Online seed business growing

Glenn Cox, left, recently started the Internet business Dad’s Garden Seeds. He runs the business with the help of his wife, Amy, and his sons — including Jordan, right — and daughters-in-law. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Glenn Cox, left, recently started the Internet business Dad’s Garden Seeds. He runs the business with the help of his wife, Amy, and his sons — including Jordan, right — and daughters-in-law. SUBMITTED PHOTO

BY KENDRA EVENSEN
kevensen@journalnet.com

ROCKFORD — Rockford resident Glenn Cox believes that gardening shouldn’t cost a lot of money, especially because families often plant fruit and vegetable seeds in hopes of saving, not spending.

That’s why he recently decided to start his own Internet business, Dad’s Garden Seeds, which boasts low prices and more seeds per packet.

“Growing a good garden shouldn’t be expensive,” Cox said. “It should be something the family can do together and (a way to) save money.”

Dad’s Garden Seeds, which can be found online at www.dadsgardenseeds. com, offers 100 varieties of seeds, 90 percent of which are heirloom, Cox said.

Customers can find vegetable, fruit and herb seeds on the site, along with a Garden in a Can product that lets people add heirloom garden seeds to their food storage.

“We offer nursery-quality (seeds) at a great price,” he said, adding that he originally started purchasing the seeds for his own garden from a nursery supplier in Utah, after he became frustrated by rising costs locally.

He said he’s been impressed by the quality of the seeds, and decided to start packaging and selling them so others could grow a good, low-cost garden, too.

Cox, who runs the business with the help of his wife, Amy, and sons and daughters-in-law, said he charges a flat $3 shipping rate for standard seed packets.

“Shipping is a big part of your order (at some online stores),” he said, adding that he’s trying to keep those costs low as well.

Aside from offering gardeners more options, Cox is using his business to help local groups raise money.

He said they don’t have to worry about handling funds or products; they just simply drive people to his website.

They then get a cut of the products he sells to those who select their organization during checkout.

He said the arrangement helps everyone, including the customer. “People can buy something they would anyway at a good price,” he said.

Dad’s Garden Seeds is supporting Relay For Life and Groveland Elementary School fundraisers, he said.

Cox said he hopes to add beehive products to his business in the future, but for now, they’re just focusing on garden seeds.

Cox has been gardening nearly all his life, and he hopes he can help others to have the quality experience he has.

“(I enjoy) watching it grow, harvesting it and taking it into the house to cook for dinner,” he said, adding that gardening can wear him out, but he always comes back for more. “It’s the whole process.”