THE NEW NEW AGE Herb Farm and Nature Sanctuary is located in the Otter River Valley near Port Burwell, Ontario, Canada. 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.
Inspired by the interconnectedness of human and environmental health we practice beyond-organic, ecological farming and ethical wildcrafting guided by permaculture, esoteric herbalism and Druid traditions.
A few of the herbs we actively cultivate/ wild harvest are: Holy Basil, Yarrow, Sage, Pine, Reishi, Lion's Mane, Elderflower, Lemon Balm, Mugwort, Hops, Rose, Lavender, Bee Balm, Linden, Skullcap, Passionflower, Prickly Ash, Spicebush, Red Clover, Nettles.
- To date we have restored over 50 acres of farm land to native Carolinian habitat with a particular emphasis on edible and medicinal plant species.
- We have planted over 30,000 trees, established wetlands, as well as tall grass prairie and pollinator habitat which provides an abundance of food and plant medicine imbued with the verdant energy of the wild Carolinian terroir.
We also work with local universities and organisations, by supporting scientific studies and research at the farm. 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.
HOW CAN I HELP?
The Carolinian forest in Southwestern Ontario Canada is simultaneously one of Canada's most biodiverse and unfortunately deforested regions. See below on how YOU CAN HELP make a difference and join us on this journey back to the wild.
HOW CAN I VISIT?
We offer a variety of public and private events, educational experiences, yoga, meditation sessions, workshops, herb walks, photo shoots and more.
We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE to contact us today.
"Conservation and the environment were really at the heart of why we decided to come and do what we do here. I was very aware of how much of our natural ecosystems are at stake, and when we had this opportunity we knew we had to try and do something about it.” - Stephen Hotchkiss
"ALUS Canada and ALUS Elgin have been such great partners in helping us restore native habitat at our farm in southwestern Ontario. We live in one of Canada’s most biodiverse ecoregions but an alarming number of plant and animal species are threatened due to continued aggressive habitat loss. With farm-scale regeneration of native habitat, providing wild food and medicine for humans and wildlife, ALUS has allowed us to rethink what it means to be a productive farm in the anthropocene." - Stephen & Katie Hotchkiss