Welcome to Fedco Seeds, your source for
cold-hardy selections especially adapted to our demanding
Northeast climate. Each year we observe hundreds of varieties, selecting
only the best for inclusion in our catalogs. Through our product
lines and cultural hints, we encourage sustainable growing methods.
We offer a large selection of certified organic cultivars and regional
heirloom varieties. We buy products from all over the world.
Fedco has five orders: Seeds,
Moose Tubers, Organic
Growers Supply, Trees,
and Bulbs, and sends
out three catalogs annually. We work out of two warehouses
on the Bellsqueeze
Road in Clinton, Maine, and out of our office in nearby
Waterville. We do not have a retail store. We deal exclusively
by mail order and internet orders except during designated
pickup and public sale days, our annual excursion to the Common
Ground Country Fair, and periodic visits to other special
events. We do not take phone or fax orders.
Because frosts can occur in our location nine
months of the year, and the ground remains frozen for five months
from late November until mid-April, we have evolved a seasonal shipping
schedule for perishable items.
• We ship trees and perennial plants only
in the spring.
• We ship fall bulbs and garlic only in fall just before planting
• We ship seed potatoes and onion sets only in April and May.
• We ship seeds from January through September, then
take a break to prepare next year’s catalog.
• We ship books, supplies and cover crops year round.
We have been in the seed business since
1978. We took on the Tree order from John Bunker in 1983,
added fall Bulbs in 1984, picked up potatoes from Tom Roberts
in 1985, and the Organic Grower Supply order from MOFGA
in 1988. Beginning from a Maine base with 98 orders the first
year, after 30 years we now serve growers in all 50 states,
filling over 24,000 orders totaling $3 million annually.
We are a cooperative, one of the
few seed companies so organized in the United States. Because we
do not have an individual owner or beneficiary, profit is not our
primary goal. Consumers own 60% of the cooperative and worker members
40%. Consumer and worker members share proportionately in the cooperative’s
profits through our annual patronage dividends.
Our cooperative structure gives workers a real
voice in running the company and a real stake in its success, enabling
us to attract and retain talented workers. Year after year our staff
turnover has been very low.
Our company culture derives from our history
as a cooperative. Our first customers were other cooperatives
and we developed many of our procedures specifically to serve
them. Although we have diversified, a significant proportion
of our business still comes from cooperative or group orders.
Our dedicated group order coordinators are partners in our
business. We encourage you to make cooperation work for you
by forming ordering groups to take advantage of our generous
volume discounts. It is easy to form a group: get together
with friends, neighbors, co-workers or other members of your
club, grange, county or state organic chapter, church or coop.
for more information about sending your group order in the
mail or here for information about
group ordering online.
The cooperative ethic recognizes that we are all
in this together. What is good for our managers should be good for
our workers and good for our customers and vice versa.