Cultivating Place: Johnny's Selected Seeds, Independent Home and Market Grower Seed Supplier
As seed catalogs continue to arrive in our mailboxes and inboxes daily, filling our notebooks and dreams, we take a behind-the-scenes look at an independent seed source well-known to gardeners and market growers throughout North America: Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
We are in conversation with current CEO Dave Melhorn and Lauren Giroux, Director of Product Selection and Trialing Research. Johnny’s stewards one of the largest in-ground seed-trialing programs in the United States.
For over 48 years Johnny's Selected Seeds has dedicated to "helping families and friends to feed one another.” Now 100% employee-owned, Johnny’s offers organic seed, F1 hybrid, open-pollinated, and heirloom seed varieties. "Johnny's does not knowingly sell genetically modified seeds"; nor do they "breed new varieties using genetic engineering."
Their breeders use "traditional, painstaking methods of natural crossing to create hybrid seeds that are healthy and safe.” They are proud to be "one of the nine original signers of the Safe Seed Pledge,” in 1999, an initiative of the Council for Responsible Genetics. Listen in this week!
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