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About Standing Spruce

Authentic indigenous wellness brand Combining old world medicine and traditional practices; Standing Spruce is an organic farm that provides authentic wildcrafted products; that are all natural, sustainable, and ethically made.

The Apothecary

Traditional knowledge in modern times

We are an Authentic indigenous wellness company  steeped in traditional teachings,  values, and customs.. Plant medicine is an important part of our history and our foundation is built on ancestral knowledge and old world medicine. We believe in in the importance of mother earth for our health and wellbeing.. Standing Spruce carries a wide range of wildcrafted products, remedies and skin care ; including : healing face and body oils, balms, sprays and skin toners, as well as botanically infused cold pressed soaps, and Canadian natural essential oils.. Custom formulations and requests are always welcome, whether it be physical or spiritual in nature - contact us to find out more

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The Farm 

Lesley is one of the only indigenous Farmers in the territory

As one of the only" indigenous farmers" in our area, I began our journey towards food security with the belief that we could do something meaningful and that there was "a better way" than large scale/commercial farming. Our goal was to provide clean ethical food, honey and crops not only to ourselves, but also to friends, family, and eventually our community. Raising animals  with empathy,  is of the utmost importance here on the farm. Chickens along with our own honey bees ,food, and medicinal garden  keep us fairly busy - but above all, happy.

 At our farm we have always operated on a zero waste policy, using all aspects of our farm and botanicals in our products including honey which is harvested, and beeswax used by our apothecary in lip balms, remedies, and skin care.

Indigenous Founder and Owner

Taaskiingungjaats, "The singing sands woman"

I am Lesley Assu, of the Haida nation; local Haida witch, herbalist and mother that trusts in old world medicine, the plants and spirits of the trees. I am also owner & operator of Standing Spruce Farm & Apothecary

 

Traditionally raised in both Haida Gwaii and in my father's community of the We Wai Kai, I developed deep roots to the land and sea. My passion of traditional medicine expands outside of the business; it’s my entirety, and is a practice shared with my family and communities. I am a mother to two children; Daala (the rain) and SGaalan (The yellow cedar), I am also an adoring aunt to two nephews: Aliwas and Ember. As I share Standing Spruce with you, I am raising my children and nephews with traditional knowledge and the practice of harvesting medicine. In my life these teachings were learned from my elders; to ensure, we are passing down this knowledge for future generations, I develop my products with sustainability and all of our future in mind .

 

The dream of Standing Spruce began with 4 chickens on a small piece of land. with hard work and determination the growth of Standing Spruce now includes retail on an e-commerce platform, and a small retail store situated on our farm, where you can find farmed goods, Daala's farm stand, and stocked shelves with all of our creations.

 

We are situated along the West Coast of Campbell River at
2165 Shetland Rd.

Our family and farm friends are excited to share our products
with you & your family. 

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XildaBee Honey | Jamie Clark

Xildabee Honey began with one tiny discarded hive, and a labour of love by Bee-Keeper Jamie Clark (my amazing husband) and our wonderful daughter Daala. Xildabee is a small apiary on our farm; we produce limited amounts of raw wildflower honey which is harvested and sold on our online store and at local markets through Standing Spruce.