By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...have you made your list, and checked it twice?
Whether you're looking for the perfect something for your mom or your employer, your mail carrier or your daughter, Kwanzaa or Christmas, Certified Naturally Grown farmers and beekeepers have the perfect gifts for your community! Plus, when you buy a present directly from our family of grassroots growers, your gift supports growers who say "no!" to GMOs and synthetic chemicals.
With all the gifting (and re-gifting) that happens this time of year, why not give a gift that creates a more eco-friendly world?
Keep reading for our guide to farm-friendly treats. Don't worry, we won't tell if you buy one of everything for yourself, too!
Lavenlair Farm grows luscious French and English lavender for culinary and fragrant use on their farm in upstate New York. Support their sustainable efforts as they grow towards their goal of zero carbon footprint. They've preserved their harvest as tea, jelly, myst, infused vinegars, and more! Lavender is potent stuff: recent research shows that some components of lavender have similar effects to Valium! Your stressed out family members and friends may really appreciate the soothing aroma of Lavenlair's work.
Bring the balmy breezes of Hawaii to your teacup with Naikela Botanicals! Eric and Lyn Taylor's two acre farm and onsite drying operation is housed within the middle of Makanalani, a 120 acre agricultural property with a nonprofit youth center and camp. They grow botanicals like moringa, cacao, and cardamom to create healthful tea powders, perfect for your coworker who is always sipping something.
Sloane and Christopher Lover cultivate awareness of healthy living by crafting and selling goodies like tinctures, candles, and soaps made with their Certified Naturally Grown crops. We love to cook with their extra potent garlic powder. Did we mention their products are vegan? Stock up on quality bee-free lip balms for your best plant-based friend with the help of October Fields.
The Heritage Bee Company makes natural beekeeping a possibility for all with their treatment-free work. From honey products to seed bombs, queens to apiary tours, these folks north of Toronto have something for bee enthusiasts of all stripes. They even offer hive hosting programs to help create a world with more pollinator sanctuaries!
Libby Buchler transforms the cozy byproducts of her sheep into wearable art in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She and her husband Randy homestead at Shadygrove Farm U.P. on 6.5 acres and raise Shetland, Cormo, and Merino sheep to produce wool for her designs. These aren't your grandma's knitted sweaters, either - Libby's work is felted, so each piece is molded to create a completely original design. Find her work at The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market.