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Our High Altitude Farm

The Farm

Shining Mountain Herbs was founded in 1998 with the vision of sustainably growing medicinal herbs that are endangered or threatened in the wild. Our focus is on herbs that grow at high-altitude. The majority of these herbs are difficult to grow due to their altitude-specific climate, yet are highly esteemed and thus somehwat endangered in the wild because of their unique medicinal qualities. As such, it has been our aim to cultivate these herbs on our Certified Organic farm.

Our farm is located at the base of the majestic Mount Sneffles Range in the San Juan mountains of southwest Colorado. (pic of sneffles) This pristine and powerful rural mountain environment produces what we consider to be vibrant herbs of very high medicinal quality.

We have two distinct growing locations. Our main farm (pic of farm) is located at 7,000 feet in a beautiful river valley surrounded by red rock cliffs on either side and with rich river-bottom soil. Our other location is more mountainous at 8,500 feet, cliffside, and is largely populated by pines, firs, oaks, and aspens; it contains natural springs which flow throughout the property.(pic of upper property)

The majority of our herbs our grown on the main farm at 7,000 feet, while the wild-cultivation occurs at the more mountainous property at 8,500 feet. Both settings are wildlife havens frequented by herds of elk and deer, blue heron, fox, coyote, Canadian geese, red-tailed hawk, mountain lion, bear, wild turkey, and both bald and golden eagles.

Eighty percent of the herbs used in our products are grown on one of our two properties. The remaining twenty percent of herbs that we are not able to grow on the farm are either wildcrafted locally or are grown by other trusted Certified Organic growers. We are committed to growing as many of the herbs used in our product line as possible. We cannot grow them all due to our sometimes harsh mountain climate and a short growing season.  However, we and our growers operate under the highest ethical standards.

Fields

We have two main fields on which we grow eighty percent of our herb crops. The upper field is used mainly for aerial and flower crops, and has clay-based soil; while the lower field is used mainly for root crops and has river-silt based soil. The difference in the soil of each of the two fields determine which herbs thrive where and which need different conditions to grow properly.

Greenhouses

We have two greenhouses. In the shoulder seasons, when it is too cold outside for our plants to continue to thrive, we use the heat generated by the sun to nurture and extend the lives of our plants. In the spring we start all of our annual plants in the greenhouses and then transplant outdoors once the weather is agreeable. For some of our more tropical plants, our cold nights, which occur year round, are too harsh for their optimal growth. These plants spend their whole lives in the greenhouse environment. In the fall, these plants die back, and we are able to harvest them just as we would if they were grown outdoors. 

Drying

All of our herbs are either used fresh from the field, or are shade dried in our drying barn. We hand-harvest all of our herbs, at the peak of their medicinal bloom to ensure the highest medicinal quality. We never fumigate or irradiate our herbs, and we do not use, or condone the use of, genetically modified seeds (GMO). All of our herbs are Organic, which means no GMO's ever.  

Production

Our entire product line is Certified Organic which means that our herbs are grown without the use of chemicals and without the addition of GMO's.  Our line includes herbal products such as tinctures, salves, and oils. We make all of our products on site on our farm in Ridgway. We use only glass and 18/8 food-grade stainless steel in our maceration process and for storage. We comply with GMPs (Good Manufacturing Processes) to insure that safety, cleanliness and consistency are at the center of our production process. 

Our Organic Products

We nurture our products from seed to sprout to shelf. Our plants are lovingly attended through all stages of growth, drying, and product formulation. We believe in making and using organic products because they are better for the planet and better for you!