I've ordered seeds from this coop several times. Communication has been good, I've received what I've ordered, and the quality has been excellent.
Their catalog goes far beyond what is usual, in offering helpful and instructive (and entertaining) information. I'm impressed by these people's integrity in their support of regional, small-scale agriculture. I also find their selection and performance reviews extra useful because I'm gardening in the same region, and these things vary with location.
Fedco is a great organization. Yes, it has it's quirks, but the seeds, tubers, trees and organic supplies are of high quality and fairly priced. Remember this is a coop. You give a little to get a little. The catalogs are great, providing a tremendous amount of information and well as a dose of wisdom and humor. If you want pampering, Fedco is not for you. If you want honest to goodness folks interested in providing great seeds and other products in a reasonable manner, Fedco is for you. I have purchased many items from Fedco over the years without a problem. When asked, they have always give good advice. Remember there isn't any shipping charge for seed orders over $30. That is a lot of seed from Fedco. I recommend Fedco without reservation
On Dec 11, 2013, donnyczech Sioux Falls, SD (Zone 4b) wrote:
I received Fedco's catalog today and read through some of it during lunch. I have ordered pepper and tomato seeds over the last two years and they performed as advertised. I intend to order from them again because I was happy with the results and would recommend this company.
I have ordered many seeds from Fedco. I prefer them over all other seed companies. Reasonable prices. Best seed catalog anywhere. Responsive customer service. I am very hesitant to say this about any company, but I have no reservations about saying that you cannot go wrong with Fedco.
On Apr 29, 2013, HeidiNH Brentwood, NH (Zone 6a) wrote:
This was my first order from Fedco, I support them because of their fight against the evil Monsanto and GM seeds, and I believe in supporting small local businesses and not the big seed companies who have questionable and expensive products.
I ordered online and it was easy, got my order about an week or so later, I wasn't paying attention because I ordered fairly early. I was gobsmacked at the amount of seed you get for the money - VALUE FOR MONEY, PEOPLE!! Even Johnny's, who I love, is getting on the pricey side for OG seed, and you get very few. I have substantial quantities with the Fedco seeds, and I like their varieties, I tried a few new ones. Highly recommend, and support this company in their efforts to keep our food supply safe.
Posted on April 9, 2012, updated March 12, 2013
Posted on February 20, 2011, updated April 9, 2012
I just hate when you have an issue with a company or representative and send an email so they will be informed and then no one emails back. I called for customer service on a Friday afternoon for info on drip irrigation and was told, 'too bad, you shouldn't have called on a Friday.' So I realize this is a small company and I went ahead and placed my seed order but will not order a drip irrigation system from them.
They are cheap and have a good selection, just be aware of the strange setup they have going when ordering. Seeds, potatoes and supplies must all be ordered separately. And the shipping is slow. They also do not take phone orders (or reply to emails!)
On April 9th, 2012, Dempsey changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Changing my rating to positive with reservations. Fedco is my go-to company but there are certain issues. Direct customer service isn't great but if you know what you want, know how to order and do so, it is awesome. Reliable, god prices, good selection and they are suing Monsanto (they are part of the lawsuit)! Being Johnny's has so few OP seeds now and outrageous prices, Fedco is basically getting all my main seed orders and potatoes too. My taters are a little late since I like to sprout them but I live in MN so they probably send to me last.
If you order their drip irrigation starter kit don't expect any help, instructions or even labelling of the little pieces. It comes all thrown into a box. If that doesn't bother you, fine, I just wanted to mention it.
I wish they would put their catalog in alphabetical order, but otherwise they are my main seed company now and I like them.On March 12th, 2013, Dempsey added the following:
Best seed company around. Again, don't expect great customer service or the ability to order seeds, supplies and potatoes at one time. If you know how to work with them and are used to it you can find no better place to buy seeds.
On Jan 18, 2013, bbetv North Glengarry , ON (Zone 5a) wrote:
Though this company does not ship to Canada and for our local garden groups and market garden/organic farming groups this is a sad reality, I have to say I am very pleased with packaging, information and quality of seeds.
Not shipping seeds to Canada is odd for a company based in Maine when you consider that most companies do as there are no more special considerations to shipping seed to canada then elsewhere, but since we had a US address and relative that could bring the seeds over to us, it worked out for us.
The prices cannot be beat for small market gardeners. Lots of variety too. The enveloppes close back on themselves which I love. And they have lots of clear information on each variety , not just a repeat of the same information for each variety. Loved reading the catalogue! I wanted one of each! ( almost did get one of each -oopsy!got a bit carried away, but that's okay because they offer wonderful DISCOUNTS the more you buy!!!!) Also I think the package size is very clear, and it gives an idea of in 1 oz= app. so many seeds and so forth I think that's fabulous. Shipping was cost. And very reasonnable.
