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REDEFINING NUT BUTTER
SMALL BATCH, BIG PICTURE

stoneground

CREATIONS

stoneground

CREATIONS

stoneground

CREATIONS

The Philosopher’s Stoneground nourishes people and planet with our craft nut butters! Our stone-ground coconut butter, sprouted almond butter, and chocolate versions of both are made in small batches in Santa Cruz, California. Using stone grinding, a food preparation technique older than civilization, we are re-defining nut butter with our unique flavors and textures.

The Philosopher’s Stoneground nourishes people and planet with our craft nut butters! Our stone ground coconut butter, sprouted almond butter, and chocolate versions of both are made in small batches in Santa Cruz, California. Using stone grinding, a food preparation technique older than civilization, we are re-defining nut butter with our unique flavors and textures.

Our mission is to create delicious, nutritious, ethical, and ecological food that nourishes all Life through its cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and consumption. Our vision is to use business to promote the flourishing of all organisms and ecosystems!

Our mission is to create delicious, nutritious, ethical, and ecological food that nourishes all Life through its cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and consumption. Our vision is to use business to promote the flourishing of all organisms and ecosystems!

alchemical

ENTERPRISE

alchemical

ENTERPRISE

alchemical

ENTERPRISE

DELICIOUS &
NUTRITIOUS
DELICIOUS &
NUTRITIOUS

Sprouted

Dehydrated Stone-ground

dry-farmed

SPANISH ALMONDS

Sprouted

Dehydrated

Stone-ground

Our signature triple value-added process creates unprecedented flavors and nutrition profiles.

1) Sprouting makes the almonds sweeter, more digestible, and nutritious. Research shows that sprouting increases the polyphenol content of the almonds, boosting antioxidant activity.

2) Dehydrating preserves the enzymes, flavor, and nutrition of sprouted almonds, without generating the carcinogenic acrylamide that results from roasting, as most nut butters are and contain.

3) Stone-grinding is a low temperature, slow speed, ancient technology for food processing that avoids the oxidation and heavy metal contamination of modern high-speed metal food processors that make most commercially available nut butters.

organic & fair trade

INGREDIENTS

All of our ingredients are Certified Organic, Fair Trade where certification is possible, and meticulously sourced.

Why do we choose Organic? See below. Which almond orchard do you think is healthier for us and the planet?

organic
& fair trade

INGREDIENTS

All of our ingredients are Certified Organic, Fair Trade where certification is possible, and meticulously sourced.

Why do we choose Organic? See below. Which almond orchard do you think is healthier for us and the planet?

regenerative
premium

CACAO

“No industry is a bigger part of the problem or of the potential solution than the food industry.”

- Paul Hawken of Project Drawdown

I started this company in 2013 in part to transform the chemical-laden conventional almond industry, pictured on the left. I saw how detrimental it was to the human, bee, plant, soil, water, air, and ecosystem health around me.

Did you know that almonds in California are doused with 35 million pounds of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fumigants every year, more than any other crop in our state? According to the Guardian, "One of the most widely applied pesticides is the herbicide glyphosate (AKA Roundup), which has been shown to be lethal to bees as well as cause cancer in humans."

“No industry is a bigger part of the problem or of the potential solution than the food industry.”

- Paul Hawken of Project Drawdown

I started this company in 2013 in part to transform the chemical-laden conventional almond industry, pictured on the left. I saw how detrimental it was to the human, bee, plant, soil, water, air, and ecosystem health around me.

Did you know that almonds in California are doused with 35 million pounds of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fumigants every year, more than any other crop in our state? According to the Guardian, "One of the most widely applied pesticides is the herbicide glyphosate (AKA Roundup), which has been shown to be lethal to bees as well as cause cancer in humans."

FROM PHILOSOPHY DEGREE
TO FOOD BUSINESS
FROM PHILOSOPHY DEGREE
TO FOOD BUSINESS

Tim Richards | Founder, Chief Philosopher & Nut Alchemist

I intend for our business to establish more regenerative orchards and spread this model of agriculture. According to Project Drawdown, 8 of the top 20 solutions to climate change relate to regenerative agriculture. Thanks to your conscious buying, together we can invest in raising the bar on how business operates and promote a healthy and vibrant planet for all species!

Tim Richards
Founder, Chief Philosopher & Nut Alchemist

I intend for our business to establish more regenerative orchards and spread this model of agriculture. According to Project Drawdown, 8 of the top 25 solutions to climate change relate to regenerative agriculture. Thanks to your conscious buying, together we can invest in raising the bar on how business operates and promote a healthy and vibrant planet for all species!

I created this company to tie together three of the main threads of my life: being a thinker, activist, and foodie.

As a philosophy major at Haverford, I thought about how to solve the massive problems facing our planet and wrote my thesis on environmental ethics. As an activist, I engaged these problems through environmental non-profits. As a foodie, I experimented with sprouting to make food more delicious, nutritious, and digestible.

In 2012, I made my first batch of sprouted almond butter. It was by far the most delicious almond butter I’d ever tasted! I shared some with my housemates, who told me: “dude, this is the best almond butter ever! You need to make this a business.”

I founded The Philosopher's Stoneground on Earth Day 2013 for two main reasons:

  1. To teach people about the delicious importance of sprouted food, and
  2. To create an economic engine for regenerative organic farming, which promotes the health of all Life, not just the pursuit of financial profit.

What started as the first Certified Cottage Food operation in our home kitchen in Davis, California, organically grew first to the back of a local restaurant, then to a commercial kitchen in Berkeley, and finally into our own production facility in Santa Cruz since 2015!

 


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