Sourcing: Helping You Find Great Supplies

Before you can make the things you love, you’ll probably want to buy the supplies to do the making. I like to keep a few criteria in mind when I’m purchasing my supplies:

  • The vendor should engage in socially and environmentally responsible practices.
  • The supplies should be relatively easy to find and reasonably priced.
  • The products should be local and organic whenever possible.

Here at Hatch Lab, we want to provide unbiased advice on where to buy the ckHatchLab_Seed-339webthings you need to make your creations come to life. Throughout the website, you will find information about our favorite companies and books. When recommending companies, we consider product quality and cost, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility. Sourcing responsibly is important and we’re excited to help you do it well. If you would like to recommend a great source to us, please email info@hatchlab.net; we’d love to hear from you.

Ideally, we would each grow, responsibly wild harvest, or source all of our supplies directly from local folks we know and trust. But this isn’t always possible, so we are eager to highlight smaller companies that are doing things right. Below are a couple of the businesses we recommend.

Zack Woods Herb Farm is a 30-acre certified organic medicinal herb farm and botanical sanctuary in Vermont. The owners, Jeff and Melanie Carpenter, began farming the land in 1999 and produce medicinal herbs that are organically grown or ethically wild-harvested. Every year, the Carpenters team with herbalist Rosemary Gladstar to host the International Herb Symposium. Jeff and Melanie are also authors. We asked Jeff about the inspiration behind their book, The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer and he had this to say:

Melanie and I owned and operated an herbal product business before we bought our herb farm in 1999. One of the biggest challenges we faced in running that business was sourcing high quality, locally produced, certified organic herbs to make our products. We realized there was a need for local organic herbs for people like us who were making herbal products so we sold that business and began growing herbs. As we ventured into the world of medicinal herb farming, we realized there was a lack of comprehensive books and resources for small to mid-scale commercial medicinal herb production, so we developed our own methods and markets and decided to write the book that seemed absent from the vast agricultural library. The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer is our attempt to help pave the way for others like us to increase the domestic production of high quality raw materials for the burgeoning herbal product industry.

As devoted stewards of the land, Zack Woods Herb Farm is exactly the kind of company Hatch Lab wants to support.

Uprising Seeds in Bellingham, Washington, is the state’s first 100% certified organic seed company. Motivated by a compelling vision, the company says, “Our ideal vision of seed sustainability involves farmers and gardeners as the stewards of the varieties that they depend on. We are therefore committed to strengthening the public commons of seed genetics by working to preserve and improve open-pollinated varieties keeping biodiversity strong through adaptability and resilience.” Uprising Seeds grows about 50% of its product itself and sources the remainder from small family farms in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California. If you take Hatch Lab’s Start Seeds Indoors class, you may want to consider ordering some seeds from this dedicated supplier, a small family operation with a real focus on quality.

We hope you are as excited as we are to source your reasonably priced supplies from small, dedicated, ethical companies. Bolstering food artisans, farmers, and other like-minded businesses is an important part of our mission!

Mara Rose
Founder & CEO, Hatch Lab

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