Happy (early) Earth Day, Friends!
Since moving our lives and business to the Hudson Valley four years ago, our connection to Mother Earth has deepened in more ways than we can describe.
If you've read through our site or follow us on the socials, you know that my wife Adina and I are aspiring farmers ourselves. We grow relatively small quantities of many of the ingredients we use in our products, and every year expand our apiary to produce more raw, untreated honey. We use all this to create new recipes for our line, which has always been my favorite part of the business!
While I love working with the team in our kitchen making product for you to enjoy, working the land and tending to bees is truly my happy place. Our greatest aspiration is to expand our farm to produce a significant quantity of the ingredients that go into our products, and to do so both organically and regeneratively.
What does that mean, and why is it important?
Well, first things first, current rates of soil degradation suggests we have about 60 years of topsoil left on planet Earth. So it's not enough just to do less damage, we need to be actually healing the earth as we farm it.
Regenerative agriculture entails practices that restore degraded soils based on ecological principles, by considering the interconnected interactions between the soil, water, plants, animals and humans.
Benefits include increasing organic matter and biodiversity in the soil, making it more resilient to conditions like drought and flood that are becoming more common with climate change, and actually capturing carbon in the soil to combat climate variability. Read more here.
Some of our own small scale efforts towards regenerative and sustainable practices include using the bedding from our chicken coop as fertilizer, and upcycling our ACV totes as garden beds and water catchment vessels.
We've also initiated joining 1% for the Planet, and begun working towards sourcing from ones that are certified regenerative through the Soil Climate Health Initiative, which measures brands' commitments to soil and climate health in our sourcing and supply chain management.
We be sharing more here and hope you'll join us on this journey.
Meanwhile in honor of Earth Day we're donating 15% of all sales from now through midnight next Friday to Kiss the Ground's regenerative agriculture program, reflecting our deepening connection to Mama Earth.
Enjoy and Be Well!