Is your hemp organic? Ours is!
When we started Head & Heal, we began planting hemp in fields that had previously been used to grow organic veggies. We knew we wanted our hemp and CBD oil to eventually be USDA certified organic, so we’ve always taken meticulous care of the land.
To become certified organic, crops must be grown in soil free of synthetic chemicals for a minimum of three years. Certified organic products must also not use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Farmers must keep a list of every item used in the cultivation process including tools, containers, etc.
We weren’t able to get certified right away because hemp was considered by the US government as a Schedule 1 drug until the 2018 Farm Bill. But everything has changed since then! After a few years of following organic rules and practices, we were finally able to get certified.
The 3 Main Pillars of Organic Hemp Production
- Crop Rotation. This means that we don’t plant hemp in the same fields more than 2 years in a row. When you grow the same plant in the same soil year after year, it sucks the nutrients out of the soil without replenishing them. That’s why we move our hemp fields around - and you might find organic onions growing where hemp did the year before.
- Cover Crop. Planting a cover crop like rye helps to regenerate organic matter in the soil and to get rid of pest populations. The rye covers the soil and allows it to rest - making it a great place to plant hemp on next. After a few months to a year, the rye will be plowed under to decompose. As organic farmers it’s our job to try to maintain or improve soil conditions and minimize soil erosion.
- Organic Weed management. After all the time we’ve put into taking care of the land, it would be a shame to spray anything on it. To be organic we can’t use pesticides or fungicides - which means that we have to take care of weeds the old fashioned way. We use mechanical cultivation on our hemp, a fancy way of saying that a tractor pulls the weeds out. The tractor doesn’t get every single weed - so we go back in and pull by hand or use hoes. It’s a tedious process, but one we believe in. That’s why we can say our CBD oil is the best for you and the environment!
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our organic practices - we do a lot more behind the scenes - but these are some of the foundational aspects.