The order process is a whole other ballgame however. Not userfriendly in the slightest. Very discouraging , very upsetting. I printed the pdf catalogue because they wouldn't send a printed version to Canada.
But I am still going to order a few items that I ned this year from them.... Very happy , don't hesitate!
Placed my first order with Fedco Seeds this spring. Nice selection and generous seed count. My order came fairly quickly, and germination was excellent. Plus I really like that it's a co-op. I'll definitely order again next year.
Not for the 'needy' or those in a hurry, but the best selection, prices, quantity and germination rate around. The seeds arrived in nice packaging, sprouted quickly into healthy plants, and were generous with their quantities.
Definately a good choice for seed orders...just be patient!
On Mar 6, 2012, CobaltDragonVeg Macedonia, OH wrote:
A true hidden gem. I had never heard of Fedco before this year. I placed an order for about 15 varieties of flowers and veggies. The order was received quickly. Seed packs and labeled nicely and filled as expected. Germination rates so far are great. I will definitely be using Fedco again!!
On Feb 29, 2012, Sherilou Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
Fedco Seeds has excellent prices. Some companies are now charging $2.99 to $4.95 for a packet of seeds. You can still buy a pack of wonderful, unique, open-pollinated, healthy seeds for $1.10 to $1.50 at Fedco Seeds.
Their seeds have an excellent germination rate and produce strong, healthy, vigorous and productive plants. Thank you, Fedco Seeds!
On Feb 17, 2012, barrykerry South Dennis, MA wrote:
I've been ordering from Fedco for several years now. Love that you can order smaller or larger packets of seeds - depending on how much you need. Prices can't be beat and germination rates for me have been close to 100%. Volume discounts are much appreciated - I saved 15.00 off my $150.00 order.
The fruit tree nursery stock & ornamental bare root shrubs that I received from Fedco have been really rugged and performed very well in the landscape. This year I received my seed order promptly and marveled at the large quantity of seeds sent at a modest price; very competitive. I have been experiencing "sticker shock" this year from so many mail order seed & nursery stock companies but thankfully this has not been the case with Fedco.
On Jan 5, 2012, jimwatershed Saint Augustine, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
Last year I ordered from four companies. I can speak for service, germination, and price. I had no problems ordering from Fedco (seeds) online, and my seeds came quickly enough (ordered end of march, remember it taking about a week or two to get the seeds, all at once and completely accurate for about thirty items, not bad for peak of spring season). So that was a better experience than two out of the four, and about the same as the third (which I ordered in October, so not apples-to-apples on the time). In regards to germination, I was a little surprised at the germination rates published on the packets, some of which were under 90%, but they must have been doing some kind of worst-case testing scenario, because I would say that I had close to 100% germination on all the seeds. Can't do much better than that. As far as price, I think anyone who does a comparison variety to variety will find that Fedco is about the best around. Overall, I was very pleased with them and happily plan to send them another order this year (despite the political commentary in their catalog).
On Dec 8, 2011, susybell Vancouver, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I ordered a large variety of seeds from Fedco last year. I'm very pleased with the variety, price, and quality of their seeds. I ordered both flower and veg seeds. They probably aren't the fastest shipping of companies I ordered from, but all the seeds arrived in plenty of time for planting and grew very well for me. I plan to order again this season-looking forward to it, in fact!
I've ordered from Fedco Seeds at least twice. Each time, my order was filled correctly, sent in a timely manner, and packaged well. One thing I really like about Fedco Seeds is that the germination test results are on every package of seed.
On Mar 28, 2011, borealrose East Hardwick, VT wrote:
This has been my 11th year using Fedco seeds and as always my order arrived promptly and without hassle. Fedco has a very good selection of organic and locally produced seeds suitable for the northeast at reasonable prices with free shipping (a big plus for me). My only caveat is that orders must be placed very early as certain varieties seem to sell out rather quickly some years.
On Mar 20, 2010, p1mkw Danville, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:
This was my first year ordering from Fedco, but it won't be my last. Shipment was very prompt and the germination rate on the few tomato seeds I planted was 100%. The peppers were only about 67%, but that was in line with other pepper seeds from other companies. Would definitely recommend not only for their quick service, good seeds, but GREAT prices.
