Organic Vendors

Johnny's Selected Seeds
1 Foss Hill Road, RR 1 Box 2580, Albion, ME 04910-9731
tel 207-437-4395 (commercial orders), 207-437-4301 (home gardeners), fax 800-437-4290
email commercial@johnnyseeds.com (commercial orders), homegarden@johnnyseeds.com (home gardeners), web site http://www.johnnyseeds.com/
Johnny's markets seeds in small and large quantities, as well as some books, supplies, tools, and equipment. They have both treated and untreated seed. Their seeds are targeted to short growing seasons, northern climates, or organic growers, and many of their cultivars are appropriate for southern production. Johnny's catalog includes practical information on how to grow each crop, including ideal germination temperatures for each crop. Keep their catalog as a reference on crop production. [R O C]

Seeds of Change
P. O. Box 15700, Santa Fe, NM 87596-5700
tel 888-762-7333 (orders), 505-438-8080
web site http://www.seedsofchange.com/
They market certified organic open-pollinated (non-hybrid) seeds, as well as the very high quality English-made Record garden tools (Bulldog brand in England). [O]

Chesmore Seed Company
P. O. Box 8368, St. Joseph, MO 64508-8368
tel 800-383-0865, 816-279-0865, fax 816-232-6134
email chesmore@ponyexpress.net
web site http://chesmore.com/
Chesmore distributes farm quantities of seeds from various seed sources. They have both treated and untreated seed (selection is limited for some cultivars). They also handle some greenhouse supplies and field equipment. [C]

Shepherd's Garden Seeds
30 Irene St., Torrington, CT 06790-6658
tel 860-482-3638 (home gardeners), 800-444-6910 (wholesale), fax 860-482-0532
web site http://www.shepherdseeds.com/
Shepherd's specializes in good tasting cultivars. Many of the cultivars they sell are not handled by other distributors in the USA. They only sell small packets of seeds, as well as some equipment and supplies.

Horizon Herbs
P. O. Box 69, Williams, OR 97544
tel 541-846-6704, fax 541-846-6233
email herbseed@chatlink.com, web site http://www.chatlink.com/~herbseed
Sells seeds and some live roots and plants of medicinal herbs. Their seeds are organically grown or wild harvested. Their live roots are organically grown. [O]

Nolt's Produce Supplies
152 North Hershey Ave., Leola, PA 17540
tel 717-656-9764, fax 717-656-6540
Nolt's markets farm quantities of seeds, farm and greenhouse supplies, irrigation equipment and supplies, pumps, plastic mulch, mulch layers and lifters, and packaging machinery. They deal primarily with vegetable growers. [C]

Kinsman Company, Inc.
P. O. Box 357, Point Pleasant, PA 18950
800-733-4146, fax 215-297-0450
web site http://www.kinsmangarden.com/
Kinsman carries the very high quality English-made Record garden tools (Bulldog brand in England). They also carry bird houses, English ironwork planters, and other supplies for gardens.

Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
P. O. Box 2209, Grass Valley, CA 95945
tel 888-784-1722 (orders), 530-272-4769 (other)
web site http://www.groworganic.com/
Peaceful Valley markets seeds, supplies, organic pesticides, organic fertilizers, animal traps, tools, equipment (including spreaders, seeders, tillers, and backpack sprayers), and books, for organic growers. Their organic products selection is extensive. [O]

N-Viro Products, Inc.
Ferguson Mill Rd., P. O. Box 30, Monticello, MS 39654
tel 601-587-0027, fax 601-587-0420
N-Viro Products (not to be confused with N-Viro International), uses Mississippi broiler litter (broiler manure and pine shavings) in a high temperature (250oF) extrusion process to produce a peletized 3.5-3.5-3.5 (N-P-K) organic fertilizer. By adding various amounts of other organic materials, they also produce 6-2-4, 5-2-4, and 2-10-10 organic fertilizers. They are nearing completion of the OMRI certification process for their products. [O]

