THE NEW NEW AGE is a medicinal herb farm and nature sanctuary located in the Otter River Valley of Southwestern Ontario, Canada, where we grow, forage and produce healing herbal products.
THE NEW NEW AGE was founded by Katie and Stephen Hotchkiss in 2012 in Los Angeles, California as a Public Benefit Corporation with a core purpose of serving both human and environmental health.
In 2014, we moved from Los Angeles, California to plant roots on our family farm in rural Ontario, Canada to better serve our core purpose of growing herbs in a regenerative manner while focusing on environmental initiatives and on-farm conservation.
Medicinal plants, also called medicinal herbs, have been used in traditional medicine practices since prehistoric times.
Medicinal mushrooms are mushrooms that are used to promote health and longevity. The use of various mushrooms for their medicinal value dates back over 5,000 years and it is likely that humans have always relied on the fungi kingdom for health and healing.
A superfood is a food which contains an abundance of nutrient density.
Adaptogens are a select group of herbs (including various mushrooms) that support the body's natural ability to deal with stress. They are called adaptogens because of their unique ability to “adapt” their function according to the specific needs of the body.
Our products are formulated by co-owner and Druid herbalist Stephen Hotchkiss with an emphasis on traditional ethnobotanical applications from across time and place that celebrate the transformative spiritual potency of plant medicine as a means of reconnection to Nature.
All of our products are made in small batches at our certified farm facility in rural Bayham Township, Ontario, Canada.
We recommend using our products 6-12 months from the purchase date. If products are stored in a cool, dry, dark place away from sunlight, they should retain their potency for up to 12 months.
We are located in the Otter River Valley near Port Burwell, Ontario, Canada.
Inspired by the interconnectedness of human and environmental health we practice beyond-organic, ecological farming and ethical wildcrafting guided by esoteric herbalism and Druid traditions.
A few of the things we actively cultivate/ wild harvest are Holy Basil, Yarrow, Sage, Pine, Reishi Mushroom, Lion's Mane Mushroom, Elderflower, Lemon Balm, Mugwort, Hops, Rose, Lavender, Bee Balm, Linden, Skullcap, Passionflower, Prickly Ash, Spicebush, Red Clover, Nettles, Anise Hyssop, Pawpaw, Peppermint and Sea Buckthorn.
Each year we continue to expand the variety of herbs, mushrooms and plants we grow and wild forage here at the farm. For ingredients we do not currently cultivate ourselves, we work with a small handful of certified organic farms, foragers & distributors.
(Due to COVID-19 we are not booking herb walks at this time. Please check back in next year!)
We offer educational herb walks to individuals and groups. We will explore various Carolinian ecosystems and identify and discuss a variety of medicinal, edible and others notable plants and fungi both growing in the wild in forests and meadows, and also within the context of cultivated plants in a farm scale permaculture setting. CONTACT US for more information!
We offer a variety of public and private events, educational experiences, yoga, meditation sessions, workshops, herb walks, photo shoots and more.
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We manage over 280 acres of mature Carolinian forest, 10 acres of medicinal herbs and have converted over 50 acres of former farm land to native habitat including tall grass prairie, wetlands and deciduous forest.
The company's commitment to reforestation started in 2014, when owners Katie & Stephen Hotchkiss moved from Los Angeles, California to plant roots on their family farm, a former tree nursery started by Stephen's grandfather.
The Carolinian forest in Southwestern Ontario Canada is simultaneously one of Canada's most biodiverse and unfortunately deforested regions. Wetlands and tall grass prairie ecosystems have been effectively removed from our landscape resulting in increased erosion, increased runoff and flooding, algae blooms, loss of biodiversity of insects and birds that depend on these unique ecosystems. It's our goal to align our farming practices with an ecological vision of regeneration and symbiosis with the natural world.
We work with universities and various non-profit organisations, by supporting scientific studies and research at the Nature Sanctuary. From surveys for rare and endangered plants and animals, to measuring the immediate and longterm contributions of habitat conservation to clean air, clean water and biodiversity, these studies provide important information for researchers, ecologists, and policy makers.