Regenerative Almond Orchard becoming a reality!

We have exciting news to announce in the realm of regenerative almond orchards! We are going to be pulling together a team of farmers, ranchers, and researchers to work on an experimental dry-farmed regenerative almond orchard in the Capay Valley!

These folks will implement and track the usage of carbon farming, dry farming, polyculture, grazing, and other regenerative techniques on site. More details will be available in the coming weeks. If any potential candidates come to mind, please let us know by emailing tim(at)thephilosophersstoneground.com.

Almondia is becoming real much faster than we could ever have imagined! If we can prove the concept here, then we will have a model to begin planting and/or retrofitting a network of regenerative almond orchards! Stay tuned for more details.

In the meantime, please consider helping us with a Kiva Zip loan to take our business to the next level in Santa Cruz on June 15 so we may magnify our Great Work! Thanks to everyone for supporting us so far. We have 45 days to raise the remaining $3,415 and meet our $5,000 goal!

Taking our business to the next level in Santa Cruz – help needed!

Greetings, community!

We’re excited to announce that we are taking our business to the next level in Santa Cruz! We found an amazing production space 12 times larger than our current one in Berkeley, which we have been spilling out of for the last 9 months since we moved in. We need a larger space to meet the demand for our delicious nourishing creations!

Our Kiva Zip crowd-loaning campaign to raise $5,000 through a zero-interest loan paid back over 2 years just launched to the global Kiva Zip benefactor community on their website!

Please help us spread this so we can get our funding before our June 15th move-in date! Some bonuses to incentivize us all:

-If we reach 13 more lenders new to Kiva Zip from our networks who contribute to our loan, they will tweet about us!

-If we reach 18 lenders new to Kiva Zip from our networks who contribute to our loan, they will match every following loan!

Doing the math, we found that if you choose to lend us the lowest amount of $5, that’s just .68 of a penny per day over our loan period of 2 years! And we pay you back for that amount. Donations of any amount are much appreciated, but multiple small loans will get us through the threshold to start rocking hard on their website.
Who’s on board to help us grow our regenerative business to a regional level? Click here and let’s do it as a community. Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far!

Earth Day Birthday – Celebrating 2 years of being in the business of intelligent nourishment!

It’s not every day you can celebrate intensively working on something you created two years ago. For me, this Earth day is just that! This business, which came from casually feeding myself and my friends the best almond butter I could create, is now how I spend most of my time and make my living.

A few reflections: what a trip to go from producing a product in my vegetarian cooperative household in Davis to professionally producing for over 50 stores in Northern California! From the VitaMix in our home kitchen to three 100-lb capacity stone grinders churning out as much product as they can in our commercial kitchen in Berkeley. From Cottage Food certification to USDA Certified Organic and HAACP plans. Quite the learning curve to go from making and selling a product out of my home to actually running a regional food business!

Through all the ups and downs, this company has truly been a Philosopher’s Stone for me. I highly encourage you to follow the visions you have that resonate most strongly throughout all facets of your being. The “download” I received to start this company was one of the strongest callings I’ve ever received, and following the operating instructions from that day forward has initiated unprecedented life evolution towards my vision for myself and the world. I am closer now than I have ever been to living Thoreau’s imperative: Go forth boldly in the direction of your dreams; live the life you’ve imagined.

On Earth Day 2013, just five days after realizing that it was my life’s work at this time to start a sprouted almond butter company, I wrote an email to every list serv I was a part of in Davis. Therein, I announced to my local community that I was going to start selling sprouted almond butter, got a bunch of orders, and neither my production nor orders have stopped since! I’ll share it for entertainment and nostalgic value: [Read more…]

2014: A Transformational Year in Review

2014 was a hugely transformative year for us at The Philosopher’s Stoneground. We moved our business from Davis to Berkeley, we purchased a company van that runs on 100% local biodiesel from waste vegetable oil, we bought another business, Ostara Foods, whose stone ground coconut butter and Cocotella (chocolate coconut butter) products we are now producing and selling to Whole Foods Northern California, and we met our Permaculture hero Mark Shepard and got him and his team interested in designing our regenerative almond orchard…! Below we share some of our favorite moments from the year. Thanks for making it great with us! We look forward to collaborating with you to bring more awesomeness to fruition in 2015.

 

Green Fest 2014

San Francisco Green Fest 2014!

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If only the world were this way! Who killed the electric car…?

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First fuel up with locally made biodiesel from waste vegetable oil in Sebastopol, California! October 16th.

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11/11 Celebration: 100 free passes to San Francisco Green Festival!

Happy 11/11! Only two days left to take advantage of 100 free tickets we’re giving away to the San Francisco Green Festival. This is going to be our biggest show of the year! Hope to see you there.

To redeem, go to: greenfestivals.org/sf-tickets and use the code EX14SFGF

Instructions on how to redeem your code:

1. Select quantity of tickets for the ticket
type “Exhibitor Guest Pass”
2. Click on “Enter Promotional Code”
3. Enter the code into the box
4. Click “Order Now”

Offer ends at 5pm Thursday, Nov. 13th.