Committed to Organic & Sustainable Agriculture
We’re proud of our certified organic products and the farming methods that deliver their organic ingredients. Whether it is the ginger and turmeric we grow ourselves, or the harvest from our organic partners around the world, respecting the land – and the people who depend upon it -- is our standard practice.
Luna Nueva – A world model for biodynamic agriculture
Biodynamic agriculture takes full advantage of the complex relationship between farmer, soil, plants, animals, sun, moon and tides. It also recognizes the farm as a closed, self-nourishing system, often using livestock to work the earth instead of machinery. We’re proud that Luna Nueva, a 200-acre biodynamic ginger and turmeric farm, nestled in the rainforest of Costa Rica, has achieved Demeter certification – the highest level of organic farming in the world and a true testament to our organic mission.
At Luna Nueva, biodynamic farming increases the farm’s biodiversity and protects the natural environment. Oxen allow us to avoid the pollutants created by tractors and other farm equipment while goats and pigs happily clear rested fields for planting.
Luna Nueva was originally purchased in 1994 because, at that time, most commercial ginger was heavily sprayed and fumigated. Farm manager Steven Farrell set about growing a superior blue-ring ginger that continues to explode with flavor and phytonutrients. Luna has evolved to take on an even deeper meaning for the company and for the community around it. Today it is an eco-lodge and active farm that teaches visitors about environmental stewardship, sustainable agriculture and community development. The lodge also hosts conferences on topics like permaculture and ethnobotany and offers field study opportunities through Earth University. To learn more about what New Chapter is doing at Luna Nueva or to visit there yourself, go to: www.fincalunanuevalodge.com.
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