Authentic Haven: Fortifying Plants & Local Economies

Independent businesses are often known for their unique products and this week’s Merchant Success Story business is no different. Authentic Haven Brand sells manure tea, an all-natural soil conditioner, to customers across the country. A family recipe that has been passed down for well over a century, Haven Brand’s “moo poo tea” has been helping gardeners, landscapers and farmers for years.

Though Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew manure tea has been around since 1924, Annie Haven’s ancestors had been using this family concoction since the conception of Haven Seed Co. in 1853. The Haven family manure tea was originally sold to mid-size farms in the southern California area and has come a long way since 1924. Today, you can find Annie Haven’s manure tea online at or in local garden centers across the nation.

You can now find the Haven family brew in portions that fit your needs. When the Havens began to sell off some of their farm acreage, this land went to housing developments. Rather than curse the increased population, the Havens embraced it by creating smaller packages of manure tea to accommodate their new neighbors. The manure tea market grew; as did the awareness of what 100% natural soil nutrients can do for both soil and plants.

Authentic Haven Brand manure tea is and always has been 100% natural. Even when farmers began turning to chemicals with their advent in the late 1940’s, Annie’s grandfather, Archibald Blaine Haven, steered clear. Haven livestock has been raised pesticide, hormone and antibiotic free on permanent native grass pastures for generations.

When people hear “manure tea” for the first time, the most common reaction is “Doesn’t it smell bad?” (I’m sure you’ve been wondering too and for the record – no, it doesn’t.). But when they use Annie’s teas, their reactions are overwhelmingly positive. “Moo poo tea” fans often take to Twitter to rave about their results. Annie’s 9,000 followers use the hashtag MooPooTea to thank her and tweet pictures of their thriving plants.

Take a look at your garden, lawn or farm and if your plants could use a lift, consider visiting Annie’s website or checking out your local garden center to see if they carry Authentic Haven Brand manure tea. You’ll give your plants and your economy the boost they need.

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