Meet Our Editors & Staff

The Old Farmer's Almanac Editors

February 5, 2017

Meet the editors and staff of The Old Farmer’s Almanac publications and Web sites!

Janice Stillman

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.

Sherin Pierce

Sherin Pierce is a Vice President of Yankee Publishing, Inc. (YPI) and Publisher of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. She is responsible for the long-term strategic planning of the Almanac brand, including new product development, editorial oversight, supervision of publicity and marketing efforts, and management of the book’s finances and ancillary businesses. She also manages retail sales of the Almanac and its various companion publications via the newsstand through bookstores, club stores, hardware stores, and farm and fleet stores. 

Before joining YPI in 1987, Sherin held positions in finance and investments for American Family Publishers of New York City, among others. She has two master’s degrees: an MA in English Literature and an MBA in Marketing and International Business. 

Sherin live in Dublin, New Hampshire, with one of her two sons and a cat named Charlie Pierce. She enjoys spending time outdoors, particularly taking long rides on her bike or walks around her neighborhood. She also enjoy travelling internationally and spending time with family and friends. 

Judson D. Hale Sr.

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

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

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.

Sarah Perreault

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.

Ben Kilbride

As Assistant Editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Ben Kilbride is part of the team responsible for fact-checking articles and proofing The Old Farmer’s Almanac, The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, Garden Guide, and the monthly digital magazine EXTRA! He also helps to write some of the Almanac’s calendars and has published articles in The Old Farmer’s Almanac and online at Almanac.com. In particular, he wrote and researched the story on the annual national art contest for the USPS duck stamp program, which appeared in The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac. Ben is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. 

A New Hampshire native, Ben is an avid traveler, once embarking on a 6-month driving tour of America with his partner, Hannah. He enjoys gardening, hiking, and playing guitar. He, Hannah, and their dog, Basil, live in Harrisville, New Hampshire. 

Catherine Boeckmann

Senior Digital Editor Catherine Boeckmann joined The Old Farmer’s Almanac in 2008. She leads digital content for the popular Web site Almanac.com—now visited by 20 million readers a month! Every day, readers can access weather forecasts, gardening expertise, backyard stargazing tips, harvest recipes, natural remedies, and “of the day” history and seasonal advice. Plus, the Web site offers highly personalized calendars (down to zip code) for planting dates, frost dates, Moon phases, sunrises and sunsets, moonrises and moonsets, visible planets, and tide charts

Catherine has authored and edited hundreds of articles for Almanac.com, including a complete Growing Guide Library to help beginner gardeners grow their own food and flowers. Almanac.com has become a valuable resource for anyone who wants to start gardening! On every article, readers can ask questions so that the entire Almanac community can offer tips and encouragement.

Under the digital umbrella, Catherine also leads our social media team (FacebookPinterest, and Instagram), writes the daily Almanac Companion and bi-monthly Almanac Garden Planner e-newsletters, edits the Almanac for Kids Web site Almanac4kids.com, and more.

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 two-ingredient berry jam from her own harvest.

Colleen Quinnell

Colleen Quinnell became Art Director of The Old Farmer’s Almanac in 2013. She manages and oversees the brand and design for all associated titles, including The Old Farmer’s Almanac, The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, Garden Guide, and the monthly digital magazine EXTRA!, as well as all calendars, gardening books, and cookbooks. In 2017, she led the effort to freshen and sharpen the Almanac logo and related branding and identity visuals. This included a redesign of the Almanac, its Web site (Almanac.com), and its line of calendars. 

A graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, Colleen worked for Walter Bernard and Milton Glaser, pioneers in magazine design who modernized the look of many well-known titles. As Senior Designer under their direction, Colleen worked on the design or redesign of publications that included Time, the Washington Post, and Washington Post Sunday magazine. 

Originally from Denville, New Jersey, Colleen now lives in Hancock, New Hampshire, close to the Yankee Publishing offices in Dublin. She’s an avid reader and loves playing board games, especially with her extended family, which includes three sisters, their five childrenm and numerous great nieces and nephews. 

Chris Burnett

Chris Burnett, Associate Digital Editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, joined the team in 2017 after interning at Yankee Magazine, one of the Almanac’s sister publications. As the Almanac, Chris is promarily responsible for keeping the hundreds of articles on Almanac.com accurate and up-to-date, in addition to editing and writing new articles. Thanks to his lifelong interest in horticulture, he also hosts the Almanac’s Gardening for Everyone webinars, which range in topic from managing hourplant problems to growing a hydroponic garden. 

A graduate of McGill University, Chris currently resides in the Greater Boston area, where he keeps an ever-expanding container garden of vegetable and flowers, as well as an extensive collection of hourplants. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and running. He also volunteers with the Native Plant Trust to search for populations of endangered plant species across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. 

Stacey Korpi

Stacey Korpi originally began as Director Sales Associate for Old Farmer’s Almanac publications and became Direct Sales Manager in 2014, handling national sales and distribution of The Old Farmer’s Almanac into nontraditional markets such as hardware and home centers, law and garden stores and distributors, and farm and fleet stores. She also handles nontraditional sales of Yankee Magazine in New England. During her off hours, she enjoys gardening, kayaking on (and swimming in) the many beautiful lakes and ponds in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, and daily walks with her dogs. 

Janice Edson

Janice Edson is the Direct Sales Associate for Old Farmer’s Almanac publications and Yankee Magazine. Having joined the team in 2015, she is a crucial behind-the-scenes link who provides critical sales and marketing support for the direct sales division. Janice likes the garden and also enjoys many outdoor activities such as hiking, snow and water skiing, horseback riding, and riding her bike. 

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