“Our mission at the Wilds Sonshine Factory is to encourage sustainability through agricultural and natural resources education, promote regional tourism and economic development, and produce Sonshine,
a uniquely distilled spirit endemic to the Pennsylvania Wilds.”
Appreciation for Natural Resources
One of the main goals of the Wilds Sonshine Factory is to promote the sustainability and natural resources of McKean, Elk and Warren counties, expanding out to the PA Wilds, Pennsylvania and beyond!
It is everyone's responsibility to learn and implement sustainable practices into their everyday lives to ensure those resources are available for generations to come.
AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION CENTER
HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT WHERE THE FOOD AT THE GROCERY STORE, OR THE WATER FROM YOUR FAUCET, OR THE WOOD TO BUILD YOUR HOME CAME FROM?
The Agricultural Education Center at the Wilds Sonshine Factory highlights natural resources that have literally built not only Kane and the PA Wilds, but Pennsylvania as a whole.
With interactive elements and educational displays that visitors of all ages can learn from and come to appreciate sustainability and natural resources like:
PA Rich History
Threats to our Forests
PA Waterways & Major River Basins
Ground vs. Surface Water
PA Water Use Statistics
PA Rich History
PA Ag Production Rankings
Life Cycle of Plants
A Passion for Pennsylvania
The Wilds Sonshine Factory is a place that is just as unique as the PA Wilds region it calls home!
From the seeds used to create Sonshine and the products and artists featured in our gift shop, to the wide array of displays within our epic facility, we pride ourselves in truly patronizing the amazing area we live in!
DID YOU KNOW THAT BACK IN THE DAY IT WAS PENNSYLVANIA FARMERS AND LOGGERS THAT WERE THE ORIGINAL BOOTLEGGERS DURING PROHIBITION?
The Wilds Sonshine Factory produces a completely unique distilled spirit endemic to the PA Wilds region, called "Sonshine".
Similar to how Tequila is truly only Tequila if it is from the blue agave plant in central western Mexico, Sonshine is TRULY only Sonshine if it is made from sunflower plants grown, harvested and manufactured in the PA Wilds region.
We are the only distillery in the world to MAKE a distilled spirit from sunflowers, rather than just flavor with them.
Promoting Sustainable Practices
There would be no such thing as Distilling without Agriculture, and there would be no Agriculture without proper Sustainable Management. Soil Testing, Crop Rotation, Erosion and Leaching Control are all practices that we instill in every single one of our fields!
With every bottle, Wilds Sonshine Factory (WSF) will celebrate the natural landscape and heritage of the region, through locally sourced ingredients, quality craftsmanship, and a commitment to growing in the PA Wilds.
Anxious for our opening, we cannot wait to host the wide variety of events we have planned, with something for everyone!
From Music Video Bingo and Trivia nights, to Sip & Paints, Bands, Photography/Art Exhibitions, Workshops, Educational Programs,
AND MUCH MORE!
Appreciation for our Area
Kane has been flourishing with activity in recent years, and the Wilds Sonshine Factory is an exciting addition!
We have so many talented and hardworking artists, foresters, loggers, conservationists, farmers, and noteworthy individuals in our area that we wanted to give recognition to as many of them as we can!
ARTISAN GIFT SHOP
OUR UNIQUE GIFT SHOP ONLY FEATURES LOCALLY MADE ITEMS FROM ARTISANS WITHIN PENNSYLVANIA AND THE PA WILDS!
Alpaca Fur Clothing