We have all heard of superfoods and their health-giving benefits. We know and understand that it is good to nurture our bodies with these foods for many different reasons. Have you ever wondered where these foods come from?
At New Earth, we have been harvesting a superfood that has been giving the gift of health and wellness to hundreds for thousands of years, Wild Microalgae®. In fact, this Wild Microalgae, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, or “AFA,” grows in large enough quantities to be harvested in only one place in the world, Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon. To get a better understanding of why Wild Microalgae thrives so perfectly in this particular part of Southern Oregon, let’s take a closer look at the ecosystem that is the home of Earth’s First Food.
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In the Cascade mountain range and at 4,140 feet above sea level, with clear air, and almost 300 days of sunshine per year, Klamath County abounds in lakes and marshes that host a vast array of plants and animals. This drainage of 3,810 square miles consisting of valleys and basins separated by hills and mountains was made even more rich and fertile by an enormous volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. The eruption of Mt. Mazama gave birth to what’s now known as Crater Lake. The area was established as a national park in 1902.
Crater Lake is one of over 450 volcanoes that make up the ring of fire surrounding the Pacific Ocean and circling half of our planet. The creation of Crater Lake made an already fertile landscape rich with flora and fauna even more productive. Over 12 cubic miles of magma were hurled over the region and as far away as Alberta, Canada, Nevada, and Wyoming.
The vicinity around Crater Lake now makes up some of the most fertile soil and animal habitat on the planet providing an abundance of life unique to the Klamath Basin. Klamath County is the home of world-class birding, fishing, and outdoor recreation. Visitors travel from all over the world to enjoy the wonders of our region. From the Pine Marten to the majestic Rocky Mountain elk. From the white pelican to the redband trout—Upper Klamath Lake and its watershed are home to countless creatures great and small.
And in this pristine watershed that flows at an average of over 2,000 cubic feet per second year round, grows an abundance of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae unseen anywhere else on earth.
We are the stewards of this rare lifegiving food. And New Earth is proud to define the standards of excellence in handling this delicate treasure. The Wild Microalgae itself— and the people who benefit from it—deserve no less than absolute excellence.