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Purchased four packages of heirloom tomato seeds from Victory last week, and already I'm delighted with the results.
After experiencing poor germination and poor seedling vigor from the seeds I received from two tomato specialty companies, I decided to check DavesGarden for alternatives. I'm very glad I did! Their top reviews are certainly deserved. The seeds were shipped quickly, and I have nearly 100% germination after 4 days. Great job guys!
On Mar 16, 2013, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Mar 17, 2013 4:35 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Hi Amoena . . . I am glad that you found and consulted Dave's Garden Watchdog and that it led you to us. GWD is a great resource for gardeners. Thank you also for taking the to make GWD even better by sharing the experience you had with using Victory SeedsŪ. As a small organization with limited advertising budget, we rely on word-of-mouth recommendations like yours.
Regarding seed quality and germination . . . thank you for noticing :) Obviously, biology plays a big role, but we have worked very hard over the years to perfect our processes so that we can offer folks seeds that typically exceed the set standards.
Thank you again for supporting our seed variety preservation work with your orders and for your positive feedback! ~Mike"
On Mar 14, 2013, brad85 Sanger, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
I found Victory Seeds to have a great selection of heirloom seeds. I placed my order and the seeds shipped within the time frame they stated and arrived soon after. The seeds are well packaged with planting recommendations on each package. I am very pleased with my experience. I suspect I will be a regular shopper with them. They did their part, now I have to do mine and get out in the garden. Thank you Victory Seeds.
On Mar 14, 2013, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Mar 15, 2013 4:19 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with other gardeners. We greatly appreciate it. Have a great gardening season and email me if you have any questions or if I can be of further service. Best Regards, ~Mike"
On Mar 11, 2013, Giulianna Fairfield, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Posted on September 23, 2012, updated March 11, 2013
Posted on September 17, 2012, updated September 24, 2012
This was my first time to order heirloom and open-pollinated seeds through mail order. I usually find most of what I want in my local stores. However, because I must container garden currently and I always do purely organic gardening...I wanted more heirloom and open-pollinated seed options. Also, I am looking to stock up on seed and save my own, for the sake of rough economic times and little faith in our politicians. I have been learning to save seeds for the last few years and thus far, it has been quite successful. :)
I am not certain as to how I stumbled onto Victory Seeds, but after reading reviews here and then finding some helpful info on their site, I chose to order some seeds for my winter garden outside and my small indoor garden I will be attempting this year to keep us in fresh produce.
The seeds arrived promptly and so far they seem to be germinating very well, just planted in my homemade mixture of potting soil and put in small starter containers out in my backyard this September.
I am now anxiously awaiting my second order from them. I did also order from another company some seeds I could not find at Victory. I will give more reviews as the seeds come in and I plant them. Thank you to all those responsible for these reviews! What a blessing.
On September 24th, 2012, Giulianna added the following:
Update: Received my 2nd order of seeds promptly, again. One thing I love about this seed company is they put the seeds inside ziploc style bags inside the seed pouch. Also they give you info on the proper technique for keeping your seeds alive. :)
My first order: The seeds are germinating beautifully. Living in Northern California, I have planted all of them into pots outdoors and they are coming up beautifully.
My second order: The ones for both my indoor and outdoor winter garden are now planted, waiting for germination, but I have no doubt they will.
I plan to order my spring/summer garden seeds through this company since they have given me excellent service and I share about them on Facebook, because I have friends who are now interested in organic gardening too.
On March 11th, 2013, Giulianna added the following:
Well, here it is...almost Spring. I have again ordered seeds and they showed up promptly. I planted them and must say the germination rate is EXCELLENT compared to packages of seeds I bought in the past from other companies.
Another PLUS about this company is they give advice based on scientific studies and/or personal experience on how to get seeds to germinate and thrive.
