An Eight-Step Process to Produce the World’s Most Nutritious, Honest, and Sustainable Greens
Pines/Cerophyl is the original green superfood 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 in 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 superfoods. 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 than 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.
More than 150 people, who shared a belief in organic farming, re-established Pines/Cerophyl starting 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.
In fact, Pines/Cerophyl is the only grower of greens for the Natural Product Marketplace 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 in any of the fields we tend. Everything we grow and dry is 100% Certified Organic.
In addition, 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. We are a vegan-friendly grower and do not use or facilities to support the factory farming meat industry. We simply do not believe in the cruelty of the confined-animal meat industry and never have and thus do not use or facilities to produce animal feed for that industry.
When you use green ingredients from Pines/Cerophyl, you can put “Certified Organic,” “Non-GMO Project Verified,” and “vegan” on the label, and you will have documents to prove it.
Pines/Cerophyl is also the only grower of greens with all products Non-GMO Project Verified, including our alfalfa. So far, GMO cereal grass seed is not available, so it is easy to be verified for them; however, Alfalfa is an “at-risk” crop.
Pines/Cerophyl’s organic alfalfa was the first to pass all Non-GMO Project genetic tests and was the first alfalfa verified as non-GMO by them. That means Pines/Cerophyl the only supplier of green ingredients with all our 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 and alfalfa for gluten so we can help you develop FDA gluten-free products. All our products are also Certified Kosher.
As a company founded on respect for the planet, our team opposes 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. For more than 70 years they have pumped water from the Ogallala to grow pesticide-based alfalfa and other thirsty crops.
None of our wheatgrass, barley grass, oat grass, ryegrass, and alfalfa are grown using irrigation. We grow crops in appropriate regions that receive plenty of rainfall.
Most animal feed producers use a harvesting machine developed for animal feed. It was first produced in 1948 and is still in use by several animal feed alfalfa producers. In 2010, we switched over to a more recent design that works well for human food products.
Our modern machines have a storage tank that can be steam cleaned. This makes them a much more sanitary version than the original design from 1948. Unlike the animal feed design, this food-grade harvest machine keeps the product stored away from dust and grease.
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 freezers very quickly after harvest.
Pines/Cerophyl upgraded to new, modern facilities in 2010. We invested $4 million in 2010 and 2012 for 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.
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.
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 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 other greens in the marketplace. 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. Our products are fresh from the freezer.
We mill our green pellets to a fine powder to your specifications. We recommend our fine grind as it best 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 do not see any reason to do it. Our standard process provides excellent mixing, suspension, and assimilation.
After the milling, we will also package to your specifications. That packing includes 1,000 kg super sacks, 66.7 kg drums or 20 kg bags. All products are in sealed plastic bags inside the container. Our state-of-the-art milling is not outsourced and is at the same location where the product is grown. We do everything right on our farm.