Donations of Goods

Every year, Fedco donates seeds and other goods to small groups and organizations working on education, food security and food sovereignty, and more. Donation guidelines, timelines, and a link to request a donation of goods can be found below. All donations are subject to availability and provided at our discretion.

Who We Donate To

Anyone is welcome to submit a request for a donation of goods. Unfortunately, we receive many more requests each year than we can fulfill. Below are the guidelines we use when determining whether to make a donation.

Regional considerations

We prioritize requests from Maine-based groups, followed by requests from groups in the Northeast US region, followed by other cold-climate regions our varieties are suited for, followed by all other requests.

Organizational alignment

We prioritize requests from small groups working on education and food security. Schools, libraries, community gardens, prison gardens, and food pantries are frequent recipients.

We appreciate the hard work of nationally-based non-profit organizations, but have found that our organization has the most impact when we prioritize small, community-based efforts.

Other considerations

Shipping heavy packages of donated goods is often cost prohibitive, and for heavier goods we give preference to local groups who can arrange a pickup.

Availability of Goods

Division Goods available Requests accepted when Donations sent when
Seeds
Vegetable, herb, & flower seeds
Jan-May
Feb-May
OGS
Farm, garden, & orchard supplies
Year round
Year round
Potatoes
Seed potatoes
Jan-Apr
May
Trees
Trees & perennials
March-May
May
Bulbs
Garlic & flower bulbs
Aug-Oct
Nov

During times when we are not accepting donations, we ask that you consider reaching out to a local mutual aid effort instead. Check out #coopgardens

Donations of seeds often include seeds that we've deemed unsaleable. This includes seeds in visibly damaged packaging, and seeds with lower germination rates. Seeds with lower germination rates can still be planted, but should be sown more densely.

Request a Donation of Goods

After reading the above guidelines, please use the form below to request a donation of goods from Fedco.

QUESTIONS? Email donations@fedcoseeds.com