Clifton Seed Company was established in 1928 to serve the
small family farms and commercial growers in North Carolina. For many years,
our company supplied vegetable and field seeds, as well as fertilizers to our
Today, we specialize in hybrid vegetable seeds from major
U.S. and foreign breeder/suppliers, and serve growers throughout the country
from our warehouse locations in Faison, North Carolina; Homestead, Florida;
Moultrie, Georgia; and Moravia, New York.
For over fifty-five years, our founder, R.D. Clifton,
nurtured and guided the company toward the goals of providing good customer
service, selling quality products, and maintaining a profitable, growing
R.D. Clifton also made a notable contribution to the seed
industry when, in the late 1940’s, a new strain of Dwarf Horticultural bean was
detected in Duplin County, North Carolina. There is no record of how the
improved strain came into existence, but Mr. Clifton was the first to recognize
and distinguish its presence. The new strain grew a pod approximately two
inches longer than Dwarf.
Working with Associated Seed Growers, it was determined that
the new strain’s longer pods were genetically constant. Associated agreed to
increase the seed and make the improved variety available for use by the
public. Mr. Clifton supplied the foundation seed and named the new variety
Taylor Horticultural, giving the Leon Taylor family of Duplin County
recognition for their important role in making this improved variety a reality.
Today, the company remains a family business dedicated to
maintain the high standards of quality and service set in those early