An Eight-Step Process to Produce the World’s Most

Nutritious, Honest & Sustainable Greens

Pines/Cerophyl is the original green super food company since 1932. We are the only grower that believes in earth-friendly values. Pines/Cerophyl’s support for organic goes back nearly 100 years to the founding of Cerophyl.  We have never used toxic chemical poisons on any of our fields. Further, we still farm some of the same fields used by Charles Schnabel.  Popular wheatgrass authors called Schnabel “the father of wheatgrass.” His research started in 1929.

Schnabel’s work led to a body of research on greens that later started the current craze for green super foods. Charles Schnabel grew and dried the cereal grass for the research at the location Pines/Cerophyl still uses today. We still use one of his labs. In fact, more then 40 years ago, Pines/Cerophyl helped write the organic standards for Kansas. Those standards, written in 1982, served as one of the models for the final standards in the National Organic Program of 1990.


Step One: The Only 100% Certified Organic Grower of Green Ingredients

 

 

More than 100 people, who shared a belief in organic farming, re-established Pines/Cerophyl in 1976 as a means to create more organic farms in Kansas.  As a result, we oppose “dual farming” where a farmer grows both organic crops and crops grown with toxic poisons from Monsanto and other poison outfits.

In fact, Pines/Cerophyl is the only grower of greens in Kansas that is 100% organic. We are the only grower who does not practice dual farming. That means we have never and will never use poisons on any of the fields we tend.  Everything we grow and dry is 100% Certified Organic.

We have never used and will never use our facilities to support the industrialized meat industry. We built our dryers for organic human food, not pesticide-based animal feed.  Although we have vegan stockholders and employees, we are the only vegan-friendly grower in Kansas and Colorado. We simply do not believe in the cruelty of the confined-animal meat industry and never have.

When you use green ingredients from Pines/Cerophyl, you can put both “Certified Organic,” Non-GMO Project Verified and “vegan” on the label, and no one can challenge it!


Step Two: The Only Grower with All Products 100% Non-GMO Project Verified

 

 

Pines/Cerophyl is also the only grower of greens with all products Non-GMO Project Verified, including our alfalfa. So far, GMO cereal grass does not exist. Alfalfa, however, is an “at-risk” crop.

Pines/Cerophyl’s organic alfalfa was the first to pass all Non-GMO Project tests and was the first alfalfa verified as non-GMO by them. It is still the only whole food alfalfa leaf powder for humans that is Non-GMO Project Verified.

That makes Pines/Cerophyl the only supplier of green ingredients with all products both Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project verified. We can submit all paperwork so you and your customers can put both logos on labels.  We also test each 1,000 kg. batch of cereal grass, alfalfa and kale for gluten so we can help you develop FDA gluten free products.


Step Three: The Only Sustainable Grower that Does Not Destroy the Ogallala Aquifer

 

 

As a company founded on respect for the planet, our team is strongly the loss of the Ogallala Aquifer. That “fossil water” took tens of thousands of years to accumulate. Now, farmers using poisons to grow crops, have contaminated it, including the other Kansas grower of greens.. For more than 70 years they have pumped water from the Ogallala to grow pesticide-based alfalfa.

Pines/Cerophyl is the ONLY grower of wheatgrass, barley grass, oat grass, rye grass, kale and alfalfa powders to not use irrigation. That’s because we grow those crops in regions that receive plenty of rainfall.


Step Four:  The Only Grower Using Modern Machines to Harvest Green Ingredients

 

Early on, we used the old style harvesting machines as a part of our process. They were first developed by an animal feed farmer in 1948. In 2010, we switched over to the modern design by Heston Corporation. Heston bought the original design and modified it to make work food grade products for humans.

Our modern machines have a storage tank that can be steam cleaned. It is a much more sanitary version than the original design from 1948. Unlike the animal feed design, Heston’s new harvest machine prevents the problem of dust and grease in the food product.

All our fields are within a short distance of our dehydrators.  That means the process all occurs at the same location. We dry our cereal grasses and alfalfa, make them into pellets, put them into super sacks and then into nearby freezers very quickly after harvest.


Step Five: The Only Grower with Modern Facilities Built for Organic Human Food

 

 

Pines/Cerophyl upgraded to new, modern facilities in 2010.  We invested $4 million in 2010 and 2012 for new state-of-the-art, computer-controlled drying facilities. Shown to the right is one of them. These modern dryers use the triple pass drum drying concept developed by Charles Schnabel in the 1930s but with great improvements. By using modern equipment and controls, we use much lower temperatures than any other producer. That results in a much better product.

The quality is particularly better than the animal feed dryers in other parts of Kansas and Colorado used by our competition. They built those dehydrators many decades ago for pesticide-based alfalfa for the confined-animal, meat industry, not for organic human food.


Step Six: Our Pellet Mill is a Food Grade Stainless Steel Built for Human Food

 

 

We have used pelleting as an important part of our process for more than 40 years. It reduces the greens’ exposure to oxygen and light. That helps protect their nutritional value.  The tightly compressed pellets prevent oxidation that would occur if the milled leaf remained as a powder for a long period.  Pellets also concentrate nutrition and improve storage and handling. We bag the pellets in 1000 kg super sacks, and store them in freezers for maximum freshness.

 

 


Step Seven: Our Modern Lab was Used for the Original Research in the 1930s

 

 

Although we have long since replaced Dr. Schnabel’s lab equipment, we still use his lab. We also work with other labs to provide additional analysis. Pines/Cerophyl tests each 1,000 kg. lot at the time of harvest and again before we ship the greens to you.

We can provide any kind of lab data you require. We pride ourselves on our low plate counts. Our greens have never had the high mold and plate counts of some cereal grass and alfalfa products. In more than 40 years, we have never found a pathogen in any of our products, but we continue to screen every 1,000 kg. batch just to make sure.

 


Step Eight:  Our State-of-the-Art Milling Process is Unequaled in the Green Ingredient Market

 

We mill our green pellets to a powde that prevents the rapid oxidation that occurs when greens are milled too fine.  Although we are willing to mill to a super fine particle size and have the equipment to do it, we see no purpose in milling greens too fine. Our standard process provides excellent mixing, suspension and assimilation.

Yet, we will be glad to mill to your specs. After the milling process, we will also package to your specs. That packing includes 1,000 kg super sacks, 66.7 kg drums or 20 kg lined bags. Our state-of-the-art milling is next to one of our low temp dryers. That preserves the quality of the final product.