They are very friendly and make their customers feel like extended family. A wonderful operation and I am so grateful for not only Victory Seed Company, but also Dave's Garden for helping me find reputable companies in a tough economy. I will gladly continue to help support their work to help preserve plant varieties (heirloom and open-pollinated) through my purchases and word of mouth to my family and friends. On Mar 11, 2013, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Jan 6, 2013 5:51 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Thank you for the awesome report, Giulianna. Makes me a bit "homesick." Although I was around our family's farm where I now make home here in Oregon off and on through my childhood, and have spent more years here than any other one place, I grew up in Petaluma and really, really miss the climate down in your neck of the woods. Thank you so much for your support and for sharing us with your gardening friends here and on Facebook. It is greatly appreciated! ~Mike"
Posted on December 6, 2012, updated March 8, 2013
Great Company to deal with!
Fast Shipping, seeds are clean and packaged well. All of the seed that I purchased germinated and produced great vegetables, I highly recommend this company.
On March 8th, 2013, forestolexa added the following:
I tried Victory Seeds after a friend of mine suggested them several years ago. Wow, what a great company to order from. Excellent seed quality, we grew some beautiful vegetables last year. The Blue Hubbard Squash really was not only huge but tasty as well. On Mar 8, 2013, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Jan 6, 2013 6:14 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Thank you, Bill. Where most folks tend to comment on our service, I am so glad that you noticed our seed. I have personally been a mail-order gardener since I was a small kid (and that goes back a lot of decades!). I have seen a lot of seed in my days and it always amazed me some to the "junk" I would get from companies . . . Even big named, nationally known ones. Actually it still does amaze me. Of course I cannot name names, but some of the stuff that I have bought looks like it just came out of the field and never went through a seed cleaner! Anyway, when starting this organization, part of our fundamental mission was established to only offer the highest quality seed possible. So along with a focus on accuracy, we always try to exceed germination standards. Thank you again for noticing and sharing. ~Mike"
What can I say? This company provides some of the most unique varieties of plant seed out there. I just had to order from them, and so I did.
Shipping was quick and speedy. The seeds are packaged in appropriately sized plastic bags for the number of seeds ordered and are further encased in a larger paper envelope containing seed name, information on days to germination and harvest, as well as planting instructions and information on how to harvest the the plants when they are producing. On the back on each seed envelope are directions to store the seeds in a glass jar in the refrigerator. These directions are further elaborated on a yellow sheet of paper received with the order and contains information for conducting a germinating test as well.
I am definitely pleased with my order and definitely would recommend this company to others.
On Feb 19, 2013, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Feb 20, 2013 2:28 PM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Thank you taking the time to post the nice report. We do try and ship as fast as we can and since we want folks to realize success in their gardens, we do try and include as much information as we possible. Thank you for noticing, for your nice review here, and for your word-of-mouth recommendations. Wishing you a great gardening season down there in Texas (you all are due a decent summer for a change!). ~Mike"
On Feb 18, 2013, Illinoislady Centralia, IL wrote:
I was not aware of this company until having already placed an order with another company. The other company didn't have 3 items I wanted, so I searched internet and found Victory Seed had all 3 items.
This was a very pleasant experience, especially since I had placed such a small order. Their shipping rates were very reasonable, their seed prices ditto, and my order was processed and mailed very fast. In reply to a question I had, Mike Dunston send a prompt reply. Very Impressive!
I plan to order from them again the next time I need seeds. They seem to try very hard to put themselves in the customers' shoes. I like the fact they don't deal in GMO seeds.
Lately I have read that GMO items, in addition to having genes from other plants inserted in them, unfortunately can also have genes from--believe it or not-- animals, as well as genes from viruses and bacteria. Thank goodness for companies that are avoiding the GMO items! And I am glad I found Victory Seed Co.
