Meet the editors of The Old Farmer’s Almanac publications and Web sites!
When Janice Stillman joined The Old Farmer’s Almanac as Editor in 2000, she made history. Janice is not only the 13th editor in the Almanac’s history but also the first female to hold the title.
In her role as Editor, Janice oversees the development of the annual publication, working closely with writers and other editors to develop new and interesting feature content. She also has a hand in the preparation and production of the seasonal All-Seasons Garden Guide, The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, and the Almanac’s line of calendars and cookbooks.
Raised in Norwood, Massachusetts, Janice earned a degree in English from Fitchburg State and also holds a master’s in mass communication from Emerson College.
Prior to joining the Almanac staff, Janice traveled around the world and has visited many countries on other trips. These days, she divides her time between the Almanac’s offices in Dublin, New Hampshire, during the week and southern Massachusetts on weekends. She enjoys cooking and bicycling in her spare time, of which she has little in spring, summer, and early autumn: Janice tends a plot at the local community garden.
On Sept. 15, 2009, Judson D. Hale Sr. begins his 52nd year with The Old Farmer’s Almanac and Yankee Magazine. He joined Yankee Publishing Inc. in 1958 as an Assistant Editor. Later he became Associate Editor, then Managing Editor, and, in 1970, Editor of both publications. (Incidentally, Hale was only Yankee Magazine’s second Editor since 1935 and The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s twelfth Editor since 1792.)
In 2000, Jud became Editor-in-Chief of both Yankee Magazine and The Old Farmer’s Almanac. In this capacity, Hale has appeared each fall on radio and television shows throughout North America, including “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “CBS This Morning,” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”
“I always work to further the mission of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which is to be useful with a pleasant degree of humor,” explains Hale.
Hale is the author of Inside New England and his autobiography, titled The Education of a Yankee. He has also edited a number of books, including The Best of Yankee Magazine, The Best of The Old Farmer’s Almanac: The First 200 Years, and, more recently, The Old Farmer’s Almanac Book of Everyday Advice, published by Random House. He has also written a book about his autistic brother.
Born in Boston and raised on a dairy farm in Vanceboro, Maine, Hale graduated from Dartmouth College (Class of 1955) in 1958. He also served with the Third Armored Division as a tank commander from 1955 to 1957. He is married to the former Sally Huberlie of Rochester, New York. They have three married sons, Judson Jr., Daniel, and Christopher, and seven grandchildren.
Jack Burnett is the Managing Editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, as well as for all associated products such as the Garden Guide, Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, calendars, and journals. An editor of books and magazines since 1974, he has previously served the Almanac as a freelance editor, fact checker, and photo researcher. Jack is also a writer, whose published work includes a Christmas story in the November/December 2002 issue of Clipper, the in-flight magazine of Pan Am; a weekly column in a British newspaper; and a number of bylined and unbylined pieces in the Almanac and the Almanac for Kids.
Raised in East Greenbush, New York, Jack is descended from two long lines of Vermont families. His interests include genealogy and North American history, cooking, golf, and meteorology—for which his first elementary school project was an anemometer made from toilet bowl floats cut in half. He originally came to New Hampshire to attend Dartmouth College—from which he received a degree in English and geography—and has stayed in the state ever since.
Jack lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire, with his wife Diane, who enjoys quilting and gardening. The Burnetts are Canadaphiles, collecting Canadian coins and taking trips to the Land of the Maple Leaf as much as time allows. Over the years, he has done radio and TV interviews (some in person) with more than 250 different Canadian media outlets, many multiple times. Son Christopher, the Almanac’s Associate Digital Editor, is a 2016 graduate of McGill University in Montreal.
For Jack, helping on The Old Farmer’s Almanac sometimes means personal recollections, as both of his Vermont grandfathers were indeed old farmers, many of whose ways of life and attitudes toward it might well have come right out of the pages of the Almanac—and probably did.
Heidi Stonehill is a Senior Editor for The Old Farmer’s Almanac, joining the team in 2001. As such, she manages the content development of the Almanac’s line of wall, engagement, box, and specialty calendars and also works closely with the Art Director and production department through all proofing stages. Calendar projects (and holiday calculations) start as much as three years in advance and touch on such topics as gardening, weather, astronomy, history, cooking, household hints, and country living. Heidi also compiles and edits the content for the Right-Hand Calendar Pages of the Almanac and has written parts of The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids.
Heidi earned a B.A. in biology from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Shortly after, she became a curatorial intern at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, where she enjoyed helping the Plant Recorder maintain the maps and other plant collections records for the arboretum. It was there that she had her first (and last) opportunity to briefly operate a backhoe and don arborist’s gear to climb a tall tree (at least, it looked tall to her). After that, Heidi’s career took a jog and she entered the world of publishing, working at Rodale Press home and garden books as a researcher and later, at Creative Homeowner as a web editor. At The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Heidi finds much truth in the old saying, “Learn something new every day,” as her daily tasks introduce her to many fascinating facts.
She enjoys the natural sciences, animals, gardening, music, art, creative writing, sci-fi, and games (especially computer). Her sweet but shy feline, Joey, is slowly coming out of his shell, but finds that snoozing in a dark corner is often preferable.
Senior Editor Sarah Perreault joined The Old Farmer’s Almanac in 2003. She has tons of quirky and little-known facts crammed into that brain of hers, which may be thought useless elsewhere—but not here at the Almanac. Sarah graduated from the University of New Hampshire. She previously worked as an editor at a biotechnology and pharmaceutical publishing company and as a project manager at a textbook publishing company before joining the Almanac team.
Sarah works on all of our products—fact checking, photo researching, writing, editing, and proofing all things Almanac. She is also one of our on-air personalities, regularly chatting it up with radio and tv stations across the country.
Sarah is an avid Red Sox fan and enjoys working in her gardens, kayaking, and skiing with her husband and kids.
Senior Digital Editor Catherine Boeckmann joined The Old Farmer’s Almanac in 2008. She leads digital content for this popular Web site, Almanac.com, which now has about 20 million monthly visitors. While The Old Farmer’s Almanac book is published annually, the companion Web site is a 24/7 tool with weather forecasts, new stories, and “of the day” history, questions, advice, folklore, and puzzles. On Almanac.com, readers access personalized calendars (down to zip code) for planting dates, frost dates, Moon phases, sunrises and sunsets, moonrises and moonsets, visible planets, tide charts, and more.
Catherine authors and edits hundreds of articles for both Almanac.com and also Almanac4kids.com. She has built out a complete Growing Guide Library to help beginner gardeners grow their own food and flowers. Almanac.com has become a valuable resource to help the everyday homeowner start gardening. On every article, readers can ask questions so that the entire Almanac community can help. Catherine is also our social strategist, helping the Almanac reach its readers wherever they go in our modern world, from keeping in touch on social media—with Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram—to opening the Companion e-newsletter every morning to reading a monthly digital magazine to designing a successful garden with the online Almanac Garden Planner app.
Before coming to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Catherine worked for 15 years at global advertising agencies. She now lives in Indiana with her family, and enjoys gardening, walking her dog, going to farm markets, and eating fresh food (especially Indiana corn!). Catherine is also a Master Gardener with Purdue University Extension. To “see” Catherine, watch her making easy fridge pickles and making two-ingredient berry jam from her own harvest.