ORGANIC SEED AT FEDCO
Fedco Seeds is a certified organic processor under
Organic Program. Our facilities were inspected by MOFGA
Certification Services. Each variety labeled as organic in our
catalog has been certified by a USDA-approved agency. By maintaining
an audit trail and careful procedures we ensure that our cerified
organic seed will not be contaminated.
If you buy organic seed because you are
a certified grower, save your invoice from us and your packet labels
so you can keep track of lot numbers to maintain your own audit
Although the rule requires organic growers to
use certified-organic seed whenever it is commercially available,
in actual practice it still leaves a wide range of choices. Many
ambiguities remain in the definition of “commercially available”
and in what constitutes a good faith effort to locate organic seed.
Consult your regional certifier for their specific definitions,
as these vary.
Organic growers have been using different compliance
strategies. Some peruse a large number of different catalogs and
purchase only organic seed no matter what the cost. Others stick
to a few preferred suppliers, insist on certain favored varieties,
or take price and quality into consideration.
Sustainably Grown Seed
All seed in our catalog offered as “certified
organic” comes from certified farms. Even farms grossing under
$5,000 that would otherwise be exempt from certification must get
certified for us, as a processor, to label their product “certified
Believing it essential to the democracy and self-reliance
of our agricultural community and to our integrity as a seed supplier,
we have painstakingly built our network of small seed growers over
the past twenty years. Most of our growers use farm and seed revenues
to supplement income from other jobs. Only a minority gross over
Although most practice sustainable farming methods
conscientiously, some eschew certification for a variety of reasons,
ideological, economic and otherwise. In this catalog we are using
the ecological label ECO after the variety name
to describe uncertified seeds grown without pesticides, herbicides
or chemical fertilizers in gardens and on farms which maintain an
active soil-building program. In most cases this seed is as sustainably
grown as the certified organic seed. I hope you will continue to
support these ECO growers with your purchases.
We use the label BD for those
varieties certified biodynamically grown. Some varieties have both
biodynamic and organic certification and so will have the symbol
Organics in the Catalog
We list all available organic selections with
sizes and prices. All variety descriptions (organic and otherwise),
sizes and prices are in the main body of the catalog. Sometimes
we offer both commercial and certified organic seed of the same
Things you should know about ordering organic:
• All organic catalog letters end with the letter ‘O.’
None of the conventional ones do.
• Organic always costs the same or more than conventional.
• If you change your mind between an organic and conventional
selection of the same variety please change three things on your
order: 1) the item number 2) the item letters 3) the price.
OG after cultivar name = entire
lot is certified-organic seed. The certifying agency is listed in
the copy. Abbreviations are: