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Seed Sources

Below are some member suggestions of sources for seeds. 


Fedco Co-op Garden Supplies - a gardening cooperative with subsections for seeds, flower bulbs, trees, edible bulbing plants, and garden supplies.  Based in Maine, they specialize in cold-tolerant selections for the Northeastern climate; while Pennsylvania's climate isn't as rigorous as Maine's, Fedco offers varieties that early- and late-season gardeners here may find useful.  Their prices are sometimes much cheaper than other sites due to their status as a co-op.  Has online listings and downloadable catalogs.  Descriptions and plant information are good, but there are few pictures of the products.

Seed Savers Exchange - in addition to its membership-only association of gardeners who grow and exchange heirloom vegetables and flowers, the SSE has a catalog containing selections freely offered to the public, much of which can also be purchased online.  Their prices tend to be higher than some other places, but they are a non-profit, so the cost may be worth it if you approve of their activities.  Partial online listings and a requestable catalog.  Lots of pictures but limited descriptions.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
- A large collection of heirloom vegetable and fruit seeds established by Jere Gettle (you may have seen him on 'Oprah').  Extensive online listings include some very rare and usual selections found in few other places.  Prices tend to run a bit higher than some other vendors, though.  Extensive color pictures, but the descriptions of the seeds are frequently very enthusiastic.

Heirloom Seeds - a Pennsylvanian business selling many varieties of heirloom vegetables.  Online only.  Listings and descriptions, but no pictures; their offerings are pretty extensive, though.  Good:  you'd be supporting Pennsylvanians with each purchase!  Bad:  you have to pay sales tax online.

Bountiful Gardens - Another not-for-profit gardening source.  Although they have lots of vegetables and herbs, including some difficult-to-find species and varieties, one of their main focuses is on sustainable food production and effective compost techniques.  They have a large section devoted to compost crops, several publications offering instruction on effective ways to maintain and increase soil fertility, and a large collection of inoculants both bacterial and fungal.  Well worth checking out.
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