Thursday, September 26, 2013 is Johnny Appleseed Day! Johnny Appleseed was a folk hero and famous apple farmer whose dream was to produce so many apples that no one would ever go hungry. His real name was John Chapman and he was more of an organized businessman than legend paints him. He began his adventures in 1792, when he was only eighteen years old, traveling west from Massachusetts following the steady stream of immigrants. Legend says he was always planting apple seeds in open places in the forest, along roadways and streams but the truth is he created several nurseries by carefully selecting the perfect spots, purchasing the land and regularly returning to tend to the nursery and sell the trees. He was a kind and generous man and deeply religious. He was soon known as the “apple seed man” and then later dubbed “Johnny Appleseed”. Johnny Appleseed Day commemorates his birth on this day in 1774.