Johnny's in the News
Read articles about Johnny's in recent newspapers, journals, and other media
- April 12, 2013: Johnny's Selected Seeds Receives Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce 2012 Customer Service Stardom Award.
- April 4, 2013: Salanova® Lettuce Press Release.
- February 21, 2013: Customer Service Chief for Johnny's Seeds Gets Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce's Customer Service "Stardom Award", by Kaitlin Schroeder, staff writer for the Kennebec Journal.
- February 15, 2013: Enriched in Organic Soil, Johnny's Selected Seeds Grows Seed Stock for the Future, by Melonie Magruder, for Seedstock.
- January 16, 2013: Tool Review: The Quick-Cut Greens Harvester, by Jean-Martin Fortier for Growing for Market.
- January 13, 2013: Maine Gardener: Invest seed money in startups like these, by Portland (ME) Press Herald gardening columnist, Tom Atwell.
- January–February, 2013: A Spring Seed and Planting Primer, in Mother Earth Living, by William Woys Weaver.
- November 15, 2012: Johnny's begins 40th anniversary celebration.
- November 13, 2012: Spring Forward: Four Great Seed Sources to Inspire You This Winter. HGTV Gardens Growing Blog, by Meagan Francis.
- September 28, 2012: Senator Susan Collins Visits Johnny's Selected Seeds. Mother Earth News and Kennebec Journal.
- July 11, 2012: Johnny's Selected Seeds now owned by employees. Bangor (ME) Daily News.
- March 1, 2012: Planting the seed of seed ordering to make glorious gardens possible — and full of personality. Monterey (CA) County Weekly.
- February 29, 2012: Johnny's donates 29-acre easement to Maine Farmland Trust. Waterville (ME) Morning Sentinel and Bangor (ME) Daily News.
- February 22, 2012: In the Garden – The Land That Keeps Giving. About Eliot Coleman's Four Season Farm in the New York Times.
- February 10, 2012: February brings first hint of spring. About Johnny's 'Pistou' basil and 'Costata Romanesco' zucchini in the Victoria (BC) Colonist.
- December 2011 / January 2012: Best Vegetable Seed Companies. Mother Earth News article listing Johnny's as the best vegetable seed company for 2011.
- March 23, 2011: Heirloom Seeds or Flinty Hybrids? New York Times, by Michael Tortorello.
- Jan. 9, 2011: Roots of Wisdom — Vision of what might be. About Johnny's catalog, in Worcester (MA) Telegram, by Paul Rogers.
- Jan. 6, 2011: In the garden: Use winter months to plan an herb garden. Norwich (CT) Bulletin, by Richard Palazzo.
- Oct. 26, 2010: Johnny's expanding to Fairfield. Morning Sentinel (Waterville / Skowhegan, ME), by Scott Monroe.
- July 28, 2010: In the Garden: The Seeds for Surviving a Scorching Summer. Story by Anne Raver, for The New York Times.
- June 1, 2010: Students learn gardening skills. Effort aids food pantry. Morning Sentinel (Waterville / Skowhegan, ME), by Scott Monroe.
- May 18, 2010: When Planting, Timing Is Everything. Minneapolis–St. Paul Star Tribune, by Jeff Gillman.
- April 1, 2010: In the Garden: Growing Your Own Horseradish. New York Times, by Anne Raver.
- March 26, 2010: Johnny's Selected Seeds business of the year. Morning Sentinel (Waterville / Skowhegan, ME), by Scott Monroe.
- Feb. 28, 2010: Digging old garden tools. Johnny's Broadfork, Hatfield Transplanter, and Right-angle Trowel, reviewed by Sean Conway, Chicago Tribune gardening columnist and host of TV show "Cultivating Life."
- Dec. 28, 2009: An article from the Ventura County Star (CA) about our 2010 catalog: Yardsmart: Follow the seeder to Johnny's.
- Dec. 3, 2009: Hassle-free aerators for the garden. By Barbara Damrosch, for The Washington Post.
More News from Johnny'sDonations
Johnny's Selected Seeds donated $40,000 to the Maine Farmland Trust in May of 2009. The money was split between two of Maine Farmland Trust's buy/sell/protect projects:
- River Road Farm (now named Stonecipher Farm) in Bowdoinham. The Maine Farmland Trust bought and preserved 100 acres. About 60 acres (including all the farmland) was resold to a young couple (Ian and Tabitha Jerolmack), who are raising vegetables there. MFT raised $100,000 to cover the difference between the property's purchase price and what would be recouped from the sale price. $20,000 came from Johnny's.
Learn more about Stonecipher Farm.
Read article on Stonecipher Farm from the Brunswick Times Record.
- Charleston Dairy Farm. MFT bought a 580-acre farm (with 220 tillable acres) in Charleston, which will be leased to a local dairy farmer. The farmer, who recently lost access to other leased land, will use the land for crops and pasture. This property is critical to the farmer's operation. The farmer will likely buy the land from MFT (as preserved land) in a few years. When all is said and done, MFT will recoup what it paid for this farm, but will accrue costs in the intervening period. Johnny's remaining $20,000 will cover a portion of those costs. Johnny's gift made the project possible.
Watch TV news show about Johnny's $40,000 donation.
- Paul Gallione of Johnny's Research Department discusses the upcoming growing season on the Northern Gardening radio show broadcast by WTIP FM 90.7 in Minnesota.
Listen to a recording of the show.
- Martha Stewart invited us to appear on her show to talk about the benefits and techniques of seed-starting and some of the tools we sell to help gardeners get an early start.