, the email addresses of those who communicate with us via email, aggregate information on what pages consumers access or visit, user-specific information on what pages consumers access or visit, information volunteered by the consumer, such as survey information and/or site registrations, name and address, telephone number, fax number, payment information (e.g., credit card number and billing address).

Upon request we provide site visitors with access to a description of information that we maintain about them. Consumers can access this information by contacting Learn2Grow.

Why Learn2Grow Collects Information

Learn2Grow uses the information it gathers for several purposes, such as to understand more about our audience's interests, to communicate with you, and to give you a better experience when visiting Learn2Grow. This information allows us to personalize tools, content, services and email messages for each individual visitor. Learn2Grow will also use this information to build new services and develop offers that Learn2Grow believes are more relevant and valuable to you.

For each visitor to our Web page, our Web server automatically recognizes the consumer's domain name and email address (where possible).

For more information on how data is collected and disseminated or to contact us about anything to do with Learn2Grow, please use the following:

Learn2Grow uses the information it gathers for several purposes, such as to understand more about our audience's interests, to communicate with you and to give you a better experience when visiting Learn2Grow. This information allows us to personalize tools, content, services and email messages for each individual visitor. Learn2Grow will also use this information to build new services and develop offers that Learn2Grow believes are more relevant and valuable to you. For each visitor to our Web page, our Web server automatically recognizes the consumer's domain name and email address (where possible).

In order to better describe how information is collected and disseminated, please carefully review the following:

  1. Contacting Learn2Grow (and Preferred Commerce)

    Our postal address is:
    1655 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, Suite 800
    West Palm Beach, FL 33401
    We can be reached via email at support@learn2grow.com

    We take great care with any information that you provide us. If you see information that you believe is incorrect or inaccurate, you can have this information corrected by sending us email at the above address, visiting us at corrections@learn2grow.com.

  2. Membership registration

    Registration is free. Certain areas and tools provided by Learn2Grow are reserved for those who have registered with us; for example, posting to our forums and access to special services such as email, member pages, special offers and sweepstakes. This is necessary so that Learn2Grow can assure the quality of its various services. Registration is required to take one of our educational courses.

  3. Order forms and transactions with eCommerce partners and advertisers

    To try and bring you offers that are of interest to you, we have relationships with other companies that we allow to place ads on our Web pages. As a result of your visit to our site, ad server companies may collect information such as your domain type, your IP address and click stream information. The information provided via order forms may be shared with advertisers and partners on an aggregated basis. In the event that an advertiser or partner wishes to offer free samples, or provide information about products and services and to do so requires personally identifiable information, Learn2Grow will provide you with the ability to “opt-in” and will often provide you access to the Privacy Policy of the advertiser for your review via a link. For purposes of this Privacy Policy, “opt-in” is generally defined as any affirmative action by a Learn2Grow member or visitor to submit or receive information, as the case may be.

  4. Information collected through IP addresses and cookies

    • IP Address
      Your IP address is a number that is assigned by your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to your computer to identify its location. We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our website. We also sometimes use IP addresses to communicate with members and subscribers and possibly even ban those members who are not complying with our Terms of Service.

    • Cookies
      Our site uses a feature of your browser to set a “cookie” on your computer. Cookies are small packets of information that a site's computer stores on your computer. Learn2Grow can then read the cookies whenever you visit us. Generally, we use cookies to store visitors preferences; record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit; alert visitors to new areas that we think might be of interest to them when they return to our site; record past activity at a site in order to provide better service when visitors return to our site; and customize Web page content based on visitors' browser type or other information that the visitor sends. Cookies allow us to save your password so you don't have to re-enter it each time you visit our site, to deliver content specific to your interests, to track the pages you've visited and to make sure you don't see the same ads repeatedly. These cookies allow us to use the information we collect to customize your experience so that your visit to Learn2Grow is as relevant and as valuable to you as possible.

    You may modify your browser preference to provide you with choices relating to cookies. You have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject cookies you may be unable to use those Learn2Grow services that require registration in order to participate or will have to re-register each time you visit us.

  5. Our mailing list

    From time to time, we make our customer email list available to other reputable organizations whose products or services we think you might find interesting. We provide an opt-out feature during registration and in your profile if you do not want us to share your email address with others.

    If you do not want to receive email from us in the future, you may opt-out at registration or by changing the settings in your profile.

  6. Contacting you by Phone or Regular Mail

    If you supply us with your postal address online you will only receive the information for which you provided us your address.

    Persons who supply us with their telephone numbers online will only receive telephone contact from us with information regarding orders they have placed online.

  7. Electronic newsletters and reminders

    Learn2Grow offers a free electronic newsletter. If you choose to subscribe, currently the only information you will be required to provide is a valid email address. If you are not a registered user, you must opt-in to receive our newsletters. Generally, Learn2Grow may share mailing lists from its electronic newsletter with third parties unless you choose to opt-out of sharing with third parties. Learn2Grow may share its newsletter mailing lists with third parties who provide services on behalf of Learn2Grow. In these instances, such third parties will be bound by the terms of this Privacy Policy. Additionally, Learn2Grow may provide third parties with a list of our members and visitors who have opted-in to receiving additional information from third parties.

    In those instances where you opt-in to subscribe to a newsletter through a third-party email service or advertiser or partner, the email address information sometimes will be located on the third party's server, in which case we generally will notify you. In those cases, any information you provide is subject to that entity's Privacy Policy, not this one. Some of our partners' and advertisers' sites require that you specifically opt-out from receiving their newsletters. As a result, to stop receiving them you will need to affirmatively opt-out from the third party newsletter.

