Here is one of our real wheatgrass fields on April 9th, 2017, just before harvest. This stage of growth lasts only a few days, only once a year, in the early spring. For more than 80 years, people have used this kind of wheatgrass to increase the green vegetables in their diet. The Centers for Disease Control discovered only 10% of people eat enough greens. As a result, the USDA uses the graphic below to show that we should be eating more vegetables than any other kind of food. You can find Pines Wheat Grass and our other green superfoods in natural food stores and online. They are convenient and economical ways to eat more green.
Real Wheatgrass is Not Grown in Trays!
Some people mistakenly believe wheatgrass is supposed to grow unnaturally in trays. The wheatgrass used in the research that inspired Ann Wigmore was not juice. Instead, whole food wheatgrass powder from plants grown slowly over the winter produced the phenomenal results. They grew in often-freezing temperatures and were harvested in the early spring.
At Pines, we follow the standards used in the research. We plant wheatgrass in the fall with seeds about one inch apart when the air is chilly and the soil is still warm. That induces the plants to grow as nature intends. After 30 days, about one inch of leaf is above ground but the roots are a foot deep in rich glacial soil. In the picture below, you can see the difference between real wheatgrass (bottom) and unnaturally-grown wheatgrass (top):
Real Wheatgrass was Used in Research Quoted by Wigmore
The only kind of wheatgrass used in the research in the 1930s by Charles Schnabel and other scientists was whole food wheatgrass powder made from real wheatgrass. Their research inspired Ann Wigmore and other authors such as Steve Meyerowirz, who called Schnabel, “the father of wheatgrass.” The body of wheatgrass research referenced in their books came from plants harvested at this perfect time. The picture below shows the difference in color between unnaturally grown tray wheatgrass and real wheatgrass grown over the winter and harvested at the special jointing stage in the spring. The insert is Charles Schnabel and the product he and other scientists used for the phenomenal research referenced by Ann Wigmore.
Pines Follows Standards Established by the Father of Wheatgrass
The field in the top picture was one of the fields used scientists. Pines also still uses one of their laboratories. We are the only producer of whole food wheatgrass powder in Kansas that is 100% organic. All others practice dual farming. They grow both organic and non-organic crops using facilities built in the 1940s for the industrialized meat industry. We use clean, modern, computerized facilities to produce 100% certified organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan-friendly, Kosher, gluten-free human food.
Pines’ Green Superfoods are Grown Where Irrigation is Not Needed
Established in 1976, Pines is the original green superfood company, we predate all other natural food companies by at least two decades. We are the only Kansas growers of whole food wheatgrass powder that was never part of the meat industry and the only ones to never use irrigation water from the contaminated Ogallala Aquifer. In fact, we never irrigate at all because we grow wheatgrass in an appropriate areas. That’s because, our fields receive plenty of natural rainfall.
No Dual Farming. We Never Grow Non-Organic Crops
All Pines’ family farmers grow only 100% certified organic crops. They do not practice dual farming. Most of their fields are within a two miles of where we package in oxygen-free glass bottles. Everything we grow and harvest is in accordance with Dr. Schnabel’s standards.
Earth Friendly Oxygen-Free Glass Bottles – Never Petrochemical Plastic
We never package in plastic tubs or paper packets. Instead, we package all our products in amber glass bottles with special metal caps. That allows us to remove the oxygen. As a result, the nutrition loss through oxidation that occurs with plastic containers and packets does not occur.
The Pine Tree is an International Symbol of the Peace in Nature
Pines is also the only Kansas company established for the purpose of expanding organic agriculture, sustainable living, environmental responsibility and feeding the hungry. Our profits go toward those purposes.