Discover Our Farms: Trout Lake West2018.10.25 -
Our Trout Lake West Farm is located on 162 hectares (401 acres) in the Cascade Mountains of Trout Lake, Washington.
Murky water isn’t always what it seems. At Trout Lake West Farm, the murky water nearby contains mineral-rich nutrients perfect for growing plants processed into ingredients used in Nutrilite vitamin and dietary supplements.
Water is one of the key elements of the carefully balanced ecosystem on an organic farm. Trout Lake West, an Amway-owned certified organic farm in the U.S. state of Washington, has one of the richest water sources available.
The 401-acre botanical farm lies in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. The glacier atop nearby Mt. Adams nourishes the farm’s crops with water so loaded with nutrients that it can appear murky.
Trout Lake West Farm Manager Danielle Hawkins says the water, which is tested monthly to ensure quality, is ideal for feeding the farm’s loamy, volcanic soil and lessens the need to add minerals during growing.
“Having this water source gives our plants a natural boost,” Hawkins says.
Trout Lake Valley is one of the only remaining water-rich, organic valleys in the world. “We’re not contaminated by fertilizers from conventional farms,” Hawkins adds. “All of the surrounding farms are organic, making it optimal for organic production without the concern of outside contamination.”
It also makes it optimal to grow the herbs and plants used to make ingredients in Nutrilite products, including Echinacea, valerian, lemon balm and dandelion.
The approach to farming at Trout Lake West is just one example of a deep commitment to ingredient traceability and sustainable agriculture, helping ensure that Nutrilite supplements are the purest, safest and most effective.
At Trout Lake West we take every action and precaution possible to ensure our ingredients are pure, safe and effective for you.
Purity for us means being in the middle of seven square miles of other certified organic farms to ensure the cleanest air and soil. It helps prevent contamination. And while parts of the year are cold, it’s this cold weather that boosts phytonutrient content in some of our plants.
We use non-genetically engineered seeds and protect their growth by ensuring our farm is 99 percent weed-free through hand weeding, GPS-controlled tractor weeding and flame treatments.
While the U.S Department of Agriculture issues Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) recommendations, safety is so important to us that we’ve developed our own standards that go above and beyond.
It starts with the water and soil. We know exactly what goes into them, and if they don’t pass our tests, they never touch our fields.
And our equipment. Well, we swab test it to confirm there are no contaminants, microbes or pathogens.
At Trout Lake West we use certified organic seeds that research has proven will produce plants with high levels of key ingredients needed for products that work, and work well. We support the plant’s nutrient level with rich soil and high organic matter content, all thanks to Mt. Adams – a now inactive volcano, bordering our farm.
Last – but not least – is timing. Upon harvest, a plant’s nutrients begin to degrade, so we get the crops from the field to the dryer in just 20 minutes, preserving the key ingredients.