On Feb 18, 2013, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Feb 19, 2013 10:02 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
I am glad that you found us Illinoislady, and thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences with other gardeners. I am also glad that you noticed that we try and put ourselves in our customer's shoes. It is (sadly) kind of old-fashioned these days, but we try and live our lives, and operate our business, by the "Golden Rule." You have my email address, let me know if we can be of further service. Gardening success to you. ~Mike"
I have been using Victory Seeds for several years now primarily for vegetable seeds but also for annual flower seeds. They have a great selection, including rare and otherwise hard to find varieties. Of particular interest to me, they have a wide selection of vegetable seeds suitable for short growing seasons. I have had great success with bush beans here in chilly, high altitude Calgary, where many other varieties from other suppliers have utterly failed (low germination, not a single flower to set etc). Their service is excellent, the pricing competitive, their packaging informative and the seeds very high quality. I don't go anywhere else and recommend them to all my gardening friends.
On Feb 18, 2013, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Feb 19, 2013 4:08 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Thank you not only for the great review of our seed quality and commitment to service, but also for the report from your neck of the woods. It is always great to hear how folk's gardens do in other parts of the world. That kind of information is helpful to new gardeners and encouraging to folks who are thinking about gardening in challenging locations and climates like your. Kudos to you, by the way, for overcoming the challenges. For the sake of new gardeners reading this that might not have picked up on a good point you made, I would like to emphasize your note about choosing "seeds suitable for short growing seasons." Success in the garden does require decision making and gardeners do need to consider their climate when planing their gardens. Thank you again for the nice review and for your continued support of our seed variety preservation work with your orders! ~Mike"
On Jan 14, 2013, SuchADiva Huntsville, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Excellent company! I started from scratch this year, rebuiling my seed collection with only heirloom, non-gmo, preferably organic seeds. Victory Seeds was listed as a good source, so I ordered from them along with several other companies. I placed my order on the 7th of January. Victory Seeds sent me an order confirmation on the 7th, shipped on the 9th and sent me an email to notify me, and I received the order on the 11th. The seeds were beautifully packed with highly detailed planting instructions.
I couldn't be more pleased with the quality and service, and will definitely be ordering more from Victory Seeds in the future. Victory, I thank you, and my garden thanks you : )
On Jan 14, 2013, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Jan 15, 2013 1:45 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Thank you for your kudos! I will make sure everyone here that was involved with getting your order to you reads your message. It is always great to hear when our efforts are appreciated! Have a great gardening season and we look forward to serving you in the future. ~Mike"
Last Christmas I received as a gift, an on-line gift certificate to Victory Seed. I was unsure of the process, but all went smoothly. The gift certificate was a wonderful way to try out unique flower seeds I never would have thought of trying. The packets were informative, everything arrived as ordered, and germinated well. This year I'm trying their heirloom tomatoes, and expecting the same fun results.
On Jan 7, 2013, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Jan 8, 2013 1:09 PM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Hi Stracgirl - It takes someone who really knows you well, to give a gift that you like and actually find useful. I am glad that you received a Victory gift certificate and were able to get to know us. Thank you for sharing your experience through your feedback here. Let me know if I can be of further service. ~Mike"
I recently placed my first order with Victory Seeds. As I am relatively new at gardening I found the seed packets very informative as well as their website. I received my order promptly and will order from them again.
On Jan 7, 2013, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Jan 8, 2013 7:03 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Thank you for the positive feedback, gardenmate, and welcome to gardening! Although I try and incorporate all of the basic information necessary for success onto our packets and on our web sites, some basic prerequisite assumptions are sometimes necessary. If you have questions or would like a recommendation for a good basic gardening book, please feel free to drop me an email. Best of gardening success to you! ~Mike"
On Jan 7, 2013, dmac085 Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
First order with them in 2012 and was extremely pleased with product, packaging and the fast shipping. I did order in a non-peak seed buying time but still my order was quickly received.
Will definitely return.
On Jan 7, 2013, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Jan 8, 2013 1:54 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Thank you for your vote of confidence and your continued support. We look forward to serving you.
Thank you for bringing up peak and non-peak times of the year. Although you already understand this phenomenon, new gardeners may not. From about January through April, it can get quite busy around here. Ordering early is always a good idea so that wait times don't start overlapping into a person's peak planting times.
