About Us – Portland Ashwagandha Farm

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About Us

We are a conscious cultivator of adaptogenic herbs and maker of traditional spagyric extracts. Beginning with the organic herbs we grow ourselves on a small farm in the Sandy River Valley, we lovingly tend to each and every plant, shepherding them from tiny seeds to healthy plants to potent spagyric tinctures. It’s our mission to help those in need positively adapt to stress, overcome the obstacles in your path, and support your peak performance and well-being.

WHY ASHWAGANDHA?

For literally thousands of years, we humans have relied on Ashwagandha’s “gentle fire” for grounding and support. An herb called an adaptogen—a plant which helps us counteract the negative effects of stress and anxiety—Ashwagandha is often known as “The Queen of Ayurveda.”

In ayurvedic medicine, Ashwagandha is known as a “rasayana,” or rejuvenating herb. The word literally means “path of essence,” and that’s what Ashwagandha helps lead us to: A fuller, more centered expression of our essential selves

CORE VALUES

We are committed to:

Transparency
We are committed to providing full, honest, and transparent information regarding our farm, our products, and our practices.

Quality
We are committed to providing full, honest, and transparent information regarding our farm, our products, and our practices.

Service
We are committed to providing full, honest, and transparent information regarding our farm, our products, and our practices.

Quality
We are committed to providing full, honest, and transparent information regarding our farm, our products, and our practices.

Community
Whether it’s our home base of Springdale or the larger communities of farmers, tincturists and herbal medicine practitioners, we recognize that healthy communities are the foundation of healthy people.

Stewardship
We are committed to strong and active stewardship of the Earth, ourselves, and of each other.

Stewardship
We are committed to giving back to the communities and organizations upon which we depend. To learn more, please click here

Founder Story

As a young boy, Jeff Johnson suffered from a number of childhood ailments, including asthma and Lyme disease. After years of struggle with his own body, Jeff turned to classic Ayurvedic texts for help:

 

“I read about Ashwagandha and it was jaw-dropping for a 12 year old. It was good for stress and anxiety, good for men and for sex (before I knew what it really was!), good for calm and groundedness. I thought: ‘I want all these qualities!’”

 

Drawing upon his love of farming and working with earth, Jeff began the long apprenticeship that would ultimately lead him to Portland Ashwagandha Farm. Some of the principles that guide the Farm include:

 

 

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Farm Story

 

We craft our one-of-a-kind tinctures from the ground up. Relying on the guidance of the Earth, Moon, sun and stars, we grow each herb from seed to mature plant. Along the way, we’ve relied on the hearts and hands of many partners, helpers and friends to help bring our dream to fruition. Located in Springdale, Oregon, the farm has been certified organic since 2016.

Biodynamic Farming: We consider our work a partnership with the Earth and a collaboration inspired by the principles of biodynamic farming. One of its principal features is the recognition that seasonal, celestial and other cosmic forces play a role in farming. These practices are based on more than superstition: Just as clinical studies demonstrate Ashwagandha’s efficacy, our farming practices are informed by analysis performed by Tavhare, Nishteswar and Shukla on the beneficial effects of harvesting to the cycles of the Moon.

Regenerative Principles: The soil of the Sandy River Valley is famously rich and bountiful, but we don’t believe it’s ours to exploit. Treating the crops and soil with gentle homeopathic solutions based on animal, plant and mineral manures, we consider ourselves the farm’s steward, not its master.

Team: The Farm has been fortunate in drawing in countless helping hands to assist in planning, seeding, harvesting, and all the other tasks required to see our herbs from tiny seeds to vibrant spagyric tinctures. We are supported and honored by their dedication and hard work, and grateful for the bonds that bring us together to create our very special offerings.

 

Our Process

 

We craft our one-of-a-kind tinctures from the ground up. Relying on the guidance of the Earth, Moon, sun and stars, we grow each herb from seed to mature plant. Along the way, we’ve relied on the hearts and hands of many partners, helpers and friends to help bring our dream to fruition. Located in Springdale, Oregon, the farm has been certified organic since 2016.

Biodynamic Farming: We consider our work a partnership with the Earth and a collaboration inspired by the principles of biodynamic farming. One of its principal features is the recognition that seasonal, celestial and other cosmic forces play a role in farming. These practices are based on more than superstition: Just as clinical studies demonstrate Ashwagandha’s efficacy, our farming practices are informed by analysis performed by Tavhare, Nishteswar and Shukla on the beneficial effects of harvesting to the cycles of the Moon.

Regenerative Principles: The soil of the Sandy River Valley is famously rich and bountiful, but we don’t believe it’s ours to exploit. Treating the crops and soil with gentle homeopathic solutions based on animal, plant and mineral manures, we consider ourselves the farm’s steward, not its master.

Team: The Farm has been fortunate in drawing in countless helping hands to assist in planning, seeding, harvesting, and all the other tasks required to see our herbs from tiny seeds to vibrant spagyric tinctures. We are supported and honored by their dedication and hard work, and grateful for the bonds that bring us together to create our very special offerings.

 

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