  8. Public forums/chat rooms/message boards/message boards/bulletin boards

    Various public forums such as chat rooms, message boards, “ask the expert” areas and various question and answer areas are available to you as a registered member.

    Please remember that any information you disclose in these public forum areas becomes public information and is immediately accessible on our website. It is important for you to exercise discretion and appropriate caution when deciding to reveal personal information in these areas. Further, all postings on Learn2Grow become the property of Learn2Grow, and we reserve the right to immediately remove content that, in our sole discretion, we believe to be inappropriate. Further, we have the right to restrict future usage of Learn2Grow to those who post inappropriate content.

    Learn2Grow may decide to utilize the content of Q&A's, interactions with experts, and/or chat room and message board content in promotions in order to enhance Learn2Grow’s editorial, advertising, promotional and similar activities. In those cases we may provide authorship credit by listing the author's member name. We therefore encourage you to use care in protecting your identity when you choose a member name and to keep your member name confidential.

  9. Surveys and polls

    Our surveys ask for opinions on various issues and very often these surveys and polls are sponsored by or associated with Learn2Grow advertisers and partners. Occasionally, we may request demographic information (like ZIP Code, age or gender). Most information obtained through surveys and polls is aggregated and used internally or shared with advertisers and partners only in the aggregated form. In the event personally identifiable information is requested as part of surveys or polls about any Learn2Grow member or subscriber, such personally identifiable information is never provided to unaffiliated third parties without your consent. In these instances you may expressly choose to receive information from a sponsor, in which case your information is provided to that sponsor only. Some survey answers may be added to your member portrait (so that we can better provide you with content, ads and offers that are most appropriate for you).

  10. Contests and sweepstakes

    We plan to operate sweepstakes, contests and giveaways. We typically ask you for your email address (to notify you if you've won, or not). We also ask for first and last names, and sometimes post office addresses in order to verify the entrant's identity. In some situations, we need additional information as part of the entry process, such as a prize selection choice. This information is shared with an unaffiliated third party who shall serve as a contractor for Learn2Grow.

    • Most sweepstakes and contests will also ask you to consent to the release of information contained within the entry form for tax purposes if you become a winner. You should carefully review the rules of each sweepstakes, contest and giveaway which you enter as they may contain additional important information about Learn2Grow or a sponsor's use of your personally identifiable information.

    You should carefully review the rules of each sweepstakes, contest and giveaway which you enter as they may contain additional important information about Learn2Grow or a sponsor's use of your personally identifiable information.

  11. “Send this to a friend” and postcard service

    Learn2Grow offers the ability to forward an article to another person via email or to send an electronic postcard. If you use either of these services, we will use the recipient's email address in order to send the article or postcard and we will also ask for your email address. In the case of postcards, we will ask for your email address and each may be stored so that we can ensure delivery and that the recipient can retrieve the postcard. We do not use the recipient's email address for any other purpose unless such recipient gives us permission to do so.

  12. Information sharing policy

    Learn2Grow may, from time to time, share personally identifiable information with unaffiliated third parties that Learn2Grow believes to be reputable. We may also disclose personally identifiable information without your consent in the following instances: (i) if required by applicable law or pursuant to a court or similar order; (ii) as deemed necessary, in our discretion, to protect the legal rights or the property of Learn2Grow, a member or third party, or to prevent personal injury; and/or (iii) in the event that Learn2Grow is required to transfer personally identifiable information to a third party in the event of a sale, merger, assignment, joint venture or other transfer or disposition of a portion or all of the assets or stock of Preferred Commerce (the Company that owns Learn2Grow), or its affiliated entities (including, without limitation, in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings). In addition, Learn2Grow reserves the right to allow access to its systems to third parties providing necessary technical services when such access is required in order to provide those services and to provide your personally identifiable information to third parties who provide services on behalf of Learn2Grow. Please note, however, that Learn2Grow reserves the right to share any personally identifiable or other information about you which you provide to (or which is gathered by) Learn2Grow (subject to the opt-out right).

  13. The Learn2Grow opt-in/opt-out policy

    Upon registration or from time-to-time, you may be asked to indicate whether you are interested in receiving information from us about special offers or news about our sites and advertisers. You will also be provided with the opportunity to opt-in to receive offers directly from select companies other than Learn2Grow. If you do choose to receive these communications by means of an opt-in, we will occasionally send you an email message that matches your request(s). You may, of course, always choose not to receive any of this information from us. We currently provide the following opt-out opportunities:

    • Upon registration, you can choose to receive no communications from us other than an initial member welcome message.
    • At any time, you can follow a link provided in every newsletter or email message (except for e-commerce confirmation emails) to unsubscribe from that mailing list or email service.
    • Please note that Learn2Grow reserves the right to contact you in the event of a change in the Learn2Grow Terms of Service and/or this Privacy Policy.
    • At any time, you can opt out of having your personally identifiable information shared with our Affiliates for their direct marketing purposes.

  14. How we protect and secure your information

    Learn2Grow has numerous security measures in place to protect you from the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control, including your credit card information if you choose to conduct an eCommerce transaction with us. Learn2Grow will never share your credit card information with anyone. All of your member information requires use of your password. We recommend that you do not share your password with anyone.

    Learn2Grow uses industry-standard tools, such as firewalls, to ensure that your information is secure and confidential. We have appropriate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of information that we have collected from you at our site.