That said, we have staffed up here and have a trained reserve force (hmm, the Victory Reserve has a cool ring to it) that we call on in a pinch. Our goal is to ship orders in one to three business days but it can get as long as five to seven. Thank you again. ~Mike"
On Jan 4, 2013, midnight2326 Fort Myers Beach, FL wrote:
I have been wanting to start an herb garden. Seed is difficult to find. Seed is usually old and non sowable. I went on line. I searched through many different companies. Victory had the best prices. I liked what I read about the company. I ordered 8 different herbs. They came today. 5 days after I placed the order. When I opened the package, I could actually smell the different herbs. Never had seed do that before. Usually. they do not have an aroma. When the germinate and mature, I will let you know how they taste.
On Jan 4, 2013, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Jan 6, 2013 5:23 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences and especially for noticing our efforts. We really do try and provide the best service, value and products as humanly possible. I look forward to hearing how your herb garden progresses. Although veggies are the focus of our work here, I have had a passion for herbs - culinary and medicinal - since I was a kid and discovered my Great-grandpas home remedy, folklore medicine recipe, notebook. I still love growing herbs here on the farm and plant them interspersed throughout our flowerbeds. Email me if you have questions or concerns. ~Mike"
Very Pleased as always. Spring is right around the corner and we are prepared to order more! Thank you.
Sherry - Sarasota FL
On Dec 27, 2012, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Jan 6, 2013 5:27 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Hi Sherry . . . It sure doesn't feel like spring here! I have to head to the store and buy some plumbing parts this afternoon to fix a broken water pipe that I thought I had better insulated. I guess not enough for the temperatures we just had. But you are right, Spring is coming soon and even here, it will not be long before we fire up the heat, turn on the lights, are start things like our eggplants, tomatoes and peppers. Thank you again for supporting our seed variety preservation work with your orders! ~Mike"
On Dec 21, 2012, BookwormHeather Norwood, CO wrote:
Victory Seeds has a great selection and great service. I had a fantastic garden with their seeds. I am a beginner gardener and greatly appreciate all the information on their website and on the packets, though I too found that the packets did not have as much info as on the website.
On Dec 21, 2012, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Jan 6, 2013 5:37 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Thank you for your nice comments and so glad that you decided to take up gardening. Not just because we are a seed company but because I truly believe in what it stands for. Since self-preservation is a fundamental tenant of nature, a God-given right, raising our own good, healthy, natural food is therefore a right too. So gardening ends up being a very strong political, anti-corporate statement. [Stepping off my soapbox . . . ]
I am glad that you found the information on the packets helpful. I wish I could cram more on there. :) As you pointed out, the main web site (www.VictorySeeds.com) does have more informational sections that are useful. I also want to point out that I am working on a purely informational site (nothing for sale there) at http://www.VintageVeggies.com. Not a lot there right now but as time permits, I will be adding content.
Thank you again for your support, your positive feedback, and here's to a great 2013 gardening season. ~Mike "
On Dec 21, 2012, KathyWardSC West Union, SC wrote:
Victory seeds has a great selection of rare and hard to find heirloom seeds. The seeds I order arrived in a very timely manner and even had detailed storage and planting instructions. I can't wait to start planting!
On Dec 21, 2012, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Jan 6, 2013 5:39 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Thank you for taking the time to leave the nice feedback. I am getting excited to get back out in the gardens and fields as well! It won't be long :) Email me if you have any questions or concerns. ~Mike"
I've been buying seeds from this company for several years and have always been happy with the service and selection. The seeds have great germination rates, and the resulting plants are wonderful. I often recommend them to friends that are beginning or expanding their gardening endeavors.
On Dec 21, 2012, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Jan 6, 2013 5:45 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Thank you so much for your continued support of our seed variety preservation work with your orders, your positive feedback here, and especially for your word-of-mouth recommendations to your gardening friends and family. We are so blessed to have folks like you who share in this work. ~Mike"
On Dec 15, 2012, hjulich Des Moines, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I have been very happy with Victory Seeds. I've ordered from them the past two years and found them to be very reliable, reasonably priced, and fast. The seeds are good quality and germinate consistently.
