Now that farmers in 31 states can grow hemp commercially or for research, we’re seeing more farms adding hemp to their mix of crops. We’re pleased to include hemp in our produce certification, and we welcome Homestead Organics (above) as the first majority-hemp producer to join Certified Naturally Grown.
We recently wrote about the many sustainable ways in which hemp is used for food, animal feed, clothing, and building materials. It’s a great starting point for understanding the history and current status of hemp as an agricultural possibility.
Homestead Organics in Franktown, Colorado produces hemp for seed and CBD oil. Remarkably, the hemp seed (left) is 33% protein, and contains all 9 essential amino acids. CBD oil derived from hemp is rich in antioxidants and well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Farmer Gabe Rimey saw the health benefits that CBD oil provided to their Newfoundland dog. They also provide their high-CBD seeds to larger farms.
At Rezolana Farms in San Luis, CO, farmer Arnie Valdez (below) has been growing hemp for three years, in addition to a diverse array of vegetables, beans, quinoa, fruit and hay. Valdez currently cultivates one acre of hemp and experiments with making hemp adobe or earth blocks using shiv, soil and stabilizer.
One of Arnie’s goals is to grow crops adapted to climate change and water scarcity, and hemp is well-suited for the challenge. Hemp thrives in our increasingly hotter and drier climate, and because stalks grow close together the crop readily out-competes weeds.
On another longtime CNG farm, Rowdy Stickhorse Wild Acres in Douglas, Oklahoma, hemp is cultivated for animal feed, hay, and soil amendments.
CNG growers have always been pioneers in sustainable agriculture, from growing hemp for food and sustainable products, to installing solar panels, to relying on horse-power instead of gas-guzzling machines. ‘Grow different’ isn’t just a fun phrase for our bumper sticker--it’s a way of life.
All photos come from Gabe Rimey of Homestead Organics except for the photo of Rezolana Farm, which comes from Arnie Valdez.