It all began in 1998 when two brothers — Andreas and Dieter le Noir — acquired farmland in a valley situated 9,000 feet above sea level. Terraces, trenches and biological barriers were created to prevent erosion, and heavy machinery was barred permanently from the farm in order to prevent soil compaction. Little by little a fertile valley emerged, full of life and biodiversity, which we decided to call Valle la Paz (Spanish for Peaceful Valley) due to its location: a quiet region between the mountains, isolated from civilization, surrounded by a forest of pine and oak and clean rivers. During the initial years, we planted oatmeal, clover and fava beans, which were then re-incorporated into the land once they reached their maximum growth with the goal to recover the soil’s organic components. Our work was initially based on the methods developed by the Australian permaculture scientist, researcher, and naturalist — Bill Mollison.
We reforested the valley with diverse species of pines and oaks from the region. We created lakes in order to capture the spring water that is born in our valley so that we could irrigate the fields during the dry season. It was during this stage that we acquired the first medicinal plant organic seeds, many of them from the region, adapted to similar microclimates. We began with a small greenhouse in order to germinate them under controlled conditions. During the first two years we were able to experiment with numerous plant seeds from all over the world, and were thus able to determine which species best adapted — and flourished to their fullest potential — to the altitude and the climate of our farm.
By the year 2000 we began to study biodynamic farming and the teachings of Dr. Rudolf Steiner. We inoculated composts with biodynamic preparations and integrated them into the soil. After completing these efforts, laboratory tests revealed a very high content of organic material, and the complete absence of chemical metabolite residues. Our soil is as nature intended it to be: pure and free of toxic compounds, fertile, biodiverse, natural, and full of life. In 2001 we built the first apiary for our bees Apis melifica and began our rescue efforts of the native bee Melipona fasciata and Nannotrigona perilampoides, both of which are at risk of extinction. The presence of these pollinators greatly helped to propagate our vegetative species and to pollinate the forest in the region. Today, our farm is a sanctuary for multiple species of bees where they enjoy an undisturbed life. We truly respect and are thankful for their presence, and appreciate the crucial role that they play in sustaining the entire ecosystem. Bees occupy a very special place in our hearts. In 2002 we cultivated medicinal plants and produced all of our biodynamic preparations in our farm. This allowed us to become deeply involved and truly aware of the processes and effects of these preparations. We acquired two cows, which further helped improve the fertility of the soil by helping us to enrich our own composts. We increased the extent of our medicinal plant cultivations, and became familiar with the needs of each of our plants and learned about their medicinal properties. In 2004 we began the process of certifying our farm as USDA Organic and Biodynamic, working with IMOswiss AG (Switzerland) and Demeter-International e.V. (Germany).
We built our own artisanal stone and wood dehydrator in order to dry our plants; this proprietary design structure is able to constantly maintain the ideal temperature for that purpose. We began our community involvement by reaching out to a local rural school, Escuela el Manzano (an elementary school called Niños Heroes) –, with the goal of complementing the children’s education with art, health and agricultural courses, and began providing free holistic health services for the people of the community in a small dispensary, offering natural and homeopathic remedies. In 2005 we built our Lab, the heart of the farm where we started our herbal remedies, antroposophical homeopathic medicines, essential oils, and fermentations, all based on the German pharmacopeia. We built a naturally air-conditioned stone house — which maintains a constant temperature of between 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit — that protects our tinctures and essential oils from light and climate variations. In 2006, we exported for the first time raw ingredients to Weleda GmbH. In 2007, we incorporated the biological agricultural knowledge of the medical doctor Hans Peter Rusch — a model of biological thinking — in order to achieve long-lasting fertility for our farm. Then, in 2008 and 2009, we built our own wormery: with the humus produced, we greatly improved the health of the soil. We also began to grow and propagate within the farm medicinal mushrooms and other endemic mycorrhizal and local forest fungi in order to help the medicinal plants unfold the minerals that they need inside their root hairs.
In 2010 we brought to market our line of teas and herbal remedies for the very first time. In that same year, we formed Fundación Valle la Paz (which translates to Peace Valley Foundation); its mission: to promote, integrate and support a holistic and natural approach to Agriculture, Education and Health. Our key driving principle — of Fundación Valle la Paz, of our farm Rancho la Paz, and of Sanandi USA, Inc. — is the Economy for the Common Good developed by Christian Felber, which seeks a sustainable economy that allows for the birth of a new intrahuman economic relationship, based, among other things, in trust, honesty, responsibility, collaboration and compassion.
In 2016 we founded Sanandi USA with the purpose of bringing our product line to the United States. Our objective was:
- Promote and achieve biodiversity
- Achieve sustainability
- Respect nature and all of its living organisms
- Aid and preserve all living beings
- Symbiotically energize the ecosystem
- Uses agricultural methods that are free of harmful pesticides and toxic chemicals
- Operate always with honesty, trustworthiness, responsibility, and empathy
- Strive to be clean, natural, and non-contaminating
- Integrally form a part of the Economy of the Common Good
Products made by Sanandi USA always follow these guidelines:
- All natural, sustainable and honest
- Free of chemicals, toxic contaminants, and harmful ingredients
- Made exclusively with one purpose in mind: your well-being
- Adequately and respectfully traded and marketed