Albion, Maine: July 2015 — Johnny's Selected Seeds recently hosted the 2015 Tomato Growers' Roundtable, where a consortium of growers and scientists met to discuss the challenges and opportunities of growing tomato in the New England region. Organized by Maine's primary organic certifying agent, the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (MOFGA), the roundtable serves as a conduit for small- to medium-scale commercial growers to listen and collaborate on topics ranging from thinning and pruning and planting density to disease and fertility.
The meeting was moderated by MOFGA's organic crop specialist, Eric Sideman, PhD, and Becky Sideman, PhD, Extension Professor and Sustainable Horticultural Production Specialist at the University of New Hampshire. Trials performed at Johnny's research farm in Albion, Maine, as well as those conducted across New England and the rest of the country, provide variety and cultural information to growers of all sizes. Several members of Johnny's research staff were present to listen and contribute to the discussion…. Read more »
Albion, Maine: June 2015 — Increasing demand for locally grown produce on a national scale has spurred growth for Johnny's Selected Seeds. As part of our ongoing effort to provide superior customer service, we are happy to announce that Brian Boyce joins Johnny's Selected Seeds this month as a Territory Sales Representative. Brian's territory includes Northern California and Southern Oregon. He will provide year-round local service and support, as well as region-specific growing advice to West coast customers…. Read more »
— Harry Fraser, CEO of Johnny's Selected Seeds
Albion, Maine: December 2014 — Seed industry leader Jeffrey B. McElroy, PhD joins Johnny's Selected Seeds this month as Vice President of Research and Development. Dr. McElroy brings extensive global experience to Johnny's in researching and developing new vegetable varieties to further propel the company's growth….
Dr. McElroy's work in plant science and production has spanned the globe, entailing roles that encompass all aspects of delivering flavor-packed, nutrient-rich produce to discriminating customers…. Read more »
— Peter Zuck, Johnny's Product Manager for Squash
Albion, Maine: November 2014 — The All America Selections Committee has chosen Butterscotch, the newest butternut variety developed by Johnny's traditional breeding team, as a 2015 National AAS Vegetable Winner….
...Butterscotch is the eighth AAS Winner chosen from more than 50 new vegetable varieties introduced by the powerhouse team over the years. [Rob] Johnston's lifelong contribution to the world of horticulture was underscored by his being awarded the prestigious Breeders Cup at the 2013 All-America Selection Summit…. Read more »
Albion, Maine: October 2, 2014 — Johnny's Selected Seeds warmly welcomes Dr. John Navazio, veteran plant breeder, agroecologist, author, and organic seed production specialist as manager of its plant breeding program. Dr. Navazio is a natural fit for Johnny's, renowned for its prodigious introduction of traditionally bred, award-winning new crop varieties to direct-market growers and avid home gardeners….
With a career path that clearly aligns with Johnny's long-term breeding goals, Dr. Navazio sees "an incredible opportunity in taking on the landmark traditional breeding work led for over four decades by Rob Johnston," Johnny's founder and CEO. "Some of North America's most important crop germplasm is being housed and developed right here in Central Maine…. Read more »
Fairfield, Maine: September 2014 — Lauded by foodies as the "new kale," KalettesTM are the striking result of a non-GMO cross between kale and Brussels sprouts. Johnny's Selected Seeds is pleased to introduce the new Kalettes seed this fall to direct-to-market commercial growers and avid home gardeners across the US and Canada, under an exclusive partnership with Tozer Seeds.…. Read more »
Rob's contribution to the world of horticulture includes helping produce varieties that in diverse climates have outstanding flavor, disease resistance, and garden performance. Under Rob's leadership, the Johnny's breeding team has introduced more than 50 varieties. Seven of these Johnny's-bred varieties have been honored with the prestigious All-America Selections award…. Read more »
The Ultimate Efficiency Lettuce
Fairfield, Maine (April 2013) — Salanova is the newest innovation in lettuce for the salad mix market. Taking over 20 years for breeders to develop, Salanova's unique core structure allows fully mature, compact heads to be easily cut into individual uniform leaves. Because the heads are allowed to reach full size, they produce fully-developed flavor, texture, and color compared to baby leaf. For the first time, this line is available from Johnny's Selected Seeds to U.S. and Canada small, direct-market growers.
Praised for its versatility, efficiency and yield, Salanova offers many benefits for the grower. Salanova provides high yields at lower-cost… Read more »