Our Privilege, Our Passion
Today, Natural Factors is one of the largest manufacturers of nutritional products in North America. But our origins reach back to the 1950s, and right from day one, we’ve always been fully committed to making products right. We are not a public company with shareholders to impress. Instead, we care about impressing you.
A Very Special Place
In the alluvial valley between Otter Lake and Swan Lake, just south of the city of Armstrong, BC, lies a very special tract of land – Factors Farms. This exquisite certified-organic farmland gives
Natural Factors complete control over securing the best quality raw materials possible. Literally, control from seed selection to finished products. Few, if any, companies in the world can demonstrate such a degree of control over their operations.
Everything Starts With the Soil
This farm has truly unique soil, built up over millennia as water from Otter Lake repeatedly flooded the valley below. These floods deposited a tremendous amount of organic matter onto the land. The resulting alluvial soil is extremely fertile. This incredible top soil is over two metres deep in places and has special lime stratification, which plays an important role in neutralizing the pH of the soil.
Seed Selection is Critical
One of the advantages of doing our own organic farming is having complete control over seed selection. We make sure to choose true “species” non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds. It’s very important to make sure that the seedlings are natural and healthy, because healthy seedlings mean healthy mature plants. Some of the open pollinated, non-hybridized crops we grow are Echinacea purpurea, astragalus, alfalfa, and lavender.
Having Natural Factors Farms not only enables us to cultivate medicinal herbs, but also to undertake extensive botanical research using our beautiful botanical gardens. Our botanical gardens contain a large collection of medicinal plant species which are a source of living tissues for botanical and phytomedical research. And not least, the botanical gardens are a tool for the propagation of rare, endangered, and in some cases, even near-extinct plant species.
Controlling the Harvest
We also have full control over the harvest. For example, we selectively handpick the echinacea flowers, picking only the mature flower heads, because they contain the highest levels and best ratios of active ingredients. That’s a great advantage over mechanical harvesting, which doesn’t allow for selection based on the maturity of the plants.