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The 2016 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Farmers’ Almanac Timeline

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1818 — The first edition of Farmers’ Almanac is printed by editor David Young, Philom., and publisher Jacob Mann, in Morristown, N.J.

1852 — David Young dies. Astronomer Samuel Hart Wright succeeds him as editor.

1875 — Samuel Wright Hart dies. His son, Berlin Hart Wright, succeeds him as calculator.

1934 — Ray Geiger becomes the sixth editor of the Farmers’ Almanac.

1949 — Ann and Ray Geiger publish the rights to Almanac Publishing Company/Farmers’ Almanac. Geiger Bros. produces and distributes the Farmers’ Almanac.

1955 — The Almanac Publishing Company moves to its current office in Lewiston, Maine.

1979 — Ray Geiger’s son, Peter Geiger is named Associate Editor.

1994 — Ray Geiger, the Farmers’ Almanac’s longest-serving editor, dies. Peter Geiger succeeds him as editor.

1994 – Peter Geiger names Sandi Duncan managing editor of the Farmers’ Almanac, the first female almanac editor in U.S. history.

1995 — The first edition of the Farmers’ Almanac expanded periodical edition is released to the retail market.

1997 — is launched, bringing the timeless appeal that made the Farmers’ Almanac a household name to a whole new audience.

2003 — The Almanac Publishing Company partners with Buy the Farm LLC. The Savannah, Georgia-based to create Farmers’ Almanac TV.

2006 — Farmers’ Almanac TV debuts on more than 200 public television stations in 38 states. The show remained on the air for two seasons.

2007 — Farmers’ Almanac re-launches to create a more engaging, interactive user experience including special features available to site members only.

2007 — Farmers’ Almanac announces its news Weather Time Machine feature, allowing web visitors to look up the weather for any date from 1945 on.

2007 — Farmers’ Almanac announces the release of its first Bookstore Edition, featuring 32 additional pages of weather advice, gardening tips, recipes, and helpful hints.

2007 — Farmers’ Almanac joins the social media revolution by creating a profile on the then-popular site Myspace, followed later that year by profiles on Facebook and Twitter.

2009 — Farmers’ Almanac adds new Best Days categories to its 2010 edition to better meet the needs of a diverse, modern, and increasingly urban readership.

2010 — Farmers’ Almanac launches a Youtube channel for sharing exclusive videos about weather lore, smart living tips, and other topics of interest to Almanac readers.

2010 — Farmers’ Almanac introduces a full-color section in its retail edition.

2011 — To expand its online offerings, Farmers’ Almanac promotes associate editor Jaime McLeod to serve as the publication’s first dedicated web content editor.

2011 — Farmers’ Almanac enters the eBook market, producing editions for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iBooks, and a PDF edition for readers without a tablet or eReader device.

2012 — Farmers’ Almanac expands its social media presence by joining Pinterest.

2012 — Farmers’ Almanac partners with BrownTrout Publishers to produce two Farmers’ Almanac branded calendars, a full-color wall calendar and a page-a-day desk calendar.

2012 — Farmers’ Almanac launches two new sections – Philosofacts and Tips – on, creating a place for web visitors to look up pithy words of wisdom of quick hints for smarter living.

2013 — The Farmers’ Almanac Facebook page reaches 100,000 followers.

2013 — Farmers’ Almanac creates premium memberships on, making it possible for the first time for web visitor to view a full year of weather predictions.

2016 — The Farmers’ Almanac Facebook page reaches 1 million followers.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1919, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.

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