Organic echinacea from Headwaters Farm
We exclusively choose organically grown herbs and other ingredients for our products. We believe it is worth the extra cost to promote soil and land stewardship by supporting farmers who choose to use organic growing practices. We also source our herbs directly from local growers who are practicing excellent land stewardship wherever possible.
We believe that a vibrant local economy is an important aspect of sustainability. We support local business – our herbs and ingredients are sourced from Pacific Northwest companies. Our labels are created by a Portland-based graphic designer and printed by a local printer. We support local artists and craftspeople who design our signs and point-of-purchase displays. We focus our sales efforts at farmers markets, locally based stores, and naturopathic clinics. We bank at a local credit union. So rest assured that purchasing our products keeps your money circulating in the local economy!
In our business practices, we make every effort to make the lowest-impact choices. We choose renewable energy for our commercial kitchen. We recycle, compost, and use water and energy saving measures. We choose compostable spoons for product samples. We do not use chemicals in our sterilization process, instead using a high-heat steam sterilization method, which keeps chemicals from going down the drain and entering our local watershed. We purchase recycled-content paper products and use green cleaners. And we are committed to treating our staff well through providing a fair wage, paid time off, and benefits such as CSA membership and an alternative healthcare stipend.
We are members of several non-profit and educational organizations. Our membership supports the important work of the following:
American Apitherapy Society – promotes the use of honey bee products in daily health.
American Botanical Council – committed to providing the most reliable, up-to-date information about herbs based on modern science and traditional wisdom.
Friends of Family Farmers – building a strong and united voice for Oregon’s independent family farmers, food advocates, and concerned citizens who are working to foster an approach to agriculture that respects the land, treats animals humanely, sustains local communities, and provides a viable livelihood for family farmers.
American Herbalist Guild - a non-profit, educational organization to represent the goals and voices of herbalists specializing in the medicinal use of plants
United Plant Savers - United Plant Savers' mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.
Xerces Society – committed to the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat.