Award-Winning Garden and Lifestyle Expert P. Allen Smith Teams Up with Sakata Seed
- by Jordan Okumura
MORGAN HILL, CA - Sakata Seed America and P. Allen Smith Garden Home are teaming up, with Sakata Home Grown immediately becoming the official vegetable seed brand of P. Allen Smith.
“A great joy is eating something you have grown in your own garden,” Smith stated in a press release.
Smith is an award-winning designer, garden and lifestyle expert, hosts two of his own public television programs (P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and P. Allen Smith's Garden to Table), hosts the syndicated P. Allen Smith Gardens show, and is a best-selling author for home gardening.
“I am delighted to share with all gardeners and chefs, beginner to expert, an exclusive P. Allen Smith Home Grown Seed Collection,” Smith continued. “I have selected some of my favorites that I grow in my garden, from Red Robin tomatoes to Broccolini broccoli. These varieties are known for their bountiful harvest and great taste, something that would delight all gardeners from their garden to their table. A return to the vegetable garden is a welcomed trend which is good for the well-being of ourselves, families, and communities. It may not be possible to grow an entire garden, but growing just a few things makes a difference.”
According to Sakata, Smith has identified a collection some of the seed company’s varieties and branded it under the P. Allen Smith Home Grown Seed Collection. Now, gardeners and cooks alike will be able to tune into Smith’s various medias, including his shows that air on over 590 stations nationally, YouTube channel, and digital communications, to learn more about things like:
- Details on the new collection.
- How the varieties are performing in the test garden.
- How to grow and cook with Sakata fruits and vegetables.
“Our goal is to provide top-quality fruit and vegetable varieties to gardeners and cooks and their families,” Alecia Troy, Sakata’s Marketing Manager, said in the release. “We look forward to the exposure Allen will bring to gardening and healthy eating with the P. Allen Smith Home Grown Seed Collection. Our partnership with P. Allen Smith is an exciting step toward connecting with consumers through education and passion.”
Smith grew up in the nursery business and his other partners in business include respected names like Bonnie Plants, Proven Winners, Jobes Organics and Le Creuset.
“The fruits and vegetables Allen selected for the P. Allen Smith Home Grown Seed Collection are perfect for the home gardener,” Tracy Lee, Product Manager for the company’s Home Grown division, said. “They are unique, flavorful, and offer added quality and vigor. He’s done his homework – in fact, right now Sakata veggies are planted at Allen’s headquarters at Moss Mountain Farm in Little Rock, Arkansas, where they are continually evaluated for inclusion in recipes, projects and events.”
Sakata recently educated bloggers about the industry as a whole and how seed reaches the end user at P. Allen’s Annual Garden2Blog Event. Located at his Moss Mountain Farm in Little Rock, AR. Founded in 2011, the event hosts 30 garden bloggers from around the U.S. and Canada for two days of trend sharing and knowledge exchange. Sakata also provided seed for bloggers to take home and plant in their own gardens.