from soil to bottle
The luxury and quality of our products come down to the ingredients. From the way we grow the ingredients that come from our farm and to the way we source the ingredients that don’t. It comes down to the processes by which we make our products, the methods by which we ensure that the nutrients we worked so hard to cultivate into our herbs and botanicals are imparted into our products and then onto your skin. Finally it comes down to the way we take our finished products and we package them so that they are perfectly ready to enter your home and nourish you.
Quality is in every detail. Every stage, every step of making our products has been thought through a million times over. We plant, we grow, we harvest, we infuse, we distill, we craft - all to produce the most incredible products to nourish your skin.
Clean, sustainable, regenerative, plant powered, slow skincare... and the list goes on. Instead of grabbing hold and proclaiming whatever the current buzz words are of natural skincare we decided to be more direct and create our own title because buzz words quickly get muddied and can easily be skewed. They tend to water down what really matters.
WE ARE SMALL FARMED.
What does small farmed mean to us?
It means that our products do not begin the moment an herb arrives in the mail. Our products get their start in the dark soil of our family farm almost a year before they reach our customers hands. Instead of sourcing our botanicals and herbs from places our feet have never set foot, where organic certification standards vary greatly depending on the country of origin, and heat treated processing is part of the journey in bringing plants to the market, we are choosing to grow and wildcraft our own because small farmed is best for the environment and produces the highest quality plants.
Small scale farming focuses on quality not quantity. We are able to meticulously care for each and every one of the herbs and botanicals growing in our fields which in turn produces plants of the highest quality that are literally bursting with nutrients and goodness.
We see small scale farming as an opportunity to maximize diversity. Diversity of crops instead of mono cropping benefits the soil, the plants, and native creatures. It creates healthy ecosystems that benefits everyone and everything in more ways than science currently understands.
Stewardship of our small farm is very important to us because we are a family farm. We are and always will be working towards creating a place where native flora and fauna can thrive. Our ultimate goal is to pass this beautiful piece of Texas on to our future generations.
Healthy soil produces healthy plants that actually have the nutrients attributed to them. We know that small scale farming produces the most nutrient dense food for our bodies. The same holds true for our skincare! When we receive praise about how incredible and effective our products are I always redirect the praise to the plants and the soil they were grown in. It's all about the plants!
Soil health is a big deal to us. Our practices include minimal tilling, feeding the soil rich organic matter, and utilizing cover crops, living mulches as well as living pathways. We work hard to protect and encourage microbial life and prevent erosion. We do not use synthetic chemicals ever!
Small farmed skincare is different. It holds you, nourishes you, and gives you a moment of peace no matter how busy your life is. We like to think that with every jar, bottle, or box we send out, a small piece of our farm has been infused into it.
The seed is the whole potential of the plant contracted into a single point.
~ Rudolph Steiner
Agroforestry is the intentional integration of trees and shrubs into crop and animal farming systems to create environmental, economic, and social benefits.
We are an agroforestry centric farm.
Agroforestry is beneficial in so many ways, both to the trees and to the crops below them. The trees provide much needed shade for the plants in the Texas heat which in turns means that the trees need less water, helping us prevent water waste. Many of the trees used in our agroforestry practices are native pecan trees. Our farm was untouched, uncultivated land before we bought it meaning that for years these pecan trees have fertilized the soil beneath them with their yearly offerings of pecans. The symbiotic relationship between the crops and the trees cultivates a healthy ecosystem within the soil as the trees help to bring up nutrients and water from deep underground as well as build up the soil’s carbon and organic matter. The crops below also help to provide nutrients to the trees, creating a beautiful symbiotic cycle of health, nutrition and growth.
Agroforestry does not stop with the garden. It also includes the use of trees with the grazing of livestock which is exactly what we are able to do with our goat herd. Our goats roam the wooded acres of our land, helping themselves to the woody trees and brush that they love so much. They spend their days rubbing against trees, munching on the delicious bark and devouring the brush that they run through. The trees provide them shade and protection and their diverse diet provides them a vast array of nutrients, equaling an abundance of rich milk which we proudly use in our soaps.
The goats are also able to symbiotically give to the land that they wander as they are incredible at fertilizing the ground as they travel and eating invasive species, thus letting native species thrive.
When it comes to the care of our goats, ethical animal welfare is our top priority. Each goat is given individual attention and care so that they can stay at their full potential and health. We work with each goat on a daily basis and each and every one of our goats has a name and a unique personality that we know well. We are proud to say that our standards exceed animal welfare protocols and our brand is 100% cruelty-free.