Our mission is to bring the 200 year old Johnny Appleseed legacy to life, honoring his real example, made legend, of what each of us can accomplish by commitment and persistence. The authenticity of his story is built into some of our Nation’s finest attributes – being environmentally friendly, wholesome, nurturing, and neighborly in your daily life. These values are made real at the Johnny Appleseed Organic™ village, our 25 acre sustainable lifestyle development near Folkston, Georgia.
Jeff Meyer, the founder of Johnny Appleseed Orchards LLC, could be called a modern-day Johnny Appleseed. In 1991, through his avid research, he discovered, authenticated, and acquired exclusive genetic rights to the “Algeo tree”, the last surviving tree planted by Johnny Appleseed. Thousands of genetically identical, bud-grafted Johnny Appleseed Authentic™ trees will be commercially available starting in 2020. He also documented the diversity of trees planted by Johnny Appleseed in his orchards. Jeff has been planting trees for over 50 years and is a lifetime conservationist. In the 1990’s, he worked with American Forests to restore habitat on Public Lands, culminating in September 2002, with the planting of his 20 millionth tree. Jeff is a published author, whose works include “America’s Famous and Historic Trees”, a book that documents some of our nation’s most significant and important historic trees, and which led to the production on PBS of the award-winning TV series TREE STORIES. Jeff also founded and developed our nation’s single largest privately-funded conservation ranch, located in Wyoming. This 626,000 acre project is dedicated to enhancing and restoring one of our nation’s most critical sage brush habitats for endangered and threatened species, and includes extensive wind, solar, transmission and energy storage initiatives.