sustainable & regenerative hemp is better for you and our planet
We stand for quality craftsmanship and minimizing environmental impact at our family-built company. Not only do we take care to select and grow the most potent botanicals, but we do so with organic and regenerating methods that enhance our soil and give back to the earth.
What is Regenerative Hemp?
Regenerative agriculture aims to improve the well-being of our earth and its inhabitants for future generations. Focusing on improving soil health, regenerative agriculture has the potential to build new soil and and sequester carbon. Reducing erosion, promoting soil biodiversity and reducing water usage are just some of the benefits that regenerative farming has to offer.
Benefits of regenerative hemp farming
Improving Soil Fertility
The goal of regenerative agriculture it to build, rather than deplete, soil fertility, adding nutrients and biodiversity to the underground ecosystem. No-till methods allows for more carbon sequestration and for more organic matter to build-up without soil disturbance. Adding natural fertilizers, including manure and straw, allows for a slow and steady breakdown of nutrients while protecting the soil from sun exposure.
A large part of regenerative agriculture involves adding, rather than destroying, life within the ecosystem for a diverse, vibrant web of insects, fungus and animals. Introducing earthworms and ladybugs are natural strategies for improving soil fertility and controlling pests without using harsh chemicals or pesticides.
Reducing Soil Erosion
Covering the soil with mulch helps prevent it from drying out and protects it from wind and water erosion. The process of tilling can stir up the soil and lift it up into the air, slowly degrading the soil structure and eroding it away. No-till methods help keep the soil intact without disturbance.
Water conservation is a major factor with growing any type of crop in a hot and dry climate. Covering the soil with mulch helps retain water and keeps the sun off the soil. Smart watering strategies, including drip irrigation, help conserve water and reduces evaporation.
No Till Farming Methods
To mulch our fields, we mainly use the “chop and drop” method, where we cut green plants during the growing season and lay them on the fields. Come fall and spring we apply layers of dead plant materials, leaves and organic straw as a mulch cap followed with 3-4” of manure mix that we make ourselves throughout the summer season. This is comprised of wood shavings, horse manure and straw, which is locally and responsibly-sourced.
This method is repeated each year, continuing to build and enhance the soil and soil fertility. All of the added carbon and mulch feeds the soils microbiome and attracts earthworms, which help aerate and add nutrients to the soil. Cumulatively, these methods increase soil humus, which is further mixed in with minerals in the native clay soil by earthworm action, creating a nutrient dense soil that improves each year.