November 2013 : Trialing
NOVEMBER 2013
About Johnny's Trialing Program
Learn About Our Trial Programs

Johnny's introduces new varieties every year and we are often asked how we choose which new seeds to bring to our customers. It's a fairly complex process because every variety we sell has been trialed on Johnny's Research Farm before we make the decision to add it to our product line.

In this issue of the JSS Advantage, we address seed variety trials from several perspectives. Included is an explanation of how we conduct our seed variety trials here at Johnny's, as well as the story behind Artisan™ tomatoes, which we have added to our lineup for 2014.

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Why Try Something New?

Seed Trials at FarmIn this article, we present:

•  A methodical approach to trying new products as a sound business practice.
•  How to zero in on the most suitable contenders for your particular needs.
•  What to keep in mind as you adopt new varieties and products for your farm.

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How to Conduct a Successful Variety Trial at Your Farm

Seed Trials at FarmChoosing which varieties to grow is one of the most important aspects of farming. Crops can offer dozens, even hundreds of varieties, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. At Johnny's Research Farm, we trial thousands of products every year so that we can offer you the best varieties and information.

To help you conduct successful trials at your own farm, Johnny's Trialing Team has drawn up a set of instructions on creating trials that give you dependable information. Use this concise guide to get started.

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40th Anniversary GROWER PROFILE
Selwood Green
Four Town Farm Visit

Walton & Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA -- After more than 20 years of growing organic produce at Selwood Green, their farm overlooking the Bay of Fundy, Norbert Kungl and his family took their love of good food to another level. In 2011, they decided to open a year-round produce market and cafe in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Several circumstances contributed to this decision. Norbert had suffered an injury that made farming a lot more difficult. Around the same time, the Halifax farmers' market, where he has been a keystone vendor for many years, outgrew its building. An opportunity arose to provide a permanent home for the ever-popular farmers' market in a rehabbed warehouse on the harbor. The area was being developed into a cultural district, with a museum and public spaces, in an effort to attract locals and tourists alike. But the deal was contingent on having year-round businesses as well as the Saturday farmers' market.

And then, there was that love of food....

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40th Anniversary FARM VISIT
 4 Town Farm
Four Town Farm Visit

Seekonk, Massachusetts -- Four Town Farm on the Massachusetts-Rhode Island border is truly a family business. Run by the Clegg family since its inception in 1900, Four Town today keeps seven fourth- and fifth-generation family members working full-time, producing vegetables on 200 acres for their retail farmstand.

Four Town Farm is named for its location, where four historic New England towns conjoin: East Providence and Barrington, Rhode Island; and Seekonk and Swansea, Massachusetts. While originally run as a wholesale vegetable operation selling to supermarkets, in 1972 the family started up a retail operation that has since become the primary outlet for everything they grow.

Brad Clegg is the most recent member of the family to come on board, eight years after graduating from the University of New Hampshire and entering into the landscape business....

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In This Issue...
About Johnny's Trialing Program
Why Try Something New?
How to Conduct a Successful Variety Trial at Your Farm
Grower Profile: Selwood Green
Farm Visit: Four Town Farm
Introducing the
Artisan Tomato
Introducing the Artisan Tomato Story from Johnny Selected Seeds
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News & Events

Processing Our Washington Cherry Tomatoes for Seed
Processing Our Washington Cherry Tomatoes for Seed

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Growing Ideas

Johnny's Celebrates 40th
Johnny's Celebrates 40th

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Preferred Tools for Lettuce Production
Preferred Tools for Lettuce Production
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