The Philosopher's Stoneground

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Alchemical sprouted almond butter: intelligent nourishment for life.

The Philosopher's Stoneground is a new mission-driven, artisanal food company based in Davis, California. Right now, it is run by me (Tim) and my best friend Jesse, with occasional help from close friends.

Our mission is intelligent nourishment: spreading consciousness and nourishing all Life through delicious food designed for human consumption. We alchemize small batch, raw, stone ground sprouted nut and seed butters using certified organic ingredients. The low speed, low temperature, traditional process of stone grinding preserves enzymes, nutrients, and vitality.

Our most immediate need is to purchase two commercial dehydrators to meet intensely growing demand. We have generously been given a steeply discounted rate for two used units but need to pay for repairs, which cost $2000.

We also need jarring and labeling machines. These cost over $10,000 depending on which models we purchase. The majority of our product's expense currently comes from doing everything by hand. This makes sense for sprouting and mixing, but jarring and labeling are best done by machine. With the time we'd gain, we can creatively manifest our grand visions and bring down the price of our product.

One of our most ambitious goals is to change almond agricultural systems. California grows 85% of the world's almonds. Unfortunately, the way the vast majority of the crop is presently grown and processed is damaging to the health of the trees, bees, humans, and ecosystems involved.

With the company's profits, we seek to establish Almondia, an ecological food forest. Almondia is a harmonious Permaculture approach to grow the nuts and seeds that supply our company. Profits will be reinvested in the land and company to sprout more Almondias, creating self-seeding systems that nourish LIfe at every level in every step of the production and consumption process.

We are testing our hypothesis that consumerism can make the world a better place rather than destroy the world. We believe we can harness the power of the market to nourish all Life, and that dollars can become seeds, trees, food, health, love, and life.

My Story

I studied Philosophy at Haverford College, where I never could have imagined starting this company as an answer to the common question: "What will you do with a Philosophy degree?" During school, I was heavily involved with environmental activism and worked for environmental conservation non-profits. After graduation, I studied the ecovillage, Permaculture, and Transition Town movements on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.

The Philosopher’s Stoneground started out of an urge to take control of my personal food supply and begin making more of my own food for health, financial, and sustainability reasons. I also wanted to reconnect myself with the processes that we engaged in as a species for millennia before the industrial age.

Through a series of experiments and synchronicities, I saw clearly that it is my life's work at this time to start a food product company to educate people about sprouted food and serve as a wedge for changing human consciousness around food.

Since deciding to pursue the business, we have been experiencing the truth of the beautiful William Hutchinson Murray quote:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

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Friend - you get:
  • $100.00 in food
Champion - you get:
  • $550.00 in food (10% extra), plus
  • Extended visioning session with Tim and Jesse: mind meld with the Philosopher's Stoneground and create an inspired brainstorming session with us.
Angel - you get:
  • $1,150.00 in food (15% extra), plus
  • Extended visioning session with Tim and Jesse: mind meld with the Philosopher's Stoneground and create an inspired brainstorming session with us.
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    303 Potrero St #01A
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    Oakland, CA (Sat 9am-1pm.)
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    Campbell, CA (Sun 9am-1pm.)
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