A version of this post by Charlene Elderkind appeared on Viroqua Food Co-op’s website.
Four Elements Organic Herbals is located on Jane Hawley Stevens and David Stevens’ 130-acre farm, set in the pristine Baraboo Bluffs of Wisconsin. The farm is surrounded by 9,000 acres protected by the Nature Conservancy—an international, environmental conservation NPO. Certified organic since 1990, she grows diverse species from which plants are carefully selected to produce herbal products from the fields, prairies and woodlands of the farm.
Located just one-hour northwest of Madison, freshly harvested herbs are handpicked at peak potency and processed on the farm to insure nature’s constituents are truly represented in every product. The herbs are hand-processed to create a line of herbal products including teas, moisture creams, facial hydrosols, lip balms, soaps, bath salts, body oils and tinctures. The balanced formulas are intended to increase your beauty and wellbeing. And the energetic preparations will fortify your trust in nature.
Four Elements Herbals began in 1987 as the pursuit of Jane’s dream to establish a family farm and continue her horticultural career while raising a family. After completing a B.S. in horticulture, she began specializing in growing a diverse variety of herbs. She and her husband David began supplying stores with organically grown potted herbs and developed an extensive herb collection. Herbs became a way of life, from cooking and crafts to body care and healing. It is from tried-and-true experience that Four Elements products were created.
In 2012, the USDA awarded Four Elements a $300,000 grant to process its herbal teas into tea-bag form. The funds have allowed the business to grow more herbs for teas, hire help to process and promote the products, and potentially move manufacturing operations to the center of town. Four Elements Products are labeled P6 at Viroqua Food Co-op, Seward Community Co-op, Willy Street Co-op, and Eastside Food Co-op.