Waterville and Clinton, Maine
Fedco Seeds is a worker and consumer multi-stakeholder cooperative started in 1978. They currently employ over 50 people and are one of the largest suppliers of trees, seeds, bulbs, tubers and garden supplies to farmers and gardeners in Maine. The other largest supplier, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, is also employee-owned through an ESOP. Fedco came out of a Federation of Cooperatives in the late 1970s that brought food cooperatives together around the state to purchase and distribute products together. While that effort shut down, Fedco Seeds remains a strong and successful company in Maine agriculture.
Fedco Co-Founders and Worker-Owners John Bunker and C.R. Lawn. Photo courtesy of MOFGA.