Splendor Garden was started in 2012 after Colleen Haussecker had been through a life-changing battle with breast cancer. She realized her passion – to provide food that is healthy, nutritious and that tastes good. She started her business with organic spices and herbs to add antioxidants and extra nutrition to meals, without relying on salt, sugar, or fat for flavour.
“After my journey through breast cancer and my quest to become healthier, I realized there was a need for a full organic line of spices, herbs, and seasoning blends”
Being a female entrepreneur can be tough, but Colleen knew people should have the option to buy organic spices and herbs. She laughs when she remembers what her grandma’s spice cupboard looked liked “There were handwritten labels on scraps of paper taped to the bottles and tins”. Colleen thought it would be a unique touch to add re-adhesive labels on the Splendor Garden spice bags to use for your refillable spice containers. The interest in organic spices and herbs has taken off and Colleen and the Splendor Garden team are excited to be offering even more food options for organic and gluten free customers.
You vote with your dollars. When you buy our products, you are investing in a company that is committed to bringing you certified organic foods of the highest quality. We believe organic products are better for people and the planet. The quality of our products can be tasted, as they are incredibly pungent and aromatic. Using a higher quality product means you can use less of it to achieve the desired flavour.
When you use your dollars to buy Splendor Garden products you are supporting the local Canadian economy and jobs for Canadians. Canada is a country that has rigorous food safety regulations and high organic standards. We are proud to call ourselves Canadian because our culture values how food is produced and how it effects the environment.
Small Town Support
We support small towns. Our head office is located in the small community of Watson, Saskatchewan. Many small communities all over the world are struggling as we experience centralization. People are migrating to large centres causing small towns to shrink and disappear. As cities experience rapid grow their inhabitants face many challenges such as: lack of affordable housing, inadequate infrastructure, or pollution. By providing local jobs we are offering employment opportunities for people to stay in small towns. Arthur Morgan was right when he wrote “the community really is the seed bed of society” and we believe we are doing our part in supporting the Canadian economy and small towns.
Can you envision a world without hunger? We believe it’s possible. In 2017, we started the Splendor Against Hunger Initiative. As part of our Community Social Sustainability Plan we decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from every product sold to help feed people. In 2017 we started donating to local Canadian food banks.
By supporting organic farmers, we are reducing our environmental footprint and supporting sustainable food production. Organic food production relies on organic fertilizers which reduce nutrient run off preventing eutrophication of lakes and streams. We also include a re-adhesive name label on the back of every spice package to label reusable containers. This ensures you do not need to purchase a new bottle every time you want to restock your spice collection.
Organic agriculture supports sustainable agriculture by focusing on the health of the soil. Organic practices keep the soil microbes fed and happy and do not rely on synthetic chemicals. Organic fertilizers are better held in the soil and will not leach into water systems this prevents pollution of our rivers and streams. Healthy soils create healthy food to fuel healthy bodies.
What Does Organic Mean?
Organic farming means farmers grow food under a specific set of standards that are regulated by the country of origin. These standards outline how food is produced. Organic foods are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or genetically modified seeds. Pesticides are chemicals that can be used to control weeds (herbicides), bugs (insecticides), or disease of crops (fungicides). Organic farmers cannot use synthetic fertilizers, which are nutrients manufactured from minerals, gases, or waste products. However organic farmers can use organic fertilizers such as compost or mined phosphate rock. All organic farmers must go through a certification process and have audits to confirm their practices align with organic standards.
The CFIA , Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulates what can be stated on retail packaging in Canada and the following are answers from the CFIA Website:
Q6 Is the claim “100% organic” permitted?
The “100% organic” This claim is not permitted in Canada. All products with an organic content of 95% or greater are considered organic and may be labelled with the word “Organic”.
Q7 Is the claim “Certified Organic” permitted?
As all organic products, under the Canada Organic Regime, must be certified by a Canadian Food Inspection Agency accredited certification body, products bearing the claim “Certified Organic” are considered misleading. Having only some products labelled “Certified Organic”, while others aren’t, may mislead consumers into believing that products not bearing this claim are not certified.
The Splendor Garden Retail Brand of Spices, Herbs, and Seasoning Blends are labelled according to the rules set out by CFIA.
Yes, quality organic herbs and spice may allow you to use a lesser amount due to their higher concentration of volatile oils.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency maintains you should not label them gluten free, as it is misleading to the consumer because, all spices and herbs are naturally gluten free.
The Splendor Garden retail brand of products is packaged in a facility that does not process any products containing gluten, as well, we randomly conduct gluten testing.
Please Note: Although we feel we take every precaution to ensure our customers receive a gluten and nut free product, we cannot fully guarantee that our herbs and spices have not come in contact with gluten or nuts as some point between harvest and packaging.
The Splendor Garden retail brand is packaged in a facility that does not process any peanut or tree nuts.
Please Note: Splendor Garden brand products are not tested specifically for peanuts and tree nuts
Splendor Garden products supplied to you will be treated only by heat or steam treatment if needed or required. The ingredients will not have been processed by Ethylene Oxide treatment or irradiation.
Canadian Organic Spice & Herb Co. Inc. can guarantee this because we work with a supplier that does not leave this to chance. Our supplier works with only organicproducers AND tests every batch of product upon receiving it to confirm this. Any product testing positive is refused. On occasion this does cause us tobe short on product, but it is worth the effort to assure you that the product you receive in the Splendor Garden retail brand of organic spices, herbs & seasoning blends is truly certified organic, non-gmo, non-irradiated, and not treated with any chemical.
We have an elite network of growers and suppliers that are recognised not only for their quality, but also for their consistency, and they span the globe throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, the Pacific Island nations, North America, South America, Central America, and Mexico.
The number imprinted on the top is that particular product’s lot number or batch number. Every time we have a production run of a product we assign that production run a unique number. All bags filled from that production run are marked with that unique number. This gives full traceability of all ingredients used for that particular production run. This number is not an expiration date, though sometimes the assigned number may look like a date. Due to the extended shelf life of spices and herbs, we are not required to put an expiration date on our products
Product shelf life is dependant on storage conditions and is highly variable. Spices and Herbs should be stored under cool, dry conditions. Industry standard for shelf life for spices and herbs is 24 months.
So, in saying that, above your oven or range top is not the ideal storage place for your spices and herbs.
Citric acid is very effective as a preservative, obtained from naturally occurring organic acids It can be found in many different fruits and vegetables, but is especially concentrated in lemons and limes.
Citric acid is used extensively in the food, beverage, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industries. It has been recognized as safe by all major national and international food regulatory agencies.
Citric acid is used for many different reasons, including:
• Antioxidant and preservative properties
• Prevents rancidity and bacteria growth
Silicon dioxide, also known as silica is a common additive in the production of foods, where it is used primarily as a flow agent in powdered foods, or to absorb water in hygroscopic applications.
Silicon dioxide in food is very important for normal development of bones. Silicon dioxide is also necessary to maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails.
Although silicon is necessary for our body, it is categorized as a trace mineral. This means unlike other minerals, silicon is needed in minimal amounts to maintain health. As its requirement is small, recommended daily allowance (RDA) for silicon has not been specified. However, experts suggests a daily consumption in the range of 20-30 mg is needed to stay healthy