Biodynamic Botanicals is devoted to the research, education and production of high quality Demeter Certified Biodynamic Botanicals in order to yield highly potent, vibrant, healing herbs for people, pollinators and planet.
Why we Grow
The United States is a large consumer of medicinal herbs, mainly in the form of value added products such as dietary supplements, teas, personal care products, cosmetics, and other nutraceuticals. However, it is estimated that over 80% of the herbs used to make these products are imported from foreign markets. Many of us are concerned with the quality of the medicinal herbs being imported as well as the impacts to climate that overseas supply chains contribute to.
Quality is of the utmost importance to us. We believe that every step in our process is an opportunity to raise the vibration and healing quality of our botanical partners. From quality of seed, water and intention... Everything Matters. When you feel the difference of our herbs, we hope, you will never again base your botanical buying on quantity. Demand Quality.
Co-Founder, Brook Levan received a MFA, NYSCC from Alfred University, BFA, Kansas City Art Institute. He is a certified Permaculture designer and consultant and an alumnus of the Institute for Social Ecology (1978). He has consulted, practiced and taught sustainable design, green building, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, wetland creation and art and design. Mr. Levan is a Fulbright Scholar and has extensive research and travel in Africa, Asia and North and Central America. He has held faculty positions at Pomona College, University of Connecticut and James Madison University. He has published, lectured and exhibited internationally. Mr. Levan is a National Advisory Board Member of Solar Energy International and The Wright Way Foundation, a founding Board Member of the Thompson Divide Coalition, and Board Member of Grass Roots TV. After seeing, smelling and feeling the healing power of the botanicals grown by Stephanie at Sustainable Settings in 2016 his passion for medicinal herbs was ignited and thus this partnership was born in an effort to expand the offering of healing plants to the community.
Stephanie, Co-Founder, has spent the past decade with her hands and heart in the dirt growing and using the powerful herbs that create vitality and wellness. Stephanie Syson also has 10 years of experience in the herbal product industry as well as having over 13 years researching and practicing various forms of sustainable farming across the United States and Latin America. She is a Certified Permaculture Designer, an educator in the fields of Greenhouse Management, Seed Saving and Herbalism. Stephanie lectures across the United States on topics such as Public Food Forests, Seed Saving Libraries and Culinary and Medicinal Herb Growing. She has presented at conferences such as the Boulder Bioneers and the North American Permaculture Convergence. Stephanie also works with groups of all ages to further their knowledge of these topics through regular public workshops held at the Basalt Regional Library, a childhood education series held at the Basalt Middle School as well as teaching for the Colorado Extension Service and co-hosting the Living Permaculture Show, a monthly radio show on public radio KDNK. Stephanie is committed to community service through education and demonstration of herbal self-care and sustainable farming practices. She manages a public food forest in Basalt called the Basalt Food Park. Stephanie grew one acre of medicinal herbs at Sustainable Settings in 2016 and was overwhelmed at the quality, potency and vibrancy of the botanicals. She is thrilled to partner with Brook and Sustainable Settings to expand the quantity and variety of healing herbs that will be offered in the seasons to come.
Where We Grow
Sustainable Settings Ranch - Carbondale, Colorado
Situated under the majestic Sopris Mountain on 244-acres once known as the historic Thompson Creek Ranch. Sustainable Settings is a working ranch and Whole Systems Learning Center. Our daily and long-term committed effort is to provide the arena and programming where human beings might find a harmonious regenerative intersection with Nature. We work on direct and locally applicable solutions to climate change, food and energy security and the regeneration of healthy topsoil . health in all systems . things we believe to be paramount if we are to survive. This effort is intended to move the culture into greater awareness of human being.s responsible participation as humble stewards and reverent members within Nature.s economy. We are a Demeter Certified Biodynamic Ranch.
Biodynamic Botanicals found its home here in 2016 and currently has 4 acres under cultivation.