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Major seed company bankrupt
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Ivan    Posted 01-05-2002 at 18:48:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
This summer Mich Bulb and Seed Company went bankrupt and many of the other companys that sent out catlogs such as Gurneys and Fields were named in this action according to the paper. Mich Bulb closed the doors but I was wondering about the rest.


Keith    Posted 01-13-2002 at 12:05:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Recieved my new Gurney's catalog the other day, so figure they must still be in existance.


Finn    Posted 07-09-2002 at 06:43:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
YardCandy.com seems to be humming along. Not as big a selection so probably independant of the biggies.


MikeH-Tx    Posted 01-09-2002 at 18:47:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Great info in this thread. Thanks.

btw, my opinion of Michigan Bulb and SpringHill is that they needed to go out of business. Their quality was horrible.

Sure hope some of the better ones survive like Parks, Stark, Gurney and Burpee.


George    Posted 01-06-2002 at 23:14:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gurneys bought Henry Fields years ago.


CJ Larson    Posted 06-18-2002 at 17:29:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have to differ with your opinion that Gurney's is one of the "better"ones. They stink! We ordered from them 3/31 and received someone else's order, was told our's was on back order & just today, 6/18/02, I called again & was now told they are no longer available. Never even bothered to let us know that until I called. Now they say we have to wait 30 days to get our money back. What a joke!


Chris    Posted 01-05-2002 at 20:36:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Did some more sleuthing and came up with a common denominator.

A company called Foster and Gallager that owned about 18 mail order co's including

Breck's Bulbs
Gurney's
Henry Field's
Michigan Bulb Co.
New Holland Bulb
Spring Hill Nursery
Stark Brothers
Vermont Wildflower Farm's mail-order catalog
Garden Solutions.com
MySeasons.com

declared bankruptcy last summer.

It looks like some have come back to life with different owners. Gurney and Henry Fields definitely seem to have the same owner. They have almost identical FAQ's about ownership posted on their websites. Phone numbers to order are only 2 digits different. I couldn't find evidence that they actually are not owned by Foster and Gallager despite the vauge claims in the FAQs. I tried doing a websearch for an article about a new owner for either company and found none. No mailing address seems to be listed on the websites either.

Compare




Mo    Posted 02-24-2006 at 12:08:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
This article will explain a lot of things about the situation facing America's seed supply. (From the March/April 2006 Countryside & Small Stock Journal magazine). It is entitled "Do you know where your seeds come from?" It lists who owns what, discusses how six companies own 98% of the world's seed supply, and explains terminator and traitor technology.

http://www.countrysidemag.com/current.htm#article2


CJC    Posted 01-07-2002 at 20:13:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's amazing, I clicked on the link you gave and was just amazed.
Thanks for "making" me learn something new today



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