We Grow Medicine, Not Commodities.
We grow our herbs close together, in dense polycultures, so plant roots intermingle in living soil. It’s how medicinal herbs grow in nature. Closeness and companionship, along with competition and struggle, leads to vitality and potency. Sure, it’s more expedient to plant and harvest large monocultures. Yields are higher in over-fertilized and irrigated fields. But big bushy herbs are weak. We’d rather produce herbs – and live life – like the wild-crafted medicines herbalists prize. With passion.
Cutting The Best
Small scale production allows us to harvest herbs at the perfect time. By hand. Efficiently but with respect for the plants and their end use. Ugly herbs, browning bottom leaves and all stems go to the compost pile. We reject herbs other farms would grind and put in your tea bag.
Drying and De-stemming with Care
We learned a lot from looking at herb farms around the world. Including how not to handle herbs. We have seen them dried in the sun, like hay. Or blasted with hot air. Then run through huge machines which grind and pulverize the plants to death.
We chose instead to follow a more sacred process. We dry each variety slowly, at just the right temperature, to dry-in freshness and potency. We have custom built, human-scale machines which allow us to de-stem and cut herbs without damaging them.
Beauty and Taste Are Worth It
Most commercial teas are ground up and put in bags. That’s fine if you’re in a hurry… instant tea. But we’re not in a hurry. We want to make teas that are a pleasure to drink and a joy to look at. Most of the herbs in our teas are grown, dried and blended in small batches on our farm. We add foreign herbs sparingly, generally only things we cannot produce ourselves.
We grow what we can each year and sell it fresh from the farm dryer. When the season’s harvest is sold out, you’ll have to wait for the next one. We could buy herbs from across the globe and sell them all year, but then we’d be in a big hurry like everyone else.