On Dec 15, 2012, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Jan 6, 2013 5:58 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Thank you for your positive feedback and your continued support. It is appreciated! Have a great gardening season. ~Mike"
On Dec 9, 2012, chasinurtail Saegertown, PA wrote:
COMPLETELY happy with this company. Nice selection of seeds and quick shipment. I had a problem with a missing item in a separate shipment and within hours of contacting, I received notification the item was shipped. Fantastic and personal customer services!
On Dec 9, 2012, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Jan 6, 2013 6:04 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
I am VERY thankful for your support :) I remember that one mistake we made ;) We do have a "checks and balances" procedure in place where two people are supposed to check each order, but every once in a while, those two people must get cross-eyed. :) I am glad that we got it resolved quickly and we really do appreciate your patience and great attitude! Thank you for sharing about your experience here. ~Mike"
This is a fantastic company. Very well educated and very responsive customer service. Their seed is of the highest quality and the availablity of larger seed packages is a big plus.
On Sep 11, 2012, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Jan 6, 2013 6:25 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Thank you! And I will take this as a personal thank you since along with being the founder, head farmer, seedsman, webmaster, marketing director, and book-keeper, I am the customer service department :)
Actually, I am starting the process of training up the next generation and hopefully my eventual replacement, so one day, folks will start getting support from others here, but for now, I am the one fielding questions. On that note, I really do appreciate the patience that nearly everyone extends to me. It does get busy around here on the farm and I often don't get caught up replying to everyone until the weekend. If you don't hear back, please feel free to send a prodding email :)
Thank you again for this nice post and we look forward to being of service to you in the future. ~Mike"
I highly recommend VictorySeeds. My order arrived quickly and they have an A+ in customer service. When I had questions they responded to my emails very promptly. I will definitely be ordering from them again.
On Mar 20, 2012, ferocynide Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:
I ordered from Victory because they are local for me, and had some seeds I could not find elsewhere. The prices are good, the shipping was fast and packaged with care. Handwritten thank you's on the invoice made me happy to see I was buying from actual people and not a giant corporation. So far my seedlings are doing well, germination rate has been really high. I will order from them in the future!
Super fast shipping with my seeds, ordered in Feb. So far germination rates have been very good, and I even planted out the early greens due to very warm temps (for here), and they are doing wonderfully. I will buy from them again.
In the last two years I have placed several orders with Victory Seeds. They have an impressive selection and some of the harder to find varieties I was looking for. Each time their shipping was fast and their germination rates were good. Thank you Victory seeds.
On Jan 17, 2012, DavesGarden0302 State College, PA wrote:
Posted on December 26, 2010, updated January 17, 2012
Shipping and handling costs are extremely high. Includes cost I would normally expect in the porduct itself. Not for the small orderer to try.
On January 17th, 2012, DavesGarden0302 changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
I noticed Victory has adjusted there shipping costs so that small orders are not so expensive and rates are adjusted by size. Changing rating to neutral for the change and will consider placing an order.On Jan 17, 2012, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Dec 26, 2010 5:39 PM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Shipping and handling is a tough issue in the mail-order industry as a whole right now. Postage prices continue to rise and the quality of the carrier's services continue to decline. But I do not believe our costs to be high - extremely or otherwise. Perhaps you read the shipping estimate incorrectly. There are US Priority Mail options available for those folks that choose.
A couple of years ago as the economy began to sour, we weighed all of the options and with the input of our loyal customers and supporters, decided against raising the packet prices or setting a minimum order amount as most companies chose to do. We ended up going with a minimum postage and handling cost of $6.45. I would point out that this price has now been lowered in our new cart system as First Class Mail is now an available option. Starting at about $4.00, shipping depends on the weight of your order and the distance to the destination.
