Package of Johnny's Selected Seeds
Package of Johnny's Selected Seeds
Fast Facts About Johnny's

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Johnny's Mission

Our mission is helping families, friends, and communities to feed one another by providing superior seeds, tools, information and service.

About Us
  • Johnny's was founded in 1973 by our Chairman, Rob Johnston, Jr.
  • The "Selected" component of our name refers to the comparison trialing we conduct, in order to select and offer only the top-performing products.
  • Johnny's was one of the founding signers of the Safe Seed Initiative in 1999 — pledging that we will not knowingly buy or sell genetically-engineered seeds or plants.
  • Johnny's became an "ESOP" in 2005, and as of 2012 our EMPLOYEES OWN 100% of the company.
  • We have approximately 210 full-time employees. Many of our customer service representatives are Master Gardeners, and all are knowledgeable in growing and gardening.
  • To this day, we have active customers who have been with us for more than 40 years.
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Our Operations
  • We operate from three strategically located facilities in Fairfield, Winslow, and Albion, Maine.
  • Part of the farm was certified organic by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) in 1979, and Johnny's maintains that certification.
    • Johnny's farm is an All-America Selections trial grounds, selected as one of about 20 in North America for vegetables.
    • Our farm encompasses 29 miles of formed beds, including 23 miles of plastic mulch laid and 39 acres tilled.
    • During the 2013 growing season nearly 140,000 seedlings were planted.
    • Every season we plant several thousand beneficial insect-attracting plants, including over 17 different varieties in three permanent gardens on the farm and in many pots.
    • Seasonally more than 10 different beneficial insects are released throughout our greenhouses.
  • Johnny's quality testing standards for purity, germination, and pathogen resistance are significantly higher than the Federal Seed Act minimums.
  • We maintain an on-site germination lab, staffed by trained seed analysts following rules established by AOSA (Association of Official Seed Analysts) for germination and purity. On average 600 germination, pathology, and purity tests are performed each month.
  • Over 99% of the orders we receive are packed and shipped the same day.
  • In 2012–2013, Johnny's packed over 5 million units.
  • Johnny's ships throughout the United States and to over 50 countries around the world.
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Our Products
  • Our product lines include vegetable seeds and plants; medicinal and culinary herb seeds and plants; flower seeds; cover crops, farm seed, and pasture mixes; fruit seeds and plants; and professional-grade, problem-solving tools and supplies.
  • Johnny's offers seed in volumes ranging from small to large to suit the needs of home gardeners and small growers as well as retailers and wholesalers.
  • We currently offer over 2300 items, of which approximately 21% are organic seeds, and 350 of which are products approved for organic production.
  • In 2014, we introduced more than 450 new products.
  • Johnny's products are backed with a 100% guarantee.
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Our Plant Breeding Program
  • Johnny's develops new plant varieties using traditional plant breeding methods, a slow, painstaking process that can require eight or more years to reach fruition, from the first selection to seed sales.
  • Presently, Johnny's breeding program focuses on tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins, and summer and winter squashes.
  • In 2013, we grew more than 2700 different varieties in our breeding nurseries.
  • With over 40,000 individual plants in our breeding nurseries this past year, our team performed over 8000 hand pollinations.
  • 60-plus varieties have been bred at Johnny's and sold commercially. Of these, 54 were available to growers for purchase in 2013.
  • Seven Johnny's-bred varieties have been honored with the prestigious All-America Selections (AAS) award.
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Our Trialing Program
  • Trialing work at Johnny's is conducted year-round.
  • In 2013, our Research & Development team traveled enough miles to circle the globe nearly twice.
  • More than 3500 varieties are trialed by Johnny's annually to bring customers best-in-class variety selection.
  • Over 250 individual trials took place in 2013.
  • We have more than 200 varieties of production crops.
  • Tools & Supplies testing ranges from simple functional or operational tests to extensive multiseason field trials.
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Corporate & Social Responsibility

Each year Johnny's Selected Seeds donates to national and local agricultural, educational, and horticultural programs, events, and efforts. Johnny's is proud to collaborate in efforts that contribute to agricultural education, to those providing produce to local communities, to organizations supporting healthy eating habits, and to sustainable horticultural programs.

Helping families, friends, and communities to feed one another by providing superior seeds, tools, information and service.

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