On Mar 12, 2010, Doug9345 Durhamville, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
After going through their catalog I ordered the bulk of my seeds for this year from Fedco. I placed my order on February 26 and received it March 8. All the packets where well packed in a box. While there were 4 out-of-stocks out of 114 items ordered they where seeds that showed in the catalog as order early. The back ordered seeds(2) where on back order when I ordered them. The only negative I experienced was that I had to reenter my CC information and in the process it reset the box for allowing substitutions to no instead of what yes as I had marked it. -Doug
Prompt service, reasonable prices, free shipping and a very entertaining and informative catalog cleverly written--not the usual boring garden talk! Moreover Fedco Seeds includes some really exciting selections: Piracicaba, Argentata Chard,
Italienischer Lettuce to name a few. Piracicaba, as Barbara Damrosch said in the Washington Post, "It's Broccoli, but Even Better."
On Nov 22, 2009, nhplanter Washington, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:
I have ordered the bulk of my summer garden seeds from Fedco for the last 3 or 4 years and I am very happy with the results. The prices are great and the company is very generous with seed quantity. Germination rates are excellent. Be warned--popular varieties sell out quickly, so order early.
I've purchased from Fedco for two years, and I love them! I love their catalog - I order the "old fashioned" way from them, through snail mail. The catalog of seeds is splendid and I found lots of wonderful things to try. This year I also purchased lots of rock powders I can not find elsewhere.
I am very pleased with Fedco's service and will definitely purchase from them again!
Ordered online. Website was difficult to navigate at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's not so bad. The out of stock items are kept current. Prices and shipping were incredibly reasonable.
Apparently I had mis-entered my credit card information. They had filled my order, set it aside and emailed me to call them with the correct information. I received my order a couple of days after I called them back.
Germination rates have been good so far. Seed packets are minimalist looking, but still manage to give you all the information you need.
On Mar 17, 2009, hem_iamy Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7b) wrote:
I ordered a variety of vegetable and herb seeds from Fedco for the first time this Winter (1/09). The website was easy to use as well as informative with regards to the hybrids ordered. They arrived within several weeks and the backordered varieties several weeks later. I like the fact that they are a non-GMO company and have had excellent germination so far. I will definitely use Fedco for my seed purchasing in the future.
I've ordered from Fedco for several years now and have always had a great experience. Their prices are great, they sell organic seed, and they do not "knowingly" sell genetically engineered seeds. Recently an item was back ordered, then out of stock. By the time I received my seed order it was back in stock. They agreed to ship out the seed packet without an additional shipping charge.
This is my first order from Fedco Seed. They had seeds that are difficult to find (like bread seed poppy). Prices were very reasonable and order communication was good. It did take a while to get the seeds...but they were pretty clear on shipping schedules so it was not a surprise.
I'm especially impressed with the quality of the seeds and the prices, which to me, is what is most important. I've ordered from Johnny's Selected Seeds in the past and found FedCo quality to be as good (possibly better) at a fraction of the price of Johnny's.
The few qualifiers are that one, the items may take some time to arrive given their shipping schedules and size of operation; two, you may need to coordinate orders through their bulb, tree, and seeds divisions; three, you'll need to look past the less than subtle political statements in their catalogue (if you're not liberal, in which case you'll probably enjoy it); and finally, the selection may not be as diverse as companies such as Johnny's, particularly their selection of organic seeds.
Qualifiers aside, I can't imagine I'll be shopping anywhere else in the future. Their catalogue is a helpful source of information throughout the growing season, and the online ordering process was a smooth one. And as mentioned, the prices and the quality are excellent.
Nice catalog with GREAT prices. And if you order $30 shipping is Free. And who can't order that much seed. My dad & I pooled orders and we had over $150 between us. And he was under orders to cut back this year....
Order shipped within a week. There was only one item on the whole order that was not available due to crop failure. So far the seed has germinated great.
My dad ordered from them for the first time last year and he thought it was some of the best seed around right now.
I decided to order from Fedco because they carry organic seed, and because of their GMO stance. I ordered from them in March, received the seeds (30 packs) about a week later. Prices were great, and shipping was low. My germination rates have been very high, with very vigorous growth. The zucchini seedlings have grown so fast that they've been shading the others! I will definitely order from Fedco again, very satisfied.
On Apr 18, 2008, oklaquilter Grundy Center, IA wrote:
I am so glad someone here referred me to FEDCO!!! I absolutely adore the catalog and detailed information regarding the varieties they carry. Especially like that they are not selling GMO seed. I ordered in early March (close to $145+ order) and was surprised how fast the packages arrived. So far, everything that I have started has come up. Am very pleased w/the germination rates. Will find out w/the direct seeded items very soon. This is my new favorite seed company. I printed the catalog (.pdf file off the computer), stuck it into a 3-ring binder for easy access. Now, if I can just keep my other gardening friends from taking it home all the time. Two thumbs up!!!
This company was recommended by the head of our community garden. There was no glossy catalog to look through, but on line ordering was easy and their prices were outstanding. They delivered quickly, charged one dollar for postage and my little seedlings are coming up with high germination rates.