The Philosopher’s Stoneground is a mission-driven stone ground nut butter company based in Santa Cruz, California. We currently make four types of sprouted almond butter, Ostara Stone Ground Coconut Butter, and Ostara Stone Ground Cocotella (chocolate coconut butter).
We exist to create the best nut butters possible, on all levels, for all beings! Using stone grinding, a food preparation technique older than civilization, we alchemize small batch nut butters akin to gold.
More than this, we are a big-picture company facilitating the flourishing of Life on Earth through the creation and sale of our products. Our mission is to regenerate people and the planet with delicious food that nourishes all Life through its cultivation, manufacturing, and consumption.
We use dry-farmed Spanish variety almonds for all of our sprouted almond butters. This allows us to use truly raw, unpasteurized almonds, and to support water-sustainable, ecologically-appropriate agriculture.
We are the first drought-adapted almond butter company and intend to continue pioneering this path so that you don’t need to feel guilty in your choice to eat almonds.
What is the Philosopher’s Stone?
The Philosopher’s Stone is the magical substance long sought by alchemists to turn lead into gold, also believed to be an elixir of life. No, we are not talking about Harry Potter, or the Van Morrison song, or the apotheosis of magic mushrooms, although all those things have their merits.
At a basic level, our business name is a pun. We believe we have found The Philosopher’s Stone in our stone grinder, which alchemizes almonds into brown gold.
On a deeper level, alchemy serves as a metaphor for perfecting oneself through one’s work, whatever form that takes. Alchemists called this The Great Work. We have found that in working on the various aspects of our company, we are also working on various aspects of ourselves, continually refining, winnowing, and perfecting ourselves in the process of doing the same thing to our product and company.
We feel blessed to offer our Great Work to the world with our little effort to make it a better place for all Life. For more thoughts on the subject of finding your life’s work, see Thomas Moore’s book “A Life at Work: The Joy of Discovering What You Were Born to Do.”