THE DILIGENT PROCESS of CRAFTING
The processing of plant materials for use in our products begins on harvest day. All work is completed by hand in small batches with the intention to create products of the highest quality.
– CLEANING –The majority of garbling occurs in the field, eliminating materials that will not be a part of the finished products. These materials such as dirt, moss, needles, and leaves are left in place where their contribution to the native habitat continues. Upon returning to our processing facility the removal of remaining foreign matter continues. Generally aerial parts are not washed but roots are thoroughly washed with the aid of high-pressure fresh water sourced from a potable deep well. Plants are not submerged thereby avoiding the loss of valuable plant constituents. After washing plant materials are dried and any insect life is removed manually or by allowing them to leave over 1-2 hours of careful storage of the herb in a shaded, cool place. The herb is then reduced in size to further facilitate consistency, quality, and efficiency in the extraction and drying processes.
– DRYING –We selectively and carefully dry our plant materials by placing them in a dedicated drying space away from direct light. Drying is done gently at temperatures of 75F-95F thereby sustaining a minimal loss of heat sensitive plant constituents. Herbs are frequently rotated during the drying process resulting in even and efficient drying. Each rotation includes an additional visual inspection to ensure the absence of foreign materials, and to prevent over drying. Upon completion of the drying process plant materials are stored within airtight food grade containers protected from exposure to sunlight within a temperature-controlled environment.
– TINCTURES –The extraction of our fresh plant tinctures is initiated within 24 hours of the harvest, carefully preserving the beneficial properties of each herb nearly unchanged from its living state.
Plant materials are immersed in a food grade alcohol/water blend allowing the capture of both alcohol and water-soluble plant components. ‘Active’ tinctures are agitated frequently and full extraction is complete after 3-8 weeks depending upon the density and oil content of the herb. Following extraction herb and liquid are separated using progressively finer filtration until finally passing through a filter of 25 microns. The finished tinctures are then funneled into airtight containers, labeled, and boxed. Finally, they are protected from light within our temperature-controlled storage area.
– OIL INFUSIONS –The use of partially dried plant material reduces the likelihood of spoilage and allows the crafting of oil extractions with higher plant to oil ratios. The decision of when to infuse the herb is made based not only on the % reduction in moisture content, but also by its color, feel, and smell. By taking into consideration variations caused by seasonal and climatic factors we are able to provide a higher degree of product uniformity.
– EQUIPMENT & DOCUMENTATION–Our dedicated processing equipment is thoroughly cleaned between batches and separate equipment is employed for plants that are particularly oily or resinous. Robust documentation maintained throughout crafting enables us to continually improve our processes and to provide excellent consistency among our products.
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