JL Local proudly sources our white sage directly from its natural habitat. The plants grow on private property owned by a family who has had the land for generations. Thousands of acres of mountain land is divided where different plants grow and animals roam. The land is quite beautiful, with quartz and even gold in the ground, located several miles inland from pacific coast in to the mountains.
Below you can see some photographs from our visit where we learned about the land.
There are no sprinkler systems or lines of crops or green houses or growing procedures or any kind of human interference with this land and the nature that lives here. The plants that grow here are perfectly natural and have always grown here. Various flowers and other plants all seemingly grow together around the same areas but each area is unique.
This land remote and hard to get to so it is not harmed by "wild harvesting" (when someone without permission harvests plants on public or private land).
These plants are not over harvested either (when too much is taken from a plant, crop or species it can damage that species). The family and workers are highly knowledgeable about the various plants that grow here and are extremely careful not to harm the plants when they are picking. As mentioned before, this land has been part of a family business for generations and everyone involved is highly skilled in their craft.
The pickers are highly trained and have been working the land for years. They are extremely careful not to take too much from any plant, only the top flower from the stalk. This way the plant does not stress, gives the lower flowers time to grow and this also helps with spreading seeds in the area where more sage will grow (see picture below!).
The ground was littered with tiny new white sage plants! This is absolutely wonderful - picking our white sage and other sage plants literally spreads more seeds and produces more sage plants. This is absolutely the definition of sustainable harvesting. The ground is perfectly natural and the absolute best location for these types of plants to grow naturally. Lots of sun, excellent draining soil and not too much rain.
We could not be more pleased with the family who owns and manages this land. Sincere, generous, kind and caring don't even begin to describe the people here. There are well over 100 local families who are supported by this single family's business and we can not speak highly enough of them and what they do.
These plants are very sacred to many people. We believe that giving these plants to all people does help improve well being, mental &/or physical health and it does not harm nature in the process, in fact it helps!