What Does Organic Mean to Us?
December 13, 2018
What Does Organic Mean to Us?
All of our products use CBD oil that has been cultivated organically here on the farm. At Hemp Fields Farm we take great pride in the careful attention we pay to sustainability at every step in the growing process. Regenerative farming keeps our costs low and our organic CBD oil affordable. It ensures that we minimize the negative and maximize the positive impacts on the land.
Growing cannabis on an industrial scale requires light and lots of it. Commercials growers face a choice: grow outside and lose the winter growing season or grow inside and pay a staggering electricity bill each month. We chose neither. We built an in-ground greenhouse, also known as a walipini, to get the best of both options. A greenhouse that is mostly subterranean retains heat remarkably well, letting us grow throughout the winter months (as long as we burn a woodstove on those especially bitter nights). In the warmer months, the plastic roof can be removed to provide ventilation and prevent sky-high temperatures. By-passing a hefty electric bill in favor of more earth-friendly growing techniques is part of what allows Hemp Fields Farm to keep our organic CBD oil so affordable and accessible.
We set out to improve our soil at every harvest and replanting. The soil is engineered to be a self-sustaining ecosystem; this is known as permaculture, and herein lies the most crucial aspect of our organic, sustainable, farming methods. Instead of buying inorganic fertilizers, which can damage microorganisms living in the soil and become a toxic additive to hemp, our soil beds produce their own nutrients and more!
How does that work? We grow plants like sweet peas and stinging nettles alongside our hemp. Sweet peas are legumes—unique plants that are able to pull nitrogen from the air we breathe and transport it to the soil. These and a host of other plants introduce nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus to our soil in this manner, and some of them (like the sweet peas) also end up in our dinner. Nettles mine calcium and magnesium, bringing these nutrients from the bottom to the top of the soil bed where they can be utilized by the hemp. We supplement the soil with manure from our goats and sheep, earthworms, and other beneficial fungi to keep this microbiome in motion. Our beds are living soil, teeming with nutrients and activity which lends itself to the production of high-quality, terpene-rich, organic CBD oil.
Grasshoppers, caterpillars, and spider mites pose a threat to our crop each harvest. The hemp is simply too delicious to pass up! To protect our crop, we put the birds to work. Our ducks, turkeys, chickens, and guinea hens gladly patrol our field and walipini, chowing down on grasshoppers and caterpillars, which are a great source of protein. Unfortunately, spider mites are too small to be picked off by the birds, so we introduced ladybugs and predator mites to the walipini—an adult ladybug can eat up to 100 mites per day. While many organisms in the walipini work in symbiosis, at the end of the day we still need plant-friendly methods to deal with the pests.
Our mission has always been to deliver the most affordable, accessible, organic CBD oil on the market. Equally important to us is ensuring our product is 100% safe and effective. We don’t use commercial, inorganic pesticides. Our fertilizer is mostly “output” from the animals. By adopting a more holistic approach to our organic gardening, we are able to meet both of these goals and deliver organic CBD oil that exceeds expectations. By working with the environment instead of against it, we ensure that our product is affordable and leaves the land better than we found it. These kinds of things matter to us at Hemp Fields Farm. It’s simple; we care.