Looking for Buyers of High Quality Echinacea angustifolia Roots II
Answered by: Richard Alan Miller
Question from: Ed and Erika Wiens
Posted on: November 27, 2005

In regards to being COG; we started out being certified organic, but dropped the certification when we were told that the folks that were interested in the roots did not require certification. We have however continued growing as if we are certified organic, using only certified organic fertilizers and keeping a record of what was applied when. We are growing on virgin soil. As to the picture of our field, that would have to be mailed since we do not have a scanner or a digital camera, but that can be done with a sample that we would mail to you. Please clarify if the 700lbs includes flowering heads with herbaceous parts or roots only and also any other details we need about shipping, etc;. Thank you for your prompt response.

I have forwarded your e-mail comments directly to Ray Bowkley. He worked almost 30 years with Wilcox Natural Products, and is as "old as me" in this industry...

I’d like see what you are doing. Have you ever read my book on this crop? It was Willard Magee who taught me that the finest lab in the world was your mouth, if you knew what you were seeking -- just wine.

If we can get Ray to agree to your specifics on the COG situation, I will walk you through this process. No problemo. You will need an invoice, cert of origin, and I will have to provide you with a biohazard form -- yes, our 9/11 in full glory...!

Some of the larger tincture house must have a paper trail for FDA rulings. At some point you should renew that paper, as you will fetch a higher price (35%) -- written in stone. Most regions have more than cert body, as some are hard to swallow...

As your broker, I would receive 10% of gross sales, also assuming the liability of collections -- both sides. You might enjoy visiting my website, as I may also have further surprises -- no, I am not an alien....

Stay tuned for Ray’s response.

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