Lots of changes here at Gritman, but when has there not been. We love just seeing how things unfold. We sometimes have plans and move forward to have them completely change and shift. Can be frustrating, but exciting at the same time.
We are moving beyond essential oils and creating a community here something Meg and Amy have been wanting to do for years. Last year we had Lukah a wonderful permaculturist plant the seeds literally and figuratively making this possible. With large amounts of clearing, planting, and mushroom growing.
Amy has come back to Gritman and living as well as working. Her goal is to create a tiny house community. We are in the planning stages with this. She is learning wood working and how to incorporate the bamboo into this build. She also has plans for an outdoor commercial kitchen/food truck where we will offer brunch either on Saturday or Sunday once a week. We would like to start opening Gritman to the community. We want this beauty and energy for everyone and not just for the few. If you have any expertise or interest to help please contact her at email@example.com.
Sadly, Olivia left us last Fall. She wanted to pursue other goals. We miss her every day and wish her well. She was a beautiful addition to Gritman and it was nice to have some more female energy here.
Michael is still with us, and is going into his 3rd year with us. Sadly, he lost his father to terminal cancer last September. I am glad he had us as second family to lean on. He looks forward to building his own customer base here. I would love to see him pursue chemistry and testing for us as well as for other small essential oil businesses. It is badly needed in the industry. I look forward to seeing what he does decide to do.
Natalie is going into her 2nd year with us. We first thought she would do farmer’s markets with us. However it looks like her gifts were more in social media and graphic design. She runs our Facebook Page, Twitter, and Instragram accounts as well as create our newsletters monthly, beta testing all of our online classes, and other graphic design projects. She has become such an asset to us. She is also studying in a holistic health practitioner program, at the end will get licensed as a holistic nutritionist.
One of our newest addition is Mitchell! He has been in the Gritman Community for several years now and was just waiting for an opening. He has become a wonderful addition to the everyday running of Gritman. He will also be present at the Friendswood Farmer’s Market the first Saturday of each month selling products that come from our farm. He has great know how and drive. He is interested in helping Amy build the tiny house community too.
Scott another friend of Michael’s and Mitchell’s, and 2nd newest addition has been helping with cultivating the mushrooms that were first started with Taylor and Lucah. Scott is a smart, funny, strong capable person and just sees us as family. Glad he wants to be apart of things here.
It also looks like Romina (seen here picking Goldenrod for our Fall distilling), Mitchell’s girlfriend will be coming here to help on the farm and when Mitchell finishes his tiny house. She wants to live there as well as raise chickens for us.
New Additions and What is Back
We were able to procure more and it looks like Amy may have established a direct connection again with Morocco. So we will hopefully not be out in the future, http://www.gritman.com/blue-tansy-essential-oil.html
Roman Chamomile that we procured from our 5th generation distiller in Oregon is probably the best we have ever seen. It actually has a light blue color very rare for it to have this high of chamazulene content in it, http://www.gritman.com/roman-chamomile-essential-oil.html. The cost did go up, but this is a superior Roman Chamomile and does not come around often.
Rue Essential Oil is also back probably the best we have ever smelled. Amy was able to work directly with a Bulgarian supplier to bring it to us, http://www.gritman.com/essential-oils/rue-essential-oil.html
We were contacted by Japanese Distiller who offers Hinoki Essential Oil and Yuzu. Hinoki is a type of Japanese Cypress. We will have more details about it later. This Japanese Yuzu is the best smelling Yuzu I have ever come across. (We still have a small stock of the old Yuzu) Keep your eyes open coming this Spring.
Last Fall, we were able to distill Goldenrod finally, http://www.gritman.com/goldenrod-essential-oil.html.
Oh in February we will be moving to a cloud based ecommerce site and will also have capabilities to mobile access. We will probably do a complete redesign of the interface too.