Partnering up with Canadian Farmers to form the base of our skin care line
In the last couple of years we have been working towards not only making our products better, but to make our company exist in a more sustainable way. As a company we have decided to demonstrate our support towards our local farming movement by partnering up with Canadian Farmers to source ingredients that form the base of the Pure Creations skin care line. We receive their harvest and with the expertise of our PhD chemist we prepare ingredients for our skin care line using physical separation processes that maintain the original natural composition. Our commitment is to use applications, such extraction, adsorption, filtration, distillation and evaporation to conserve the ingredients initial properties. We are extremely excited by this unique opportunity to see an ingredient all the way from seed to jar!
Mans Organic Farm, Alberta
Mans Organics is a family owned and operated, certified organic farm located just north of Coledale, Alberta. Henk and Rita Mans started the farm in 1994, using conventional farming techniques for field crops. In 2007, Henk and Rita transitioned to organic farming, motivated by their belief in the importance of responsible farming methods and safe and healthy food. Five years later, their son Andrew and his wife Denise joined them in working the farm. That year the Mans built half-acre long organic greenhouse where they now produce tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.
Field crops on the Mans 100-acre farm include onions, shallots, and garlic in rotation with alfalfa and winter wheat to mitigate against disease and keep the soil healthy. Sweet corn, melons, zucchini, and rhubarb are available during the summer months, while cabbage and winter squash, including pumpkin, are available in the fall and into December.
Peas on Earth, Organic Farm, Alberta
Eric Chen has deep roots in Alberta agriculture. His attraction to farming began during his early teens, while working on his family’s farm. Later, Eric studied Agriculture at the University of Alberta while his future wife, Ruby studied business. The combination of the two skill sets was just what the couple needed to pursue their passion for sustainable farming. In 2000, Eric and Ruby Chen officially founded Peas on Earth Certified Organic Garden in Sturgeon County, Alberta – a merging of both their interests in one venture. Since then, Eric and Ruby, together with their children, Janelle and Ayden, have put their hearts and souls into nurturing their business. Today, Peas on Earth operates on 65 acres of land and a 5,000 sq. ft green house facility. They sell their organic produce through the Peas on Earth farm store and a number of retailers and farmers markets in Edmonton and St. Albert. They also host gourmet, farm-to-table dinner events on their land, with the help of local chefs.
Busy Bea's Organic Market Garden, Alberta
John and Bea Aleman started Busy Bea’s Market Garden in 1989, selling vegetables grown on their acreage north of Coledale, Alberta. Ten years later, their son Trevor took over the family business, which he now operates with his wife Cindy and their six children on land just outside of Fort Macleod.
Busy Bea’s sells the produce they grow, as well as local greenhouse products from Mans Organics, and BC organic fruit at Exhibition Park Farmer’s Markets from May to October. Trevor is also a member of the board for Organic Alberta.
Bite Me Organic Farms, BC Canada
Robyn and Richard King are veteran orchardists, having spent the past 30 years running their 11-acre apple orchard in east Kelowna. The couple purchased their property to operate as a hobby farm while they raised their kids and managed full time careers: Robin was a social worker and Richard was a marketing professional.
Over the years, being orchardists became less of a hobby and more of a passion. They began to transition to organic farming practices. By 2009, their orchard received organic certification. Richard has recently completed his Masters Degree in Sustainable Farming from UBC and he and Robyn farm full time. Bite Me Organics is now a popular stop for people in the Okanagan Valley who want to see how an organic farm is run.