Fedco Seeds is certified by MOFGA Certification Services, Maine’s USDA-approved certifier. Each variety labeled as organic in our catalog has been certified by a USDA-approved agency. All seed in their catalog offered as “organic” comes from certified farms. They have painstakingly built our network of small seed growers over the past 40 years. Most of our growers use farm and seed revenues to supplement income from other jobs. 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 that maintain an active soil-building program.
Fedco is committed to sending the best seed we can at the most reasonable prices possible. To ensure quality they: maintain strict internal procedures to reduce the probability of labeling errors to as close to zero as is humanly possible; maintain extensive variety trials in which we evaluate hundreds of cultivars at multiple sites, field-testing all potential offerings for high performance in our cold climate; maintain a lot grow-out program field-testing lots of some varieties we sell, making observations and taking action to improve quality where needed; conduct trials of the same varieties from several sources so that we can identify and purchase superior strains; identify outstanding regional specialties and heirloom varieties rarely available from commercial channels, select the best for seed multiplication, and grow seed crops for introduction in our catalog; collaborate with artisanal breeders to improve old varieties and help create new ones resistant to disease and adapted to sustainable agriculture; and, purchase quality hybrids grown in optimum climatic conditions by expert seeds people all over the world.