Farm Stories

New Fair Trade Chili Peppers!

    Through an exciting partnership that has been long in the works, some of our favorite organic chili pepper products are now Fair Trade Certified through IMO and the Fair For Life program! We are thrilled to be able to bring these to you and to support this wonderful organic farm: Organic Fair Trade Certified Cayenne Powder Organic Fair Trade Certified Chili Flakes Organic Fair Trade Certified Whole Chilies Unlike traditional Fair Trade programs that merely certify products, the Fair For Life program is much more thorough because it reviews Mountain Rose Herbs from top to bottom to evaluate and audit our working conditions, labor practices, environmental programs, social benefits, and our company’s transparency. Not only does the Fair For Life program certify our entire company, but it also reviews and monitors the origins of our products to ensure complete compliance with the program. You can visit our website to learn more […]

Photo Thursday!

Brian just returned from a trip to visit our organic herb farms and wildharvesters in his Appalachian homeland. We will have more photos and stories from his adventures out East coming soon!  

Our Sustainability Report is Here!

It’s our great pleasure to share the 2012 Mountain Rose Herbs Sustainability Report! This is an important tool that will help us measure and monitor our greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, employee programs, charitable giving, and many other key indicators. Throughout 2013, I worked closely with every department at Mountain Rose Herbs to gather information for our first annual report. The project wouldn’t be possible without the assistance of an inspiring team of Graduate students from the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business including Peter Kaupert, Tzvetan Gatchev, Pam Birkel, Alex Velasco, and Grace Chang. In June, we completed data collection and analysis, and now at long last, we are ready to debut our findings in a beautifully crafted 24 page document… We invite you to sit back with a cup of your favorite Mountain Rose Herbs’ tea and enjoy the read!  

Celebrating Fair Trade Month!

You may have heard that October is Fair Trade Month, shining a much-needed spotlight onto the importance of Fair Trade Certified products, practices, and companies.  We are excited to announce that some of your favorite herbs and spices for the season are now among our newest Fair Trade certified products, including Mace, Nutmeg, and Turmeric Root powder. At Mountain Rose Herbs, we are proud to have worked hard to go beyond traditional Fair Trade practices including partnering with IMO to become certified as Fair for Life. We wanted to challenge ourselves to meet the stringent requirements to certify our entire company, not just our products.  To celebrate, we have some exciting news! Our company recently earned the highest achievement of a Level 5 rating for both Social and Fair Trade Certification and Social Responsibility. This is a huge accomplishment!     Why are Fair Trade practices and certifications so important? Social equity […]

A Future for Ginseng

You may have seen the recent news report which outlined the alarming decline of wild Ginseng populations in the United States due to poaching. In response, the United Plant Savers have begun a petition to encourage the government to coordinate and better manage our most important and threatened woodland plants. Working to protect our woodland medicinals saves forests, supports rural livelihoods, and aides in our health and wellbeing. We want to encourage the herbal and plant community to join us in supporting United Plant Savers and others by signing this petition. American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) is one of the most beautiful plants in our Eastern forests. It shines green under old hardwoods in deep cold Appalachian hollows.  It’s a sort of plant that you see glow from the corner of your eyes, but when you look at it straight on it disappears. In pre-colonial old-growth, this plant was a regular […]

Herb Profile: Holy Basil Varieties

Holy Basil has been revered for its medicinal value throughout India for thousands of years. Ayurvedic texts describe Holy Basil as a pillar of holistic herbal medicine and a goddess incarnated in plant form (the mother medicine of nature). Many traditional Hindus worship an alter bearing a Holy Basil plant that is placed in the courtyard of their home or in another prominent location. Today Holy Basil remains one of the most cherished of India’s sacred healing plants. The leaves smell of peppermint, cloves, licorice and/or lemon. There are three types of Tulsi sold by Mountain Rose Herbs: Krishna, Rama, and Vana. Rama and Krishna are of the same species. All varieties belong to the mint family and are cousins of sweet basil.   Krishna (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is known for its medicinal value and peppery crisp taste. The plant has dark green to purple leaves, stems, and blossoms. It is […]

Farm Stories: Growing Goldenseal

It was a beautiful Northwest day on the Goldenseal farm, overcast and threatening rain. While most of the country is well into summer, it was still a couple weeks off when I visited one of our local Goldenseal farms. Goldenseal, Hydrastis canadensis, is probably one of the most popular medicinal plants in North America. Its anti-microbial and bitter attributes lend themselves well to alterative and topical applications. This slow growing woodland perennial is native to Appalachia and the Midwest where, because of its popularity and sensitive growing conditions, its abundance has been threatened.     We work with conscientious and sensitive shadecloth and woodland-managed, wild-simulated growers across the country to make sure we have an ecologically responsible, high-quality source of this important plant. As an herbalist and forager, something I always enjoy when visiting farms is the weeds! You can tell a lot about the soil and growing conditions based […]

Farm Stories: Calming Herbs

Driving up the Columbia River Gorge early in the morning, I was worried that my farm visit would be all grey skies and summer storms. However, once I drove up out of the Gorge, the skies opened up and it was absolutely beautiful. We grow skullcap, lemon balm, valerian, and many other water-loving plants on this organic farm. The Pacific Northwest has abundant rains, plenty of surface water, and healthy recharge rates for ground water. The glacial flows from Mount Adams help this farm to stay happy and green in the heat of summer.     The Skullcaps are one of my favorite genus of plants. It was wonderful to see the fields of Scutellaria lateriflora. The flowering buds, with their identifying ridge on the calyx, were just starting to open up on many of the plants, which means it’s time to start harvesting! This farm grows the Skullcap as a […]

Photo Thursday!

Check out this lovely summer shot of Brian, our new Domestic Farms Representative, taken during a visit to our glorious skullcap farm last weekend. We’ll have a bunch of beautiful photos from our Pacific Northwest farms to share next week!  

MaryJanesFarm Goes Herbal – Special Issue Out Now!

Have you heard the exciting news? Mountain Rose Herbs partnered with the wonderful and always inspiring MaryJanesFarm Magazine to produce a very special issue focused on new herbal recipes, medicinal preparations, crafts, natural bodycare, and many other plant-based projects. This is our dream magazine, filled with unique herbal articles and gorgeous photos! It’s finally here and we can’t wait for you to read, enjoy, and try out these incredible recipes and projects for yourself!   Time for the big reveal…     Over the past few months, folks here at Mountain Rose Herbs have been working away in the kitchen, forest, and garden, creating brand new herbal recipes, how-tos, and information-packed articles for this unique issue. Inside these 97 full-color pages, you’ll find step-by-step guides for making soap and kombucha, floral ice cream and herbal quick bread recipes, botanical diagrams for identifying plants, tasty medicinal treats, all natural camping essentials, herbal bodycare for mama and baby, and so much more! This special issue magazine is on store racks around […]

Photo Thursday!

We’re back from an amazingly educational and fun packed weekend at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, WA! It was such a blast to meet so many people living sustainable lifestyles with passionate innovation. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth to chat or attended a class at the Mountain Rose Herbs Stage. We hope you learned a ton and will come see us again next year! Check out more photos from the event here: Mother Earth News Fair Photo Album      

Watch Now! The End Game: Stopping GMO Alfalfa

This fascinating 17-minute mini-documentary from Our Common Roots TV takes a look at the threat of GMOs in our food and environment –  Alfalfa in particular. As legitimate concerns continue to grow over the long-term health effects of GMOs, more and more consumers and organic farmers fight for their right to know what’s in their food. Without thorough testing, the question of safety over genetically modified food is truly unnerving… Watch the full documentary here!