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Shipping Charges & Policies

Shipping Policies

We offer four main shipping methods (we do offer expedited FedEx options-see below):

Shipping Method Order Weight Charges Transit Time
FREE SHIPPING under 40 lb. FREE 10-21 days
USPS First Class 0-13 oz. $3.25-5.00 5-10 days
USPS Priority 0-50 lb. $6.20+ 3-6 days
FedEx Home 0.25-70 lb. Starting at $7.50 2-5 days
FedEx Ground 50 lb. + Call for a quote  

We offer additional shipping options, such as 2nd Day FedEx or Express Saver, which will be calculated at checkout. Unfortunately, we do not offer overnight, as our remote location prohibits such a fast turnaround. 

Please take note that the rates and times returned by the "real time calculator" on our checkout page may not reflect the real time in transit - they are only an estimate, and depending on when the order gets placed or the Mail Carrier picks up the mail, there may be additional time involved.

International shipping will be via USPS Priority - we do not offer International First Class.  This is because of the many lost and returned international packages.  International Priority mail starts at around $25.00.  We realize this is inconvenient for smaller orders and apologize for any difficulty this may cause. 

Prices are subject to change as the USPS and FedEx frequently changes shipping amounts and charges.

Free Shipping.  We are pleased to offer free shipping on seed orders weighing less than 40 lb. and being shipped to the lower 48 US.  International orders and certain other items such as Tools, Fertilizers, Books, Seed Racks, Root Crops (garlic and potatoes), Seed Collections, and Hard Goods are excluded from this offer.  This offer cannot be combined with any other coupons, discounts, or specials unless specifically stated.

Chico Pickup.  We are happy to offer pickup of any orders to local customers in and around the Chico, CA area.  Once the order is placed, we will process it and once completed, we will give you a call to come and pick up your order.  Please wait until we give you a call as some orders may take longer than others to process.

Rush Processing.  If you are in need of your order fast, we offer a Rush Processing option, which guarantees the order leaves our warehouse within 2 business days.  This is not including shipping time - that will be determined by your choice of shipping method. Please note that orders placed on a Friday will not ship out until the following Monday.

We offer shipping insurance.  Once a package leaves our warehouse we do not have any control over it.  Over 95% of the calls we get about lost packages were delivered to the neighbor for safe keeping by the postman.  Please check with your neighbor before calling.  We will do our best to track lost packages and remedy the situation.  However, we cannot be responsible for replacement if your package was not insured.  If your package is lost and insured it will be replaced immediately.  

International orders: We can issue phytosanitary certificates, which are sometimes needed to ship to foreign countries.  If your shipment requires a PC, we will contact you regarding this.  The cost for a certificate is $100.  A link to pay for the certificate can be found here.  Phytosanitary certificates are issued by the county on behalf of the USDA - we have no control over the costs involved.  The Agricultural Inspector will come out to inspect the shipment.  If you buy seed from us, have it shipped to a foreign country and it is rejected, it will be at your own expense. We will not be responsible for rejected orders and you will not receive a refund. All foreign orders are shipped at your own risk. (Many times the shipment is destroyed or kept in unsuitable conditions for seeds, so even if it is returned to us it cannot be resold.)

Canadian Import Restrictions:  Please note that according to the Canadian Inspection agency, "Where the imported seed lot is 5 kg or less for large seeded crop kinds (such as peas, wheat, soybeans and corn) or is 500 g or less for small seeded crop kinds (such as alfalfa, tomato or canola), neither the import declaration information nor the seed analysis certificate need be supplied. See Section Y for clarification of importation with multiple small seed lots."  We may still contact you regarding a Phytosanitary Certificate if we feel a crop on your order might need it.  

For more information on shipping to Canada, click here.

Returns:  Once seeds leave our warehouse, we do not have any control of the conditions those seeds are stored or shipped under.  We strive to store our seeds in optimal conditions in order to ensure the highest quality of product for you, our customer.  Because we cannot guarantee the quality of seeds that are returned to us, we cannot resell any seeds that leave our warehouse.  Because of this, we do not accept returns of seeds.  This is to protect you and make sure that you have the highest quality product.

Shipping method is at our sole discretion and may include SmartPost, FedEx, DHL, or USPS. We reserve the right to choose the best method (without refunding the possible difference).

These policies are subject to change at any time without notice.