Circle One International, Inc.
16209 Flight Path Drive, Brooksville, FL 34609
tel 800-430-2467, 352-544-0202, fax 352-544-0230
email circle-one@circle-one.com, web site http://www.circle-one.com/
Circle One manufactures various liquid organic fertilizers and fertility products. [O C]

AgriEnergy Resources
21417 1950 E St., Princeton, IL 61356
tel 815-872-1190, fax 815-872-1928
email agrier@theramp.net, web site http://www.agrienergy.net/
AgriEnergy manufactures various organic and non-organic fertilizers and fertility products, innoculants, provides soil and microbiological laboratory analyses, and offers a crop consulting service. They work primarily with midwestern growers, although they are increasing their sales outside that region. [O C]

Midwest Bio-Systems
Route 1 Box 121, Tampico, IL 61283
tel 815-438-7200, fax 815-542-6470
web site http://www.businessiowa.com/MidwestBio-systems.htm
Midwest Bio-Systems manufactures aerobically formed compost as well as compost turners. They market both self-propelled and tractor pulled PTO-driven compost turners. They offer composting seminars at different locations nationally, at which they teach methods of aerobic compost production. [O C]

Gardener's Supply Company
128 Intervale Rd., Burlington, VT 05401
tel 800-863-1700
web site http://www.gardeners.com/
Gardener's Supply markets equipment, tools, supplies, organic fertilizers, pest controls, and books. They target the home gardener and the very small market grower. [O C]

PolyDrip
13799 Airline Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
tel 800-676-0979, fax 225-755-1240
email info@polydrip.com, web site http://www.polydrip.com/
PolyDrip markets everything needed for field or greenhouse irrigation, including drip tape, filters, sprinklers, pumps, and fertilizer dispensers. Personal service and free consulting on irrigation needs and system design is their specialty. Their product line is similar to Irrigation Mart's.

Irrigation Mart
3303 McDonald Ave. East, Ruston, LA 71270-7412
tel 800-729-7246
web site http://www.irrigation-mart.com/
Irrigation Mart sells everything needed for field and greenhouse irrigation, including drip tape, filters, sprinklers, and pumps. Their product line is similar to PolyDrip's.

McNeely Plastic Products, Inc.
Terri Smith, 5166 Keele St., Jackson, MS 39206
tel 800-433-8407, 601-364-5050, fax 601-364-5060
email info@mcnplastics.com, web site http://www.mcnplastics.com/
McNeely markets plastic mulch, plastic packaging material, and corrugated boxes.

BWI Companies, Inc.
6013 N. McRaven Rd., P. O. Box 20407, Jackson, MS 39289-1407
tel 800-395-2580, 601-922-5214, fax 601-922-8634
3136 S. Clifton, Springfield, MO 65807, P. O. Box 2208, Springfield, MO 65801
tel 800-247-4954, 417-881-3003, fax 417-881-7055
BWI markets supplies for greenhouse and nursery production, including trays, pots, flats, cells, potting media, fertilizers, seeds, pesticides, irrigation supplies, and misters, as well as products for lawn, turf, and landscaping.

Gallagher Power Fence, Inc.
18940 Redland Rd., P. O. Box 708900, San Antonio, TX 78270-8900
tel 800-531-5908, fax 210-494-9364
email gallagherusa@msn.com, web site http://www.gallagher.co.nz/
Gallagher manufactures and markets New Zealand-type low impedance energizers, high tensile power fence wire, poly wire, insulators, posts, and other materials and tools for electric fencing.

Gempler's
100 Countryside Dr., P. O. Box 270, Belleville, WI 53508
tel 800-382-8473 (orders), 800-874-4755 (product information), fax 800-551-1128
web site http://www.gemplers.com/
Gempler's is a comprehensive mail-order company specializing in USA-made farm and forest safety equipment and supplies, protective gear/garments, and signs, as well as clothes, boots, field equipment and instruments, scales, backpack sprayers, spreaders, tools, and books.

