We specialize in certified organic products for the organic gardener, urban farmer and chicken enthusiast. Our focus is on edible plants, northwest native plants, and sourcing from as many Washington producers as possible. We also have an established line of certified organic fertilizers we produce. Sustainable gardening services are available year round. We are licensed, bonded, and insured with 15 years of experience.
Walt Benecki founded the company in 1995 after finishing up a contract as a marine fisheries observer in Alaska. He started as an organic wholesale fertilizer manufacturer, which consisted of two wheelbarrows, shovels, and a couple of garages in the Montlake neighborhood. As he outgrew the space, he realized he would need to relocate to an area where he could grow the business in a sustainable way. The City Of Ballard was serendipitous. Realizing wholesale fertilizer dovetailed nicely with the gardening knowledge gained from working his way through college as a landscaper, Walt began offering services in 1998.
Shirly Jane, co-owner of Walt’s Organic, grew up in the South with a mother who was an organic gardener before it became commonplace. “We always grew our own vegetables and herbs as long as I can remember. I always loved being outside and continued to grow my own veggies and herbs even when living in the city. I’ve been in Seattle since 1989 and have grown to adore our soggy, boggy weather.”
Shirley Jane saw an opportunity in the retail sales of our product line and started the store in 1999. All three components of the business have grown and expanded, and we are happy to say we are going strong after 20 years.
As a quaint rural shop in a big city, anyone will tell you walking into Walt’s Organic Fertilizer Company is like stepping back into time. As a result, a lot of people ask about the building’s history. Based on horseshoes and other artifacts, we believe the shop was previously a livery.
The three X’s over the front indicate it may have also been a sweet place to score some hooch during prohibition. While it’s hard to compete with a good speakeasy story, we like to think we are contributing in our own way to this special place’s unique story.
People Are Our Business
At Walt’s Organic Fertilizers, people are our business and organic fertilizers is our business. We would enjoy answering any questions you may have about your garden or landscaping needs.
Please feel free to contact our store by phone, e-mail, or by filling out the form if you have any questions.
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People Are Our Business
We would enjoy talking with you and answering any questions you may have. Because at Walt’s Organic Fertilizers, people are our business. When their gardens, landscaping, and table foods make them healthy and happy we believe we have been successful.
Please feel free to contact our store by phone, e-mail or by filling out the form if you have any questions.
Please enter your information and we’ll contact you directly.