We feel that it is not fair to hide shipping costs in the packet prices. There is no reason why a serious gardener ordering a garden's worth of seeds, local customers, or even a customer in a close postal mail zone should be penalized with higher packet prices just to hide shipping costs. So unlike you, we do not believe in hiding prices in our seed packets.
As you mentioned in your email, these are tough economic times and in order to continue our seed preservation work, we need to make sure that we are around for decades to come. That is the bottom line. Yes we sell seeds to pay the bills. But our primary reason for existing is to keep old seed varieties available for home gardeners. We would not be able to do this if we lost money on orders. Thankfully the supporters of our work, who have helped to build this company and evolve these policies over the past decade plus, understand.
On Jan 9, 2012, melody Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:
I'm very pleased at how fast my order was processed and shipped. Victory Seed offers some unique and hard to find vegetable seed and I appreciate their mission to supply a quality product at a fair price.
On Jul 23, 2011, knotweedkiller Port Carbon, PA wrote:
For various and sundry reasons I have mixed results with germinating my own tomato plants. I buy tomato plants from garden centers as backups. I tend to select heirlooms, either by seed or by purchased plant. I also buy tomato seed packs from garden centers. Therefore I get a fair idea of how well plants do from various sources. Victory Seed tomato seeds germinate as well as, if not slightly better than, tomato seeds from other sources. Generally, once planted, the Victory Seed tomato plants grow as well as the best garden center tomato plants that I have found. Furthermore, again generally, the Victory Seed plants out perform most other plants started from seed, or bought at other garden centers. In other words, I've found only one other place that matches the plants I can start with Victory Seed seed. A tomato plant grown from Victory Seed seeds will generally be very vigorous in terms of growth and fruit production. While you may, or may not, pay more for Victory Seed seeds, the yields from their seeds will make up for any slightly higher initial cost.
I ordered plants, bugs, microbes and seeds from Victory Seed and was very happy. Despite the heat in Las Vegas in July, the ladybugs arrived alive and well. All the living plants have survived. Great company, great people. God bless.
I received the order so quickly that I thought I'd made a mistake and had checked off for the most expensive shipping option. I hadn't. Also, information was included on storage of seeds that I'd never seen before. Sure wish I'd have known about this company earlier -- I like the packaging and service but I LOVE the idea of seed preservation. Victory Seeds is now my first choice.
Just received the March 3rd order. I'm pleased everything I requested was in stock. I was worried I might have to hunt down the varieties of tomato I wanted else where. The Victory Seed Co. prices are better than most I've looked at; 10 cents per seed compared to 12 cents. The shipping was also on par with most others, perhaps a little lower than some. (Shipping costs have greatly reduced the number of companies I order from. Victory Seed had enough OP vegetable varieties to satisfy me this season and the saved shipping costs allowed me to purchase seeds I'd have had to skip otherwise.)
The seed packets provide "days to" maturity/harvest, as well as basic cultural instructions and a variety's release date if it is known.
The company also included suggestions for saving/storing seeds, as well as testing for germination. Good to know if you're new to seed saving.
The seed packs are expensive for the small number of seeds they contain, and the shipping is a little on the high side, however, that being said, if you do not want Franken food, this is one of the few places to get it. The seeds are expensive, because farming in Molalla is more expensive then farming in China. There are enough seeds for a year, for the serious amateur gardener, not many leftover, but would you ever use those anyway? The shipping is priority mail, which is pricey, but again, priority mail is what a small family buisness is going to use. The seeds arrive quickly after being ordered, they send what they say they are going to send, and they send the packs wrapped in bubble wrap so they arrive undamaged. They even include a little blurb on seed storage. Now, Molalla Oregon is the freaking garden spot of the United States, everything grows in Molalla, however I recognise some of the breeds they offer as what Oregonians used to be able to get from Sow Organic, and much of what they offered looks pretty promising for the Darkside (West side of the Cascades). We will see how they grow, but hoping to replace Abundant Life, Seeds of Change and Cooks, with Bountiful, Seeds from Italy, and this little company. Put your money where your mouth is if you truly want to support American family farms and don't want to eat Monsanto corn that, I am not making this up, kills the field mice that chew on it. Yum!