Forestry Suppliers, Inc.
P. O. Box 8397, Jackson, MS 39284-8397
tel 800-647-5368, fax 800-543-4203
web site http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/
Forestry Suppliers markets a variety of field and lab equipment, including soil probes, pH and other meters, weather instruments, scales, backpack sprayers, spreaders, tools, safety equipment, animal traps, and books. Their product line is targeted to foresters and agriculturists.

Spectrum Technologies, Inc.
23839 W. Andrew Rd., Plainfield, IL 60544
tel 800-248-8873, fax 815-4364460
email specmeters@aol.com, web site http://www.specmeters.com/
Spectrum Technologies manufactures and markets small instruments, such as pH, ec, chlorophyll, and nutrient (ion selective) meters. They are the American distributor for Horiba's Cardy meters (for nitrate, potassium, and sodium).

Fertile Ground Books
P. O. Box 2008, Davis, CA 95617
tel 800-540-0170, fax 530-298-2060
email books@agribooks.com, web site http://www.agribooks.com/
Fertile Ground Books (formerly AgAccess Catalog) sells agricultural books, and specializes in sustainable and organic titles. They have a printed catalog, and a complete book list on their web site. Orders can be placed by phone or on the web. [O C]

AgScience, Inc.
114 Lake Ave. East, Auburndale, FL 33823
tel 941-967-8898, fax 941-967-1342
AgScience is a scientific book publisher and distributor, specializing in agricultural books. They carry academic as well as popular titles, and include many hard to find items. [O C]

Amazon.com
web site http://www.amazon.com/
A web-based book distributor that carries most of the titles listed in this guide, and can find many out of print titles. [O C]

Barnes & Noble
web site http://www.barnesandnoble.com/
A web-based book distributor that carries most of the titles listed in this guide, and can find many out of print titles. [O C]

Borders Books
web site http://www.borders.com/
A web-based book distributor that carries most of the titles listed in this guide, and can find many out of print titles. [O C]

Frontier Natural Products Co-Op
P. O. Box 299, Norway, IA 52318
tel 800-669-3275
web site http://www.frontiercoop.com/
Frontier markets spices, coffee, natural remedies, aromas, much of it certified organic. You can order on-line. [O C]

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Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Farmers Markets, Greenhouse Tomatoes, Organic Fruit and Vegetables, Other Vegetables August 17, 2017

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Produce growers, packers, industry suppliers and others can learn the requirements of the new federal Produce Safety Rule during one of three upcoming workshops around the state.

Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Organic Fruit and Vegetables May 23, 2017

VERONA, Miss. -- A Mississippi State University vegetable expert is part of a project designed to support and strengthen organic farming in the Southeast.

Casey Barickman, an assistant horticulture professor with the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, is working with colleagues from Tuskegee University, Auburn University, North Carolina State University, the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network and Oregon State University to give organic growers the information they need to develop efficient production systems.

Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Organic Fruit and Vegetables, Fruit February 14, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi fruit growers need look no further than their smartphones or laptops when searching for a second opinion on chill hour accumulation.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has launched Chill Hours, an app that helps growers assess growing conditions that affect plant physiology and prepare for the upcoming growing season.

Peaches displayed for sale on a bright blue table. Production and sale of peaches, strawberries and other fruit and vegetable truck crops are on pace to be strong once again this year. (File photo by MSU Extension/Kat Lawrence)
Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Farmers Markets, Organic Fruit and Vegetables July 22, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Favorable weather and a steady consumer appetite for local produce are keeping Mississippi’s truck crop industry strong.

The state now has more than 80 farmers markets, compared to 52 in 2010. These markets make up the main avenue through which truck crop growers sell their goods, but local produce can be found with more frequency on grocery store shelves during the growing season. This trend reflects the shift in consumer preference.

Filed Under: Organic Fruit and Vegetables, Sweet Potatoes October 15, 2015

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi sweet potato growers will benefit from Mississippi State University’s work in a U.S.

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