HARVEST is only as good as our farmers and their ingredients.
Every ingredient we use is an opportunity to make a better, safer, healthier product. So, ingredient obsession is our obsession—digging into skin science, cleaning performance, skin and environmental safety. At the HARVEST Soap Project, foraging for the best farmers and partners is priority #1. The search to improve never stops, so the soap project is never stagnant. For example, new clinical studies on human, dog, and horse skin barrier function and new found ingredients like Omega 3 Rich Ahiflower have made the new “mammal” skin cleanser SOOOO much better. The farm partners’ fresh, simple ingredients are as "whole" and nutrient rich as we can get. And yes, this means that every batch of HARVEST soaps and products must be made from scratch and the recipes tweaked every batch—Mother Nature changes from season to season and so does the recipes. Plus, we LOVE using fresh ingredients in new ways with new products, hoping to boost farmers’ revenues and support their goal of growing healthy, clean foods. Yeah, there’s more work to batch from scratch, but it’s the only way to keep moving forward and offer better performing products.
MEET THE FARMERS
Oliver Farm--Good Food Award and South's New Hot Oil.
HARVEST is so lucky to have met Clay Oliver and his passion for saving his Pitts, Georgia centennial family farm. Oliver Farm is winning Good Food awards in the South and being welcomed in some of the best restaurants across the country. When Clay cold presses and barrels his non GMO sunflower oil for us, he has to load it on his tractor and drive it a long way to get it on the truck and headed our way. Then I get my tractor going and load it from the delivery truck and into my shop. This glorious, golden oil has a earthy, seedy smell that tells me its wonderful waxes, carotenoids, and goodness haven’t been removed. Thank you Oliver family for working with us. You can visit their website and get some of their oils.
Meet Ahiflower Wintry Farm’s Simon Parrish from Essex, UK.
While foraging for stronger omega 3 sources to create a new soap recipe, I reconnected with Greg Cumberland, of the Bent Creek Institute in NC and with a coop of 55 Ahiflower farmers in the UK and Natures Crops, with US headquarters in Greensboro, NC. Luckily for HARVEST, Greg shared samples of Natures Crops’ naturally, Omega 3 rich, non GMO Ahiflower. I crafted some new products, shared them with friends, family, pet groomers, and horse grooms. The results are awesome, not surprising since this plant seed oil is scientifically proven to offer a unique blend of omega 3 and 6. Yes, it’s a bit luxurious, but here at HARVEST, we want our humans, hounds, and horses to get clean without drying out the skin HARVEST is releasing our new recipe soon. We use the Omega 3 Ahiflower powerhouse in supplement form too—for humans, hounds, and horses. Visit Natures Crops’ Ahiflower to learn more.