I have been pleased with with both the seed and the service. That said, I'd like to see some changes in the packaging. Several years ago I ordered a half-dozen or more varieties of beans. I was disappointed that the descriptions on-line weren't provided on the package. I appreciate the cost aspect of this, but all of the bean packages said exactly the same thing except for the variety name.
One further comment. I placed a small order today and received confirmation via email. Yesterday I had placed an order with New Hope Seed Company. The two emails look remarkably similar. The content is different, but the format is identical. This concerned me because I had researched several so-called small companies years ago only to discover that all were part of a much larger consortium. As it's my intent to support *small* farming operations, I stopped purchasing seed from those companies. It could well be that Victory & New Hope simply share an order/payment company. Or it could be a coincidence. Either way, I'm curious as to why the order confirmations are so similar.
On Feb 9, 2011, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Feb 9, 2011 9:50 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
I can assure you that we are a small, family owned and operated, farm-based organization. We are not associated with any other company. You can read more about us and our mission at:
As far as the New Hope Seed Company, yes, they too are a small farm-based company. Although they are in Tennessee and we are across the country in Oregon, the owner and I are very close friends. We collaborate on researching and growing out rare, old seed varieties, share information, and do cooperative grow outs to see how things do in our respective neck of the woods.
As small businesses, David and I wear many, many hats. One of which is webmaster. Since we also have to do things like filling seed packets, sending out orders and farming, we commonly are up late at night figuring out different web site related issues. When one of us finds an answer, we share the solution. And although we use the same technology platform, our sites and our businesses are in no way connected. We are, by business school definition, friendly competitors.
I hope that this helps explain things and clears up your concerns about us being part of some greater empire. :)
P.S. - Regarding the packaging, we do in fact, try to place descriptive or historical information on the packet. Leaving this off is not a cost related issue. It is a physical space related issue and growing instructions will always win out since the descriptions are available on the pages where the packets are ordered. That said, most, if not all, of our packets now include both cultural (planting) and descriptive information. We started moving in that direction quite a few years ago. Thank you again for your recent order!"
On Jan 25, 2011, summergardenbug Gibson, GA wrote:
I recently ordered from this company for the first time and was very pleased with their on-line ordering process. Shipment was fast and all of the seeds I ordered were included in the package. The information included on each seed packet is thorough and helpful. I will definitely be a repeat customer. Great company!
I have ordered from Victory for the past two years and have been very pleased with the service and selection. In particular, the germination on their seeds has generally been much better than what I've found from other more well-known seed companies. Their packaging (including putting the seeds into ziplock bags before putting them in the paper packet) is better than any other seed source I've dealt with.
Plus, they have lots of the old well-known open-pollinated commercial varieties, which I find strike a nice balance between the productivity and hardiness necessary for commercial production but offer much, much better taste than the modern hybrid rubbish you find in most supermarkets.
I would advise potential customers to consider the overwhelmingly positive reviews from the many people who actually have dealt with this company and used their products, rather than people who seem to have enough spare time to post negative comments about a company from which they have never even bought anything.
On Dec 30, 2010, Spuddiesel Lake Zurich, IL wrote:
Started my first garden this past year with Victory's seeds and had much success. Speedy service, great web site, reasonable prices, and high germination rates all provided by a small family company with a philosophy I can agree with.
This was my first time ordering from Victory Seeds. I bought 21 packets and had them on my doorstep in 3 days despite living on the other side of the country!
The packets look great and provide detailed planting instructions. Victory Seeds promptly replies to emails and is very professional. I highly recommend this company for those looking for high quality, non-GMO seeds the way God intended.
Sure, you could find cheaper seeds but you'll be sacrificing quality and why not support a company focused on seed preservation?
I can't wait to plant in the spring/summer 2011. I will return to Victory Seeds again!